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Higher Potency Marijuana Doesn't Predict Dependence

Category: News | Posted on Wed, April, 2nd 2014 by THCFinder
higher-dependency-weedResearchers in the Netherlands have concluded that the THC potency of marijuana used by consumers does not reliably predict their risk for marijuana dependence.  The amount of THC consumed, whether from low-potency or high-potency sources, also did not tend to indicate a person’s chance of marijuana dependence.
 
Peggy van der Pol, a doctoral candidate at the Trimbos Institute of the Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction and her team decided to investigate the commonly held belief that marijuana smokers who use higher potency varieties will adjust their smoking pattern to use less marijuana.
 
The researchers looked at 98 young adults referred from coffee houses who all smoked marijuana at least three times per week.  They were interviewed eighteen months later, and again in another eighteen months, as the participants were asked to smoke a joint.  The team documented the time and length of their smoking behaviors and analyzed the potency and amount of marijuana smoked
 
While they did find that the tokers using stronger varieties did inhale less smoke and smoke slower than the tokers using weaker varieties, that did not fully moderate for the increased THC potency.  “So users of more potent cannabis,” van der Pol explained, “are generally exposed to more THC.”
 
But, surprisingly, the team found that exposure to more THC by itself didn’t reliably predict people’s dependence on marijuana.  It was more the way the consumers toked that determined who would match dependence criteria.  Those who smoked more of the joint and smoked it faster, regardless of potency, were more likely to exhibit signs of dependence.
 
There is still much research to be done.  This study covered mostly young males and the joints they were using, as the Europeans do, contained tobacco as well.  Much of the participants’ marijuana use was self-reported with no way to verify it over the three-year follow-up.  There was no way to measure the effect of sharing joints with others affects the participants’ rolling of a “typical” joint.
 

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Purple Punch Weed

Category: Nugs | Posted on Wed, April, 2nd 2014 by THCFinder

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The Happiest Cities In The World

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, April, 2nd 2014 by THCFinder
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Where you live can greatly effect how you feel about life. Living somewhere that bums you out will only fester negative energy, turning you in to a bitter person. So what better way to fix that issue then to find a happy place to live, where the people are friendly and always in a good mood. Stoners especially tend to gravitate towards these happy cities, which shows in the Gallup poll that was recently released focusing on the well being of the American citizen.
 
With over 178,000 people interviewed on everything from emotional health to how their workplace functioned to the amount of bike lanes in their town, weed friendly communities have permeated the list of the happiest places on earth, showing that not only does weed seem to improve just stoners but life overall for entire cities (Unless everyone in these places is smoking... Which is far more likely than one would think, am I right?). The poll also included things like the availability of farmer's markets and local events such as fairs. Both California and Colorado made it on to the list... Three times each!
 
Colorado cities took up the second, third, and eighteenth spot on the list of the Top 20 Happiest Cities. Boulder placed second, Fort Collins/Loveland took third, and Denver took eighteenth. California didn't even compare to the Rocky Mountain State, with San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara coming in for fifth place, San Luis Obispo/Paso Robles in eighth places, and the San Francisco/Oakland/Fremont areas making the number nine spot in the list. Washington made the list once as well but placed number twelve with Bellingham.
 
The more places allow the use of marijuana, the more I believe we will begin to see the overall mood of the citizens greatly improve. While some people still stick to the idea that marijuana is dangerous and only leads to negative things, studies being done are showing the complete opposite. Expect that the revision of this list will include more cities from other medical/legal states, especially Washington, which will allow the recreational use of cannabis this year.

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Holy Grail OG (Indica)

Category: Nugs | Posted on Tue, April, 1st 2014 by THCFinder

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Holy Grail OG - Indica

The breeder of Holy Grail OG used The OG #18 (3-time cannabis cup winner) and Kosher Kush (2-time cannabis cup winner) to create a strain that definitely lives up to its name. HGK is the holy grail of indicadominant varieties. It has a deep and complex flavor of coffee, Kush, hash and lemon/lime with a similar aroma. These buds are very large, dense and have a slight bluish hue to them.


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Michigan Authorizes Cannabis For PTSD

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, April, 1st 2014 by THCFinder

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Post tramautic stress disorder effects far more people in the world then most people realize. These people have fought for our freedom and the emotional toll of that fight sometimes leaves them needing a powerful medication that not only alleviates their symptoms but also allows them to eat, sleep, and function normally. Although PTSD is recognized as a mental disorder that is treatable by medicine, the states in which medical marijuana has been passed vary on the allowance of PTSD sufferers using cannabis, considering that there is absolutely no doctor recommended medicine designed to treat PTSD. With about eight million Americans suffering from PTSD annually, these people absolutely deserve a medicine that will help them overcome this anxious disorder.

Michigan is taking a step towards allowing PTSD sufferers to ingest cannabis for the disorder. State regulators have agreed to authorize the plant as a recognized therapy for PTSD. Members of the Medical Marihuana Review Panel voted to expand the state's qualifying afflictions list to include post traumatic stress disorder. The inclusion of PTSD is the first time that Michigan has updated the list since the voters passed medical cannabis in 2008.

There are only six other states that recognize PTSD as an affiliation that merits the use of medical marijuana. Connecticut, Oregon, Delaware, Nevada, New Mexico, and Maine all have stated that cannabis is a recognized use in therapy treatments of those suffering from PTSD. In the last year, Nevada, Maine, and Oregon changed their laws to include post traumatic stress disorder. Other medical states haven/t progressed to this point yet, leaving patients with PTSD to deal with their problems illegally, purchasing cannabis from illegal street dealers instead of medical dispensaries.

Michigan's step towards making cannabis more widely available will hopefully lead the way for other states that are on the fence about this matter as well. PTSD can absolutely be helped with cannabis, as the relaxing, anxiety releasing effects of cannabis help sufferers to live more normal and healthy. Especially since this disorder has no medical treatment, other then a regimen of anti-depressants, anti-anxiety, and whatever else the doctors prescribe in order to attempt to "help"


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The Shark Joint

Category: Fun | Posted on Tue, April, 1st 2014 by THCFinder

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