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    4 Uses of Technology in the Cannabis Industry You Might Not Realize

    4 Uses of Technology in the Cannabis Industry You Might Not Realize

    It’s abundantly clear that the influence of technology in our lives is only going to grow as the years go by. Technology now exists in every industry in existence, often in ways that you don’t  realize or may not even be able to imagine.

    Take cannabis, for instance. We all know that technology has influenced the way we consume it thanks to vaping devices and techniques, but we’re willing to bet that you’re not aware of all the roles technology has played in the cannabis industry and will play in the future. Here are four types of technology you might not be aware of and we think they’re pretty darn cool:

    Cryptocurrencies

    The cryptocurrency you’re probably most familiar with is likely Bitcoin due to the huge gains we’ve been seeing for the past couple of years, which have kept it in the news on a regular basis. Heck, it’s also likely that many people reading this own some Bitcoin themselves. It’s important to realize, however, that there are several types of cryptocurrencies out there and they all function in the same way. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have been handy in the cannabis industry because of the ease in which money can be sent. You basically cut out the need for a bank. Given the volatile nature of banking in the cannabis industry, this is a good thing. Plus, it works as digital cash, so sellers don’t have to worry about chargebacks.

    Virtual Reality

    Don’t worry… when we talk about virtual reality in the cannabis industry, we don’t mean that you’ll be enjoying your marijuana through an online avatar in the next installment of The Sims or Second Life. What this technology allows you to do, for example, is interact with cannabis in a virtual world before you make a purchase. For instance, you can access a virtual dispensary that allows you to inspect a variety of buds - and even “smoke” them to see what they’re like - from the comfort of your smartphone. This cuts out a lot of the guesswork when it comes to trying new strains or ones you’re not familiar with.

    3D Printing

    Many people see 3D printing as a technology that will someday become a part of every household, giving us the ability to print pretty much anything we want, with the only limitations being the required materials and our imagination. In terms of cannabis, 3D printing can be used to create bongs, bowl pieces, and vaporizers, along with other tools and accessories. Some companies are even jumping onboard this trend by providing unique design options of the raw materials you’ll need. This makes the process of 3D printing in the cannabis industry both functional and fun, and puts the power of production in the hands of creative users.

    Concentrate Extraction

    Cannabis concentrates (such as wax, shatter, and crumble) have helped unlock a slew of plant extraction methodologies. The technologies needed for these extraction methods, both mechanical and chemical, have been developing over the years, and we’re finally seeing their potential play out. The methods that we’re seeing crop up are providing safer, more efficient ways to bring cannabis to the masses, often at a lower cost. Some of these processes haven’t been perfected quite yet, but we’re seeing technological updates and advancements on a regular basis.

    Vaprwear is a valued proponent of the cannabis industry, and it shows in many of our products thanks to our unique vaping integration system. If you’d like to know what we offer, be sure to reach out to the professionals for any questions you may have.

    10 Items You Need to Stay Safe on a Trail

    10 Items You Need to Stay Safe on a Trail

    No matter where you are or what the terrain may be, walking a trail is always an awesome experience. You get away from being cooped up at home, experience nature in all its glory, and burn calories with every step you take. The saying in Colorado is that if you are going to hike, prepare for it like you will be hiking overnight. Even if you only plan to be gone for an hour or two.

    Safety is always a concern, of course. If you injure yourself by twisting your ankle or find yourself in an area you don’t recognize, you’ll be glad that you had the right type of equipment with you. Here is a quick list of 10 items that you should take along every time you embark on a trail, whether it’s a new path or one you’re familiar with:

    Food and Water

    Water is essential to bring along, even on a relatively short walk. This will keep you hydrated throughout your trek. Camelbak hydration systems are a great option (and they integrate with our Hydro-Vape backpacks...) Also, foods high in fat will give you energy when it's needed, so bring along a few snacks to keep you going.

    Cell Phone

    Although many popular places to hike are in rural areas that don’t get the best reception, it’s always good to bring along your cell phone in case you need help and can get at least a bar or two.

    Beacon

    If things get really bad and you don’t think you’ll be able to find your way back, you will love the fact that you have a beacon to alert a search and rescue team to your whereabouts by way of a satellite system. Activating a beacon can be pricey, but if your life is on the line, it’s obviously worth the cost.

    First Aid Kit

    Be sure to select a first aid kit that is compact and weatherproof. Then, fill it with at least the bare necessities like waterproof matches, stomach and pain medication, bandages, gauze, an emergency mylar blanket, and any prescription medications that you might need.

    Compass

    Sometimes, the simplest solution is the best solution. Bringing a compass along will allow you to always know which direction you should head in if you get lost and need to find your way back to civilization.

    Flashlight

    Regardless of what time you’re hitting the trail, it’s a good idea to pack a flashlight just in case you get lost and are forced to stay in the woods overnight or navigate once the sky has fallen dark.

    Fire-Starting Tools

    This is another must-have, especially if your trail is located in an area that tends to get cold. There are plenty of options here, from simple things like matches and lighters to products that create an instant fire no matter the weather.

    Knife

    Any good survivalist will tell you that a knife is an essential tool. You never know when you might need one, especially if you’re stranded and need to gut a fish or skin an animal for food. Heck, you can even use a knife to whittle a branch into a makeshift spear to kill your next meal, which means it can pull double duty.

    Air Horn

    An air horn is another item with more than one function. The loud sound it makes can help you alert nearby (and not-so-nearby) persons of your whereabouts, and it can also be used to ward off unwanted critters that you might come across.

    Bear Spray

    If you plan to hike in what’s known as “bear country,” you need a way to protect yourself, which basically means equipping yourself with bear spray. These sprays can absolutely save your life and the lives of anyone with you. Sage Advice: If you are in a group and see a bear, you don’t need to outrun the bear, just the slowest person in your group.

    All joking aside, Vaprwear is a huge proponent of being outdoors and a healthy lifestyle. These supplies will help you stay safe on your next hiking adventure and you can add to the list as you see fit. If you’d like to know more about our products, especially the ones featuring our integrated vapor delivery system, be sure to reach out to our wonderful staff.

    5 Essential Tips to Stay Warm Outside

    5 Essential Tips to Stay Warm Outside

    Winter brings with it tons of fun for people of all ages. Whether engaging in snowball fights, hitting the slopes, or spending the day snowmobiling or snowshoeing through your favorite woodsy area, there's simply no time quite like winter. And by that we mean - it's really cold! Whether you're like us and you live in a traditionally cold locale, or you're a visitor who loves enjoying all that snow has to offer, a big part of your enjoyment is to ensure that you stay warm. This can present a challenge when it's below freezing, but there are simple solutions that will help you get the most out of the winter season without freezing your cojones off. Here are a few tips that we would suggest: 

    Layer Your Clothing 

    Human beings lose heat through a process called conduction, which occurs when your skin comes into contact with something cold. This includes sitting on cold surfaces and cold wind blowing against your body, so the problem is all around you. Your best defense is to put on a few layers of clothing. Long-sleeve shirts and jackets are obvious, but you should start with thermal underwear and thick, wool socks, and then follow that up with a breathable layer that keeps the heat in. 

    Colorado Pro Tip: Adjust Your Layers

    While the above tip about layering your clothing will do well in many situations, there are times when you'll want to lighten the load a bit. This is typically the case when you'll be exerting yourself more than normal, such as when you're skiing or snowshoeing. A lack of wind can also cause you to adjust your layers. It will be impossible to avoid sweating, but lessening the layers will help. If in doubt, ask someone at the local clothing shop - they get asked for advice all the time. 

    Protect Your Head ... Ears ... Neck 

    Although it's a myth that we lose nearly 50 percent of our body heat through the top of our head, any exposed area on your body can prevent you from staying as warm as possible. For your head, you want to engage in a triple-threat sort of attack against the cold - hat for the top of your head, muffs for your ears, and scarf for your neck. Wearing something that covers your face isn't a bad idea, either. 

    Eat High-Fat Snacks 

    As you know, your body operates like a machine, and that means you need to provide fuel on a regular basis to keep it running properly. This fuel helps maintain your energy level and your core body temperature. Snacks high in fat - think nuts, cheese, and chocolate - will keep your body going for a long duration, so be sure to keep some handy at all times and eat a couple things anytime you feel fatigued or colder. 

    Ditch the Alcohol 

    Forget what you see in the movies - the idea that alcohol is a good beverage to drink in order to stay warm is a total myth. In fact, alcohol lowers your core body temperature, which means it has the opposite effect than what many people think. Warm beverages like coffee or - mmmmm - hot chocolate will hit the spot and warm your body. Carry a hot drink with you so that you can stay both warm and hydrated. 

    In addition to these great tips to help you stay warm, you're going to need the right type of clothing to get you through the day and night. We invite you to check out the offerings of VaprWear -- our products are not only fashionable and functional but also include an integrated vaping design for those who want further convenience.

    The Best Gear for Winter Sports

    The Best Gear for Winter Sports

    The best thing about January? There are still about two months to take part in winter activities! Of course, to take full advantage of the snowy weather, you’re going to need to stock up on some great winter gear. There's no time like the present to outfit yourself to conquer the cold or upgrade your current setup! Our go-to list looks like this:

    Winter Clothes

    With a couple months of winter under our belts, it might be time for a clothing upgrade. Ditch the less-than-awesome apparel at the bottom of your drawer for tech apparel that will keep you warm - and keep up with your lifestyle. Did you know that wool is so great because when wet it keeps it temperature? Once cotton is wet it begins to cool leaving you chilly and open to hypothermia. We might be gear geeks, but you will thank us when you check out Smartwool socks for your winter boots or skis: https://www.smartwool.com/mens.html

    Snowshoes

    Snowshoes have evolved by leaps and bounds in recent years, offering comfort and maneuverability like never before. If you haven't tried out this addicting winter sport yet, get after it. This list of the best snowshoes on the market is a winner: https://www.outsidepursuits.com/best-snowshoes/ Our team likes the MSR Evo. Keeps you above the snow and on the move. Find out for yourself on your next adventure!

    Snowboard

    Who knows more about skiing and snowboarding than Coloradans? No one. Our favorite gear comes from our local brethren. This list of the top Colorado gear companies for snow sports is not messing around: https://303magazine.com/2016/02/best-7-colorado-ski-and-snow-companies-to-know-about/ Our personal fave, SubQ, is some of the best gear around. Their military inspired gear is our jam. Oh yeah, they won the 2016 Outside Magazine Gear of the Show Award at Outdoor Retailer. 

    Ski & Snowboard Racks

    Traveling with equipment needed for winter activities is a lot easier when you have something to help you haul it around. For skis and snowboards, the best thing to have is a rack that attaches to the top of your vehicle. Hard to believe that anyone is Colorado doesn’t already have a rack on their car.  Getting the right one can be complicated though. Check out REI’s website with the complete list of things to consider before purchasing a roof rack: https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/car-racks.html 

    Snacks and Drinks

    You don’t want to head out into the snow without sustenance. Keeping up your energy, even if you’re simply walking around in the snow, is an absolute must. Energy drinks and foods with a high fat content will keep you going for the long haul. Look for minimally processed items with little or no added sugar - they'll keep you going longer without a sugar crash later. Check out Runner’s World top 25 snacks: https://www.runnersworld.com/snacks/25-great-snacks-for-runners

    Duffle Bag and/or Backpack

    Since you’re going to be carrying around so much stuff, you’ll need something to put it all into. Duffle bags and backpacks come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so you’ll want to take your time and choose one that works for you and best fits your needs. If you're constantly fighting with that one zipper or losing things through the hole in the bottom of your bag, it's upgrade time. Not to toot our own horn, but our Hydro-Vape Backpack is built for winter adventure. To prevent freezing, we routed the hydration hose inside the shoulder strap and tucked away the mouthpiece inside the TechChamber. Add in instant access to vaping, and you’re set to hydrate and elevate. Bam. You can snag one here: https://vaprwear.com/collections/shop-packs

    Vaprwear loves winter about as much as we love vaping, which is to say - a lot! Our products are simultaneously functional and fashionable. Reach out to us if you’d like to place an order or have any questions about our products.

    Simple Tips for Vaping When It’s Cold Outside

    Simple Tips for Vaping When It’s Cold Outside

    Whether you live in Colorado like we do or another area where temperatures dip below freezing, there's a good chance that your vaping experience has been less than awesome at times. This can run the gamut from annoying (if you vape for recreation) to dangerous (if you vape for medical purposes). To cut down on any headaches that you may experience while vaping in cold weather, we've compiled a few tips that will help you get through the winter months:

    Avoid Moisture 

    It is imperative that you keep any electronic device away from moisture during the winter and that certainly goes for vaping gear. During these colder months of the year, condensation is something you must be aware of no matter where you go. If your vaping gear is exposed to moisture for too long, your vaporizer could be damaged. So, make sure that your equipment is stored in a case or bag when traveling through the cold. And once you take it out, be sure to return to the safety of the case or bag immediately after use. 

    Conserve the Battery 

    Colder temperatures cause issues with batteries due to a decrease in the rate of chemical reactions. When you use your vaping gear, the battery must work harder to keep everything running smoothly. If the temperature drops below -4 degrees Fahrenheit, the battery may not work at all. To keep the battery operating, be sure to follow the tip listed above and carry the vaping gear in a case or bag. Also, be sure not to charge the battery in freezing temperatures or leave it in a vehicle overnight. And you definitely want to keep the vape clean, as heating resin will force the battery to work harder as well. 

    Use a Silicone Sleeve 

    A silicone sleeve is made to trap heat, which will cut down on your battery's workload. Some vapes include a silicone sleeve when you purchase the equipment, but chances are, you'll need to pick one up separately. Don't worry - they're not too pricey, and they come in multiple colors! That being said, it's important to keep in mind that even with a silicone sleeve, it's a good idea to turn up the heat a bit as often as possible. This will keep the battery from working too hard, thereby adding to the battery's efficiency. 

    Stay Away from Metal Mouthpieces 

    Many of us who have lived in freezing temperatures for a good chunk of our lives understand the dangers of touching our tongue or lips to metal when it's especially cold outside. While it may sound funny to think about, getting your vape stuck on your tongue or lips is no laughing matter. The easiest way to avoid such issues is to vape using a rubber, plastic, or glass mouthpiece. 

    Choose E-Liquids Wisely

    Many vapers don't realize the significance of what they're vaping when the temperature turns especially cold. During the winter months, it's recommended that you use an e-liquid with a higher propylene glycol content. This is because pure vegetable glycerin typically has the consistency of syrup when exposed to cold weather, which will hinder the operation of the coil. Also, be sure to store your e-liquid in a warm location to avoid freezing.

    If you follow the tips above, there's a good likelihood that you'll be able to avoid vaping problems during the cold winter months no matter where you live. Vaprwear sets its sights on making vaping both easy and fun by offering clothing that uses an integrated delivery system. Check out our catalog of items and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out.