GoFundMe – The State of the Flower

Hi I’m Shane the sole person running VapeTheBud.com and have been taking photos and reviewing cannabis for over five years on the Lift & Co review platform. As of July 2019 I started a website to make it easier for the community to read my reviews in more detail and adding quality photos.

As a medical cannabis patient the cost of cannabis per month has reduced my allowable monthly spend on other things that many consider a hobby. I recently purchased the Laowa macro lens as an early gift to myself and the community. This will be paid back over time to a long time friend as I believe the community deserves high quality content without ads. I do not make any money writing long form reviews on my website and haven’t monetized it.

I would like to buy a microscope that will take unimaginable photos of the flower rarely seen and would love to have an album full of these photos to show the magnification of the flowers in our regulated market.

Seeing trichomes extremely up close will show the colour of them and help determine if they were harvested too early, too late or just right! This affects the output in effects said by many, as dark amber trichomes may represent a late harvest and lead to stronger couch lock feelings.

I’m currently using a cheap Amazon product  to show the detail (640×480 resolution) and the quality is fairly poor compared to what I could capture . The cost is $363.99 + tax for the microscope  and $135.99 + tax for the Nikon camera adapter  (total cost $564.98 with taxes).

An example is provided below and my GoFundMe can be found (here).


For those not aware I previously ran a GoFundMe for a camera and achieved that goal on Aug 22 2019. I ordered the NIKON D5300 DSLR camera which came with a 18-55mm lens and I purchased a variety of accessories (Kenko Extension tubes, Tripod – see attached receipts below – some info redacted for privacy).

Thank you to those that have donated and supported me so far. I didn’t expect to reach my previous goal so quickly. I also want to thank those that have shared my previous GoFundMe. To those that can’t donate due to financial or personal reasons, I understand we all have budgets and know you still support me. It means a lot having you support my work with inspiring words or even having a brief chat about cannabis. Thank you again, I’m beyond grateful.

– VapeTheBud


5 Years and Onward

Dear Cannabis Community,

I started vaping prescribed cannabis for medical reasons five years ago today, how time flies! My first strain, ahem, cultivar, was Sweet Skunk CBD by Tilray, and my latest was Rockstar Kush by JWC, my 121st different named flower, although many would say I’ve tried more than that. Take for example Blue Dream, a well known cultivar, Tantalus Labs dominant terpene is pinene, while Aurora Cannabis phenotype is myrcene dominant,  if that’s the case then my number is officially at 152. 

Yup, I’ve consumed a lot of cannabis, just this year alone I’ve consumed 378 grams on my own from the Canadian medical market, but who’s really counting. Being part of this community is about sharing and today I’m sharing some answers to questions I’ve been asked over the past year.


Why do I use cannabis? 

I was diagnosed with avascular necrosis (AVN) of the hip in 2011 after dealing with inflammation and ulceration of the stomach lining, and prednisone was prescribed for a short period that resulted in this horrible side effect. A few days into treatment I recall waking up, stepping out of bed and falling to the floor, I couldn’t walk and began to panic. I was rushed to the hospital and wheeled into the ER as I couldn’t stand as the pain was so extreme, I was advised that the pain was likely a side effect from the medicine, and told to reduce the amount per day and don’t bear too much weight, and over a few weeks things got “better”. The pain noticeably started to get worse month after month, and I began trying a variety of pharmaceuticals to reduce the pain. 

I had a hip surgery in late 2012, part of my femur was removed and a rod was inserted into the joint to hold up the hip to prevent a collapse as a temporary fix. I was taking opiates for a while to kill the pain, and in the spring of 2014 I asked my doctor to refer me to a medical cannabis clinic in Toronto.

I finally got to see the cannabis doctor at the end of August, and on September 4 2014 I took my first inhale using a vaporizer, the Pax by Ploom (now Pax Labs), and this was also my last day on Lyrica, which was used for pain management. I slowly began to wean off the opiates as my intake of cannabis was increased. 

What made me begin to review cannabis?

Back in 2014 my cannabis orders came with these little square papers mentioning rewards for reviewing your cannabis on the Lift & Co review website, back then it was called Lift Co. While the reward was a great incentive,my reason was to give my opinion so others could make informed choices, and at the time there wasn’t a lot of information regarding regulated medical cannabis.


The start of the unexpected

As time passed I think I wrote about 120 reviews, Lift & Co reached out to me on writing articles based on my personal experiences, and one of my highlights was when I wrote an article on reviewing over 100 different types of dried flower on April 20 2019.

I launched my website in July of this year to expand my writing and further detail my reviews. I still to this day add my reviews to Lift & Co as it was vital for me when researching what to buy next, and although the detail isn’t as elaborate as my long-form reviews, I like contributing to the community for the greater good. 


Do I have an end game?

I never had a plan when I started reviewing. I’m just going as I do, and although my reviewing isn’t profitable as I spend over $4000 a year on medical cannabis and earn ZERO dollars with this website. I just enjoy talking about my personal experiences and believe it helps others along the way or may even inspire others.

I encourage people to share their experiences as well on social media, cannabis friendly places like Lift & Co’s review platform, or even having your own website.

I remain committed to producing quality content for my readers, and all of the cannabis I have reviewed to date has been paid by myself. I don’t have an end game, but I do have goals on making my content higher quality. 

I love being part of this community and thank you for your support along my journey!



GoFundMe Camera Goal Reached!

I officially reached my goal to buy a camera! Thank you to every person who donated to support this, and to those who liked or retweeted, you made others aware how important this is to me. Thank you!!!

The search will begin for a camera this week and an update will be provided once it’s bought with a receipt to confirm the cost.

Thanks again!


GoFundMe Update – July 29 2019

Last week my GoFundMe account reached 52.5% of the total goal!

Thank you so much to the eight donors who have donated so far.

The total amount raised as of today is $525, of which $17.63 was fees, leaving $507.37 available.

As some of you are aware, I opened the PO Box on July 18 2019 at the cost of $254.24 for 13 months of service. This allowed me to provide a fixed address for an email newsletter so I could comply with federal privacy laws. After this was paid, the amount left in my account is $253.14, all of which will now go towards the camera purchase and lens.

As of July 29 2019, I am able to set aside $50 each month and put it towards my goal. Amount available for the camera is now $303.14! This number won’t reflect on GoFundMe, but wanted to advise others and will update this amount at the end of each month in a new post.

Thank you again!


Email Newsletter Signup

I finally added the option to join the email newsletter to the sidebar section on the website. This will be a brief update at the end of each month outlining what’s been changed on the website. Eventually it’ll be expanded and i’ll run some polls to gear interest to what matters most for my readers.

For added convenience I added the form in this post, please advise if there are any issues still as I had problems with signups earlier.

Thank you!

GoFundMe Update and more!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend. Quick update.

GoFundMe is now at 45% of the goal, and opened the UPS PO Box. Thank you to all those who donated so far.

– Email newsletter, delayed til next week due to switching companies 

– Will be posting two JWC reviews sometime next week