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  • Why You’re Extra Lucky to Be Around for This St. Patrick’s Day

    With that token greeting card day and our favorite marmot-themed holiday bygone, our attentions shift to that greenest, luckiest, booziest, most culturally-appropriating holiday of the year – St. Patrick’s Day. While you’ll find a detailed history of St. Patrick’s Day elsewhere in other dark corners of the Internet, we’re counting ourselves lucky this year that vaporizing is finally a thing.

    Besides being much better for you than smoking (you can read more about that in this blog post), vaporizing your favorite oils, herbs, and dried plant materials allows you to reap all their health benefits without damaging side-effects. Also, in our opinion, vaporizing is WAY better than these … let’s call them “alternative” … methods of ingestion, application, and inhalation. Here are some things you’re lucky aren’t still things.

     

    1. The Tobacco Enema

    No, we that wasn’t an autocorrect fail. Go back and read it again. Yep, it says, “tobacco enema.” This crazy contraption from the 1770s was used to blow tobacco smoke up the nose, into the mouth or, in more extreme cases, right up the keister. A page from the Royal Human Society 1774 explained that the Tobacco Resuscitator could even be used to revive people who were dead. Though, we suspect that tobacco’s stimulant qualities do have their limits.

    Lucky for you, our Sidekick Portable Vaporizer holds up to ¼ gram of your favorite dried herbs. So you can enjoy your favorite plant materials wherever you want. And it comes with absolutely no attachments for that other thing. Also, no resurrection powers. But it does have replaceable batteries.

     

    2. The Urine Cocktail

    Throughout history, many cultures prized urine for its ability to cure all sorts of diseases – from headaches, to sleeplessness, and even as a remedy for body odor. The breaking point? SCIENCE, of course. We feel bad for the panel of doctors who actually busted this myth. But besides smelling like the underside of a bridge or maybe helping with the rare jellyfish scenario, the consensus about urine is, “Yeah, don’t drink that.”

    Lucky for you this St. Patrick’s Day season, the Super Surfer Vaporizer comes with an aromatherapy dish that will let you enjoy your favorite melts or oils. So, if you smell a little ripe from too many burpees, or from hitting the taco truck a little hard, you can buy some shower time away from your date with a sweet-smelling apartment.

     

    3. The Ketchup Cure-All

    This one … just … wow. You may not know that this tomato-based, love-it-or-hate-it condiment went from being considered poisonous in the early 1800s, to being marketed as medicine in the 1830s. After a published paper claimed that tomatoes could treat digestive problems, Dr. Archibald Miles began travelling from town to town, selling his American Hygiene Pill. The problem was, “Dr. Miles” was really just, “Mr. Miles,” and his “Hygiene Pill” was really just, “dried tomatoes.”

    After crossing paths with another so-called doctor, Miles retired to his lab and formulated the all-new “Dr. Miles’ Compound Extract of Tomato.” This cure-all (that was actually straight-up ketchup) was said to remedy everything from jaundice and coughs, to rheumatism and indigestion. Some patients were even ordered to consume more than 1½ cups of ketchup each day. And while that, alone, might be the most unappetizing sentence we’ve ever written, we are VERY interested in checking out the pile of fries that would accompany that much ketchup. But, we digress.

    Lucky for you, our flagship Silver Surfer Vaporizer features an innovative whip connection angle which keeps your herbs in the wand (where they belong), and reduces the stress on your glass. So, you’ll be in the perfect position to vaporize some peppermint for that tummy ache. And vaporizing with the Silver Surfer means you won’t have to eat 12oz. of ketchup. See? Just … wow.

    Of all the blessings that come with being born after the end of the 19th Century, we feel especially lucky this St. Patrick’s Day that we can enjoy all our favorite plants and herbs without having to do anything weird. Also, the 21st Century has cake pops.

    But the luck doesn’t stop with delicious, frosted confections. You can also rack up some serious savings this month with our March Mania (which sounds a lot like the name of that basketball event that happens in March but is reasonably and legally distinct from said event) Sale.

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  • The Solution for Smokers Suffering with Asthma

    For as many years as smoking has been around, it seems as if we’ve conjured up just as many “smoking alternatives.” From old school snuff and plug tobacco, to the more scientific nicotine gums and patches, for generations we’ve been trying to move away from smoking for one reason or another. In fact, one company was even putting R&D dollars into nicotine-infused bottled beverages; which is easily the strangest potential smoking alternative we’ve ever heard of.

    Aside from ash tray water, the trouble is each of those alternative-to-smoking methods has their drawbacks – problems in disposing of waste, inconsistent levels of key compounds, the awful taste of peach-flavored tobacco, as well as certain detrimental health effects. So, what’s the solution for anyone looking reap the benefits of certain dried plants and herbs while keeping any less-than-desirable side-effects to a minimum? You may have guessed this was coming… but (spoiler alert) the answer is VAPORIZING.

    Smokers suffering with asthma have been stuck between the rock of needing the health benefits of plant material and the hard place of not being able to breathe during and after smoking. Because of this, traditional combustion (smoking) is both a blessing and a curse. While the good stuff inside certain plants and herbs can actually help to alleviate certain symptoms of respiratory discomfort, the negative effects of traditional smoking can simultaneously wreak havoc on the respiratory tract – especially so for anyone with existing respiratory conditions.

    Essentially, for asthma sufferers, any relief provided by smoking plant or herb material is almost nullified by the drawbacks that come with smoking. It’s hard to justify a medicine that makes you sicker, or a solution that alleviates one symptom only to make another one worse.

    Because it removes the actual smoke, the unnecessary chemicals, and the superheated air that go along with combustion, vaping is an ideal solution for anyone suffering from asthma. In fact, our SideKick portable vaporizer features a ceramic heating chamber that can hold up to a ¼ gram of dried plants or herbs. Not only does this mean you get to reap all the benefits of sweet organic goodness, it also means you never have to be without relief – at home or on the go.

    Vaporizing is also a great solution for anyone with COPD or weak lungs. Our Super Surfer vaporizer features a fan-driven forced air system with variable speed control for use with a vapor bag valve system. That’s an engineering way to say that the Super Surfer will handle the work of pushing vapor into a bag that can then be used to “push” vapor into the lungs, which means even those with low inspiratory capability can still enjoy the positive effects of their favorite dried plants and herbs.

    While there are still a ton of different methods for getting all the good stuff in, there’s really no solution like vaporizing for keeping all the bad stuff out. Here at 7th Floor Vapes, we’re very proud of the products we manufacture and of the solutions those products provide to people in every walk of life. Click here to learn more about our full line of vaporizers to suit any lifestyle.

  • The Best Herbs for Respiratory Health This Winter

    Unlike your abs because you haven’t been hitting the gym lately, your respiratory system is constantly at work. And if you live in high-altitude areas like we do, your respiratory system is doing serious work. Whether you’re awake, asleep, or somewhere in between browsing Facebook, your lungs are hard at work pulling vital oxygen into your system.

    As the days of the year tick by and the temperatures drop, your immune system gets a bit more compromised. Because your body is busy using energy to keep you warm and alert, your respiratory system may not be able to filter out all the bacteria, dust, spores, viruses, and other pollutants you happen to come across.

    Unless you’re still living in Vault 111, your system is pretty much under constant attack from outside irritants. With that in mind, you should give your respiratory system a little boost this winter with these super-tough herbs.

     

    1. Peppermint.

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    For most people, winter is marked when the Pumpkin Spice everything makes its full transition to peppermint everything. This is an especially popular herb in wintertime recipes for good reason. Peppermint contains menthol, which not only soothes sore throats but also relaxes the muscles of your respiratory tract to encourage better breathing. Along with its antihistamine effects, peppermint also makes a great, natural decongestant. Plus, peppermint has the added bonus of being delicious.

     

    2. Oregano.

    When Sal over at Villapiano’s Pizza is sprinkling a little extra oregano on your meat lover’s slice, he’s actually doing you a big favor. Oregano contains a ton of nutrients, vitamins, and other trace minerals that act as a booster to your immune system. Not only does it help support good overall immune health, oregano is also great for clearing the way for airflow through your nasal passages. Whether in an essential oil or in dried form, oregano is one of those “super-herbs” that you should always keep on hand.

     

    3. Plantain Leaves.

    If you’re familiar with Shakespeare’s comedy “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” you know that when Costard hurts his shin, it’s plantain (not Tylenol) he cries out for. That’s because even as far back as the 1500s, plantains have been prized for their anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and analgesic properties. When it comes to your respiratory system, plantain leaves can work their magic to help relieve a cough, a tickle in your throat, or just about any other lung irritation – especially irritation caused by dry air.

     

    4. Eucalyptus.

    Eucalyptus is the greatest thing to come out of Australia since Russell Crowe. Or maybe we have that backwards. In any event, eucalyptus is a common ingredient in throat lozenges and oil diffusions for good reason. Natural eucalyptus contains this nifty little compound called cineole, which fights nasal congestion, soothes inflamed sinuses, eases coughs, and acts as an expectorant to help loosen mucus in your lungs. Plus, “eucalyptus” is super fun to say.

     

    DoterraGroupedWhether you’re packing your SideKick with up to a quarter gram of dried herbs, or you’re using the aromatherapy dish on your Super Surfer to diffuse oils, give your respiratory system a good boost this winter with these wonder-herbs.

    Click here for more information on our world class vaporizers.

  • Why You Should Stop Smoking (and Start Vaping)

    In the timeline of human achievement, vaporizing technology is relatively new. Aromatherapy as whole, however, is definitely not. For centuries upon centuries, we’ve been heating herbs and plants and inhaling their inner goodness. But because of a lack of portable vaporizing technology through the millennia, we’ve also been stuffing those plants and herbs into little bits of paper, setting them on fire, and inhaling them THAT way.

    That’s right. We’re about to have “The Smoking Talk.” Because just like your Aunt Glenda, we care about your health. (But we don’t bake cookies nearly as well as she does.)

     

    Why Smoking Is Bad

    Besides a few definite, hopefully obvious, no-nos (castor plants, belladonna, water hemlock, and strychnine, to name a few), it could be argued that the overall medicinal effects of just about any dried herb are overwhelmingly positive. From tobacco, to marijuana, to a variety of other plants and herbs, each of these little bits of green goodness can have a positive effect upon your body and health. But seriously...don’t ever ingest castor plants, belladonna, water hemlock, or strychnine.

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    In the case of smoking, the material being smoked isn’t the issue so much as the delivery method is. Like the great big cartoon bear taught us, fire gives rise to smoke. And smoke is the archenemy of your respiratory system. Combusting dried herbs not only creates superheated air and chemicals, it also ruins most of the compounds in those herbs that produce the positive effects we mentioned.

    “So you’re saying smoking is bad because it produces smoke?” Well, yes. Besides the fact that tobacco smoking still kills more than six million people around the world each year, smoke inhalation unrelated to tobacco smoking accounts for more than 10,000 deaths each year in the US alone. In fact, the best case scenario for inhaling superheated air, chemicals, gases, and particles is irritation and thermal damage to your insides. The bottom line? Smoke and your lungs are a bad match.

     

    Why Vaporizing is Good

    The American Heart Association jumped on the vaporizing train way back in 2014 in a published study that found vaporizing caused no inflammatory response, no decrease in forced expiratory volume, and promoted healthier overall pulmonary function compared to smoking. Which is a fancy way of saying vaporizing is way better for your lungs and for your immune system.

    Because there’s no such thing as a basil cigarette or a lavender cigar, vaporizing also opens the door for inhaling plants and herbs beyond the mass-produced and mass-marketed materials produced by tobacco companies. With a portable vaporizer like the SideKick by 7th Floor Vapes, you can pack up to ¼ gram of your favorite dried herbs or plants into the chamber and enjoy all their benefits on the go.

    It’s the 21st Century. And technological developments have provided a new solution to the problem that created the necessity for smoking in the first place. Jump on the Vaporizer Train. You’ll be glad you did!

    Click here for more information on the SideKick Portable Vaporizer by 7th Floor Vapes.

  • The Health Benefits of Vaping Lavender

    Long before Lavender Brown from House Gryffindor joined Dumbledore’s Army, and long before lavender was unfairly labelled as the color “Soap” in the Crayola palette (seriously, look that up), the flowering plant lavender was used the world over for religious and medicinal purposes. In fact, ancient texts indicate that lavender oil has been used by humans for more than 2,500 years.

    One of the first names for lavender was the Greek word “naardus,” after the Syrian city of Naarda; where lavender was grown and pressed into oil for use in medicine and cooking. As if it wasn’t versatile enough, the Romans even used lavender as an addition to their baths.

    Fast-forward to the 21st Century. Though we’re still using it in bath bombs, the health benefits of lavender are front and center as its ancient healing properties meet modern vaping technology. Here are some of the possible health benefits of vaping lavender:

     

    1. Lavender is a Great Stress Reliever.

    Those Romans were onto something with their ancient lavender bath bombs. Studies have shown that using lavender before bedtime can even help you relax and promote a good night’s sleep. In fact, one published study found that lavender immediately helped men and women who suffered from insomnia.

    That’s lavender-eamy.

     

    2. Lavender Can Help with Headaches.despair-513529_1280

    Though many people apply lavender essential oils directly to their temples for relief from tension headaches or migraines, vaping lavender can be even more effective in relieving your headache symptoms. The European Journal of Neurology found that inhaling lavender for just 15 minutes could bring significant relief from migraines. This is a great reason to keep your SideKick Portable Vaporizer by your side and packed with up to ¼ gram of dried lavender (and some peppermint for good measure).

    Ah, the sweet scent of relief. Pun intended. Don’t judge.

     

    3. Lavender Has Awesome Antioxidant Properties.

    Without getting too sciency, the miracle of human life involves some pretty intricate chemical processes. Probably the most common microbiological risk factor for nearly every human disease involves the presence of free radicals in the body. These toxins and pollutants can be introduced via your environment or even the food you’re eating. Now, that sounds super-scary, but your body does a boss job of releasing nifty little enzymes called “antioxidants” to banish free radicals from your system.

    However, if your body’s free radical burden is great enough (due to a compromised immune system or your Cheetos and Mountain Dew Code Red diet), your body can have a tough time producing those antioxidants. The solution? Put down the Cheetos and pick up some lavender. Researchers in China found that lavender gives you a Gretzky-esque slap shot assist in producing three of your body’s biggest, baddest antioxidants – catalase, superoxide dismutate, and glutathione.

    So besides smelling awesome and helping to round up Blast-Ended Skrewts in a Hogwarts Care of Magical Creatures class, lavender can go a long way to promote healthy sleep, relieve headache symptoms, and protect your body from disease.

    With the ultra-versatile Super Surfer Vaporizer from 7th Floor Vapes, you can vape dried lavender, diffuse your favorite lavender essential oils, or even enjoy lavender wax melts as you step into your Gryffindor pajamas and settle in for sweet dreams.

    Click here for more information on the Super Surfer Vaporizer.

  • Is Vaporizing Only Good for Herbs?

    Just in case you’ve been off-planet or living in a remote wilderness and you’re not sure what vaporizing actually is, here’s the 10-cent rundown: vaporizers use a heating element to heat organic materials to an optimum temperature for vapor release of the materials essential compounds. How’s vaporizing any different than smoking? For starters, with vaporization, there’s no fire. Which, in turn, means no combustion and no unnecessary loss of organic materials. There’s also the added bonus of no irritation to your throat, skin, or eyes.

    A common misconception is that vaporization is only for dried herbs (and one herb in particular). And while that was true at one point, vaporizing has come a long way, baby. The miracle of high-quality glass, ceramic heating elements, and convection has led to the advent of a new generation of vaporizers.

    The Super Surfer Vaporizer by 7th Floor Vapes, for example, is the world’s most versatile vape. With its impressive 24/7, 10+ year lifespan and its innovative engineering, your vaping experience doesn’t have to stop with just herbs. Here are some uses for the Super Surfer:

     

    1. Vaping Herbs

    Just to be clear, the Super Surfer doesn’t vape everything BUT dried herbs. It vaporizes everything AND dried herbs. The glass-on-glass design and the ceramic heating element mean that you’ll get all the purest, best-tasting flavor without any of the side effects of inferior vaporizers. And because there’s no flame involved, you don’t waste money burning herbs you can’t enjoy. There's probably a joke in there somewhere about money burning a hole in your pocket.

     

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    2. Vaping Leaves and Flowers

    Because of the unique angle of the glass heater cover and wand, the Super Surfer allows you to vape leaves or flowers without the worry of them falling into the heating element. This opens up a whole new world (don’t you dare close your eyes) of organic options for your vape experience – spearmint, valerian, passion flower, catnip, lavender, and even lemon balm can be vaporized directly without first being pressed into essential oils. And speaking of oils…

     

    3. Diffusing Oils & Wax Melts

    The Super Surfer comes equipped with a high-quality glass Aroma Top. Meaning you can diffuse your favorite essential oils or wax melts as you enjoy aromatherapy. There’s no reason to cut your scent session short, either, as the Super Surfer is designed for rigorous 24/7 use. But the sweet-smelling perks don’t stop there. The innovative design of the Super Surfer actually allows you to vape and diffuse AT THE SAME TIME. What a time to be alive.

     

    4. Vaping with Bags

    One of the greatest features of the Super Surfer is its fan-driven forced air system with variable speed control. The forced air system allows for the use of a bag attachment that can fill even a 10ft. bag. This allows for the purest, cleanest vapor to be delivered evenly and consistently over the course of your vaporizing session. Perhaps the most important perk to this feature is that it allows anyone with weak lungs or even those with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) to enjoy the many benefits of vaporizing.

     

    With its impressive array of innovative features (we didn’t even get started on the LED mood lighting), and its incredible versatility, the Super Surfer is easily the best choice for the discerning vape user.

    Click here to learn more about the Super Surfer.

  • 5 Ways a Vaporizer Can Get You Through Your First Semester

    For centuries, we’ve been brewing teas, chopping salads, and rubbing dabs of essential oil on our bodies. But eating, drinking, and rubbing on the skin aren’t the only ways to take in all the vital compounds in your favorite herbs and flowers. In fact, each of those delivery methods pales in comparison to our personal favorite – vaporizing.

    “Wait, so I can vaporize my favorite herbs, flowers, and oils?”

    In the immortal words of Mr. Miyagi, “Of course, Daniel-San.”

    These 5 herbs and flowers could help you focus during a study session, get a good night’s sleep, or even help you digest that 3:00am gas station burrito you totally shouldn’t have eaten (but we’re totally not judging).

     

    1. Green Tea

    Hailed the world over for its anti-aging and antioxidant properties, green tea can also provide you with a boost in energy and focus while you’re dialing in to get your study on. While boiling water can damage some of the polyphenols and flavonol found in this delicious-tasting plant, vaporizing green tea leaves much more of the good stuff intact.

     

    2. Lavender

    So if you spill a huge bottle of lavender oil all over your living room rug, are you very stressed or very relaxed? Thankfully, if you’re vaporizing this sweet-smelling plant, you’ll never have to find out. Lavender is commonly used in aromatherapy for its ability to keep you calm and relaxed. If you’re stressing about a test, pack your SideKick with up to a ¼ gram of lavender and exhale your stress away.

     

    3. Peppermint

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    The super-refreshing King of the Mint Family is a staple for vaporizer veterans. Not only does peppermint leave you feeling alert and focused, it can also aid digestion and relieve abdominal discomfort. Peppermint is also an age-old remedy from headaches. Wonder-plant? We definitely think so.

     

    4. Chamomile

    Because of its amazing ability to combat anxiety and help promote relaxing sleep, chamomile is a common ingredient in bed-time teas. But the calming, soothing qualities of these daisy-like plants can be enjoyed even more with your vaporizer. Try a pinch of eucalyptus or peppermint with your chamomile for a relaxing bed-time experience.

     

    5. Thyme

    This evergreen herb and superstar in the culinary world contains a whole bunch of a neat antiseptic compound called “thymol.” While the mystery of thymol’s name may never become unraveled, its ability to keep your lungs in good shape and improve your digestive health are no joke. Thyme also has anti-parasitic and anti-microbial properties, meaning it can help cleanse your system from harmful microbial colonies. And as an added benefit to your thyme vaporizing experience, you could say “It’s Thyme Time,” for a little bit of dad-joke satisfaction.

     

    Our Silver Surfer line of high-quality vaporizers are a great choice for your home or bedroom, and The SideKick by 7th Floor Vapes is the best choice for vaporizing your favorite dried flowers and herbs on-the-go.

    Click here to learn more about The SideKick by 7th Floor Vapes.

  • Vaporizing vs. Burning

    The health benefits of dried herbs, plants, and essential oils are no secret. Every day, millions of people around the globe turn to inhaling these natural sources of life-giving compounds over other methods of ingestion like eating, drinking, or injection. But not all methods of inhalation are created equal.

    In fact, the positive impacts of many plants, herbs, and oils can be effectively neutralized by the process of setting them on fire (combustion). More to the point, the effects of combustion can cause significant damage to the respiratory system – especially with regular use. While igniting herbs or plants is an easy way of reaching the temperature required to release the vital compounds in these plants and herbs, the smoke inhalation that comes with the process delivers dangerous carcinogens and can irritate the windpipe.

    The solution to avoiding irritation, exposure to harmful materials, and respiratory damage? Vaporization.

     

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    How Is Vaporizing Different?

    Like the process of combustion, a vaporizer heats your herbs, plants, or oils to an ideal temperature for the release of vital compounds. Unlike combustion, however, a vaporizer removes any water content and heats your herbs, plants, or oils without ever causing them to catch fire. So the vaporization process eliminates the potentially-harmful side effects of burning or smoking, while giving you access to more of the vital compounds in your herbs, plants, or oils. (We'll save all the nifty science and tech-speak for another time.)

     

    Other Benefits of Vaporizing

    In terms of positive health effects, delivery of vital compounds, and the relative speed at which your body will begin to absorb those compounds, vaporization is clearly the best choice. While you're inhaling natural compounds in an effort to improve some areas of your health, it doesn't make any sense to be inhaling harmful substances at the same time. Besides the health benefits, a vaporizer is much easier to maintain, and it can also save you money in the long-run.

    Using traditional combustion methods like smoking rolled herbs or pipes, you may find you’re having to use more of your herbs, plants, or oils to obtain your desired health effect. Not the case with vaporization. Because your vaporizer heats the material to its ideal temperature without unnecessarily destroying some or most of it through the process of combustion, you’ll use less material and get the same effects. Also, you’ll save money on consumables like rolling papers, ash trays, and different pipes that may wear out over time. Not to mention sparing your favorite new jacket from the stale smoke stench that caused you to banish your other coat to the back of the closet forever.

     

    The Bottom Line

    We won't take it as far as to say something so dramatic as, "Traditional smoking is SO 1900s," but the case for vaporizing vs. burning is an easy win for vaporizing. It's better for your lifestyle, better for your wallet, and most importantly - it's better for your health.

     

    Click here to learn more about our flagship vaporizer – The Silver Surfer.

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