San Jose Medical Marijuana Dispensary MedMar Helping the Needy with Holiday Food Drive

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, December, 20th 2011 by THCFinder
MedMar, a San Jose cannabis dispensary, is urging members to give a little extra to those in need this holiday season with a food drive to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank.
'Tis the season of giving, and San Jose medical marijuana dispensary MedMar Healing Center is giving back to the community with a food drive to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. From October 1st through January 20th, MedMar is joining together with other San Jose cannabis collectives to collect money and cans of food to help Second Harvest provide nutritious meals to local families in need.
"This holiday season, many families are having a hard time making ends meet. It is MedMar's hope that we can help make this holiday season amazing for every family, even in these hard economic times," says Douglas Chloupek, founder of MedMar.
Second Harvest Food Bank serves over 240,000 people each month-10% of the people in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties-and distributes over 45 million pounds of food per year, mainly to local seniors and families with dependant children. Since the recession hit in 2007, the number of people served by Second Harvest has skyrocketed 48%, but donations have flatlined over the last two years.
The holiday season, when Second Harvest gets the majority of its donations, will be critical to ensuring the food bank can help hungry members of the community get access to nutritious meals. The food bank's goal is to raise $11.3 million and collect 1.6 million pounds of food.
MedMar members who bring in nonperishable food items will get a $1 credit per can donated ($10 daily limit). The most-needed items are meals in a can (stew, chili, soup), tuna and canned meat, peanut butter, canned foods with pop-top lids, low-sugar cereals, 100% fruit juices in single-serving boxes, canned fruit packed in juice, and canned vegetables. MedMar is also accepting cash donations that will be passed along to Second Harvest.
For more information about the holiday food drive, or to learn more about any of MedMar Healing Center's products and services, call (408) 426-4400 or visit the San Jose cannabis club online at MedMar is located at 170 South Autumn Street, San Jose, CA 95110.
MedMar Healing Center is a San Jose marijuana dispensary, acting as an easily accessible resource for Bay Area medical marijuana patients. They are a community-based San Jose medical cannabis club centrally located in downtown San Jose, only blocks from the San Jose Sharks home, HP Pavilion. They are close to major freeways and thoroughfares, and are located near all the major public transit options, including Diridon Station.
MedMar provides residents of San Jose with medical marijuana in many forms, including flowers, hash, edibles, and concentrates. MedMar Healing Center tests each of their strains of medicine for a cannabinoid profile, which helps their knowledgeable staff recommend the best medicine for the diverse ailments of each client.


Wasting Tax Payers Money!

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, December, 20th 2011 by THCFinder

When will the nonsense stop...



TSA gives WEED a break

Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, December, 16th 2011 by THCFinder

Some random TSA agent decided to no ruin someones day. If they were only all this cool...



Prohibition doesn't work

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, December, 15th 2011 by THCFinder

Weed for the win everytime!



Is a stoned driver safer than a drunk?

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, December, 12th 2011 by THCFinder
Pot smokers get into fewer deadly car crashes than beer drinkers, a new study finds, although its authors say the conclusion shouldn't be seen as encouragement to smoke marijuana and drive.
Your car insurance company certainly isn't cutting stoners a break.
The study found that in the 16 states where medical marijuana is legal, there has been nearly a 9 percent drop in traffic deaths since the laws took effect and a 5 percent drop in beer sales. Marijuana and alcohol are substitutes for each other, the researchers found, with fewer people drinking alcohol in states with medicinal marijuana. Pot use, however, increases.
"Use of marijuana, in general, increases in states that have medical marijuana laws," says D. Mark Anderson, an assistant professor of economics at Montana State University and co-author of the study with Daniel Rees, an economics professor at the University of Colorado Denver.
It's unclear why pot smoking is linked to fewer traffic fatalities, Anderson says."


What you should know about Moldy Marijuana

Category: Culture | Posted on Sat, December, 10th 2011 by THCFinder

What You Should Know About Moldy Marijuana

By Douglas R Archibald

CEO Lighthouse Labs


 It was recently reveled that police investigating Michael Jackson’s death had mistaken moldy marijuana for “tar heroin” following the pop stars death. While the moldy weed played no part in the investigation or Jackson’s death, it does bring up an often overlooked problem that faces almost every marijuana user, grower or distributor: Mold.

Anyone who has smoked marijuana more than a couple times has most likely inhaled mold spores from marijuana. That may sound alarming, however its important to remember that you are likely to inhale the same or similar mold spores while taking a walk in the park. The most common type of mold, Aspergillus, occurs naturally in almost everything in nature.

Most mold spores will have little effect on people with normal immune systems. If the mold is bad enough to cause problems, effects are usually respiratory breathing problems and flu like symptoms such as coughing, diarrhea and vomiting but can be more severe in people with other health conditions and/or a poor immune systems.


Causes of Mold on Marijuana

Mold issues in marijuana are almost always due to moisture lock. If marijuana is packaged or cured in air-tight containers while there is still a lot of moisture in the buds, it creates a perfect environment for mold to thrive in. While most growers and distributors take extra precautions in preventing mold, some will actually add moisture to properly dried marijuana in order to artificially increases the weight to increase profits.

In researching this article, I found some people will even bury their stash in hopes of encouraging a certain type of mold that is said to increase the potency of marijuana. This trend is highly discouraged due to the fact that it’s almost impossible to isolate that specific mold strain from other mold strains that will degrade and destroy the THC (active ingredient) in marijuana.

Identifying mold on marijuana

You can identify mold by looking closely for black spots, dark green spots, white/grayish stringy matter or other unusual coloring. The mold will also noticeably effect the smell of the marijuana, turning it a more musty and unpleasant smell. Mold spores sometimes resemble the crystal looking trichomes that naturally occur on marijuana which can cause some novice users to mistake signs of mold for characteristics of higher grade marijuana. The best way to identify mold on marijuana is to view it under a black light. Mold spores will appear a distinctive green hue when put under a black light.


Preventing / Treating mold on marijuana

Mold needs at least 15% moisture to survive, so the best way to prevent mold is to keep all harvested marijuana in the ideal 10%-15% moisture content level. Growers should always allow enough time for freshly cut plants to dry in a dark ventilated area. Marijuana being cured in jars should be opened every 12 to 24 hours to allow proper air flow. Always be careful when attempting to re-hydrate over-dried buds by adding orange peels or water because it’s very easy to add too much moisture and fruit peels are an easy breeding ground for mold.

It’s always advisable to not smoke marijuana with mold, however those that are willing to take the risk are advised to bake their marijuana in a oven on 300 degrees for 15 minutes to eliminate some common forms of mold. While on the subject of baking marijuana, it is important to note that most mold is far more dangerous when ingested than inhaled, which means you should be extra careful of mold when putting marijuana into edible treats. Filtering smoke through a water pipe or bong does not prevent you from inhaling mold, although some sources say it can help reduce about 15% of the mold.

Although the exact moisture content is impossible to tell, by learning what to look for, consumers can prevent purchasing moldy marijuana and determine whether questionable buds should be smoked or thrown out. As marijuana becomes a more accepted form of medicine for seriously ill patients, mold education becomes even more important for care givers and government regulators to insure patients are protected due to them being more susceptible to the effects of mold than average recreational users.





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