Hemp Building Material Absorbs Pollutants And Improves Insulation

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, October, 20th 2014 by THCFinder
hemp-helps-the-environmentHemp never ceases to amaze me. Hemp is great for making clothes. Hemp seed is a great food source. Hemp is better to make paper out of than wood, although as we continue to transition to digital formats, that need is becoming less prevalent, but still prevalent enough to be relevant nonetheless. I read an article not too far back that showed hemp is likely to be used to make more efficient batteries in the future. It appears that hemp is a stellar building material too, creating a material that absorbs pollutants while also improving insulation compared to petroleum products. Per Green Optimistic:
Just because a building has to be solid and tough, it does not mean that the materials used to construct it have to be hard-core polluting steel and concrete. Not long ago we drew your attention to eco-friendly cement, which can be used in the making of concrete, now it is time to move on to other eco-friendly materials. A team of scientists from University of Bath, UK, working under the HIVE project, has set their eyes on using hemp as a replacement to oil-based products in insulating materials.
To be more precise, the guys decided to focus on hemp-lime and hemp fiber. Building materials made of these were found to have perfect insulating properties, they absorb moisture from the air, and can control the internal temperature of the building. To make the material suitable for construction, all that is needed is to mix the hemp with lime-based binder and turn it into highly resistant to fire and decay building panels.
Building with hemp materials is a win-win every way you look at it. It helps the environment, it’s cost effective, and it’s efficient. Petroleum based building materials are harmful to the environment, get more expensive all the time, and don’t work nearly as well as hemp based products. I can’t wait until someday when I can afford to build a house made out of hemp!


Can Smoking Marijuana Can Protect You From Ebola?

Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, October, 17th 2014 by THCFinder


Not a day has gone by in the last few weeks without a mention of Ebola. Having made its way into North America, Ebola has become reached the top of the “to fear” list, making many worry that it will only be a matter of time before the disease dominates the continent. Effective vaccines and treatments for Ebola have yet to be discovered, though one may be hiding in plain sight: cannabis.

Cannabinoids in marijuana have gained more and more of a reputation as a way to control and aid one’s immune systems, specifically with diseases that target a body’s natural defense measures against viruses, like HIV. Dr. David B. Allen, medical director of Cannabis Sativa, Inc, and Brad Morehouse, founder of, both believe cannabis can combat Ebola in the same way.

First, a rundown on what Ebola is and does, so everyone understands the argument. Ebola is a virus that targets the RNA (which creates proteins) in cells, takes over, then begins to replicate itself. The virus is able to hide itself from virus killing cells by creating indivisibility cloak-like surface proteins, which makes fighting Ebola especially difficult for the body.

Another consequence of Ebola being an RNA virus is that it makes each strain unique to the individual infected, thus making the creation of a widely applicable vaccine incredibly difficult.

What makes Ebola deadly is the way in which one’s immune system reacts as time goes on. Aside from creating hemorrhaging and leaking between cells, Ebola primarily kills when a person’s body releases a massive amount of enzymes (a cytokine storm) and an overabundant, and fatal amount, of immune cells being activated.

That’s where marijuana comes in as a potential saving grace to those afflicted with Ebola. As Joe Martin points out, cannabis is contains natural antiretrovirals and is also an anti-inflammatory able to reduce the harm to the body caused by a cytokine storm.

Dr. Allen also notes that cannabis has already become a legitimate regulator of immune system processes for those infected with HIV, with the same processes being applicable to Ebola. Being a natural virus killer, Allen also notes how cannabis can prevent the other harmful consequences of Ebola, namely hemorrhaging and cell leaking.

Strong evidence suggests that cannabis can be a positive treatment for those suffering from Ebola, but all of which should be taken with a grain of salt. These are hypotheses, based on research involving other viruses, and not proven fact. Still, the argumentation is enough to warrant a clinical trial. Worst to worst, Ebola sufferers will smoke a bit of weed, which won’t make things worse…we hope.



After California decriminalized marijuana, teen arrest, overdose and dropout rates fell

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, October, 16th 2014 by THCFinder
mj-decriminalized-crime-and-more-dropsA new report from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice adds to the growing body of evidence that legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana does not lead to any number of doomsday scenarios envisioned by legalization opponents. Looking specifically at California, where full marijuana decriminalization went into effect on Jan. 1, 2011, the report finds that "marijuana decriminalization in California has not resulted in harmful consequences for teenagers, such as increased crime, drug overdose, driving under the influence, or school dropout. In fact, California teenagers showed improvements in all risk areas after reform."
Most notable in the above table is the drop in school dropout rates. Recent studies have suggested links between heavy marijuana use and low school completion rates. But many experts question the direction of causality in this relationship, suggesting that there could be any number of confounding factors that account for this relationship. While it's still early in California's decriminalization experiment, the numbers above should suggest we cast a skeptical eye on claims of plummeting academic achievement in a post-legalization world.
In fact, as the report authors write: "By a variety of measures, California’s teenage behaviors actually improved dramatically after marijuana was effectively legalized — improvements that occurred more weakly or not at all among older Californians and among teenagers nationwide."
Now of course this doesn't address causality, and these numbers shouldn't be taken to imply that decriminalization caused these declines. But they do show, pretty clearly, that in the two years since full-scale decriminalization went into effect, California's kids are still all right. The sky hasn't fallen. And they add to a mounting body of research that shows, for instance:
that teen drug and alcohol use continues to fall, even as more states decriminalize marijuana and make it available for medical purposes;
that states with medical marijuana laws haven't seen any uptick in teen marijuana use;
that states with medical marijuana have actually seen decreases in prescription drug overdoses;
that Alaska, where personal marijuana use has been de facto legalized for nearly 40 years, is completely average on a variety of economic and demographic indicators;
and that traffic fatalities have fallen in Colorado since legalization there.
By contrast, there is little evidence of increased social harms in states where marijuana has been decriminalized. The one credible study I'm aware of is a DEA report finding that more Colorado drivers involved in car crashes are testing positive for marijuana use. But a bucket of salt is needed here: unlike alcohol, inactive marijuana metabolites remain in the body long after consumption - days or weeks, depending on frequency of use. But the presence of metabolites doesn't necessarily indicate you were high at the time of the test - only that you got high some time in the days or weeks prior.


Infant Dies After Being Removed From Cannabis Smoking Biological Parents

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, October, 13th 2014 by THCFinder
infant-diesWarning; This story is extremely upsetting and may trigger extreme emotions, especially since the situation that this tragedy occured in could've been prevented many times. Please prepare yourself.
Colorado is the last place that you would expect a child to be taken from biological parental care because of marijuana use. But unfortunately, due to the negativity associated with cannabis and people's utter ignorance, it does happen. As in the case of baby Angel Lane, an eleven month old that was taken from her parents after her parents were found to be arguing and her father admitted to smoking cannabis. According to recent statistics and studies released, homes that involve cannabis users are actually less likely to be homes with domestic violence problems. Angel being removed should have been the last step in the process and only if the child was in actual harm (she wasn't).
The foster mother, 20 year old Sydney Danielle White, is married to the brother of Angel's mother. While the child was in her care and papers were being processed for White to adopt the child, White reportedly shook the baby girl when she wouldn't stop crying. After gripping her by the throat and dropping the small child, White only stopped when her biological 2 year old came in to the room and begged her to stop. White put the infant in her crib and left her alone. When someone tried to wake the baby, she wouldn't respond and stopped moving on the entire right side of her body. Angel was taken to St. Mary's Hospital on the 16th of September and then air lifted to Denver Children's Hospital. After being taken off life support, this little baby left this world on September 17th, 2014.
Angel was taken from her biological parents after Theodore Place, the father, admitted to human services that he smoked marijuana. The parents were allegedly fighting and this admittance to using the plant was enough for human services to intervene in the family's life and take the infant away, giving her to a too young foster mother (According to Colorado law, a foster parent must be over the age of 21 to legally foster a child and White, 20, obviously didn't meet that requirement). During the separation from their daughter, the Place's assumed that their daughter was safe, especially since White is married to a family member.
But the home that Angel went to wasn't screened properly, as you can clearly see, even though the biological parents were under the impression that the home had been looked over by human services. Tierra, Angel's mother, said that her brother checked in with her every day about Angel and the brother said that the baby was developing in a healthy manner. Tierra's statement to a local news station is heartbreaking, saying "This is like losing her twice. I don't know how someone could possibly do that to a baby... Inside I know she is walking with god."


Local Cannabis Shops Boost Econom

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, October, 13th 2014 by THCFinder
local-cannabis-shops-boost-economyThe cannabis industry is set to make people a lot of money. From the trimmers to the growers to the dispensary owners, the leaves of the plant aren't the only green things flying around these days. There's hundreds of millions of dollars sitting out there waiting to be made and since Colorado made the move to legalize two years ago, they've really begun to see how the weed business is benefiting them in more ways than ever imagined.
Revenue wasn't something that people doubted but the amount of it wasn't expected. Raking in well over a million dollars in taxes within the first few days of the legal cannabis stores, people were shocked at how much money a single plant could make a state in such a short amount of time. And the money just keeps coming. With Denver being one of the hottest marijuana tourist spots in the US, surpassing even California in the "Places Stoners Want To Visit", it's no surprise that added benefits are coming from the pot shops located in the mile high city.
The Colorado Harvest Company is a marijuana shop in Denver and Tim Cullen, the co-owner, recently commissioned a study to find out how much his company was making Denver financially. Jack Strauss from the University of Denver helped to do the study and found that Cullen's two shops have generated more than six times the sales of average retail stores in the city. Not to mention the pot shop had eight times the economic impact as the regular retail shops. If we're going to talk about jobs here as well, we can't neglect to mention that Cullen's two storefronts manage to employ seven times more than an average retail store. Add in the fact that the average wage of the marijuana business is more than $17 an hour. That's more than most people working hourly jobs and that's just the average.
With more money going in to the economy, more people get to make more money as well. The benefit of the recreational cannabis shops is incredible. These companies are more apt to pay employees well and to put back in to the community in a positive way. Considering how much money has been put back in to the city of Denver, it would be silly to limit the potential of the recreational shops. Cannabis can fix a lot of the problems that the deterioration of society has caused. People just need to realize it's real potential.


Marijuana Cause Of NASCAR Death?

Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, October, 10th 2014 by THCFinder
nascar-death-blaming-marijuanaWhen you think of cannabis, you don't exactly think of people losing all common sense and doing something completely and utterly irrational. Sure, sometimes people freak out and call the cops. But that's not the worst thing in the world. What is pretty bad is the NASCAR incident that happened on August 9th, involving 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. and internationally known racer Tony Stewart.
When Stewart's car bumped in to Ward's during a race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in upstate New York, Ward was hurled in to the wall but remained unhurt. He then emerged from his car and walked down the still live race track (the caution had been thrown out), waving his arms in an apparent attempt to confront the driver that had just sent him tumbling in to the wall. Ward was then struck by the rear tire of Stewart's car and was thrown in to the air. He died of blunt force trauma from the incident.
When the case finally went to trial, the grand jury decided to not indict Stewart and the county attorney revealed a shocking piece of information that of course, will negatively effect the cannabis community because someone will obviously take it the wrong way. R. Michael Tantillo released the bit of information that Ward was apparently high on cannabis when he died. Tantillo said that Ward was high enough "to impair judgment".
Now as stated above, one doesn't exactly get stoned and walk down a live racetrack. No matter how high you are, the probability of this happening is very slim. Not only that but a stoned NASCAR driver obviously wouldn't be toking before an important race if he wasn't experienced in the world of high driving. Those cars cost millions of dollars and the sponsorships are worth just as much. Though Ward may have been stoned at his time of death, it's much more likely that the reason he got out of his car to confront Stewart was one of saving face, plus a surge of pure adrenaline/testosterone.



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