Colorado's Cannabis Progress
Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, April, 28th 2014 by THCFinder
A little less then three months ago marked the first day of legal cannabis retail in the state of Colorado. There were some people who probably thought that the economy collapse the first day this occurred... But of course, it didn't. Not only with the increased revenue that the state is making from taxes, but the people there feel mostly that life has improved since Amendment 64 went in to effect or that there has been not difference at all.
A poll released by the Public Policy Project showed that now 57% of Colorado voters now approve of legalization of cannabis, which is a huge difference from the 35% that disapprove. With so few ill effects of cannabis legalization, it seems as if people are beginning to realize that maybe the plant isn't as bad as it seems. With the new jobs that have been created in this booming industry, plus the incredible financial gain for the state, cannabis legalization doesn't seem to be the huge deal that some people imagined that it would be.
The money that has been made by the taxed plant is absolutely incredible. Just in January of this year, the state raked in a staggering $14 million in sales. That's just the first month. The Governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper released a statement that he expects the sales of recreational and medical marijuana to reach almost $1 billion over the course of the next fiscal year. At least $600 million of that is thought to just come from the recreational sales, while the state themselves is expected to collect at least $134 million in the taxes and fees associated with the plant.
What's this money going to go towards? The state has outlined some decent ideas on where to spend these profits. The plan will include spending money on youth prevention, substance abuse treatment, and at least $12.4 million for public health improvements. The goal, set forth by Gov. Hickenlooper, is to help to keep the marijuana business away from children as much as possible, unless the child is prescribed cannabis for a condition by a licensed physician. Also proposed was a $5.8 three year campaign on marijuana use that would cover the whole state and would aim to highlight any health risks associated with marijuana. In addition, there would be $1.9 million granted to the Department of Transportation to launch a "Drive High, Get A DUI" campaign to tell drivers about the marijuana blood limit standard that drivers will be tested at. Hickenlooper also added the proposal of spending $7 million on buying new beds in residential treatment centers for substance abuse patients to the plan. Of all that is mentioned above, it doesn't even include the addition 15% pot excise tax. This will bring in an estimated $40 million a year for the state. The money from this tax will be put in to school improvement and construction.
Numbers like these can't really be argued with. The drastic improvements to state programs will benefit Colorado in ways we don't even know yet. From schools to roads to buildings, the finical boost from cannabis is sure to be a good thing for the state. If the progress we've seen continues on such a positive note, with such green benefits, other states are definitely going to state reconsidering the cannabis laws. With such money to be made, it would be crazy for states (especially smaller ones that need the money and the jobs in such a terrible economy) to not want to legalize cannabis.
What Is The "Sea Of Green" Marijuana Growing Method?
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, April, 23rd 2014 by THCFinder
Sea of Green, usually abbreviated “SOG,” is a method of growing marijuana that forces flowering at a young age. The plants will have only been in vegetative state for about two weeks. This method allows you to harvest much earlier than growing your plants normally.
So, what are the benefits of the SOG technique? It’s really used when space is limited in a grow room. It allows you to maximize your space without sacrificing on yield. When you put the plants into flowering stage with a 12/12 light regimen, you can fit more flowering plants into more space. The yield of a single plant might be smaller, but the yield you get cumulatively will be larger.
SOG growers generally have time constraints, as well. Certain marijuana varieties take longer than 10 weeks to complete their vegetative cycle. With the SOG method, you get more harvests and more marijuana. This is method employed by larger operations where a consistent supply is required. Download my free marijuana grow bible for more tips about growing marijuana plants.
Growing cannabis under artificial light means that you need to make use of that light more efficiently. This is because you’re paying the electricity bill, but also because you want to get the most out of your plants. Many grow rooms are set up to light plants from above. With this system, the upper leaves and branches cast a shadow on the lower sections, meaning that there is always part of the plant that’s not receiving as much light. When you pack the plants in close proximity, you create a canopy of buds that makes the most out of your light. One big HPS light will only give you one option for lighting, but multiple HPS grow lights will give you greater light coverage across your entire crop.
The SOG technique is especially useful with large quantities of cuttings from a cloned marijuana plant. It saves you from having to buy seeds and also ensures that your plants will be female and of a high quality. SOG grows typically don’t require pruning, but some growers like to tidy up the lower branches below the canopy. This helps the plant put its focus on the main bud and improve the overall flow of air underneath the canopy. You can also clone these cuttings and provide another bunch of SOG plants to keep the system on repeat.
Can You Get A "Hangover" From Consuming Too Much Cannabis?
Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, April, 22nd 2014 by THCFinder
I recently wrote an article about using marijuana to help cure an alcohol hangover. While I was looking at stuff online about that topic, I constantly ran into articles dealing with a hangover from marijuana. I personally don’t think I’ve ever had a marijuana hangover, but I have consumed so much marijuana in a night that I was still very high when I woke up the next morning.
I’m wondering if maybe that’s what people are experiencing and calling it a hangover. When I wake up clear headed, and then consume marijuana throughout the day, I can ease into my high and adjust my mood accordingly. However, when I wake up high from the previous night’s marijuana session, I don’t have that adjustment time, which I’d imagine can be quite much for the ‘once in a while’ marijuana consumer.
I found a government study that deals with the topic of marijuana hangovers. Since the government has long been in the business of spreading anti-marijuana propaganda, take it for what you will:
“Thirteen male marijuana smokers participated in a study to determine whether marijuana smoked in the evening would result in measurable subjective or other behavioral effects the following morning. Subjects smoked either active (2.9% delta 9THC) or placebo (0.0% delta 9THC) marijuana cigarettes according to a standardized smoking regimen. Smoke inhalation was monitored by measuring expired air carbon monoxide (CO) levels before and after smoking. Acutely, active marijuana produced significant changes in heart rate, CO level, various measures of subjective effects, and behavioral tasks of card sorting, free recall and time production. When the test battery was repeated the following morning (approx. 9 h after smoking), significant changes were observed on two subjective effects scales and on the time production task after active, but not placebo, marijuana. These apparent ‘hangover’ effects were different from the acute effects of marijuana. The findings suggest that marijuana smoking can produce residual (hangover) effects the day after smoking. The precise nature and extent of these effects, as well as their practical implications, remain to be determined.”
If the marijuana hangover is real, and you feel that you are experiencing it, here are some recommendations that I’ve found on marijuana forums:
“If you don’t have a vaporizer then turn on the shower for a bit…only hot or you can put yourself into a regular shower and steam your throat and lungs that way w/an added bonus: the sound and feel of the water can be very “trippy”. I like drawing on the mirror in the steam afterwards…quite cool FX as your face appears beyond the condensed steam (with a BIG smile!). You can also try following the pot smoking with tea drinking. Then keep taking “hits” off a regular water bottle as your mouth and throat dry up again till you drift off into a colourful sleep. I hope that helps. Pleasant dreams my friend.” - MyInner Child
“more sleep= less hangover. trust me on this, i was a capt fucking pothead a few years back. I smoked about 5 grams a day for a year. in the end, I burnt out, and i only smoke chron on the weekends now. but yeah, more sleep. oh, I also found eating 1.4 of a grapefuit in the morning helped me out.” - ThePyschonaut52
Pro-marijuana 4/20 events face backlash from legalization skeptics
Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, April, 22nd 2014 by THCFinder
A national anti-marijuana group has met with Obama administration officials to encourage the federal government to reverse legalization in Colorado and Washington.
Meanwhile, on Monday, a Colorado group concerned about the impacts of legalization on children issued a statement decrying the scenes of public pot smoking in Denver on Sunday, a day marijuana enthusiasts treat as a holiday called 4/20.
Both are examples of organizations skeptical of legalization pointing to the unprecedented interest around marijuana in Denver this past week as reason to change or reverse the 16-month-old law. Scenes of open toking, cannabis commercialism and pot-fueled revelry, the groups say, run contrary to the restrained system of at-home marijuana use that voters approved in 2012.
"This is not healthy for our young people," said Gina Carbone, a spokeswoman for the group Smart Colorado. "This does not send the right message. ... We're not educating our kids to the harms of it. Instead, we're glorifying it and promoting it."
Denver City Councilman Charlie Brown likewise questioned whether the 4/20 celebrations are beneficial to Denver and said he hopes any added expense incurred by the police department as a result of the events are paid for by taxes on marijuana stores.
"It's not Denver's finest hour, let's put it that way," Brown said. "And it still comes across to me as in-your-face politics."
For the first 4/20 after history-making recreational marijuana stores opened in Colorado, Denver was awash in marijuana-centric events on Sunday — the most notable being the large pro-pot rally in Civic Center park that culminated with a mass smoke-out at 4:20 p.m. This year, Denver police
Tens of thousands celebrate marijuana holiday across US
Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, April, 21st 2014 by THCFinder
DENVER – Tens of thousands of revelers raised joints, pipes and vaporizer devices to the sky Sunday at a central Denver park in a defiant toast to the April 20 pot holiday, a once-underground celebration that stepped into the mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.
The 4:20 p.m. smoke-out in the shadow of the Colorado capitol was the capstone of an Easter weekend dedicated to cannabis in states across the country. Although it is still against the law to publicly smoke marijuana in Colorado, police only reported 63 citations or arrests on Sunday, 47 for marijuana consumption.
"It feels good not to be persecuted anymore," said Joe Garramone, exultantly smoking a joint while his 3-year-old daughter played on a vast lawn crowded with fellow smokers.
The Garramone family came from Hawaii, among the tens of thousands who crowded into various cannabis-themed extravaganzas, from a marijuana industry expo called the Cannabis Cup at a trade center north of downtown to 4/20-themed concerts at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater. Acts included Slightly Stoopid and Snoop Dogg.
At 4:20 p.m., an enormous plume of marijuana smoke wafted into the sky above downtown Denver as rapper B.o.B. belted out his song "Strange Clouds," with the hook: "And all we do is light it up, all night/All you see is strange clouds/Strange clouds, strange clouds."
The Civic Center Park event is the most visible sign of the pot holiday's transformation. It started as a defiant gathering of marijuana activists, but this year the event has an official city permit, is organized by an events management company and featured booths selling funnel cakes and Greek food next to kiosks hawking hemp lollipops and glass pipes.
Gavin Beldt, one of the organizers, said in a statement that the event is now a "celebration of legal status for its use in Colorado and our launch of an exciting new experience for those attending."
Denver is just one of many cities across the country where 4/20 marijuana celebrations were planned Sunday.
In Trenton, N.J., speakers urged a crowd of about 150 gathered at the statehouse to push state and federal lawmakers to legalize or decriminalize marijuana and called on Gov. Chris Christie to do what he can to help medical marijuana patients. Among those at the rally was Jawara McIntosh, the youngest son of noted reggae musician and pro-marijuana activist Peter Tosh.
In San Francisco, thousands of revelers gathered at Golden Gate Park's Hippie Hill, which has become the go-to spot for the unsanctioned festival every year.
City officials said they would be cracking down on illegal parking, camping, drug sales, underage drinking and open alcohol containers. Hippie Hill was covered in canopies as dozens of people sold pot-laced cookies, brownies and other items. Some vendors told the San Francisco Chronicle that sales were slow because so many people were peddling the treats.
Marijuana: The Natural Viagra?
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, April, 17th 2014 by THCFinder
“I discovered the cure last night,” my friend Celia* announced. Ever since going on antidepressants, she’d been suffering from a common SSRI side effect: difficulty achieving orgasm. “And the cure is, wine and weed and half a tablet of Cialis.” She’d discovered it “by accident” while dating a jazz blogger who liked to toke. She needed all three components, working in concert, to achieve that which had once come naturally: “Smoking weed has always been awesome for my sex life. It makes orgasm much easier. I felt like a teenager, only I was also using a drug meant for elderly men, so I guess I felt like a retiree?” A retiree in California, I suggested, or another state where medical marijuana soothes the elderly. “Yeah, like those cool retirees you see on CNN these days,” she agreed. High and sexually enhanced — the ideal here was an aging hippie with a medical-marijuana card and a boner-pill prescription.
Marijuana has been cited as an aphrodisiac in ancient texts and folk medicine, but treating sexual dysfunction is not among the approved uses for medical marijuana in the states where it is legal. But that doesn’t mean users — both legal and illegal — aren’t enjoying sexual side effects. “I believe there are three broad categories of usefulness for this remarkably nontoxic drug. Two of them are quite available, namely, recreation and medicine,” explains Dr. Lester Grinspoon, the retired Harvard Medical School professor known as “the grandfather of modern medicinal cannabis research.” “But there’s a third category, the capacity to enhance a variety of human experiences. There’s one that comes to everybody: the capacity to turn an ordinary dish into an extraordinary culinary experience. And the second is sexual experience.”
“That CB1 receptor seems to be involved in improved tactile sensations and general euphoria,” says Dr. Mitch Earleywine, professor of psychology at the State University of New York at Albany. Or, as Celia put it, “Marijuana makes your whole body feel good, so it only follows that sex feels good, too.”
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