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Alcohol Vs. Marijuana; Fair Fight?

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, August, 11th 2014 by THCFinder
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People spend a lot of time comparing cannabis to alcohol. Fair enough. The two substances do have a couple things in common. They both get a lot of hate from people, they both suffered through long years of prohibition, and they both alter the way we see the world. But putting the two up against each other in a one-on-one comparison? It may seem like a good idea but are these two substances comparable enough to actually have that be a fair turnout?
 
Alcohol has been around for a really, really long time. Fermentation and distilling and the process of making alcoholic beverages is considered a craft, something that not everyone can do. Which is true. The process of making beer and liquor is long and arduous, not for those who aren't motivated. And the substance can definitely be enjoyed in moderation, as is the case with most things that exist in our world. The alcohol industry rakes money in, creates jobs, and produces a product that is one of the top selling consumer items on the market, especially with the economy being where it is. All of these things seem great but is booze really that fantastic? With a high rate of overdosing, maybe not. Alcohol's effects are also far more potent as compared to marijuana, causing double vision, impaired judgement, and terrible coordination. And when someone experiencing these effects gets behind the wheel of a car or does something else that may cause harm to the user and others, the situation has the potential to get really bad.
 
In the US alone, there are 88,000 deaths a year that are contributed to excessive use of alcohol. This legal substance that is sold at almost every corner store is the third leading lifestyle related cause of death in the nation. Over consumption of alcohol has lead to 2.5 million years of potential life lost annually or in other words, each person who died from alcohol consumption could have lived an average of 30 years after their death, had they not consumed the alcohol. In the year 2006, there were 1.2 million emergency room visits and 2.7 physician office visits that were found out to be caused by excessive consumption of alcohol. Additionally, the economic cost of excessive alcohol consumption in 2006? An estimated $223.5 billion.
 
So after reading those numbers, alcohol looks pretty terrible. It's also legal, which makes the fact that it's so dangerous even more appalling. Compared to marijuana, alcohol looks like the monster that hides in every child's closet. Seeing as how there are no ACTUAL recorded deaths that were directly caused by cannabis (at least none that my half hour scour of Google showed me), it would appear that cannabis should clearly be legal and alcohol should be the one that's outlawed. Cannabis causes no deaths, it's virtually impossible to overdose on the substance, and it doesn't produce the same mind altering effects that alcohol does. There is no double vision, no abundance of over-sociableness, and no random urges to punch the stranger next to you in the face because he likes the Raiders instead of the Patriots.
 
But while cannabis doesn't have any deaths chalked up to it's use this far, there are scattered reports that since the legalization began, there have been a handful of deaths that were a direct effect of marijuana ingestion. Relating mostly to edibles, these stories are pretty scary and leave some people wondering if there may be some kinds of brain that don't handle THC the same as others. Perhaps certain underlying causes contribute to this incredibly violent psychoactive behavior? Or maybe just the low tolerance of these users is what causes the reaction. Or perhaps the person was ready to snap and these incidents are just coincidences. The reasoning behind the incidents is unclear but seeing as how an overdose of marijuana would involve ingesting 1,500 pounds in around 15 minutes, it's highly unlikely that these deaths were caused directly by cannabis consumption.
 
In regards to driving while under the influence of cannabis, traffic accidents in Colorado are actually down from the normal yearly average. And while that in no way means that you should be getting baked and driving, it does show that people aren't being dumb about the new laws. The citizens of Colorado are showing that with legalization comes the concept of moderation, the key to using any substance, legal or not. In addition, teen use of the plant is also on the decline, compared to outstanding amounts of teen alcohol use.
 
What is the bottom line? Cannabis and alcohol cannot really be compared. The two substances produce different effects for the person using them. For example, if two college kids are playing shot for shot (or hit for hit, in the case of cannabis) and one kid passes out and the other doesn't because one drank or smoked a little too much, is it the fault of the substance? No. User error. Substances will exist whether we create them or not. Nature creates plants and animals (referring to some toads that apparently can make you trip out if you touch them? May be a myth... Don't touch toads regardless) that get other animals intoxicated. You don't see deer and bees running their little cars off of the road, do you? Or perhaps rabbits that eat pot plants geeking out and jumping off of buildings? The odd human desire for "more" takes over, creating issues that can lead to serious injury or in some unfortunate cases, death. People do not know how to moderate their substance intake, creating the few problems outlined above. If the human race could learn how to moderate, only take what they need and nothing more, then substance abuse would no longer be an issue.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger knows what's up!

Category: Celebrities | Posted on Mon, August, 11th 2014 by THCFinder

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Marijuana Edible Sales Officially Start In Washington

Category: News | Posted on Mon, August, 11th 2014 by THCFinder
mj-edibles-in-waThe rollout of recreational marijuana sales has been a bumpy ride in Washington. It took more than half a year longer for Washington to start legal sales compared to Colorado. Many people provide the explanation for the delay as involving the fact that Colorado had a well regulated medical marijuana framework already in place, compared to Washington that has a semi-legal medical marijuana retail industry at best. As of this week, recreational marijuana edibles are now finally available in Washington, although on a limited basis. Per The Bellingham Herald:
 
A representative of Top Shelf, one of the first legal retail marijuana outlets in Washington, said Wednesday, Aug. 6, the store will become the first in the state to sell edible marijuana.
 
Top Shelf had about 500 packages of edibles – from Green Chief of Granite Falls – available starting at 10 p.m. Wednesday, which should make some customers happy.
 
The three types of edibles available are a trail mix, a ‘party mix,’ and ‘crazy carnival nuts.’ I’m told by people in Washington that the prices for the edibles are ‘astronomical’ as one person stated. The price for the trail mix is five times what it’s going for at medical marijuana outlets in Washington. But, if people are willing to pay the higher price tag, so be it I guess.
 

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Black Domina - Hybrid

Category: Nugs | Posted on Mon, August, 11th 2014 by THCFinder

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Black Domina - Hybrid

Black Domina is a powerful smoke. The resinous buds range from a harsh peppery scent to the dark smell of blackberries. Not intended for the sweet tooth, Black Domina buds taste smoky and spicy, leaving some tokers wondering if the pipe contains hashish along with the weed. It embodies the indica high, with overpowering body effects. This strain is a great buzz for a day off or a nightcap when no serious work lies ahead. This multiple cross is basically the result of stacking four of Sensi's heaviest selected indicas in one hybrid: the Afghani SA, the Ortega hybrid developed in Canada, and a combination of the Hash Plant and the famed Northern Lights, both of which have origins in the U.S. Pacific Northwest.


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Being Stoned On A Scale Of 1 To 10...

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, August, 11th 2014 by THCFinder
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Being stoned comes in levels, as most seasoned stoners know. Sometimes, you only get a little high and then other times, you're totally blasted. It depends on how much you smoke, what you're smoking out of, and the weed that you're smoking. So there must be a scale to measure how stoned a person really is! Thankfully there is a scale that you can measure, on a scale of 1 to 10. Next time someone asks you how high you are, you can use this guide to give your answer, rather than just saying "very".
 
0-2. Sober
This is the stage where most people start. They haven't smoked anything so they may be slightly cranky or snippy. This stage lasts until you take that first beastly hit... And then you'll feel better.
 
2-3. Buzzed
As the bud takes hold, you'll begin to notice that colors seem a little brighter and your mood seems to be improving. While you're not incredibly baked, you feel the effects and that's definitely a good thing.
 
3-5. High
Maybe after a few hits, you start to really feel high. The weed will begin to cause the munchies to form, the dreaded feeling that you haven't eaten in weeks. You start daydreaming a little bit more than normal perhaps and you're kind of going off on tangents when speaking. Yeah, you're high.
 
5-7. Very high
This is the point at which you may or may not pass out. A lot of people like to get to this point before bed in order to help themselves get some much needed rest. This is also helps people with anxiety to calm down. Like I said, you may pass out. Keep those eyes open.
 
7-8. Holy hell I'm high
The stage at which realization makes itself apparent. You're stoned. Really stoned. You may start to hear things that aren't there, adding to the paranoia factor. But if you know how to handle it, this state of highness is awesome. It's easy to relax, unwind, and just feel good at this point. Just don't start freaking out.
 
9-..........
After you've taken like 20 dabs, smoked a few bong loads, and a number of blunts, this is where you should be at. You're so stoned that you can't even think of a number to describe how you're feeling. So on a scale of 1 to 10, at this point, you're Jell-O.

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Animal Cookies - Hybrid

Category: Nugs | Posted on Fri, August, 8th 2014 by THCFinder

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Animal Cookies - Hybrid

This extremely powerful and loved strain is a hybrid cross between the incredibly beloved Girl Scout Cookie strain and the Fire OG strain. The strain is a fast flowering plant, making it extremely popular among growers. It flower in about 9-10 weeks and grows as a dense plant. The strain is incredibly strong, not for the weak lunged smoker, and is highly recommended for patients that are suffering with pain or insomnia. Needless to say, Animal Cookies is a heavy indica strain that you're sure to love. The aroma of the flowers is sweet, with a tart sour bite. It smells earthy and strong, a strain that you don't want to be carrying if you're not going to be keeping it in a sealed container. The buds are a gorgeous hue of green, covered in frost, tipped in a dark purple that resembles the ripest of grapes. Trust me, you'll be in love with this strain just from smell along but once you smoke the smooth, gorgeous flowers, you'll be keeping Animal Cookies in your bong for a long time. For patients looking for a good medicine, Animal Cookies assists patients dealing with ADD and ADHD, as well as severe anxiety, asthma, gastrointestinal disorder, and the dreaded cancer. With so many positive benefits of the strain, it's a wonder that more people aren't talking about it. In addition the the illnesses listed above, this bud will also make the user feel euphoric and happy. This characteristic is especially important for people dealing with anxiety and depression. Many patients (as well as recreational smokers) should definitely be smoking on these buds.


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