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Half Way to Success Anyway......So Far

Discussion in 'Success Stories' started by old_skool_smoker, Jul 9, 2018.

  1. old_skool_smoker

    old_skool_smoker New Member

    To be quite honest, I have never had much interest in vaping at all. As my user name suggests, I am not a young man. I have been steadily smoking cannabis for over 33 years now and cigarettes followed close behind. My only previous attempt was quite a few years ago when the cigarette taxes went through the roof. I could recall the days of the "Camel 6pack" where you would pay $0.99 each for 3 packs and get 3 more free. The idea of paying $5.00 and up a pack made me very angry. I was looking for alternatives, but at that time they seemed very few.
    I found the "Gold one" electronic cigarette from "Smoking Everywhere" and decided to try it. This was also about the same time that the smoking Nazis were changing the laws and making smokers feel like some kind of evil criminals out to kill everyone who was near them. It sounded like a good solution, but I was not impressed. It would cut out to "save you from overdose" if you took too many deep drags in too short of a time. The refills would ooze liquid or spit it into your mouth if you held it at the wrong angle and would dry out and be useless if you let them sit overnight. The batteries didn't seem to last me more than about a half a day.
    Overall I found it to be a big waste of money. I ended up finding a cheaper solution, but more on that in a bit. I want to try to keep this easy to follow. If I tend to ramble a bit, forgive me

    So fast forward to several months ago...
    I was sitting at a local tap room having a few brews and talking about work with another guy who happened to be sitting next to me. We were both having some issues with servo drives and programing, trying to get automation to work the way we wanted and needed. After a while talking, I asked what it was that he manufactured. He pulled out an OmniVap XL titanium and set it on the bar in front of me. He had my full attention at that point. As we continued to talk he explained how it worked.
    I have never been interested in any of the E-liquid devices or oil stuff. Maybe just because of my age or my upbringing, but I don't trust man made substitutes. I prefer to stick with things that grow naturally. This device seemed to be made for someone like me. After a bit more conversation, I felt I had to have one to try out. I didn't have enough cash on me to acquire the XL, but I did manage to leave with a "M" and rushed home to give it a try. I was very impressed with my new toy, as were several of my friends. Within a couple of days, one of my friends talked me into selling it to him. Naturally, I had to replace it, this time with the XL. As I continued to use it from time to time and get used to it as opposed to smoking, I began to like it more and more.

    That is when the idea hit me......Could I convert not only my cannabis use to this device, but my tobacco smoking as well? I decided I had to give it a try. There seemed to be so many benefits if I could truly pull it off. To that end, I acquired a pair of "M"s and a pair of DynaStashs so I could be consistent no matter what I was putting in it. One for each so as not to cross contaminate and end up getting the wrong effects at the wrong time.
    The biggest hurdles on the cannabis side were of course the habit of packing a bowl or having a friend show up with one already loaded and wanting to share. That and it did take a bit of getting used to. Monitoring how much I was truly ingesting took a bit of experience and moderation, but in just a few weeks, I seemed to have it nearly mastered.
    That is why I say I am half way to success. I am currently using the "M" for nearly all my cannabis use on my own. Every once and a while I will pull out the XL just to be different and to play with the air mix settings, but I have had no urge to go back to my old smoking utensils. I now use less and get better effects. Truly a win win situation.
    I have smoked very rarely when someone else provides and wants to share, but even then, I can often convince them to put it in my device and try it. Most times when that happens, they immediately want to know where they can get one for themselves.
    If anyone would have told me I would be happy vaping as little as 6 months ago, I would have called them either crazy or an idiot. Alas, how wrong I was. In a way, I owe my recent conversion to both good local beer and random chance, as much as to George and his devices. Good thing for me, he also likes good local beer!

    The tobacco habit has presented many more hurdles to overcome than cannabis did. I have been typing for quite a while now, so I will get back to that next time I have some time to spend in front of the computer.
    Maybe by then I will be able to up the percentage of success.
    Helios, mrb, fachada and 15 others like this.
  2. fachada

    fachada Member

    Hi @old_skool_smoker ! welcome to the forum!

    Amazing that someone would just bump into George just like that.
    Good luck with your path to get free from combustion. The cigs are the hard part... I had to think about it as a lost friend. I really loved smoking. Now I never even miss it... I became a non-smoker! Almost embarrassing...

    Hope it all goes well for you.
  3. mrb

    mrb smoke free me

    Great first post. Glad to hear the vapcap it's working out for you!

    Curious to hear reports on your tobacco use with it! I've tried it on the past and found it works but it's gross. Aparently pipe tobacco works/tastes better than regular rolling tobacco?
    My issue was keeping the heat low enough - seems like the click is a little too hot for tobacco...
    -dab8- likes this.

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