Ben & Jerry's founders are open to making marijuana infused ice cream

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, March, 4th 2015 by THCFinder
ben-and-jerrys-open-to-making-mj-infused-icecreamStoners with a sweet-tooth — but we repeat ourselves — could be packing bowls of a different kind, according to Ben & Jerry’s.
The Vermont-based ice cream kings would be open to making and marketing a marijuana-infused flavor — if weed were legalized.
Co-founder Ben Cohen told HuffPost Live’s Alyona Minkovski the idea “makes sense to me,” when asked about a cannabis flavor.


NYPD Commissioner's Statement Linking Marijuana And Increased Shootings Is Reefer Madness

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, March, 3rd 2015 by THCFinder
marijuana-and-crime-issuesNYPD Commissioner Bratton gave a press conference about the rising number of shootings in NYC. Bratton went on to blame marijuana for the increase in violence.
Statement from gabriel sayegh, Managing Director of Policy & Campaigns for the Drug Policy Alliance:
“Commissioner Bratton’s claims today about marijuana are straight out of the tired old drug war handbook and frankly, are ridiculous. What evidence is Bratton relying on in making these statements? Hasn’t he heard that correlation does not equal causation? Marijuana is the most widely used illicit substance in the U.S. and in New York and, therefore, is far more likely to be found on New Yorkers than any other drug. It appears that finding marijuana on the scene of a violent crime is enough for Bratton to assert a causal link. Using that rationale, we can make other causal links to violence – for instance, if police find a cell phone at the scene of a violent crime, then certainly the cell phone must cause that crime.
If, indeed, there is violence in the illicit marijuana marketplace between those who are selling marijuana, there is one very basic and smart way to solve that problem: end marijuana prohibition. Prohibition is the absence of control, and by legalizing and regulating marijuana, we can regulate the marijuana marketplace. If Bratton wants to end the violence in the illicit marijuana marketplace, he should support the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act introduced by Senator Liz Krueger and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes. We know more policing won’t fix these problems. If Commissioner Bratton is serious about the health and safety of New Yorkers he needs to let go of the outdated and dangerous reefer madness propaganda. It’s time for a new approach.”


How To Tell If Marijuana Dabs Are Good Or Bad

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, February, 25th 2015 by THCFinder

How Do You Determine If Cannabis Concentrates Are Good Or Bad?

Are you new to the marijuana concentrates world? Do you know what ‘dabs‘ are? If you consume marijuana often enough, chances are you have taken at least one dab hit by now. For those of you that have yet to take a dab hit, maybe due to unavailability in your area or because you are a new consumer, you should really check it out. They say a dab will do ya, which is true. If you are like me, and you like to ride the ‘higher high’, dabs are the way to go. Anytime you are consuming concentrated forms of marijuana, you will get higher faster than if you were smoking a joint of flower.

For a long time I didn’t know how to tell if the dabs I was consuming were good or bad. I have a long history consuming flower, so I can tell how good the flower is very easily by sight, smell, taste, etc.. But concentrates are a different thing. Some of my usual measurements (smell for instance) of quality translate to concentrates, but not all of them do. For a long time I think the general assumption was that the clearer/lighter colored the cannabis concentrates, the better they are compared to darker dabs. I’m here to tell you that that’s not necessarily true. I know there are people that will argue until they’re blue in the face against that claim, but I know it to be true because I recently visited my friends at Udoxi Scientific and did some research. The results were surprising to both me and my little brother that came with me. I figured I needed another person to help with the research, plus he is brand new to the dab world (took his first dab the day before the visit to Udoxi).

Udoxi Scientific processes cannabis into concentrates for growers. Their concentrates are second to none, and that’s based off of my experiences consuming concentrates all over the Western United States. There are certainly people out there that consume more concentrates than I do, but I consume more dabs than most. A lot of concentrate makers are making dabs in their garage with primitive equipment. Udoxi is operating on a whole other level. Their facility is world class, and the owners have strong backgrounds in agriculture, chemistry, and engineering. I don’t say these things because I’m paid to do so. I’ve never received even one penny from Udoxi. I say these things because they are my unbiased opinion.

I was lucky enough to participate in a quality test at Udoxi. They brought out four slabs, as seen below, and asked which one I thought was the best based off of appearance alone. Naturally, I ranked them in order of how clear they were. How would you rank the slabs below? I pre-apologize for the picture quality – I’m a writer, not a photographer:

dab slabs

Can you tell which dab slab is the best, based off of appearance alone? Does clearer always mean better?

The four concentrates above are the Blue Cheese strain, OG strain, Cherry Pie strain, and Black Cherry Soda strain. After looking at the visual appeal, we then got down to business trying out each one. We made sure to take low temp dabs to maximize the flavor. The first one I tried was the Black Cherry Soda, which was the clearest out of all of the samples. Based off of how most people measure dab quality, this would have been the best one since it was the clearest, as seen below:

black cherry soda marijuana cannabis dabs concentrates

The first thing that I did was smell the slab. The slab really lacked any smell at all, good or bad. It was like I was smelling nothing at all. After taking a couple of hits, it because obvious that there wasn’t much flavor either. There wasn’t much bite to the hit, on the exhale or the inhale. It didn’t seem to get me high that fast, certainly not as I originally expected it to. The Black Cherry Soda sample wasn’t bad, or good, there just wasn’t anything distinct about it.



Marijuana may be even safer than previously thought

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, February, 24th 2015 by THCFinder
smoking-mj-may-be-even-safer-than-previously-thoughtCompared with other recreational drugs — including alcohol — marijuana may be even safer than previously thought. And researchers may be systematically underestimating risks associated with alcohol use.
Those are the top-line findings of recent research published in the journal Scientific Reports, a subsidiary of Nature. Researchers sought to quantify the risk of death associated with the use of a variety of commonly used substances. They found that at the level of individual use, alcohol was the deadliest substance, followed by heroin and cocaine.
And all the way at the bottom of the list? Weed — roughly 114 times less deadly than booze, according to the authors, who ran calculations that compared lethal doses of a given substance with the amount that a typical person uses. Marijuana is also the only drug studied that posed a low mortality risk to its users.
These findings reinforce drug-safety rankings developed 10 years ago under a slightly different methodology. So in that respect, the study is more of a reaffirmation of previous findings than anything else. But given the current national and international debates over the legal status of marijuana and the risks associated with its use, the study arrives at a good time.


Medical Marijuana May Soon Be Marketed as Kosher

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, February, 23rd 2015 by THCFinder
mmj-kosherA certification agency is open to the possibility
Medical marijuana may soon come with a kosher seal of approval.
The Orthodox Union that offers kosher certification is in early discussions with parties interested in offering kosher medical marijuana products, according to the The Jewish Daily Forward.
In the past, the Orthodox Union has refused to certify cigarettes and e-cigarettes due to their clear health risks, but Rabbi Moshe Elefant, who leads kosher certification at the Orthodox Union, said it “would not have a problem” certifying medical marijuana since it has health benefits.
Since marijuana is a plant, it would appear that the certification would not be necessary. But in New York State, where medical marijuana will go on sale next year, cannabis could be distributed in other forms like edible substances and capsules, which would need a kosher seal. Many Orthodox rabbis are still strongly against its use.


Is Marijuana the Source of a New Runner's High?

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, February, 19th 2015 by THCFinder
runners-highFor a variety of reasons, more runners are mixing marijuana and mileage.
The logo of Colorado-based Run on Grass, whose members seek to educate runners about marijuana.
After Jeff Sperber crosses the finish line of a 50-mile ultramarathon, he has a specific post-race routine. Like many runners, first he stretches. Then he eats some protein. About an hour later, though, he deviates from the ordinary program by inhaling a few puffs of marijuana from a handheld vaporizer.
“When you’ve been running for that long, you’ve got swelling muscles and aching joints, and you’re tired,” says the 42-year-old Los Angeles resident, a runner since college who has been doing long races since 2007. “You can take an Advil, which will help the swelling and inflammation, but it’s also very taxing on your liver.”
Sperber is part of a growing number of runners who are coming out of the proverbial closet as marijuana smokers or ingesters of THC (marijuana’s active component) through other means, usually edibles, tinctures or topical ointments. Groups such as Run on Grass, in Denver, Colorado, and Team Hope through Cannabis, in Texas, hope to change attitudes about the typical pot smoker and otherwise inspire conversation about marijuana.
Sperber has had two hip surgeries and a hernia surgery, and he’s currently dealing with stage four arthritis in a toe. Though he has a prescription for pain medication to address his post-run issues, he prefers to not use it whenever possible. “I can’t do that stuff and function as a normal human being,” says Sperber, who also has a legal prescription for medical marijuana.  “As a weed smoker, I can function.”
His course of treatment might be unorthodox, but it’s not necessarily misguided.
“Certain chemicals within marijuana have anti-inflammatory effects,” says Gregory Gerdeman, an assistant professor of biology at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, and contributing author to The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis. “The most obvious potential benefit to an athlete is controlling inflammation and some of the aches and pains that relate to injury. If you lower inflammation, you will raise the pain threshold.”
Cannabis Concerns
Though 23 states have legalized medical marijuana, and four states and the District of Columbia permit pot for recreational use, it is still largely an illegal drug. Additionally, it remains on the NCAA’s and IAAF’s banned substances list.
There are more than legal concerns for runners. Smoking marijuana can create health issues that can affect performance.
“There are cardiovascular effects, like increasing heart rate,” says Gerdeman. “These may be minimal in young athletes or those with tolerance, but should be considered seriously by anyone at risk for coronary heart disease. Plus, there have been some studies that [suggest] it influences blood flow to the brain, which can influence the risk of stroke.”
Additionally, chronic smoking is related to pulmonary irritation and gives rise to risk factors associated with various pulmonary problems. Gerdeman points out that many marijuana users try to sidestep the latter effects.
“People who are athletic are most probably eating THC or vaporizing marijuana, which means the pulmonary risks are lessened or absent in those situations,” he says. “We have come to a time when burning pot is almost passé.”



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