Snowplus Alien pod system review: a larger pod capacity for more durable use

Snowplus Alien is another pod system from Snowplus that features its larger 2ml pod capacity taking use of FEELM technology.

Compared to the previous Snowplus Pro and Lite 1.5ml pod, the new Alien pod made with FEELM technology is 0.5ml larger than the old one.

Accordin to the Ihsu Yoon, the SnowPlus Alien commercial director, ” Ranfilm, the production company, approached me and said the client wanted to see the product in the universe environment in the concept film.
I came up with the story of Alien’s awakening and majestic launch on the “Vapor Planet” for the epic journey to the Earth.” Source

Snowplus Alien pod system specifications/ parameters

Pod capacity: 2ml

Nicotine strength: 3%,5%

Battery: 390mAh

Package content: 1 device, 1 type-c cable, 1 user manual

Origin of the name Alien

As far as VAPEHK is concerned, the new device is named Alien because its design style and technology used are much more different from previous Snowplus products.

Snowplus Alien takes use of rectangle body shape abandoning its sleek and rounder appearance of Snowplus Classic/ Pro editions. And it makes use of the FEELM ceramics heating core replacing its original TrueFeel cotton heating core.

Above are the thoughts of VAPEHK, while according to the official saying, the name Alien symbolizes a spirit of exploring the unknown of the vast universe.

Snowplus Alien pod system flavors

There are Mint, Orange Juice, Watermelon, Passion Fruit, and Peach flavors for this closed prefilled starter kit. The watermelon tastes best, while the orange juice flavor is just so so.

E-juice leakage shows up more or less in most pods, while the leakage volume is at an acceptable level. Overall, the flavor taste is at the middle level, or a little up the middle level. Better than most disposable vapes.

Since SnowPlus Alien isn’t widely launched on the global market yet, and the one we got is for internal review only, the later real edition of Snowplus Alien for the international market would be much better than we got.

Where to buy SnowPlus Alien starter kit 1

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Abyss AIO 60w Kit by Dovpo X Suicide Mods review – DirtyCheck No.140

Speaking of Dovpo, everyone will think of a series of classic devices.
Whether it’s the BPMODS series co-produced with Bruce
Or Clutch X18 Dual 18650 Mechanical Mod,
They all received much attention and love among vapers.
Today we take a look at the latest Abyss AIO 60w Kit to see what kind of surprise it brings us.

DOVPO brand introduction

Established in 2012, Shenzhen DOVPO Technology Co., Ltd is specialized in R&D, manufacturing, marketing and service of electronic cigarettes. Since the foundation, Dovpo has always been devoted to developing various electronic cigarettes for consumers.

DOVPO’s  vision is to offer innovative vape devices to the market, to be an industry-leading brand.

DOVPO’s mission is to be a reliable partner to our customers, to make the best possible devices for vapers!

Abyss AIO 60w Kit by Dovpo X Suicide Mods review

Abyss AIO kit brief view

The Suicide Mods Abyss AIO kit comes standard with the Nautilus Coil adaptor bridge but additional bridges for the Caliburn G, EUC, PnP/GTX, Nord Coils and ETHER RBA Bridge can be purchased separately, the Abyss is also compatible with all Billet Box Bridges, not only will you be spoilt for choice with what bridge/coils to use you can also remove the integrated tank section and add the Side By Side Kit (Sold Separately) which will allow you to turn you AIO kit into a Side By Side device, delivering a maximum output of 60w this is sure to tick a few boxes for most users.
The body of the Abyss is CNC’d Aluminium creating a lightweight but sturdy device, the fire button is situated in a place that makes for a ergonomic grip and feel, the OLED Display screen is placed on the base of the device as not to spoil the overall sleek look with additional screens and buttons.
The overall look and feel of the Abyss AIO can also be changed with the purchase of the button kits that are available in Square and Round in 3 different finishes, the 18650 Tubes that are available in smoke and frost, the integrated drip tip kits that are available in white delrin or black delrin and lastly the Glass pack which has 3 different colours (Smoked, Clear, Ultem)

Abyss AIO 60w Kit by Dovpo X Suicide Mods review

Abyss AIO 60w Kit by Dovpo X Suicide Mods review

Abyss AIO kit package content

1 *  ABYSS AIO Device

1 * 21700 Battery Conversion Plate

1 * Nautilus Coil Adapter Bridge

1 * Accessory Bag

1 * 21700 Battery Cover

1 * USB-C Cable

1 * Battery Usage Warning Card

1 * User Manual

Abyss AIO 60w Kit by Dovpo X Suicide Mods review

Abyss AIO 60w Kit by Dovpo X Suicide Mods review

Abyss AIO kit specifications

DOVPO Chipset

Dimensions – 83mm by 53mm by 25mm

Single High-Amp 18650 Battery – Not Included

Wattage Output Range: 5-60W

Voltage Output Range: 0.8-8.0V

Resistance Range – VW: 0.08-3.5ohm

Resistance Range – TC: 0.10-3.5ohm

Temperature Range: 200°-600°F / 100°-315°C

Setting Memory

VW Mode

Bypass Mode

TC Mode

Aluminum Alloy & Stainless Steel Construction

Intuitive Firing Button

OLED Display Screen

Two Adjustment Buttons

Adjustable Airflow System

Refillable Tank

Side Fill System – Silicone Stoppered

Versatile Coil Options

Short Circuit Protection

Low Voltage Protection

Temperature Protection

10S Overtime Protection

Reverse Battery Protection

USB Type-C Port

Abyss AIO 60w Kit by Dovpo X Suicide Mods review

Abyss AIO 60w Kit by Dovpo X Suicide Mods review

Abyss AIO kit colors

Abyss AIO 60w Kit by Dovpo X Suicide Mods review

This is a device similar to a multifunctional sleeve,
Compatible with the popular coils on the market.
It includes the self-configuration capable of DIY.
The appearance can be adapted to multiple modification schemes.
You can even connect the 510 atomizer you want.
It can be vaped with the taste, settings and personalized DIY you want.
Function and performance and even battery life give you enough space to have fun.

Abyss AIO 60w Kit by Dovpo X Suicide Mods review

Abyss AIO kit pros

1. There is a lot of room for modification DIY.
2. Good material selection and ergonomics design, sophisticated workmanship,
3. Excellent performance and configuration, can be equipped with popular coils on the market, and maintain the excellent taste
4. The process details are excellent, the tolerance is controlled strictly, and there is no problem of jamming and mismatching of adaptation.
5. Excellent air intake, enough holes to provide the most reasonable solution for the coil setup with the corresponding air intake.

Abyss AIO kit cons

1. The air inlet adjustment is very blunt, and it takes a very large force to adjust it, which is very laborious
2. The device body is generally slightly heavy.
3. The resistance of RBA flatuate too much from the 510 burning process to the installation.

Abyss AIO 60w Kit by Dovpo X Suicide Mods review


ABYSS is one of the best device so far in terms of functionality and beauty.
Many people will compare it with BB-BOX,
Compared to BB-BOX ABYSS is better, because BB-BOX is extended in a rectangle
And ABYSS is an extension outside of the body, which has already won the taste, performance and even the air intake are very good.
The unfriendly point is that new vapers need to find an adjustment plan that suits their own suitable coils to realize the best taste.

Abyss AIO 60w Kit by Dovpo X Suicide Mods review

Overall, ABYSS is really a very cost-effective good device.
And it’s deserved to be called one of the top 10 vape boxes in 2021.
And it will be more fun if there is an uninterrupted RBA-type cover later.
This excellent device Abyss AIO kit is worth having a try.
I’m Captain Dirty, see you next time!

Where to buy Abyss AIO 60w Kit @$124.99

Abyss AIO 60w Kit by Dovpo X Suicide Mods review

Marlboro maker Philip Morris could stop selling cigarettes in UK

Tobacco giant Philip Morris has said it could stop selling cigarettes in the UK in 10 years’ time as it focuses on alternatives, such as heated tobacco.

The move would mean that the firm’s flagship Marlboro brand would disappear from British shops.

The firm also indicated it would welcome a government ban on cigarettes.

Health charity Ash said it was hard to take such claims seriously from the firm responsible for selling over a tenth of cigarettes globally.

“Philip Morris can see a world without cigarettes – the sooner it happens, the better it is for everyone,” the company said in a statement.

Philip Morris eventually expects the government to ban smoking altogether and said that “strong regulation” was needed to “help solve the problem of cigarette smoking once and for all”.

The government has already pledged to end smoking in England by 2030 as part of a range of measures to tackle the causes of preventable ill health.

In comments first reported in the Mail on Sunday, Philip Morris International’s (PMI) chief executive, Jacek Olczak, told the newspaper: “I want to allow this company to leave smoking behind.”

He added: “I think in the UK, 10 years from now maximum, you can completely solve the problem of smoking.”

‘Fine words not the solution’

However, Deborah Arnott, chief executive of campaigning health charity Action on Smoking and Health (Ash) said: “Philip Morris has claimed that it wants to see the end of smoking for years now, but how can such claims be taken seriously from a company which sells more than one in 10 cigarettes smoked worldwide?,”

She stressed that ending smoking by 2030 must be a priority for the government.

“Smoking is likely to have killed more people than Covid-19 last year in the UK,” she added.

​”Fine words from Philip Morris are not the solution – funding is needed for government-backed behaviour change campaigns to discourage smoking, and support to help smokers quit.”

Michelle Mitchell, chief executive of Cancer Research UK, also called for more efforts to persuade people not to smoke, but said the tobacco industry should be made to contribute to the cost.

She added: “We’ve heard these empty promises from the tobacco industry before and we’re concerned this move is part of an attempt by Big Tobacco to position itself as part of the solution to a smoke-free UK, all the while continuing to promote and sell lethal cigarettes here and globally.

“We know from our work supporting low and middle-income countries in the fight against tobacco industry interference, that Philip Morris’s actions globally don’t match up with their smoke-free world rhetoric.”


Philip Morris has made similar claims previously.

In 2016, Mr Olczak’s predecessor as chief executive, André Calantzopoulos, told the BBC that the firm could stop making conventional cigarettes.

And in 2018, in another BBC interview, Mr Calantzopoulos said Philip Morris wanted to phase out cigarettes as soon as possible.

Following Mr Olczak’s latest remarks, Dr Moira Gilchrist, the firm’s vice-president of strategic and scientific communications, told the BBC: “Quitting is the best option, but for those who don’t, science and technology has allowed companies like ours to create better alternatives to continued smoking.

She added that ​encouraging people to switch to alternatives, together with strong regulation, would help solve the problem of cigarette smoking “once and for all”.

“With the right measures in place, PMI can stop selling cigarettes in the UK in 10 years’ time.”

Smokers’ lobby group Forest reacted by saying that banning cigarettes was “a fool’s errand” that would not stop people smoking.

“It will simply drive the product into the hands of criminal gangs who will happily sell illicit and counterfeit cigarettes to anyone who wants them, including children,” said the group’s director, Simon Clark.

WHO’s latest report against vaping completely compromised

The World Health Organization’s just-released ‘eighth annual report on the global tobacco epidemic’ is sadly more proof that billionaire foundations are more influential on the WHO’s public health guidance than leading international scientific evidence, says Asia Pacific’s leading Tobacco Harm Reduction consumer advocacy group.

CAPHRA (Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates) says the WHO’s latest attack on safer nicotine products, reportedly funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, deserves the global condemnation it is receiving.

“Without any substantive evidence, WHO’s Director-General claims ‘electronic nicotine delivery systems are harmful’. It’s an outrageous statement when vaping and other safer nicotine products continue to save the lives of millions of ex-smokers across the globe,” says Nancy Loucas, Executive Coordinator of CAPHRA.

She says rather than trying to ban the world’s most effective smoking cessation tools, the WHO should be promoting their availability to adults, and progressive risk-proportionate regulatory guidelines for countries to adopt.

“Not only does WHO wrongly claim vaping is harmful, but it warns it could act as a gateway to tobacco consumption. That claim also counters current evidence which proves vaping is an extremely effective off-ramp from smoking – not an on-ramp to smoking,” she says.

WHO’s eighth annual report says ‘threats posed by new nicotine and tobacco products’ need to be tackled. It claims ‘countries around the world are making progress in the fight against tobacco but some still need to address new products such as e-cigarettes.’

“WHO completely fails to comprehend that many countries seeing falling smoking rates are the same countries that have positively regulated the adult availability of safer nicotine products. They are not mutually exclusive.

“If you want fewer people to die from cigarette use, you make safer alternatives available. It’s that simple. Sadly, too much billionaire money is now tied up discrediting vaping for the WHO to recommend Tobacco Harm Reduction guidance that will actually save lives,” she says.

CAPHRA says the WHO’s public health approach to reducing the world’s 1.1 billion smokers, and eight million annual smoking-related deaths, not only continues to fail but its target has shifted for distraction purposes.

“Despite the WHO Framework Convention of Tobacco Control being drafted years before the arrival of vaping, the WHO increasingly wants to ban nicotine products across the board. Nicotine is addictive but it’s not a killer, yet the WHO fails to differentiate between deadly combustible cigarettes and safer nicotine products. Signatory countries, and their millions of citizens desperate to quit smoking, deserve better,” she says.

CAPHRA notes that American billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s influence is now so profound that he even appears in the WHO’s 27 July media statement on its latest tobacco report. There he claims that tobacco companies’ goal is simple: ‘To hook another generation on nicotine. We can’t let this happen,’ says Bloomberg.

“Completely compromised reports like this only confirm the WHO’s reputation and relevance as a provider of global health advice has never been poorer. Over 100 million ex-smokers across the world now use safer nicotine products. The WHO should be pushing for many more, not demonizing them and their right to choose,” says Nancy Loucas.

Consumer groups in the Asia Pacific region have also launched a petition at that urges the World Health Organization to respect consumer rights and to stop demonizing Tobacco Harm Reduction options ahead of the next biennial meeting of the WHO Framework Convention of Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) in November.

For a free digital media repository on tobacco harm reduction in Asia Pacific – including media releases, images and graphics – please visit

How Can You Store Delta 8 THC Products For Long?

If you are familiar with the various THCs like Delta 9 THC and Delta-8 THC products, you might know that the shelf life of Delta-9 is low. When it comes in direct contact with warmth, sunlight, or oxygen, it gets oxidized or degraded to form a cannabinoid that might make you relaxed or sleepy, but not high.


As you know, Delta-8 is closely related to Delta-9, but they are not twins. According to a study, a fundamental difference between the two is that delta 9 forms a biologically inactive cannabinoid when exposed to oxygen. While delta 8 is relatively stable with a longer shelf life.


Undoubtedly, delta 8 is itself a degraded form. It still expires eventually. So, through this article, you will know how to store the Delta 8 products.


Delta-8 is not a very fragile cannabinoid. Thus, the way to store it is pretty simple. However, stay careful as there are chances that something ( maybe any other cannabinoids or terpenes) ruins the potency of your THC.


The Storage techniques of Delta-8 are almost similar to Delta-9. Like any other cannabinoid, Delta-8 also comes in various forms. Each form includes Delta-8 but the way to store them differs because of the difference in their shelf life.


Here is the list of major Delta-8 THC products and the way to keep them safe.


  1. Storing Delta-8 THC Cartridges

It doesn’t feel enjoyable when you are ready to vape the delta-8 cartridges after a long time for some relaxation, but instead, find it’s clogged or, when you vape, you do not get the potency expected. A possible reason behind this is inadequate storage techniques.


If you have ever used cartridges, you might know that they come in packed tubes. This packaging reduces the risk of oxidation of Delta-8. So, you can carry the cartridges in your pockets and bags without any problem. However, if you want to increase their shelf life and take the benefit for a long time, you should think of storing cartridges in a dark, cool place.


So when you are not in a mood to use your stock of cartridges for long, keep it in an airtight container. Then keep that container in the dark place, where the sunlight does not directly fall. So, the area stays cool. These techniques will remove the tiny possibilities of lost potency and also clogging.


  1. Storing Delta-8 THC Tincture

Delta-8 THC tinctures are growing in popularity. You might want to buy a good amount of tincture so that you can use it whenever you want. But the fear of degradation might stop you from doing so. However, you should not worry.


Tinctures usually come in dark color bottles made of glass. These bottles are made to keep the tincture safe from the outside environment. The glass bottle with other components present in tinctures makes it one of the most long-lasting products among other Delta-8 THC products. But when you want to consume tincture for a long time without purchasing it again and again, you should still keep these glass bottles away from sunlight.


  1. Storing Delta-8 Edibles

The techniques are a little more complicated than the other two forms ( tinctures and cartridges) when it comes to storing edibles. Edibles are of different types. There are candies, gummies, baked goods, etc.


Various techniques to stores them are:

  • Baked Goods

If you have prepared cookies or pastries with Delta-8 THC, you will probably eat them in a short period only. However, if you plan to store them, then here is the way. Keep all the cookies in an airtight container. Put the container in a cool place away from sunlight. It maintains the integrity of THC in baked goods.

  • Candies

When it comes to candies or products individually wrapped in packets, it is best to open the package once you are ready to eat one. Also, soft candies might melt easily at room temperature ( even if sunlight does not reach there). Thus, it is better to keep them in cool places if you hate melted ones.

  • THC Gummies

Proper storage of Delta-8 THC Gummies primarily affects their effectiveness, taste, and potency. Below are a few ways to increase the effectiveness of gummies for the longest possible period.

  • Keep Gummies in a Sealed Container- Sealed container limits the penetration of heat and oxygen into the product. These things degrade or break down the cannabinoids. In the absence of them, the shelf life of gummies increases.
  • Store in a Dry and Cool Place- Make sure you keep the container in a cool place away from the harsh rays of the Sun. You can opt for a drawer or a cabinet.
  • Keep Them Away from Humidity or Moist Climate- A vital factor that widely affects the potency of gummies is moist climate. Direct exposure to humidity can make your gummies less tasty and effective.


So, now you know the storing techniques of Delta-8 products. You can use them and enjoy the benefits of Delta-8. However, some commonly asked questions regarding Delta-8 shelf life if it does not get required storage conditions. The subsequent section discusses some of the related facts.

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Various Facts on Delta-8 THC

Some general facts related to the shelf life of delta-8 are:

  • The shelf life of delta-8 is stable. There are expectations by researchers that soon pharmaceutical products that stay on home shelves for years might use delta-8.


  • Not all products but only with some simple precautions l=you can keep delta-8 fresh for a long time.


  • Each product varies in shelf life. When you purchase a delta-8 product, pay close attention to its expiry dates. It is vital because products also contain various other compounds like flavors, terpenes, cannabinoids, etc.


  • If you keep the products in a cool and dry place, you can easily store them for up to six months. The date might also increase to one year.


These are some facts vital for you to know before storing delta-8 products.



So, delta 8 is a product with a good shelf life, but storage is vital to stop the degradation of other compounds present in it. Also, to check whether your product is safe for consumption or not, you can check its smell, color, or effectiveness ( by taking a tiny bite). This way, you can save yourself from a terrible delta-8 experience.

Otago study sends mixed messages on best quit smoking tool

/New Zealand/ A University of Otago study that claims the transition from cigarettes to vaping is not as straightforward as many think is not helpful to the many Kiwis desperate to quit smoking, says one leading Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocate.

“The process of kicking cigarettes, via vaping, is never straightforward and it does vary from smoker to smoker. However, what the University of Otago researchers fail to acknowledge is despite this, vaping remains the most effective smoking cessation tool in the world by a long shot. What’s more, ongoing personalised support is key,” says Nancy Loucas, co-director of the Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy (AVCA).

Ms Loucas says between 2016 and 2018, AVCA designed and ran its own Vape It Forward (VIP) programme with considerable success, achieving an 83% quit rate.

“VIF was a holistic mentoring programme for adults who had tried to stop smoking using conventional methods. It proved that holistic, wraparound support without time constraints works. There is no reason to shame someone who dual uses cigarettes and vapes before completely switching over. That’s not failure. That’s part of the journey,” she says.

AVCA says the problem with such studies and conventional smoking cessation programmes is that they are not holistic, nor do they last long enough.

“It takes time for people to switch to vaping. What worked for VIF participants was the support from their mentor, the lack of judgement, and the understanding that everyone’s journey is different due to their individual situations,” she says.

Ms Loucas says AVCA has taken every opportunity to inform various academics, health providers and the Ministry of Health of its VIF findings in recent years, but sadly the success of AVCA’s programme has largely fallen on deaf ears.

“The likes of the Health Promotion Agency, Maori health providers and District Health Boards continue to promote vaping programmes as an effective way to quit smoking, but we could be doing so much better. Unfortunately, the Ministry took away the ability for community and consumer groups like ours to run the most successful programmes,” she says.

Since the passing of the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Act 2020 those able to run and communicate smoking cessation programmes, through vaping, is heavily restricted.

“If Associate Health Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall really wants to achieve Smokefree Aotearoa, she needs to embrace the success of community programmes like Vape It Forward, not ban them. Here’s hoping the Government’s smokefree action plan, out soon, once again empowers the community to support Kiwis quitting cigarettes. That’s how New Zealand will achieve smokefree,” says Nancy Loucas.

What Are the Benefits of CBD?

The CBD industry is flourishing, conservatively projected to hit $16 billion in the United States by 2025. Already, the plant extract is being added to cheeseburgers, toothpicks and breath sprays. More than 60 percent of CBD users have taken it for anxiety, according to a survey of 5,000 people, conducted by the Brightfield Group, a cannabis market research firm. Chronic pain, insomnia and depression follow behind. Kim Kardashian West, for example, turned to the product when “freaking out” over the birth of her fourth baby. The professional golfer Bubba Watson drifts off to sleep with it. And Martha Stewart’s French bulldog partakes, too.

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the lesser-known child of the cannabis sativa plant; its more famous sibling, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the active ingredient in pot that catapults users’ “high.” With roots in Central Asia, the plant is believed to have been first used medicinally — or for rituals — around 750 B.C., though there are other estimates too.

Cannabidiol and THC are just two of the plant’s more than 100 cannabinoids. THC is psychoactive, and CBD may or may not be, which is a matter of debate. THC can increase anxiety; it is not clear what effect CBD is having, if any, in reducing it. THC can lead to addiction and cravings; CBD is being studied to help those in recovery.

Cannabis containing 0.3 percent or less of THC is hemp. Although last year’s Farm Bill legalized hemp under federal law, it also preserved the Food and Drug Administration’s oversight of products derived from cannabis.

CBD is advertised as providing relief for anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. It is also marketed to promote sleep. Part of CBD’s popularity is that it purports to be “nonpsychoactive,” and that consumers can reap health benefits from the plant without the high (or the midnight pizza munchies).

Just as hemp seedlings are sprouting up across the United States, so is the marketing. From oils and nasal sprays to lollipops and suppositories, it seems no place is too sacred for CBD. “It’s the monster that has taken over the room,” Dr. Brad Ingram, an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, said about all the wild uses for CBD now. He is leading a clinical trial into administering CBD to children and teenagers with drug-resistant epilepsy.

“It’s promising in a lot of different therapeutic avenues because it’s relatively safe,” said James MacKillop, co-director of McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research in Hamilton, Ontario.

Last year, the F.D.A. approved Epidiolex, a purified CBD extract, to treat rare seizure disorders in patients 2 years or older after three randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled clinical trials with 516 patients that showed the drug, taken along with other medications, helped to reduce seizures. These types of studies are the gold standard in medicine, in which participants are divided by chance, and neither the subject nor the investigator knows which group is taking the placebo or the medication.

While there is hope for treating other conditions with the plant extract, Epidiolex remains the only CBD-derived drug approved by the F.D.A. Most of the research on cannabidiol has been in animals, and its current popularity has outpaced science. “We don’t have the 101 course on CBD quite figured out yet,” said Ryan Vandrey, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

For students with generalized social anxiety, a four-minute talk, with minimal time to prepare, can be debilitating. Yet a small experiment in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology found that CBD seemed to reduce nervousness and cognitive impairment in patients with social anxiety in a simulated public speaking task.

However, a double-blind study found healthy volunteers administered CBD had little to no change in their emotional reaction to unpleasant images or words, compared to the placebo group. “If it’s a calming drug, it should change their responses to the stimuli,” said Harriet de Wit, co-author of the study and a professor in the University of Chicago’s department of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience. “But it didn’t.”

Many soldiers return home haunted by war and PTSD and often avoid certain activities, places or people associated with their traumatic events. The Department of Veterans Affairs is funding its first study on CBD, pairing it with psychotherapy.

“Our top therapies attempt to break the association between reminders of the trauma and the fear response,” said Mallory Loflin, an assistant adjunct professor at the University of California, San Diego and the study’s principal investigator. “We think that CBD, at least in animal models, can help that process happen a lot faster.” While large clinical trials are underway, psychologists say there isn’t compelling evidence yet as to whether this is a viable treatment.

Up in the wee hours of the night, stuck watching videos of puppies? CBD may be promising as a sleep aid; one of the side effects of the Epidiolex trials for epilepsy was drowsiness, according to Mr. MacKillop, a co-author of a review on cannabinoids and sleep. “If you are looking for new treatments for sleep, that may be a clue,” he said.

But he cautions that the side effects could have been because of an interaction with other medications the children were taking to control the seizures. So far, there hasn’t been a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial (the gold standard) on sleep disorders and CBD.

[Stressed-out parents are giving it a shot.]

A recent chart review of 72 psychiatric patients treated with CBD found that anxiety improved, but not sleep. “Over all, we did not find that it panned out as a useful treatment for sleep,” said Dr. Scott Shannon, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado, Denver and the lead author of the review in The Permanente Journal.

Sleep can be disrupted for many reasons, including depression. Rodents seemed to adapt better to stressful conditions and exhibited less depressive-like behavior after taking CBD, according to a review in Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy. “Surprisingly, CBD seems to act faster than conventional antidepressants,” wrote one of the authors of a new review, Sâmia Joca, a fellow at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies in Denmark and an associate professor at the University of São Paulo in Brazil, in an email interview. Of course, it’s difficult to detect depression in animals, but the studies that Ms. Joca and her colleagues reviewed suggested that in models of chronic stress exposure, the mice and rats treated with CBD were more resilient.

But without clinical trials in humans, psychologists say CBD’s effect on depression is still a hypothesisand not an evidence-based treatment.

“If you take pure CBD, it’s pretty safe,” said Marcel Bonn-Miller, an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. Side effects in the Epidiolex trial included diarrhea, sleepiness, fatigue, weakness, rash, decreased appetite and elevated liver enzymes. Also, the safe amount to consume in a day, or at all during pregnancy, is still not known.

Recently, the F.D.A. sent a warning letter to Curaleaf Inc. about its “unsubstantiated claims” that the plant extract treats a variety of conditions from pet anxiety and depression to cancer and opioid withdrawal. (In a statement, the company said that some of the products in question had been discontinued and that it was working with the F.D.A.)

Dr. Smita Das, chair of the American Psychiatric Association’s Council on Addiction Psychiatry’s cannabis work group, does not recommend CBD for anxiety, PTSD, sleep or depression. With patients turning to these to unproven products, she is worried that they may delay seeking appropriate mental health care: “I’m dually concerned with how exposure to CBD products can lead somebody into continuing to cannabis products.”

Some CBD products may contain unwanted surprises. Forensic toxicologists at Virginia Commonwealth University examined nine e-liquids advertised as being 100 percent natural CBD extracts. They found one with dextromethorphan, or DXM, used in over-the counter cough medications and considered addictive when abused; and four with a synthetic cannabinoid, sometimes called Spice, that can cause anxiety, psychosis, tachycardia and death, according to a study last year in Forensic Science International.

Earlier research found fewer than a third of 84 products studied contained the amount of CBD on their labels. Some users of CBD have also failed drug tests when the product contained more THC than indicated.

This year, 1,090 people have contacted poison control centers about CBD, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Over a third are estimated to have received medical attention, and 46 were admitted into a critical care unit, possibly because of exposure to other products, or drug interactions. In addition, concern over 318 animals poured into the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ Animal Poison Control Center.

A few drops of CBD oil in a mocha or smoothie are not likely to do anything, researchers contend. Doctors say another force may also be at play in people feeling good: the placebo effect. That’s when someone believes a drug is working and symptoms seem to improve.

“CBD is not a scam,” said Yasmin Hurd, director of the Addiction Institute of Mount Sinai in New York City who led a double-blind study of 42 recovering heroin addicts and found that CBD reduced both cravings and cue-based anxiety, both of which can cycle people back into using. “It has a potential medicinal value, but when we are putting it into mascara and putting it into tampons, for God’s sake, to me, that’s a scam.”

Why Should You Try Gold Maeng Da Kratom for Peaceful Mind?

Gold Maeng Da is considered the top strain of the kratom plant. It is for the people who are searching for a kick in the first take. This strain provides the highest potency of all the other strains of kratom. Gold Maeng Da Kratom bred with a specific focus on strengthening its alkaloid properties is the most remedial of all the strains. This ultra-potent alkaloid property of Gold Maeng da has wondrous effects on the health of people. Hundreds of years passed in breeding the various strains to get the king of strains. The hard work yields the strain that can relieve any worry and calms your mind.

Origin of Gold Maeng da strain

Maeng da is the most potent strain of the kratom plant with a long-lasting effect on the person. It has all the positive impacts one looks for in a Strain. Amongst the three Strains of Maeng da, Gold Maeng da is the ideal choice for a relaxed mind. It has prominent mood-lifting properties and a soothing aroma. Gold Maeng da comes by crossbreeding the white (20%) and green strains (80%). These two strains undergo a long drying process before getting mixed to form the Gold Strain. When infused, they yield a Strain with a golden hue. It is the reason why this strain’s name is Gold strain. For obtaining the fine quality gold strain, veins and stems of Gold Maeng da leaves are taken out and dried separately. Here are some reasons why you should try Gold Maeng for a peaceful mind.

  1. Mild Euphoria

Another peculiar benefit of using Gold Maeng da is that it boosts energy and promotes vitality. It is the best source of kratom for keeping your energy level high. People with low-calorie intake have more energy requirements. They should try the Gold Maeng da strain. One dose of this strain can keep you energized all day. The alkaloid property of this strain helps to goodbye fatigue, nervousness, digestive issues, and muscle tiredness. Caffeine has adverse effects on the body. Gold Maeng da counteracts those effects. It helps to reduce weight and stress caused by caffeine.

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  1. Energy boost

Another peculiar benefit of using Gold Maeng da is it boosts energy and promotes vitality. It is the best source of kratom for keeping your energy level high. People with low-calorie intake have more energy requirements. They should try the Gold Maeng da strain. One dose of this strain can keep you energized all day. The alkaloid property of this strain helps to goodbye fatigue, nervousness, digestive issues, and muscle tiredness. Caffeine has adverse effects on the body. Gold Maeng da counteracts those effects. It helps to reduce weight and stress caused by caffeine.


  1. Pain Relief

All strains of kratom have the individual capacity to relieve pain. Gold Maeng da amongst all the Strains is known to have the highest capability to free from pain. The large concentration of alkaloids in this variant of kratom gives it pain-relieving properties. The alkaloids present in the strain interact with the opioid receptors and reduce pain. Gold Maeng da kratom is just like morphine, but it does not include the ill effects of morphine. It controls chronic pain, muscle pain, other body pains, inflammation, and tiredness without inducing dizziness.



  1. Elevates mood

Gold Maeng da has antidepressant properties that make you feel cheerful and composed all day. It lifts you from your emotional traumas. Gold Maeng da in a day poofs away all your worries and gives you a peaceful mind. It also enhances your productivity and concentration at work. It’s a natural stimulant for relaxing the nervous system in everyday hustle-bustle. With Gold Maeng Da kratom, your thinking abilities improve, you can make quick and wise decisions.


  1. Relief IBS

Drinking too much coffee can affect your body badly. Your digestion and metabolism can suffer from excess caffeine. People prefer coffee to get an energy boost and to avoid unnecessary sleep during their working hours. Your body can suffer from the acidic effects of coffee that damage the intestine. Consuming coffee multiple times causes the problem of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Kratom strains are a herbal alternative that can save you from the dangers of IBS. Add Gold Maeng da strain to your daily appetite for better health.


  1. Restful sleep

Though it is said that Gold Maeng is not sedative, it promotes good sleep in some people. The sedative effect of Gold Maeng comes to work by taking high doses of it. It gets the sedative properties from the red strain though it is not as high sedative as the red strain. After taking this strain, it causes euphoria and some restlessness. Those people suffering from sleeping problems such as insomnia should try the Gold Maeng da strain. You should limit the dose as per your needs. A high dosage of the kratom strain could also lead to side effects in the body.


  1. Anxiety and Depression

Gold Maeng da strain makes you happy by taking away the stress and pain. There is a high possibility that it can reduce anxiety and depression too. Compared to the other therapies of depression, consumption of this strain has more calming effects on the person. It can take considerable time to get to action but, it does not harm the body being a natural herbal supplement. Its antidepressant properties keep you far from negative thoughts and feelings.


There was a reason for creating the Gold Maeng da strain. The breeding was to get the benefits of green and white kratom in a single Strain. With every dose of Gold Maeng, the user can relieve pain and get an energy boost. The Gold Maeng strain is created in a balanced atmosphere and therefore has a range of benefits compared to the other natural Strains. It is indeed a must-have strain for people wanting pain relief, stress management, sedation, or energy boost. You can find Gold Maeng da strains in both powder and capsule form in the stores. Try out this incredible strain and avail of its many health benefits.

How to Quit Smoking for Good: The Ultimate Guide

Without a solid plan in place, giving up smoking is an extremely difficult task. Although some people can throw out their cigarettes and go cold turkey, that’s a tough route to take.

Here are some steps that will make the process easier and ensure that you are more likely to succeed.

Set a quit date

Set a quit day and stick to it, whether that be right now or sometime in the future.

Take a look at your calendar and be honest with yourself. Do you have to deliver a massive presentation at work next week that would be a more stressful undertaking if you are in the process of quitting? Set a more convenient date. It is far easier to avoid cigarettes if you don’t have to deal with stressful situations.

Choose a day when you can avoid stressors and when you will be free to focus on your goals.

Identify your triggers

Your smoking triggers are the things that inspire the urge to smoke and they’re usually both consistent and habitual.

For example, do you always have a cigarette with your morning coffee? If you do, the coffee is your trigger. Maybe you always have a cigarette on your morning break. The break is the trigger. Just think about when and where you have usually smoked.

If you’re not sure what your triggers may be, there are free apps that enable you to log every occasion on which you have a cigarette along with what you are doing at the time. Log your smoking habits for a week and look for patterns emerging.

You could undergo behavioural therapy as this will help you to identify your triggers and create avoidance tactics that work.

Choose the right aid

Going cold turkey can make withdrawal symptoms feel much worse. Nicotine addiction is the biggest obstacle to stopping smoking. For this reason, most smokers choose a quitting aid to make the process less taxing.  There are no stop smoking treatments that will work for everybody. The effectiveness of any smoking cessation aid or smoking cessation programme will vary from individual to individual.

Some smokers choose nicotine gum, others nicotine patches or a nasal spray. Many are now choosing vaping which has been shown to be one of the most effective quitting aids (more on that later).

Find the smoking cessation interventions that you can rely on and remember that you can always change these, if you find that your choices aren’t working. The method that helped your friend may not be as effective for you. Seek the help of health professionals, if you can’t settle on the right quitting aid for you.

Build a support team

Finally, tell your closest friends or family members that you’re quitting smoking and let them know how they can help. perhaps you’d like someone to shout at when your cravings are getting to you. After all, there’s nothing more irritable than a smoker quitting! Maybe a regular dinner date to look forward to would be helpful.

You are far more likely to succeed if you have support. It makes sense to ensure that those around understand what you are doing, what you are going through and how to help you.


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Philippines Senate to lead region with progressive

“The world is watching as the Philippines Senate looks set to approve the most progressive and risk-proportionate vaping legislation in Asia Pacific. We’re hoping other countries in the region will then follow their lead,” says Nancy Loucas, Executive Coordinator of the Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA).

In May the Philippines House of Representatives passed the Non-Combustible Nicotine Delivery Systems Regulation Act also known as House Bill 9007. It aims to regulate the manufacture, use, sale, distribution, and promotion of vaping, as well as heated tobacco products (HTPs).

Peter Dator, President of consumer group Vapers PH and CAPHRA member, hopes the Senate will pass the legislation by September.

He describes it as a massive turn around. The Philippines Government tried to ban the use of e-cigarettes, HTPs, and other smoke-free alternatives in 2019. Then there were proposals to raise the purchase age to 25 and ban all vape flavours other than menthol and tobacco.

“Consumer advocates in the Philippines have worked constructively with legislators and officials. They promoted the regulation of e-cigarettes as a consumer product and advocated for a purchase age of 18. They successfully argued that adult smokers keen to quit tobacco need reasonable access to safer alternatives. Also, that product safety standards are critical,” says Ms Loucas.

Mr Dator says given nearly 90,000 Filipinos die from smoking-related diseases every year, he is confident a clear majority of Senators realise just how much is at stake.

“This needs to get passed to ensure millions of Filipino smokers continue to have access to safer nicotine products. At the same time, existing vapers must maintain access to their product of choice to keep them from going back to cigarettes,” he says.

Clarisse Virgino, the Philippine representative of CAPHRA, is also hopeful the Senate is set to give its stamp of approval required to enact the legislation. She says it will go a long way to addressing the country’s stubbornly high smoking rate which sees over 16 million Filipinos still smoking combustible cigarettes.

“It’s vital this legislation gets Senate approval. It will give consumers better protection enabling them to choose genuine THR products at a reasonable price. Fair regulation will also eradicate any black markets or any sellers who are not authorized to sell THR products, prioritizing the safety of consumers,” she says.

Ms Virgino says legislation will legitimize the fact that tobacco harm reduction is a real thing, backed by science. International evidence continues to put vaping at 95% less harmful than smoking.

“I am confident that like our House representatives, our Senators have listened. Without doubt vaping has proved to be world’s most effective smoking cessation tool. Legitimizing it will go a long way to helping many more Filipino smokers quit cigarettes and protect the rights of consumers to access safer alternatives,” she says.

Ms Loucas says the Philippines adoption of best practice Tobacco Harm Reduction policies will hopefully be emulated by other Asia Pacific governments. Many suffer from desperately high smoking rates and in some countries, such as Thailand, vaping remains illegal.

“This move will only strengthen the Philippines’ independence as it shakes off any remaining vestiges of foreign influence on its public health policies. In recent years, we’ve seen American billionaires and their so-called philanthropic foundations fuelling anti-vaping sentiment around the world. It’s well established that the Philippines has been a target.

“As this landmark legislation nears its final hurdle, outside pressure will again pile on, but Senators can be confident their positive action will undoubtedly save thousands of Filipino lives,” says Nancy Loucas.

Consumer groups in the Asia Pacific region have also launched a petition at that urges the World Health Organisation (WHO) to respect consumer rights and to stop demonizing Tobacco Harm Reduction options ahead of the next biennial meeting of the WHO Framework Convention of Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) in November.

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