Prosecutors Can't Go After Family Treating Child's Seizures With Marijuana Extract, Judge Rules
Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, March, 24th 2014 by THCFinder
Five-year-old Zander Welton was able for the first time to hold a fork on his own and sleep through the night last year, after his doctor treated his seizures with a medical marijuana extract. But after several county attorneys in Zander’s state of Arizona threatened felony prosecution for using the marijuana in extract form, Zander’s parents stopped giving him the treatment.
An Arizona court ruled Friday that Zander’s parents could start treating him again, finding that Arizona’s medical marijuana law allows consumption of the plant in extract form.
Zander’s parents turned to medical marijuana after pharmaceuticals and even two brain surgeries failed to heal Zander. Like many children with debilitating seizures, Zander was unable to perform even simple tasks like speaking and running. After taking the marijuana extract, Zander’s parents say in their lawsuit that he made “striking developmental progress.” But the treatment works best for young children when in extract form. Heating it — when smoked or infused in a tea — releases the plant’s psychoactive properties, which is precisely what his parents are trying to avoid. And simply crushing up the dried leaves and putting it in his food has proven difficult to ingest and imprecise.
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery had argued that the 2010 medical marijuana law passed by ballot initiative prohibits “concentrating the chemicals in the marijuana flower” and had threatened to prosecute those like the Weltons who use the extract. But Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper concluded not only that the statute contains no such prohibition, but that “[c]onstraining patients’ medical marijuana options contradicts the stated purpose of the AMMA [Arizona Medical Marijuana Act] — to ‘protect patients with debilitating medical conditions . . . from arrest and prosecution, criminal and other penalties and property forfeiture if such patients engage in the medical use of marijuana.’ ” The ruling is what is known as a “declaratory judgment,” meaning it clarifies the law, rather than rules on a particular prosecution.
Read more: http://thinkprogress.org
Can You Overdose On Marijuana?
Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, March, 24th 2014 by THCFinder
Fatal cannabis overdose in humans is a thing that simply doesn’t exist. The scarcity of cannabinoid receptors in the medullary nuclei (the part of the brain that controls respiratory and cardiovascular functions) is largely the reason why there have been no reports of fatal cannabis overdose in humans,
Nevertheless, heavy doses can produce certain unpleasant reactions. In some rare cases, moderate doses could result in acute panic reactions characterized by anxiety, paranoia, self-consciousness, loss of self-control, wild racing thoughts, and disorientation. Fortunately, these reactions tend to subside with a few hours with no medical treatment required. Sufferers need to be reassured that their pain or discomfort will be brief. More often than not, you’ll experience both pleasant and unpleasant episodes in alternating waves as thoughts ebb and flow.
Of course, panic reactions are most likely to occur in novice users who have tried excessive doses in unpleasant surroundings. First-time users should be especially careful and start out with small amounts of cannabis to allow themselves plenty of time to experience the drug comfortably. Download my free marijuana grow bible for marijuana tips.
Occasionally, marijuana can produce physical symptoms that are quite unpleasant. For instance, some individuals have experience headaches, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting all of which might be spurred by the mental anxiety incurred from a large dose. Some people actually experience these symptoms regularly almost like an allergic reaction.
Frequently, however, adverse physical reactions result directly from an overdose. Heavy overdoses can be remarkably unpleasant and temporarily debilitating, but never fatal. Symptoms range from anxiety, panic, excitement, hallucinations, and a racing heartbeat at the beginning to immobility, torpor, and even unconsciousness after a while. Again, though, the effects are all temporary and tend to wear off after a few hours of sleep with no antidote or medication required.
Overdoses are less likely with inhaled marijuana than with oral ingestion, because smokers will be able to sense instantly when they have had enough or when the psychoactive content of the drug is too high. Occasionally smokers might step “one toke over the line” prior to sensing that they are too high and need to stop. Oral doses are harder to quantify because you can eat several “doses” of brownie and not feel any different until an hour or two later.
Cannabis poisonings were considerably more common at the turn of the 20th century when medicinal preparations would be dispensed in potent tonics containing hundreds of doses per fluid ounce.
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, March, 20th 2014 by THCFinder
Stoners take a lot of pride in their glass collections, going to great lengths to keep their pieces shining, sparkling, and ready to hit. Not only is keeping them clean extremely important but some stoners believe that pieces should always have names. Sometimes, the names are funny and other times, they're just a reflection of their owner's interests. Why do some stoners believe that this process is vital to their smoking experience?
When a piece is named, there are some stoners that believe the chances of it breaking go down. This superstition must have something to do with the idea of humanizing the bong so that people take more care of it when handling it. If the bong has a name, someone is less likely to be careless with a piece of glass called George rather then "The Bong" (I hope that you're not naming your glass George... Unless for some reason that's a good fit for your piece!). Some smokers are so adamant about this that they name every single piece that they own, giving them one hell of a story to tell their stoner friends when they stop by for a sesh!
Other stoners don't buy in to the naming fad, or at least not as entirely as others. Of course there are some glass pieces that get purchased that definitely deserve names. They're so intricate and well thought out pieces that it's impossible not to name them. While I myself don't really believe that naming glass is extremely important or good luck, I have to admit that there are pieces of glass in my collection that got names just because of how awesome they look. The simpler looking pieces don't get named and are called usually by the company that makes them.
Naming your glass is fun, whether you believe that it is good luck or not. Names can be funny, serious, or somewhere in between. Whatever you choose to do, everyone at THCFinder hopes that you're simply enjoying your smoking time! Take good care of your glass, as someone worked hard to make it for you!
How To Cure Marijuana Buds
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, March, 20th 2014 by THCFinder
After you’ve harvested your marijuana crop, you are very close to finally reaping your reward. Of course, you can’t just immediately roll up a few buds and start toking. More work needs to be done before you can really enjoy the fruits of your labor. The harvested marijuana plants need to be dried and cured before you can really call it a job well done.
If you don’t properly cure your crop, you may be looking at some damaged plants or even an entire crop that becomes useless. For personal growers, it’s also important to cure plants because you can preserve them and make the yield last for an entire year.
The main reason you might cure your plants after harvesting is because mold can infect one plant and spread to the entire yield. Of course, mold thrives in moist conditions and the marijuana plants will generally be rather moist right after harvest. Most growers like to hang their crop upside down to get them dry. They don’t necessarily have to be hung upside down, but it is certainly much more convenient that way.
This drying technique is simply called “air-drying” and is the preferred mode of desiccation. It allows the plants to maintain their flavorful tastes and pleasant aromas while also not exposing them to some harsher drying techniques. Download my free marijuana grow bible for tips about curing and drying marijuana.
When air-drying, it’s important to not let the plants get too dry. If the leaves start to become very dry and crusty then you may have gone too far. For the best smoke, you need to make sure that the plant is just moist enough to be flexible but dry enough to not get any mold. This takes a little practice, but over time you will figure out exactly what buds give you the best taste.
Of course, air-drying isn’t the only option. If you really want to fast-cure your buds, then microwaves are really the next best option. Although they have a tendency to overheat the bud, microwaves at least give you the ability to sample some of your crop right after it’s been harvested. It’s important to first take any seeds out of the buds to make sure that they don’t explode in the microwave. You also must be aware that the irradiated heat may detract from the pleasantness or the potency of the smoke. In this way, you might be getting a sample of your crop, but it might not be the best sample you could imagine.
When curing your crop, patience is the key. If you can wait long enough for the plants to air-dry, then you’ll be rewarded smooth, delicate, and potent buds that will get you high every time. Other methods for curing the plants are less effective and potentially more risky. For instance, using a conventional oven or a skillet to dry the buds takes longer and potentially reduces the potency of the THC. Whatever method you choose, it’s always important to cure the buds, if only to ensure that you’ll have a supply at least until the next harvest.
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
First Marijuana DUI Ad Airs In CO
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, March, 14th 2014 by THCFinder
Driving and smoking is a hugely controversial issue that many people disagree on, including fellow stoners. While some support it and think that it isn't that dangerous, there are others that think that it's a terrible idea and one should be sober while driving at all times. Especially in Colorado, smoking and drinking is something that is being focused on as one of the main issues with legalizing the plant. Stoners expected a negative outcome when people started advertising against smoking and driving but with the first marijuana DUI ad airing, people are beginning to have faith in the legal cannabis business.
The ad starts off with a man installing his brand new flat screen, which he happens to be mounting to the wall. When he finishes, he looks pretty proud of himself, not to mention really really high. Cutting to a shot of his tools, what he used to mount the TV is somewhat questionable. His lady friend puts down a bowl of chips in the background and the man goes over to her, gives her a high five, and begins to dig in to the chips and other assorted snacks that his wife has put out. As he snacks, you can see the TV in the background which then proceeds to tumble off the wall and crash to the floor. Words on the screen read "Installing your TV while high is now legal... But driving while high isn't". The ad goes on to say that driving while stoned is still illegal and then it ends.
What's great about this? The fact that there is no brutal accident shown, no false statistic, no bullshit. It's a simple ad, one that actually made me laugh when I first saw it because honestly, it seems like something that would happen to me (Although I can't claim that I'm that handy in the first place). Even though some stoners may agree with the idea of high driving, no one can say that this ad is offensive, rude, or any sort of scare tactic... Except maybe be sure that you don't use fake tools to install a really expensive TV!
There's sure to be more ads that are released, warning people of the dangers that some associate with smoking cannabis. Hopefully, they're all as passive as this one and are geared towards a more positive approach, rather then spewing nonsense and scaring people away from a natural medicine. The industry will advance and hopefully, so will the opinions of those who don't believe in the power of cannabis.
The Entourage Effect Of Marijuana
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, March, 13th 2014 by THCFinder
When Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon and the head medical correspondent for CNN released a documentary in which he completely about-faced his opinion on marijuana, stoners were shocked. Potheads and patients everywhere threw up their joints/bongs/whatever in celebration that such a prominent person in the media spotlight was not only speaking for marijuana but had recently spoken AGAINST the plant, showing others that people can change their opinions rather then believing nonsense for their whole lives. Now, Dr. Gupta has released a second installment in his marijuana series, an episode which includes an interesting take on what marijuana does to our brains.
The new documentary includes the journey of a scientist named Raphael Mechoulam. This man is responsible for determining the structure of CBD, the ingredient in cannabis that heals and helps to improve human life, even more so then THC. His discovery of CBD happened in 1963 and a year later, Mechoulam became the first person to isolate delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol. His team of scientists continued to isolate the compounds found in cannabis, furthering their knowledge of the previously mysterious plant. They discovered the first known endogenous cannabinoid, or the cannabinoids that our bodies produce on their own and named it "anandamide", which translates from Sanskrit to English as something like "supreme bliss", showing Mechoulam's feelings towards the plant.
At the age of 83, Mechoulam describes his "entourage effect" in the new CNN special. According to this incredibly smart man, the effect is exactly as follows;
" There are more than 480 natural components found within the cannabis plant, of which 66 have been classified as "cannabinoids." Those are chemicals unique to the plant, including delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiols. There are, however, many more, including:
-- Cannabigerols (CBG);
-- Cannabichromenes (CBC);
-- other Cannabidiols (CBD);
-- other Tetrahydrocannabinols (THC);
-- Cannabinol (CBN) and cannabinodiol (CBDL);
-- other cannabinoids (such as cannabicyclol (CBL), cannabielsoin (CBE), cannabitriol (CBT) and other miscellaneous types).
Other constituents of the cannabis plant are: nitrogenous compounds (27 known), amino acids (18), proteins (3), glycoproteins (6), enzymes (2), sugars and related compounds (34), hydrocarbons (50), simple alcohols (7), aldehydes (13), ketones (13), simple acids (21), fatty acids (22), simple esters (12), lactones (1), steroids (11), terpenes (120), non-cannabinoid phenols (25), flavonoids (21), vitamins (1), pigments (2), and other elements (9)."
Yes, I know you're probably stoned so in pothead terms, this basically means that the many different kinds of substances contained in the cannabis plant work together in order to give us the desired effect. The compounds work together to calm, relax, and enlighten humans, where as if they were alone, the same effect wouldn't be achieved. Think of it like this; by eating real fruits and veggies that are grown on a farm and harvested provides your body with a lot of really great vitamins that you need to function. You can get the same vitamins from taking a pill, but you get added benefits from eating the real fruit, as there are extra minerals and vitamins in skins and seeds. Many drugs seem to be made with single compounds, which as we study further, will be shown to be more then ineffective when fighting illness and disease. The multiple compounds of cannabis offer a far greater effect, as the multiple compounds have many added benefits.
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