Distancing – Gift or Burden

This past week I had the opportunity to listen to a presentation by Canadian financial expert Benjamin Tal. This, for me, was like finding the lost piece of a thousand-piece puzzle! He started by describing the world as being “frozen.” What an appropriate description!

Schools are closed and so are most businesses. Layoffs and the need to work from home have left streets empty. Thoughts of buying or selling a house are just that – thoughts. The price of gas is extremely low, yet we are not going anywhere!

Mr. Tal stated that the world will not change until an effective vaccine is discovered and, even though every country is working day and night with this end in mind, it could be months until we are successful in this quest. Finally, I could begin adjusting my life to fit a timeline that was much longer than I had previously expected or hoped for.

I have noted that people’s perspectives seem to fall into three distinct groups. The first is the group that thinks the media is catastrophizing the problem and that the pandemic isn’t serious. They carry on with their activities, ignoring recommendations from government and health professionals while minimizing the situation. Part of this, I believe is because they haven’t been directly affected by COVID-19 or even seen high numbers of affected people where they live. Their belief is that even if they get the virus, their symptoms will be mild.

The opposite end of the spectrum is the group that is preparing for the worst. They have hoarded food and expect that they will have to protect their families from those who might want to take it when supplies run out. Some even have made preparations to hide out and defend themselves until what could be “the end”.

The third group sits somewhere in the middle. They are aware of how COVID-19 has affected others and are using caution based on health recommendations. They know that the virus doesn’t move but that people move, and the virus goes with them so are willing to physically distance themselves from those who might be carriers.

Many global citizens are now using their time at home to do things that might not otherwise occur – like painting the basement, cleaning drawers, cooking and baking, telling stories over the internet to grandchildren, reading books that were bought long ago, learning a language, making music, and completing work projects from home that were previously neglected. Funny how many times we have thought “If I just had a few days at home”. Well, now we have it.

The next three months might be the worst that we will face as we wait for governments and banks to process requests for financial relief and learn to settle in with the new lifestyle that we didn’t ask for. Also, we are facing a somewhat uncomfortable learning curve as individuals, schools and companies are having to create different ways to deliver goods, services and information.

The good news can be summarized in the words of my wise Norwegian grandmother “This Too shall pass”. But we need to be realistic. It is NOT going to pass for a long, long time.

So, how will you view and respond to the need for distancing over the next weeks and months? Will you resent it and live with anxiety while you impatiently wait for life to return to normal? (Sorry, it will never be exactly the same). Or will you embrace this time and use each day as a unique gift where you can give thanks for what you have instead of what you have lost?

You can’t change the world, but you can change your attitude! Are you thinking gift or burden?

If you are struggling, you can call a psychologist for help. Many of us have secure video sites so we can see each other while we talk. Remember, we are all in this together!

The Basics of Vape Pens

The functionality of a cigarette or pipe is quite easy to understand. All you need to do is light a cigarette and inhale the smoke it produces. On the other hand, a vape pen is somewhat mysterious. However, the way it works is not complicated either. The difference between these units and the traditional units is that they have a heating element instead of fire. Let’s find out more.

Basically, when the tobacco, dry herb, oil or wax heats up, the chemicals found inside transform into vapor. Aside from this, both nicotine and THC turn into vapor at a temperature that is lower than plant matter combustion point. Therefore, vaporizing is a healthy substitute for smoking.

The basics of Vape Pens

Typical vape pens share similar looks with a traditional pen. They have a cartridge for cannabis buds, wax, oil or a different medical herb. Often, the rechargeable battery is a vital part of the device. The mouthpiece is removable so you can clean it without any effort. On some units, you can find temperature adjustment buttons.

These devices are easy to use and can be found in a lot of price tags, materials, colors and shapes. Besides, you can find fresh models in the market.

Materials used in the device

Vape pens use different types of cannabis, oils, waxes, dry herbs and liquids. All of these are concentrated form of the leaves and buds of marijuana. The THC is obtained from the plant with the help of ice water or a solvent.

For concentrate making, the two common chemicals are pressurized carbon dioxide and butane. As far as butane is concerned, the solvent turns into vapor and leaves a little bit of residue. On the other hand, carbon dioxide is a better way of getting the THC concentrate. However, it requires you to go for expensive machinery.

The Health Benefits of Vaping

Smoking has its adverse consequences but vape pens have a few health benefits as well. You can find new types of these units on the market. More and more research studies are being done to find out more health benefits of these devices.

Vape Mods

For the first time, vaporizers were developed by a pharmacist in China. Actually, his goal was to quit smoking. In a few years, these devices appeared in a lot of countries. However, some countries have banned them altogether.

Aside from this, laws regarding vape pen keep on changing with time. According to many studies, vaporized nicotine can be an effective method if you want to quit smoking. Nowadays, a heated debate is happening to set laws to regulate the use of these units.

For instance, in California, there are regulations to use vape pen. Most people use vape mods to vaporize nicotine and avoid other tobacco products. These units look like a pen. Vape mods use a small cartridge that contains e-liquid. This liquid is made of propylene glycol and liquid nicotine with different flavors. The battery heats up the liquid until it hits 375 degrees and releases vapor that you can inhale via a mouthpiece.

Here Is What You Need to Know About Vaping As a Beginner

Vaping refers to the inhalation and exhalation of the aerosol or vapor. Typically, it’s produced by a device, such as the electronic version of smokers. This term is in use as they don’t emit tobacco smoke. The problem is that people mistake aerosol for water vapor, but there is a difference between the two. Let’s find out more.

Vapor is actually water vapor that comprises fine particles that have different amount of toxic chemicals. It’s important to keep in mind that these chemicals may cause heart disease, respiratory disease and cancer, to name a few.

Since these units became quite common with the passage of time, vaping has gone up in popularity. They were made available in the market in 2007, in the United States. Therefore, the statistics tell us that these products are taking the place of regular cigarettes, which is why you should give them a go. And we can say for sure that you won’t regret your decision.

As far as vaping devices are concerned, they include vape pens and modern vaporizers, aka MODS as well. The electronic type looks like the regular type, but vape pens look like big fountain pens. Also, what makes them different from other alternatives include cost and design. The design is simple but cost is a bit higher. Aside from this, they are customizable to meet the needs of users.

Typically, a vaping unit comprises many components, such as a battery, e-liquid cartridge, heating parts and a mouthpiece. When you turn on the device, the battery powers the heating part that transforms the liquid into aerosol. The user inhales the aerosol and then exhales a few seconds later.

Usually, the e-liquid found in these products has a nicotine based propylene glycol. Aside from this, it contains artificial flavors, metals or other chemicals. However, it doesn’t contain tobacco. Keep in mind that some users use the units for vaping THC. This chemical is used to produce the mind-altering effects just like marijuana. Similarly, it creates effects that flakka produce, which is a synthetic drug.

As far as the popularity is concerned, the most popular product is called JUUL. This is a small unit that looks like a computer flash drive. Since it has a subtle design, it is easier to hide. This is the main reason why it’s so popular among students.

The good thing is that vaping products are safer than regular tobacco based products for a number of reasons. As a matter of fact, they are quite popular in the united states. Moreover, you can choose from different flavors, such as fruit medley, mango, and crème brulee, to name a few. Also, some products contain a lot of nicotine with good flavors. In fact, some cartridges contain the amount of nicotine that can be found in a full packet of regular smoke producers.

Long story short, this was an introduction to vaping and vaping products. You can choose from your desired products to meet your vaping needs. Just make sure you don’t use these devices if you already have cancer, cardiac disease or other deadly diseases. Hope this helps.