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Cranked Up Coffee Infused with CBD Oil - Sold at Up'n Smoke!

Cranked Up Coffee Infused with CBD Oil - Sold at Up'n Smoke!

Up'n Smoke now serves nitro cold brew coffee from Cranked Up Coffee! Master Brewer Larry Conlon makes the most delicious and creamiest cold brew coffee in Fort Collins. You can find Larry riding around Old Town with his bike cart, or at his new shop location at 215 N. College.

The most popular coffee blend we sell is the Colombian AA Blend. After a chocolate walnut bite, it has a light cascade into the smooth, malty milk foam texture, leading to a low bitter caramel finish.

We infuse the coffee with Charlotte's Web Mint Chocolate Hemp Oil. You can purchase an 11 mg CBD Infused cup of coffee for $5.99, or a 43 mg CBD Infused cup of coffee for $7.99. 

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Recipe for Homemade CBD Cookies

Recipe for Homemade CBD Cookies

This recipe is for homemade CBD Infused oatmeal chocolate chip cookies! Follow these steps to make delicious and chewy CBD edibles!

 Things to Keep in Mind:

  • CBD is fat-soluble, so it will need to be dissolved in butter, oil, or a similar fatty substance.

What You'll Need:

  • 3/4 cup of butter or margarine
  • 1 gram of CBD isolate
  • 1 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 and 3/4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups of rolled oats
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips

 

Step 1: Melt butter in a microwave safe container. Stir in the gram of CBD isolate until it is fully dissolved. Refrigerate mixture until solid.

Step 2: In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric hand mixer for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and cloves. Beat until combined, then add vanilla and egg, and beat until combined. Stir in flour, rolled oats, and chocolate chips.

Step 3: Drop dough two inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.Cool cookies on wire rack and enjoy!

 

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How to Make Your Own CBD Oil

How to Make Your Own CBD Oil

Making your own CBD oil from home is very easy! We'll walk you through step-by-step with this simple recipe.

Things to Keep in Mind:

  • CBD is fat-soluble, so it will need to be dissolved in butter, oil, or a similar fatty substance.
  • This recipe is for an edible tincture, not for vaping purposes.

What You Will Need:

  • 1 Gram of CBD Isolate
  • 30 ml of Olive Oil or Coconut Oil (Personal Preference)
  • A small glass bottle or container to hold your CBD oil.

STEP 1: Warm the oil in a small saucepan to a liquid state, on low heat. DO NOT boil, just heat until you see steam rise from the oil.

STEP 2: Once heated, stir the gram of isolate into the oil until it is fully dissolved. 

STEP 3: Wait for the oil to cool, put it into your glass container, and enjoy!

 

*1/8 of a teaspoon of the oil solution will yield a dose of approximately 20 mg of CBD. We suggest starting with a dose of 20-40 mg of CBD once daily, twice if needed.* 

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420 Sales and Party 2018!

420 Sales and Party 2018!

Our favorite time of year is here! 
We're throwing deals for the entire month of April, but our party on 4/20/18 is going to be a blast!

We are honored to host our special guests Treehouse Glass and Scary Gary Glass for live glassblowing in our studio the entire week of 420!

We'll be honoring our "420 Month Deal of the Day" Specials on 4/20, as well as up to 30% off on any single glass pieces!

Other deals include:
Buy one, get one for $4.20 on select glass!
All locally made glass is buy one, get one half off!
All vapes are 20% off!
All CBD products are 20% off!
Happy Hour pricing on e-juice all day!
The Bee-Nails CBD Bar will be up and running all day!
Spin our Prize Wheel with any purchase over $50!
FREE rig with a purchase of a Bee-Nail!
FREE 7" Dimebag case with any pipe purchase over $50!
FREE grinder with any dry herb vape purchase!
FREE giveaways every hour from 12-9!
FREE muchies and snacks!

We have lots of fun goodies and activities planned, and we are so excited to spend our 4/20 with you!
We hope to see you there!

 

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Bee-Nails CBD Sampling Bar at Up'n Smoke!

Bee-Nails CBD Sampling Bar at Up'n Smoke!

Every Friday at Up'n Smoke, we host the Bee-Nails CBD Sampling Bar!
We have a variety of Foothills CBD Isolates, which are infused with terpenes, that you can sample for $3 for one dab, $5 for two dabs, or $10 for five dabs.
We use a locally made Bee-Nails e-nail, hooked up to a rig for CBD vaporization and consumption.
The Bee-Nails e-nail holds a constant temperature to a quartz banger, so a torch is unnecessary!
Swing by on Fridays and see what all the buzz is about!
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Nicotine Salts vs Freebase E-Juice

Nicotine Salts vs Freebase E-Juice

Nicotine Salt

Nicotine salts occur naturally in tobacco.

Nicotine salt is a much more stable compound than freebase, but less fickle. Salts requires more heat to volatilize to allow it to be inhaled, which is considered to be a less productive delivery system.

Nicotine salts have a much smoother throat hit when compared to freebase nicotine, which allows users to use higher levels of nicotine, without discomfort.

A good example of this is with the e-juice formulated by Juul. Juul uses nicotine salts derived directly from tobacco leaves. Their e-juice nicotine strength is 50mg , but due to the lower voltage of their device and the smoother throat hit of salts, the throat hit won’t feel anything like 50mg. The user will still get a quick and very strong nicotine buzz, without having to constantly pull on the device. Vaping one Juul pod with 50mg nicotine content is the equivalent of one pack of cigarettes.

 

 

Freebase Nicotine

Normally what DIY’ers and e-juice manufacturers use is a free compound version of nicotine, or a freebase.

Freebase sounds bad because it’s often associated with the word “freebase cocaine,” but in this case, freebase only means that it’s in its purest form.

First a little science…

Nicotine itself is a base and is not very potent in the body until protons are removed. Nicotine absorbs protons which results in the nicotine molecules becoming ions. Ions don’t move across organic membranes very well so they are less likely to affect the body. For nicotine to become potent, it needs to be converted into a “freebase” form.

Freebase nicotine is the form that tobacco companies use and what most e-juice companies use.

If you're interested in trying nicotine salts or freebase e-juice, stop by Up'n Smoke to get a great quality set up with top notch education from our team!

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CBD - What is it? How is it beneficial?

CBD - What is it? How is it beneficial?

CannabidiolCBD—is a cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits, but does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC. The fact that CBD-rich cannabis is non-psychoactive or less psychoactive than THC-dominant strains makes it an appealing option for patients looking for relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, seizures, spasms, and other conditions without disconcerting feelings of lethargy or dysphoria.


Scientific and clinical research—much of it sponsored by the US government—underscores CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, infections, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. CBD has demonstrable neuroprotective and neurogenic effects, and its anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated at several academic research centers in the United States and elsewhere. Further evidence suggests that CBD is safe even at high doses.

The brain contains large numbers of highly specialized cells called neurons. Each neuron connects to many others through structures called synapses. These are sites where one neuron communicates to another by releasing chemical messengers known as neurotransmitters.

A neuron’s sensitivity to a specific neurotransmitter depends on whether or not it contains a receptor that “fits” that transmitter, like an electrical socket fits a plug. If a neuron contains receptors that match a particular neurotransmitter, then it can respond directly to that transmitter. Otherwise, it generally can’t. All neurons contain multiple neurotransmitter receptors, allowing them to respond to some neurotransmitters but not others.

Brain receptors are not only sensitive to neurotransmitters produced naturally within the brain, like dopamine or serotonin, but also chemical messengers produced outside the body, such as plant cannabinoids like THC or CBD. So when you ingest an edible or inhale some vapor, you’re allowing compounds originally produced by a plant to enter your body, travel through your bloodstream, and enter your brain. Once they arrive, these plant-derived compounds can influence brain activity by interacting with receptors on neurons. But they don’t interact with all neurons, just the ones that have the appropriate receptors.

We carry a wide variety of CBD products at Up'n Smoke, including: Charlotte's Web tincture oils and topical pain balms, as well as their PAWS tincture line for pets, Rocket CBD capsules and dog treats, Foothills CBD crystalline isolates, VeedVerks CBD pre-filled oil cartridges, SAUC brand CBD vape juice, Homegrown Essentials brand CBD vape juice, and Colorado Hemp Honey CBD infused honey!

All of these companies are based in Colorado, and all of these products are made with Colorado sourced hemp!

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CFL Colors - 101

CFL Colors - 101

CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light) Reactive Glass are glass colors that can shift shades, depending on what kind of lighting it is exposed to. The CFL shift is caused by the glass being infused with Rare Earth Metals. 

Each metal has a unique Emission and Absorption of light. The bands of Absorption correlate to wave lengths of different types of light.

The wave length of light emitted then determines what visible color is produced. CFL reactive glass was once very rare, but now that it's gaining hype and popularity, many glass color companies have made multiple different glass colors that can shift.

There are quite a few different CFL shifting colors out there, and as this trend keeps growing, American glass color companies are coming out with more and more rare colors. Some CFL reactive glass can shift to three and sometimes four different shades!

Glass Alchemy is an American glass color company, that makes some very popular CFL colors like:

SERUM: A light champagne color in natural light, and a rosie pink in CFL.

TERPS: A bright orange in natural light, and an electric yellow under CFL.

POTION: A transparent blue in natural light, and a light purple under CFL.

 

Northstar Glass Company has some fun CFL colors as well:

SIRIUSLY: A teal green in natural light, and a vibrant purple under CFL.

EXPERIMENTAL #32: An amber champagne color in natural light, and a hot pink under CFL.

EXPERIMENTAL #50: A sea green in natural light, and a blue violet in CFL.

EXPERIMENTAL #55: A milky champagne in natural light, and a hot pink under CFL.

 

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NEW In-Store Product: The Nuggy by NugTools

NEW In-Store Product: The Nuggy by NugTools

Have you ever tried to ash out a bowl you just smoked, and ended up with black fingers and hands?

We have!

Or maybe you have tried loading your product into a vaporizer, only to have it all end up in your lap? 

You're not alone!

That's why NugTools built the ultimate smoker's Swiss Army Knife, The Nuggy! The Nuggy is a made-to-last multi-tool that houses nine gadgets. This little guy fits in the palm of your hand, (or your pocket), and is equipped with lock-in safety features on each tool.

 The Nuggy comes in handy in all occasions, and has many different uses!

  • Scrape resin! Use the arrowhead scraper tool to clean pipes and bowls.
  • Grind weed without a fancy grinder! Use the scissor tool to trim big buds and nugs.
  • Slice a cigar! Want to roll a blunt? Use the sharp knife tool to cleanly split open a Swisher.
  • Take a dab! Use the stainless steel spoon tool to take a nice little dab or pack a vape pen.
  • Pack a joint! Use the tamper tool to perfectly pack your joint for even burning.
  • Smoke it 'till it's gone! Use the roach clip tool to hold that last bit of your blunt or joint that just can't be wasted!
  • Cure cottonmouth! Use the bottle opener tool to pop a top on a nice, cold beer.
  • Clean pieces! Use the pick tool to keep your pipe clear of debris.
  • Find that glob of wax you just dropped! Use the flashlight tool to keep track of product or vaporizer parts.

    Nuggy FAQ's!

    Q: Why no lighter?

    A: People ask NugTools all the time why the Nuggy doesn't have a lighter.  And although they did consider it, there's actually a lot of reasons why they left it out.  Here's a few of them.

    1. If lighter fluid was to leak it could potentially be dangerous considering the close proximity of the tools to flames and other extreme heat sources.
    2. Adding a lighter would make the Nuggy less comfortable in your hand and bulkier in your pocket.
    3. Unless it's a torch, lighters are typically disposable.  We lose them all the time.  The Nuggy is in a different category.  It will last a lifetime. 

    With that said, they are still working on some creative solutions for future versions, so stay tuned!

    Q: Why no grinder?

    A: NugTools put a lot of thought into this, but the answer is actually very simple.  Here it is; They only make high quality products.  

    Think about it..

    A multi-tool should fit comfortably in the palm of your hand.  Not too big and not too heavy, right?

    On the other hand, a grinder should not fit in your hand.  In fact, the best grinders are actually pretty big and heavy.      

    When grinding herb, they think you should use a high quality grinder, not something miniature that fits inside a hand held multi-tool, and definitely not some cheese grader thing that wastes crystals all over the table.

    If you don't have a grinder handy, you can always chop up your flower with the scissor. 

    Q: How much does the Nuggy weigh?

    A: 1/2 Pound

    Q:  How is the Nuggy made?

    A: ​The stainless steel tools go through an annealing process to become stronger. The plastic case is sealed through an ultrasonic welding process.

    Q:  Is the Nuggy safe?

    A:  ​All of the tools lock in place when opened and closed. Each tool is equipped with an easy to use lever, so you never have to worry about cutting your fingers.

    Q:  What colors does the Nuggy come in?

    A:  At the moment, The Nuggy is only available in dark green.

    Q:  Where can I buy the Nuggy? 

    A:  The Nuggy is for sale at NugTools.com and at many great smoke shops across the US & Canada (like Up'n Smoke, Fort Collins! :)).

    Q: How long will the batteries last in my Nuggy?

    A: The batteries will pump out 8 hours of continuous light.

    Q:  Where can I find replacement batteries for my Nuggy?

    A: They hope to sell them on their online store at NugTools.com in the near future.  But for now, you can find them at any local hardware store.

    Q:  Can I use the bottle opener for anything else other than bottles?

    A:  Applying more pressure than the bottle opener is designed to handle will cause the internal spring to break. The tool will still work, it just wont lock into position as well and might seem loose, so be careful.  Opening a bottle is no problem, just don't be silly and try to use it as a can opener or something like that. 

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      Soft Glass v.s. Glass on Glass Pieces

      Soft Glass v.s. Glass on Glass Pieces

      Hard glass or glass on glass refers to borosilicate glass. This glass contains silica, (the dioxide form of silicon), and boron trioxide as the forming agents. These factors make borosilicate glass more resistant to heat; making it harder.  Borosilicate glass is the best medium to use for glass sculpting and blowing. Hard glass pieces can also be used as dab rigs, but soft glass can not.

       

      Soft glass refers to soda-lime glass. The three main physical properties of this glass, (sodium carbonate, lime, and silica), make it extremely workable; making it soft. Soda-lime glass is easily softened and remelted by heat. This is the kind of glass used to make bottles and jars. Soft glass pieces can not be used as dab rigs; the material can not take the heat. You can identify a soft glass piece by the rubber gromets it has on the bowl and downstem, as you can see below.

      But in some cases, soft glass pieces can have a glass on glass downstem, which can handle the heat of a nail.

       

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      What Is Dabbing and How Do Dabs Work?

      What Is Dabbing and How Do Dabs Work?

      If you're at all involved with the cannabis community, then you have probably heard about or know of "dabbing". Smoking concentrates, or "dabs", as a form of marijuana consumption has been around for about a decade; but with the coming of more advanced extraction processes, dabbing concentrates has taken off! 

      A dab usually refers to a dose of concentrate that is placed on a hot surface, usually a nail, and inhaled through a dab rig. We'll go more in depth with these terms, later on. 

      What are dabs? How are they made?

      Dabs are concentrated doses of cannabis that are made by extracting THC and other cannabinoids using a solvent, like butane or carbon dioxide, resulting in sticky oils commonly referred to as wax, shatter, budder, or butane hash oil (BHO). While it's possible to extract the non-psychoactive compounds of the marijuana, like CBD, it's the THC that is behind the potent effects of dabs; making them the fastest and most efficient way to get medicated. 

      Terms

      • 710: Most know that 4:20 is the universal toking time. Dabbers claimed 7:10, because when you flip it upside down, you get OIL. 
      • BHO: Butane Hash Oil, this concentrate is made by shooting butane gas through cannabis then purging out the butane.
      • Bubble Hash: This is a specific kind of hash that will bubble when smoked.
      • Budder: An extract which is made into a creamy butter like texture.
      • Carb Caps: Carb caps are used to cover the nail of a dab rig so no smoke gets away after a dab. Carb caps decrease your airflow and help "milk" your hit and get the most out of your dab. You can then take the cap off to clear out the rest of the smoke from your dab rig.
      • Concentrates:  Any kind of cannabis plant material which is extracted. Some examples include hash, bubble hash, oil, wax, shatter and a few more.
      • Dab:  Putting concentrate onto a dab tool to be smoked using dab rigs. Literally you put extract on a wand and spread the concentrates around on a hot nail.
      • Dab Tool:  A wand or stick used to hold the extract around a dab rigs nail. Can be made of glass, stainless steel, or titanium.
      • Dab Rig:  A water pipe used to smoke concentrates. The bowl is replaced with a nail and dome or a domeless nail where you place the concentrates.
      • Dome:  This piece is part of the dab rig's components. The dome is placed over a  nail which is connected to the dab rig's joint. Domes keep the smoke from spreading outside of the nail. The more smoke, the better the hit! Domes however are somewhat out-dated. Domeless nails are considered far easier to use and more effective.
      • Domeless Nail:  Specific types of nails which capture and save smoke by having a bucket-like shape. Typically made of quartz, titanium or ceramic. Quartz nails tend to be the favorite among the 3. Be wary of "titanium" nails, they are often only coated in titanium which burns off after normal use revealing unknown metals. 
      • Glob: Taking an extra large dab! (You know you wanna!)
      • Melt:  Special kind of hash that will dissolve down to nothing when smoked and not leave any leftovers on your nail.
      • Nail: A glass piece that literally looks like a nail that you hammer, that is used to smoke concentrates by placing the nail into the joint of your dab rig. Nails are most commonly made of ceramic, titanium, or quartz.
      • Reclaim:  Extra oil which builds up inside your dab rig after smoking. The reclaim is like a resin which can be smoked by gently heating the glass with a torch. (They make special reclaim catcher attachments which can connect to your oil rig.)
      • Shatter: This is BHO which literally shatters when you remove it from your dish dabber.
      • Torch: A blowtorch used for heating up your nail for a certain amount of time, depending on your preference.
        How do you dab?

        Now that you know most of the terms, here's what you'll need to get started:

        1.  A dab rig
        2.  A torch
        3. Concentrate
        4.  A dab tool
        5.  A carb cap
          Once you've collected your materials, you can get started! First, select the dab size you would like onto your dab tool. Great, now torch your nail which you have attached to your dab rig until you start to see it get RED HOT. Once you see the nail is RED HOT, let it cool for 20-30 seconds. If you're holding your hand two inches from the nail, and it's BURNING your hand, it might be too hot! REMINDER: Do not touch the nail after you torch it! You DO NOT need to pull the nail, like you would with a bowl, to clear your hit! Use a CARB CAP! When your nail has cooled off for a few seconds, use your dab tool to transfer your concentrate onto the nail. Then top it off with your carb cap to get a nice, milky hit! Congrats, my friend, you know how to dab!
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          NEW XVAPE Dry Herb Vaporizer

          NEW XVAPE Dry Herb Vaporizer

          Headquartered in Denver, CO, XVAPE is a brand founded by one of the leading international manufacturers of herbal vaporizer products, TopGreen. XVAPE is a brand that that showcases the latest innovations in vaporizer technology. Their main focus is to continue to provide the best quality and vape experience for their customers.

          We now carry XVAPE's only dry herb vaporizer, Vital.

          Vital has a large, ceramic heating chamber that provides nothing but good flavor from your herbs. This light-weight vaporizer has adjustable temperature, fast heating, and an OLED display. You gotta check this one out!

          Reviews of product coming soon!

           

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          NEW XVAPE Concentrate Vaporizors

          NEW XVAPE Concentrate Vaporizors

          Headquartered in Denver, CO, XVAPE is a brand founded by one of the leading international manufacturers of herbal vaporizer products, TopGreen. XVAPE is a brand that that showcases the latest innovations in vaporizer technology. Their main focus is to continue to provide the best quality and vape experience for their customers. 

          Their newest product, the V-One 2.0, is one of their bestsellers; and it does not disappoint! 

          This kit is a two-in-one portable pen and dab rig! Featuring a dual titanium-wrapped quartz coil, it is able to generate big clouds in two seconds. The spill proof bubbler attachment provides additional filter for the vape and makes for a smoother hit. The metal mouthpiece has top airflow holes for a more effortless pull. At home, you can set up the bubbler attachment and magnetic stand; or just pop on the metal mouthpiece when you're on the go! We are so excited to have these on our shelves!

           Another new product in our shop is the Cricket.

          This guy is the smallest reusable concentrate vaporizer on the market. Cricket has a quartz chamber with a single quartz rod coil. This pen is super discreet and portable, and despite its tiny size, this thing can rip!

          Reviews of products coming soon!

           

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          Getting to Know E-juice: PG v. VG

          Getting to Know E-juice: PG v. VG

          When it comes to e-juice, there is always one question that is asked constantly: "What is the difference between PG and VG?" And that is a great question! The liquids work in different ways, and they both have their advantages and disadvantages. There are a lot of things that go into vaping, and it can all seem a bit confusing to a newcomer. We're hoping this little guide will help you understand everything there is about PG and VG, and assist in improving your vaping experience! 

          What Are PG and VG?

          PG and VG are odorless liquids that are combined with flavor and nicotine to create e-juice. These liquids produce a vapor when heated, which allow them to be inhaled. The two fluids have different consistencies to each other, and they each have a distinct mouth and throat feel, along with tastes. Most e-juice options on the market use a combination of the two liquids, though the ratio varies from juice to juice. Now let's look into each component, individually. 

          Propylene Glycol (PG)

          Propylene Glycol is a petroleum by-product that has no color or odor. In vaping, it is used to provide a "throat hit", which users claim is comparable to the "bite" you get from smoking tobacco. It also holds flavor more completely than VG, meaning that it's more commonly used for flavor concentrates and nicotine. 

          How Is It Used?

          Propylene Glycol is found in many household items including:

          • Asthma inhalers
          • Pet food
          • Oral and topical medical products
          • Makeup, shampoo, and baby wipes

          Is It Safe?

          Studies show that PG is safe to ingest orally, and the FDA has deemed it "generally recognized as safe" to be used as a food additive. Some people find high PG juices to be irritating to the throat, but allergies to PG are rare. If you find yourself with a rash or sore throat after using a high PG juice, you might want to consider using a 100% VG e-liquid. The most common side effects of vaping a high PG e-juice consist of dry mouth, sore throat, and increased thirst. 

          Vegetable Glycerin (VG)

          Vegetable Glycerin is a natural chemical derived from vegetable oil. It is used in e-juice to create a "thick" sensation to your vapor. It has a slightly sweet taste, and is considerably thicker than PG. A hit from a high VG e-liquid is noticeably smoother than a hit from a high PG e-juice. 

          How Is It Used?

          Vegetable Glycerin is found in many things, including:

          • Sugar alternative
          • Soap and hand cream
          • Pet food
          • Toothpaste, mousse, and bubble bath

          Is It Safe?

          The FDA has classified VG as “generally recognized as safe” and it is widely recognized as one of the most benign substances known to man. The risk of being allergic to VG is very low, but could cause problems for those allergic to other oils such as coconut or palm. 

          What Ratio Should I Use?

          There isn’t a one-size-fits-all ratio of PG and VG. It depends on the kind of vaping experience you prefer. Many people use various levels of PG and VG for different purposes:

          • Throat Hit – If you enjoy a sharp throat hit when vaping then you’ll prefer a high PG e-liquid. The ‘bite’ at the back of the throat is something many ex-smokers chase, and PG (along with the nicotine) provides more of this than VG. PG carries flavor marginally better than VG, so the flavor will be slightly improved with a high PG e-liquid.
          • Smoothness – High VG fluid tends to give a much smoother feeling on the throat, with a more substantial and ‘thicker’ mouthfeel. The flavor is slightly muted in VG fluids, but this can be countered by using more power to produce more vapor. Be careful to stay within the voltage/wattage limits of your atomizer, or you risk dry hits, or even damaging your equipment.
          • Stealth Vaping – If you want to keep your vaping lowkey in public then high PG is the way to go. Less vapor is produced when exhaled, making this ideal for the less boastful vaping enthusiast. However, you should always apply common sense. Vaping in certain places, such as waiting rooms and on public transport, is often outlawed and is simply bad manners. As vaping is relatively new, we have a duty to be aware of public opinion and behave responsibly.
          • Cloudchasing – A growing trend in vaping circles is ‘cloudchasing‘. This simply involves exhaling dense clouds of vapor, the thicker the better! There are even competitive events based around this activity, where the person producing the biggest clouds wins. If this appeals then high VG is the only option – the higher the better.

             

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            Have you ever wondered how a "flip-disc" is made?

            Have you ever wondered how a "flip-disc" is made?

             

            Dan Barto, the creator of this beautiful work of art, is a local Fort Collins glassblower specializing in heady complex glass work. Dan is well known for his beautiful "flip discs," also referred to as "filachellos," which you can see in the patterned disc at the base of the piece. This disc's are very characteristic of Dan's work and you will find some sort of variation of these disc's in almost all of his work. So... How are they made? 

            Well, these beautiful patterned discs are created by first drawing a pattern with a thin stick of glass on one side of the disc. Once that is created, the artist goes back and fills in all the individual spaces with color, much like you would if you coloring in a coloring book. After the design has been created, it is melted into the clear glass and the disc is flipped over so the design is encased in the clear glass and it gives it a very classy, glassy, finished look. This type of glass work can be very tedious to create. Sometimes these can take up to 5 or 6 hours to create a single disc like the one pictured above! 

            How cool is that?! :D

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            The Helix!

            The Helix!

            The 'Helix' has 3 micro-holes that swirl the smoke like a tornado. This action cools the smoke and makes for a much smoother hit.

            The Helix at Up N Smoke Fort Collins

            The Helix at Up N Smoke Fort Collins

            Check them out at http://helixpipe.com/ and come into the shop to see how cool they are!

            Our co-worker, Al demonstrates the function of The Helix in this video:

             

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            Best Starter Vapes (Video)

            Ashley from Up N Smoke gives you the breakdown on all of our best starter vapes! 

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            Video Tour of Up N Smoke!

            Video Tour of Up N Smoke!

            Come take a tour of 'Up N Smoke! Let's meet Ashley and Al as they give us a walkthrough and a quick run down on all the products we offer! 

            Stay tuned for more videos!

             

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            Fort Collins Fun!

            Fort Collins Fun!

             

            Cannabis Dispensary's

             

             Choice Organics Fort Collins Dispensary

            Choice Organics

            Choice Organics was the first dispensary in the nation! High quality soil grown cannabis and a friendly staff will keep you coming back! 

            813 Smithfield Dr.,
            Fort Collins, CO 80524

            Recreational Hours:
            Monday-Saturday 9:00-8:00,
            Sunday 10:00-5:00

            Medical Hours:
            Monday-Saturday 9:00-6:50,
            Sunday 10:00-5:00

            970-472-6337

            https://www.choiceorganicsinc.com/

             

            Infinite Wellness:

            Infinite Wellness is our favorite dispensary because they have great customer service, friendly budtenders, and high quality products! Located at 900 North College Ave, only a 5 minute drive from Up N Smoke! Be sure to pick up a discount card at Up N Smoke first! Open from 9am to 6:50pm every day.

             

            Natural Alternatives

            6712 S College Ave #5, Fort Collins, CO 80525

            Hours: 9 am - 7:45 pm
            Phone: (970) 221-0339

            Beer!:

            O'Dell Brewery Fort Collins, Colorado

            O’Dell Brewery

            Well-known brewery features draft microbrews, on-site food trucks, weekly live music & daily tours.

            800 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524

            (970) 498-9070

            Hours:

            Saturday 11AM–7PM
            Sunday 11AM–6PM
            Monday 11AM–6PM
            Tuesday 11AM–6PM
            Wednesday 11AM–7PM
            Thursday 11AM–7PM
            Friday 11AM–7PM

            New Belgium Fort Collins Brewery

            New Belgium

            New Belgium Brewing Company is a craft brewery located in Fort Collins, Colorado. It was opened in 1991 by Jeff Lebesch and Kim Jordan. In 2011, it produced 712,800 barrels of its various labels

            500 Linden St. Fort Collins, Colorado

            Hours:

            11am to 8pm everyday

            Reserve a tour here:

            http://www.newbelgium.com/Brewery/fort-collins/tours

            Wine:

            Blue Skies Fort Collins Winery

            Blue Skies Winery

            A local, custom winery in Old Town Fort Collins. Handcrafted wines are made on site. Wine tastings are daily, no reservations required. Enjoy a glass, take home a bottle.

            251 Jefferson Street, Fort Collins , CO 80524

             970-407-9463

             

            Food:

            Big City Burrito Fort Collins, Colorado

            Big City Burrito is located only two stores down from Up N Smoke and has the yummiest breakfast burrito ever! They are also famous for their potato burrito!

            510 S College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524

            (970) 482-3303

            Hours:

            Open from 7am to 10pm every day.

             

             Daddy Cakes Bakery. Fort Collins, Colorado

            Daddy Cakes Bakery

            Daddy Cakes is a new bakery right next door to Up N Smoke! Get some glass then head over to Daddy Cakes for some munchies!! 

            (970) 223-0172

            Hours: 7am to 2pm

             

            Music:

            The Aggie Fort Collins, Colorado

            The Aggie

            Fort Collins premier independent live music venue! Located at 204 S College Ave

            Mishawake Fort Collins, Colorado

            Mishawaka

            Iconic  river front music venue with seasonal outdoor amphitheater, indoor lounge & full-service cafe.

            Art:

             

            Painting with a twist Fort Collins, Colorado

            Painting with a twist

            Looking for a fun night out? Uncork your creative side with Painting with a Twist! Get your Twist at our Inspiration Bar, bring a snack, and relax. Their  talented team of instructors guides you step by step through the night's featured painting.

            They provide all painting supplies and artist instruction. No art experience is needed. Simply be ready to have a Twisted good time!

            Two hour classes are offered for $35 and three hour classes for $45. Select Family classes offered for $25.

            Entertainment:

            Beers and Bike Tour Fort Collins, Colorado

            Beers and Bike Tour

            Cycling + Beer + Travel = Beer & Bike Tours info@beerandbiketours.com

            Beer & Bike Tours is a collection of wonderful guides and support crew. As guides we are your connection to a fun and safe adventure. All of us have a unique skill set that will help you get the most out of your holiday.

            http://www.beerandbiketours.com/

            Contact: 2414 Stanley Ct

            Fort Collins, CO 80526

            970-201-1085

            Spirit of Colorado Hot Air Balloon Rides Fort Collins, Colorado

            The Spirit of Colorado –  Hot Air Ballon Rides

            Located in Fort Collins, Spirit of Colorado gives you a bird’s eye view of the city and beyond. Launch at sunrise to experience the early morning serenity and a panoramic view of the mountains.

            Our rides are personalized with a pilot who has 30 years experience flying in the United States and around the world.

            Come join us for this unique way to experience the splendor of Colorado and particularly Fort Collins. The one-hour flight includes a champagne ceremony that carries on a European tradition.

            719 Westshore Ct. Fort Collins CO 80525

            Phone: 970-226-2400

             

             

            Nature:

            Horsetooth Hiking Trail Fort Collins, Colorado

            Horsetooth

            Horsetooth Falls and Horsetooth Rock Trail is a 6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Fort Collins, CO that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

            The Gardens on Spring Creek Fort Collins, Colorado

            The Gardens on Spring Creek

            The Gardens on Spring Creek, is a botanical garden located on the Spring Creek corridor in Fort Collins, Colorado. The entrance is at 2145 Centre Avenue in Fort Collins

            Night Life:

            Trailhead Tavern Fort Collins, Colorado

            Trailhead Tavern

            Rustic roadhouse for microbrews, burgers & hearty pub fare, plus foosball, pool & flat-screen TVs.

            (970) 221-5757

            www.trailheadtavern.com/

            Hours:

            11 am to 2 am

            Surfside Fort Collins, Colorado

            Surf Side

            If you are looking for hot guys with tattoos and tight pants, be sure to visit Surf Side bar located at 238 LINDEN STREET.

            http://www.surfsideseven.com/

            Hours:

            11 am to 2 am

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            Vaping and Vaporizers 101

            Vaping and Vaporizers 101

            Who wants to learn a little bit about Vaporizers? 

            With the recent increase of vaporizer use, there are tons and tons of new vaporizers and pens and e-cigarettes hitting the market! These wonderful devices can be used to smoke or 'vaporize' many different substances including, but are not limited to,  Marijuana, Tobacco, Concentrates and E-juice. In this post you'll get acquainted with what they are and some of the Jargon that 'vapers' make use. 

            You know... terms like CBD, THC, atomizer, tank, RDA, 18650, chamber, and 'dope build bro!'... Now you no longer have to be left in the dark while your friends practically speak a different language! 

             


            Lets start with Marijuana Vaporizers - Also referred to as "Dry-Herb Vaporizers." These Vaporizers are also compatible with Tobacco and many other substances. Some of my favorites that we carry at the shop are The Pax 2, The Vapir Rise 2.0, The Davinci Ascent and The Original Davinci.

            Here's so Vocabulary terms that may be helpful:

            Vaping- the slang term for using a vaporizer.
            CBD, or Cannabidiol - the non-psychoactive compound in weed. CBD is believed to have many potential medical applications! Treating epilepsy and schizophrenia are two illness among many that CBD is used to treat.
            THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol - the chemical responsible for most of marijuana's psychological effects. THC attaches to receptors in the brain and activates them. This is what affects a person's memory, pleasure, movements, thinking, concentration, coordination, and perception of time.
            Edibles - Snacks and Foods with activated THC (weed) in them! 
            Chamber - The area on a vaporizer that you fill with your Weed.

             

            How do they Work? - Vaporizers are a very healthy alternative to smoking, and reduce your intake of toxins greatly. True vaporization uses a convection method to heat up the plant and activate the the THC and CBD compound. What happens when you vaporize your weed and expose it to heat is the CBD-A and THC-A in your weed are effectively turned into CBD and THC. This is the stuff that gets you stoned and feelin' good! The chamber on the vaporizer works much like a conventional oven. The Herb is heated to an optimal temperature of 350 - 420 to activate the THC and produce a light vapor without burning the herb. Most people tend to stick to the lower end of that scale and vape around the 350-375 range. This process completely eliminates smoke and burned plant matter. Instead you will be left with your weed a slightly browned. Many even reuse their vaped weed in many creative ways like making edibles!  

            Be informed when purchasing a Dry-Herb Vaporizer. Many have a coil inside the heating chamber. Although they work just fine as a method of smoking your weed, they won't vape your weed! They will burn it and turn it to ashes! These types of pens tend to work better with concentrates which we will get in to next.



            Lets move on to Concentrate Vaporizers - Also referred to as 'Wax Pens', or 'Concentrate Pens'

            Here's so more vocabulary so you better Concentrate! 
            Concentrate - also referred to as "dabs", "wax", and "shatter." These substances are various forms of concentrated cannabis extracts that get you really high really fast. 
            Atomizer - Often referred to as a heater coil. This is the piece in your pen that heats up and combusts the concentrates. 
             

            There are tons of different wax pens out there and many of them use all different coils. Try out some different ones and see what you like the most! Some of my  favorites are the Ceramic Donut and the Dual Quartz atomizers. We have tons of great pens at the shop that feature all different types of atomizers. Swing by anytime if you want to check them out!

            The last type of vaporizer that I'll explain in this post are E-Cigarettes, more commonly referred to as Vapes or Mods. Here's a fun and informative diagram that I found to help! Help Us Build a Review Community at www.Youratevapes.com:

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            Glass Connoisseur Terminology

            Glass Connoisseur Terminology

             

             

            Remember the days when you'd simply smoke out of a glass pipe?

            Well, those days are over and it can be overwhelming learning about all the new technologies and terminologies.

            From ash catchers to Zong's we got you covered on all the info you need!

             

            Adapter-  If you have a bong that you love but can't find the right size bowl to fit, then an adapter is what you need! Adapters can also be used to convert a female joint to a male joint.

            Adapter at Up N Smoke headshop in Fort Collins, Colorado.

             

            Ashcatcher/AC - An attatchment for a bong that slides into the diffuser containing another water pool and downstem to catch the ashes. Keeps a real smokers pipe clean for longer by never letting the ashes touch the tube.


             

            Atomizer- The heating element in a vaporizer used to make liquids, concentrates, and/or dry herb into vapor to be inhaled.

             


            Bell (Curve) - An upside down bowl almost. Used in bongs with a Ti Pad or when taking knife hits. Attach the Ti pad to the bell curve or hold the knives under the bell and inhale like you would a normal hit. 

            Here a video of a bell curve in action:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YzxOTBO3aM


            Bent Neck/BN - refers to the angling of either a bowl, down stem, diffuser or mouthpiece of a tube. 


            Bistabil - refers to a joint that is made 52% thicker than the standard joint. This is where the down stem slides into the tube. A standard joint is 1.8mm, while Bistabil is 2.8mm. The next step up is Uber, 4.0mm thick

            Image is: Heavy Wall Female 19/26 Bistabil Joint 125mm Overall Length


            Bore - The diameter of the tube on a bong normally measured in mm. How thick the glass is. The most common are 14mm and 18mm. Here is a picture for size comparison.



            Bulge - If a bong has a percolator, it may have thicker glass or a wider diameter than the rest of the bong. This section is referred to as a Bulge.

            Bushing diffuser -  Reduces the normal joint size to a smaller one. A bushing diffuser is typically 18mm to 14mm, 18 being the male joint, which slides into the pipe and the 14 being the female joint. Can be used to lower the bowl away from your face.

             

            Button Bowl - A gong slide with 4 holes on the bottom instead of one; designed by Dr. Gadget of TCT. A button bowl is like having a glass screen built right into your bowl.



            Bubbler - If a bong and a bowl had a baby it would be a bubbler. Bubblers have a bowl, down stem, water chamber and mouth piece all in one piece of glass. 


            Carb - A hole on a piece that is covered during inhalation, but is uncovered to clear the chamber of smoke.

            Carb Cap- Once you place your dab on a nail and start inhaling, you can place a carb cap on top of your nail to restrict the airflow into the rig through just the small contact area between the carb cap and the edge of the nail. Carb cap gives you thicker, better tasting smoke.

            Carb cap at the headshop Up N Smoke in Fort Collins, Colorado

            Carbon Filter - Small piece of glass placed between the slide and down stem containing a sphere that is filled with carbon rock used to filter the smoke even farther. 

            Cash(ed) - When you've smoked all the green and there is only ashes left.



            Chillum - A pipe that is a straight cylinder tube. Usually made of "worked" glass. 


            Collaboration/Colab - When two or more artists come together to work on one piece.

            “Corner the bowl” - When smoking with others, it is polite to only burn the edge of the bowl to leave green hits for everyone else. 



            Crown(ed) -A style where marbles are fumed around a bowl or mouthpiece

             

             

            Dabber- Put your concentrates on the end of a dabber then place on a heated nail and inhale! Dabbers can be made of glass, quartz, titanium, or ceramic.

            Dabber. Up N Smoke headshop Fort Collins, Colorado

             

            D-Cut - Diamond cut, which refers to a diffuser with a specific pattern of cuts where small slits are made at the bottom on the end of the down stem in a bong or bubbler.

            Diffuser: The principle of diffusion in when a single volume of gas passes through a liquid as multiple smaller volumes. The combined surface area of the small bubbles is greater then that of the un-diffused air if it were expressed directly to the water from an outlet the size of the induction port. The greater surface area of any gas bubble traveling through a liquid promotes higher rates of exchange.


            Disc Diffuser - A type of diffuser mostly used in stemless tubes but becoming more popular. A disc covered with water, and as you inhale, the smoke is forced through the holes/slits pierced in the disks, thus diffusing the smoke.

            Double - Slang term referring to tubes with two chambers.

            Down-Stem- The glass tube between the bowl and the bong. Some bongs have fixed down stems (Can't take them out) and others have no down stem. There are many different styles of down stems like regular slit down stem, gritted down stem, showerhead down stem, 6 arm-8arm down stem, etc. The cuts in the down stems (no matter the type) is where the bubbles come from. More cuts/slits = smoother hit.

            Down stem info from the head shop Up N Smoke in Fort Collins, Colorado

            Drop-Down- Drop downs are a great attachment to keep the bowl further from the bong. Drop downs can protect your rig from the extreme heats it will face from nails. We often hear of customers accidentally hitting their rig with the torch but if you have a drop-down then you might hit the drop down instead which is a much less expensive replacement! Plus, they look cool and add some pizzazz to your rig!

            Drop down at the headshop Up N Smoke Fort Collins, Colorado

            Drop down at the headshop Up N Smoke Fort Collins, Colorado


            Dry Piece - Any smoking device that does not use any kind of water filtration. 

            E-Nail: Electronic Nails are used for dabbing without the need for butane and a torch. Just plug it in, select your temperature, and do your thing!

            We carry one of the cheapest e-nails on the market: 710 Whip. Also comes with a ceramic nail and cap. Comes in different colors!

            710 whip e-nail. Fort Collins, Colorado head shop Up N Smoke

            Flame Polished - The process of cutting a logo or image onto a glass piece. It gets it's name because originally when the piece is removed, the area on the glass is rough and is then "polished" with a flame to make it clear


            Foot - Base of the bong. 

            Fuming -  When a piece is vaporized with silver and gold. Fumed pieces change color the more you smoke out of it. The top photo is before it was smoked with and the bottom photo is after.



            Glass on Glass/GonG -Standard water pipes (bongs) use a glass slide and a rubber stopper to seal off the chamber, but GonG is a more advanced system that involves precision laser glass cutting so the GonG pieces fit perfectly together, creating a more efficient means of smoking. GonG is also a way to "add on" to your bong, including ashcatchers, filters, diffusers, pretty much anything that is compatible.Typically measured in 14mm or 18mm, which refers to the joint diameter (alternatively, 14.4 or 18.8) Glass on glass joints provide a superior seal to rubber grommets.

             

            Health Stone:

            Health stones are great for people who are new to concentrates because you hit it the same way you'd hit a flower pipe. Put your concentrates on the carbon filter and use a mini torch to heat slightly above the concentrate. A Healthstone is completely inert, meaning it won’t produce any smoke or vapors themselves. The dab absorbs into the stone, then vaporizes out once it gets hot enough.

            Health Stone Up N Smoke Fort Collins, Colorado headshop

             

            Screens - Screens are used in the bowl piece to keep whatever your smoking in the bowl and not in your mouth. The screens keeps the weed in the bowl but still allows for airflow. Glass screens last longer than metal screens.


             


            Heady Glass - Glass that is made by a glass blowing artist by hand. These are more like works of art rather than production glass that is made all the same. Heady glass is a one of a kind unique piece. 

             

            Ice Notches - Ice notches are used in bongs to hold ice in the tube without it falling into the water. Putting ice in your bongs allows for a cooler, smoother hit.



            Inline - Refers to a "sideways stem" in the piece found in ashcatchers and bongs, the stem normally has d-cuts or piercings throughout



            Joint -  Area where the tube jets out with an opening for a down stem to fit into. (Bistabil/Uber)

            Keck Clip - Small plastic clip used to secure a GonG down stem to the tube so it doesn't accidentally get pulled out when removing the slide.

             

            Milk - To fill a tube completely with smoke to where everything is completely white.

             

            Nail- "Nails" are attachments for dabbing. There are many different styles of nails like Grail Nail, Dome and Nail, Dozer Nail, and Banger Nail. The biggest difference between them all is mostly aesthetic.

            There are also different materials that can be used to make nails. These include titanium, quartz, glass, or ceramic.

            Make sure you get the right size nail! The most common sizes are 14mm or 18mm. 

            Types Of Nails Fort Collins head shop Up N Smoke

            Types of materials for nails. Fort Collins, Colorado head shop Up N Smoke

            Nail sizes. Fort Collins, Colorado head shop Up N Smoke

             

            Nectar Collector- Nectar Collectors are a great way to dab! They are portable, you can put water in them, and they are a faster-easier alternative to dab rigs. The main function of Nectar Collectors is that they can be dragged over concentrates to be inhaled. Use a torch to heat up the end, dip it in your concentrate, and inhale!

            Nectar Collector. Headshop Up N Smoke in Fort Collins, Colorado

             Nectar Collector. Headshop Up N Smoke in Fort Collins, Colorado

             

            Percolator - An Extra camber usually made up of 3-4 tree arms. It allows smoke to be further filtered by water, creating a smoother hit. See our graphic below to learn more about how percs work!

            How Percolators Work. Fort Collins, Colorado head shop Up N Smoke

            How Percolators Work. Fort Collins, Colorado head shop Up N Smoke

            How Percolators Work. Fort Collins, Colorado head shop Up N Smoke

             


            Pierced - Referring to a diffuser with small holes or circles are made at the bottom on the end of the down stem, instead of small slits (D-Cut).



            Punch - The hole in the bottom of a bowl/slide.

            Push - Referring to the depression inside a slide/bowl; where the weed goes.



            Production Glass - Production glass usually refers to any cheap mass produced imported glass. It is best to stay away from this kind of glass because they are made with thinner glass that breaks easily. It can also refer to production style pipes from glass blowing artists that are made exactly the same opposed to one of a kind pieces. 

             

            Reclaim Catcher: Reclaim catchers are a great add on for your rig or waterpipe. It has a removable cup to catch your concentrates, allowing you to reuse it. Reclaim can be a harsh smoke so it might be better to use it in edibles/topicals.

            Reclaim Catcher. The headshop Up N Smoke in Fort Collins, Colorado.

            Reclaim Catcher. The headshop Up N Smoke in Fort Collins, Colorado.

             

            Recyclers- A recycler is a style of water pipe that has a second chamber that "recycles" the smoke. Intended for extra filtration and a smoother hit.

            Recycler at the head shop Up N Smoke in Fort Collins, Colorado

             

            Sherlock- A sherlock pipe is just the style of pipe with a very long tube and looks like a pipe Sherlock Holmes would use. 

            Sherlock. Headshop Up N Smoke in Fort Collins, Colorado

            Sherlock. Headshop Up N Smoke in Fort Collins, Colorado

             

            Shower head - A diffuser with a rounded ball or cylinder with cuts or holes all the way around its edge to diffuse the smoke. Looks similar to a shower head in your bathroom.

             

            Slide/Bowl -The small piece with a glass on glass joint where you put the weed. It is removed from the tube when clearing a hit to increase airflow. 


            Snorkel Carb - A carb that usually rises from the bottom of a can in a bubbler and looks similar to a snorkel.

             

            Splash Guard- A splash guard on a bong is a dome shape that will allow smoke to pass through but not water, so you won't have to worry about getting a mouthful of water on a huge bong rip!

            Splash Guard at the head shop Up N Smoke in Fort Collins, Colorado

             

            Steamroller - A piece in the shape of a long cylinder with a bowl in the middle and also openings at each end to clear the smoke.



            Spoon - A dry pipe used to smoke marijuana that is shaped similarly to a spoon. 



            Stemless - Refers to a tube that has no removable down stem, instead it has an attached glass stem that goes down into the water chamber

            Stuff and puff - The term used for putting color on the inside of a vessel of clear glass by blowing the color into the inside of the clear tube.

            Teardrop - A slide that has a handle that goes down to a point and resembles a sideways teardrop.

             

            Ti - Slang term for a titanium pad, usually on a metal swivel attached to a bell curve that is heated up and then used to vaporize extracts.


            Tube/Bong - Slang term for a marijuana smoking water pipe. 

             


            Uber - The thickest female glass on glass joint available. Standard joint is 1.8mm, Bistabil is 2.8mm, Uber is 4.0mm tubing. 



            Worked - An area of glass that is filled in with color beyond the normal "clear" glass.

            Zong- Any type of bong thats tube is zig-zag shaped.

            Zong Bong Up N Smoke headshop Fort Collins, Colorado

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