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Why Science Is Having Trouble Reclassifying Marijuana

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, December, 23rd 2014 by THCFinder
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Most people these days are aware of the fact that marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 substance. This means that the government deems it as dangerous as ecstasy, LSD, and heroin. The DEA says that these Schedule 1 substances have “a high potential for abuse and potentially severe psychological or physical dependance.” But while most people are only a danger to their refrigerators when stoned and can quit at any time, there’s still little evidence as to why the government says weed is so bad. Why hasn’t science disproved them?
 
The main reason is that since the government says cannabis is a Schedule 1 substance, only limited research can be done on the plant. From long term effects to what THC does to developing brains, science would love to cover what the cannabis plant does. But with the government throwing people in jail for simply possessing the plant, science doesn’t have the legal right to research this potentially life saving plant. 
 
Even though the research can’t really be done, many scientists believe that the DEA is wrong to classify the plant as such a hard drug. The DEA also continues to uphold the idea that marijuana doesn’t have any medicinal qualities but yet the plant has been shown to help to fight cancer, glaucoma, and other progressive diseases as well as more common afflictions such as anxiety and depression. The unfortunate part of this situation is that this is a never ending circle. Since science can’t research marijuana in depth, they cannot present data to reclassify the plant. The DEA won’t reclassify without rock hard proof. 
Another negative effect of the Schedule 1 is that any state that legalizes cannabis for any reason is technically violating the federal law. Even though the Department of Justice released the Cole memo in 2013, stating that the federal government would leave marijuana states alone to enforce their own policies, dispensaries and grow operations are still raided on a daily basis. Not only that but banks are able to refuse service to marijuana businesses because the federal law says that the money is illegal.

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Feds Can No Longer Raid State Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Mon, December, 22nd 2014 by THCFinder
feds-can-no-longer-raid-mmj-dispensariesFederal agents will no longer be able to raid medical marijuana dispensaries in states where medical marijuana is legal under a provision included in the $1.1 trillion spending law President Obama signed December 16.
 
Enactment of the law changes a two-decade-long battle between the states and the federal government. Although 32 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, the Drug Enforcement Administration still classifies it as a Schedule I drug, the same class as heroin, LSD, and ecstasy, which signifies it has no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.
 
Before this law, the Justice Department could shut down dispensaries that states legally opened, although under the Obama Administration the department had kept its distance. Under the measure, included in the 1603-page law, federal agents would be prohibited from such raids. The government also cannot interfere in implementation of states' medical marijuana laws, under the amendment cosponsored by Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher and Democrat Rep. Sam Farr, both of California.
 
"This is a victory for so many," Rohrabacher said in a statement, "including scores of our wounded veterans, who have found marijuana to be an important medicine for some of the ailments they suffer, such as PTSD, epilepsy, and [multiple sclerosis]."
 
The move is also a victory for medical marijuana advocates and dispensary owners and operators.
 
Pharmacist Joseph Friedman, RPh, in Lincolnshire, Illinois, has applied to open three dispensaries in Illinois. He told Medscape Medical News the move brings "a sigh of relief" and adds a layer of protection for owners and operators of dispensaries.
 
"Every day these dispensary owners open their doors, they had in the shadow the risk of the feds coming in and shutting them down for any number of reasons," he said. "That's not to say that the ones selling to children or that are close to schools or doing anything under the table don't deserve to get shut down.
 
"We had only heard up until this point that the federal government wouldn't fund any more raids on dispensaries, so this just makes it official," he said.
 

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Sour Grapes - Hybrid

Category: Nugs | Posted on Mon, December, 22nd 2014 by THCFinder

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Sour Grapes - Hybrid

A hybrid of Grape Ape and the legendary Sour Diesel, this strain is gaining more and more popularity. The buds are medium-sized, light-green and astonishingly coated with sticky trichromes. The aroma from these near-perfect nugs is fragrantly similar to white wine, citrus and fruit, with undertones of sour dank. The buds are somewhat fluffy and noticeably soft.


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What strain are you smoking on today?

Category: Tokers | Posted on Mon, December, 22nd 2014 by THCFinder

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What Is The Difference Between THC And CBD?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, December, 22nd 2014 by THCFinder
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What Is The Difference Between Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) And Cannabidiol (CBD)?
The cannabis plant contains dozens of cannabinoids. The most well known cannabinoid for a long time has been tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but as more scientific research is conducted involving cannabis and its ability to be used as a medicine, more and more people are learning about other cannabinoids, expecially cannabidiol (CBD). The last couple of years interest in CBD has grown exponentially, as it’s been featured on numerous television episodes showing how well it works in treating people who suffer from severe epilepsy. One of the most common questions I get asked these days is ‘what is the difference between THC and CBD?’
 
The most important thing that I try to get people to grasp is that THC will get you high (assuming you consume enough of it) and CBD will not. THC has psychoactive properties that affect your brain and give you a ‘buzz’ while CBD does not. I have talked to many, many people that avoided medical cannabis at all costs simply and only because they didn’t want to be high all the time. Once they understand that there are dozens of cannabinoids, and that they all don’t get you stoned (specifically CBD), they are much more open to the idea of trying medical cannabis.
 
A brief description of THC is below, via Wikipedia:
 
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), or more precisely its main isomer (−)-trans-Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol ( (6aR,10aR)-delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), is the principal psychoactive constituent (or cannabinoid) of the cannabis plant. First isolated in 1964 by Israeli scientists Raphael Mechoulam and Yechiel Gaoni at the Weizmann Institute of Science[8][9][10] it is a water-clear glassy solid when cold, which becomes viscous and sticky if warmed.
 
A brief explanation of CBD is below, via Project CBD:
 
Cannabidiol — CBD— is a cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits, but does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC. The fact that CBD-rich cannabis doesn’t get one high makes it an appealing treatment option for patients seeking anti-inflammatory, anti-pain, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic, and/or anti-spasm effects without troubling lethargy or dysphoria.
 
To sum up, if you want to get high, consume strains or products made from strains that are high in THC. If you don’t want to get high, but want to still get the medical benefits of cannabis, consume strains or products made from strains that are high in CBD. Be aware that all cannabinoids (THC, CBD, and beyond) have a medical benefit, and it’s important to research which strains contain which levels of cannabinoids, and what cannabinoids are best suited for the particular conditions you are trying to treat. I will be writing more articles moving forward on what strains work best for what conditions.
 
It’s worth noting that just because someone claims that ‘X’ strain is known to have a certain percentage of THC and CBD, doesn’t mean that every plant ever produced of that strain will always have those percentages and ratios of THC and CBD. Different grow methods and factors can change those levels, so always make sure what you are buying has been tested by a reputable testing facility if cannabinoid levels are important to you.
 

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MK Ultra - Indica

Category: Nugs | Posted on Mon, December, 22nd 2014 by THCFinder

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MK Ultra - Indica

A heavy-hitting indica that comes from a cross of G-13 and O.G. Kush. Don't plan on getting off the couch for a while after using this strain. Great for pain management and insomnia, or just relaxing. Not good for daytime use if you have something important to do.


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