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Indica vs Sativa

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, May, 30th 2013 by THCFinder

Back in the day, there was chronic and there was schwag.
With the boom of the medical marijuana industry in the United States courtesy of Proposition 215, stoners have been able to refine their palates and make informed decisions about what they smoke. At medical marijuana dispensaries, the flowers will be divided into three categories: indica, sativa and hybrid. All three of these offer different effects and treat various ailments. To many, the terms indica and sativa are household names while to others, these words are still foreign. Neither sativa nor indica are better than the other, it is simply a matter of personal preference. Even if you think you know all there is to know about these terms, read on, because you can never know too much about marijuana!
For decades, cannabis sativa was the most available marijuana strain in the United States before the distinction between the two was made. It is indigenous to tropical and sub-tropical climates such as the equatorial regions of Mexico, Panama and Southeast Asia (just to name a few). The physical characteristics of the sativa plant is that they are tall and lanky with long, slender leaves.
When grown in the ground, sativa plants can grow up to 20 feet in a single season.
It is because of these tall sturdy stalks that cannabis sativa is most frequently used for harvesting hemp. Cannabis sativa that is harvested for hemp is generally low in THC and is not meant for consumption. Though the flowers and leaves do contain trace amounts of the psychoactive ingredient THC, it is not recommended.
Sativas that are grown for consumption are often higher in THC than indicas but lower in CBD (cannabidiol) though with modern growing techniques, it seems as if both indicas and sativas come in all potencies these days. The effects of sativa are extremely cerebral and are usually concentrated in the head and upper body. Sativa offers an uplifting more energetic high versus indica which make them perfect for daytime use. Sativas allow stoners to go about their daily routines without the heavy couch-lock effect that indicas often produce. Adversely, when smoked at night, they may keep you awake. They are also best for creative exploration as they awaken the mind instead of calm it. Sativas stimulate the mind and depending on the strain and the user, can sometimes cause anxiety. If you have experienced this mind-racing feeling when smoking sativas, then you are most likely an indica smoker. Sativas are excellent for social situations as they can make the user quite loquacious and giggly.
Medicinally, sativas are best at relieving depression, headache or migraine, toothache, social anxiety, glaucoma or other eye related ailments and general pain relief. If you are ever at a dispensary and you do not know whether sativas are right for you, ask your budtender as he or she can assist you in choosing a strain that suits your needs, preferences and ailments. Some examples of popular pure sativa strains are: Green Crack, Silver Haze, Blue Dream, Trainwreck and Jack Herer.
Cannabis indica is cannabis sativa’s counterpart. While both are in the same order, family, genus and species, they are very different in effects as well as appearance.
Indicas tend to grow shorter and stalkier with thick, squat leaves. While sativas resemble a tree, indicas look more similar to a bush or shrub. They are indigenous to colder climates and are generally found in mountainous regions. The Hindu Kush Mountain range which spans between Afghanistan and Pakistan is the origin of our beloved Kush plant. Because of their short stature and harsh environments, they are stronger against disease and the elements than sativas are. Indica landraces have a higher CBD percentage than sativas and because of this, it is often known as the truly medical strain. CBD offer a wealth of health benefits. Recent research has proven that CBD inhibits, and often completely eliminates, the reproduction of cancerous cells while also returning the effected cells to normal. CBD also has many anti-anxiety and anti-psychotic properties amongst many other benefits.
Contrary to sativas, indicas quiet the mind and are best for nighttime use.
Some experienced stoners can smoke indicas all day, every day and are still able to lead very productive lives. Many indica strains will create a pensive and contemplative high, sometimes making verbal communication difficult. Indicas are wonderful for meditation and rumination. For most stoners, they will cause drowsiness and extreme relaxation. Smoking a good indica is best for unwinding at the end of a hard or busy day. The majority of medical marijuana users smoke indica because of its powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety and pain relief. Indicas are recommended for the relief of insomnia, anxiety, depression, cancer treatment, cell regeneration, nerve damage, migraine, appetite loss, and hundreds of other ailments. One will usually experience a couch-lock effect, which for some is desired and for others is not. Indicas will definitely cure what ails you. Some examples of popular pure indica strains are: Kush phenotypes, Northern Lights, Hash Plant and God’s Gift.


Low doses of marijuana component can protect brain against injury

Category: News | Posted on Thu, May, 30th 2013 by THCFinder
Though marijuana is a well-known recreational drug, extensive scientific research has been conducted on the therapeutic properties of marijuana in the last decade. Medical cannabis is often used by sufferers of chronic ailments, including cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder, to combat pain, insomnia, lack of appetite, and other symptoms.
Now Prof. Yosef Sarne of Tel Aviv University's Adelson Center for the Biology of Addictive Diseases at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine says that the drug has neuroprotective qualities as well. He has found that extremely low doses of THC—the psychoactive component of marijuana—protects the brain from long-term cognitive damage in the wake of injury from hypoxia (lack of oxygen), seizures, or toxic drugs.
Brain damage can have consequences ranging from mild cognitive deficits to severe neurological damage. Previous studies focused on injecting high doses of THC within a very short time frame—approximately 30 minutes—before or after injury. Prof. Sarne's current research, published in the journals Behavioural Brain Research and Experimental Brain Research, demonstrates that even extremely low doses of THC—around 1,000 to 10,000 times less than that in a conventional marijuana cigarette—administered over a wide window of 1 to 7 days before or 1 to 3 days after injury can jumpstart biochemical processes which protect brain cells and preserve cognitive function over time. This treatment, especially in light of the long time frame for administration and the low dosage, could be applicable to many cases of brain injury and be safer over time, Prof. Sarne says.


Larry OG Hash

Category: Concentrates | Posted on Thu, May, 30th 2013 by THCFinder

Potent Larry OG Hash from Green Works



200 pounds of marijuana found at north Phoenix home

Category: News | Posted on Thu, May, 30th 2013 by THCFinder
PHOENIX - Phoenix police are investigating a large scale marijuana bust in north Phoenix.
Police were called to a townhouse complex near 20th Street and Beardsley Road just after 3 a.m. Wednesday for reports of a fight.
When they arrived, police reportedly found dozens of bails of marijuana inside a garage.  
Phoenix police Sgt. Steve Martos said officers found five males bound with zip ties inside the house. One of the men had been struck and injured.
Police on scene estimated the marijuana was around 200 pounds worth. Martos referred to it as a "stash house."
Martos said between six and 10 Hispanic males forced their way into the townhouse, loaded up three vans, and fled the scene. He said one of the suspects was wearing a police "raid" shirt, posing as an officer. Two of the vans were white, the third was gray, Martos said.
Martos said investigators believe the packages taken contained marijuana.


Purple Voodoo

Category: Nugs | Posted on Thu, May, 30th 2013 by THCFinder


Marijuana helps mitigate Chron's disease

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, May, 30th 2013 by THCFinder
Over the past several years, I have had my share of stomach cramps, lack of appetite and sleepless nights due to Crohn’s disease. I am thrilled the Illinois legislature passed a bill that can bring me relief in the form of medical marijuana. My doctor and I are now both waiting for Gov. Quinn to sign the bill and make it into law.
I have tried steroids and other drugs, and none of these drugs helped my condition. Battling Crohn’s is a daily challenge. Medical marijuana helps reduce the incredibly painful swelling in my intestines, keeps my appetite up and helps me sleep at night. Medical marijuana addresses all these things.
A very recent study by Israel’s Meir Medical Center found that use of medical marijuana can even result in complete remission of my disease. It’s hard to put into words how good that news is.
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I would like to thank the legislature for seeing the wisdom in a well-run medical marijuana program and how it can make all the difference to people like me. I hope the governor signs the bill soon. It is time to let doctors and patients, not police and prosecutors, make medical decisions.
— Andrew Stepniak, Streamwood 



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