Washington Residents Fighting Over Smoke
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, October, 9th 2014 by THCFinder
Ok before we get in to it, I want you to think of one thing that you don't indulge in that others around you do. Whether this is eating meat, smoking cigarettes, styling your hair a certain way. Just think of something in normal society that you see that you don't agree with. Now, imagine making a huge to do about it with the police. Say that you see someone with a mohawk and you're so offended by said mohawk that you call the cops and complain about your rights being violated because you don't want to see mohawks, nor do you sport one. This scenario seems pretty bullshit right?
In Washington, this exact scenario is happening but with cannabis smoking. While cigarette smokers (notice how I'm using cigarettes here and not alcohol... NOTICE IT) get to puff away outside of restaurants, on bar patios, front porches, outside of schools, etc, cannabis users aren't allowed to smoke in any public place. Seeing that the cannabis laws are still somewhat new, it seems like keeping pot smoking on the down low for a bit might be in the best interest of the community, just to see how things go. But still, tobacco users are allowed to smoke where ever and whenever they want pretty much, even though the issues associated with Big T are far more than those associated with cannabis.
Recently, a woman who wishes to remain anonymous (probably because she knows her argument is invalid), told KATU-2 On Your Side, that since I-502 passed, she feels that her rights as a non cannabis user are being violated because she can smell weed being smoked in her neighbors yard. "This is something that needs to be talked about, people's rights are being violated by the people who have been given the right to smoke pot," she said. So this brilliant woman took it upon herself to then blast her opinion over social networks, as most people who don't get enough attention in real life do. "I just have to say that it really sucks that I have such a nice backyard that I cannot fully enjoy because when their neighbors start smoking their "legal" pot, it always ends up in my yard. It stinks so bad. I am not pleased right now at all."
The woman then goes on to state that if she were to enjoy a beer in her yard, no one would know what she was doing since the smell of beer doesn't carry like the smell of cannabis does. Well maybe if the two substances being compared were the same, rather than one being a liquid and one being an inhalant, the comparison would be a little more fair. So, as a rebuttal to this woman's poorly thought out argument, I would like to bring up cigarettes again. I personally do not smoke cigarettes. I used to and when a case of deadly bronchitis infected my lungs, I quit. Fast. With doctors telling me I was close to death, I really needed to eliminate the toxic tobacco from my life... If I wanted to keep it that is. Since then, I haven't smoked cigarettes and when I do pass by someone at the mall entrance or when I go in to a bar, I am offended by the smell and sight of people smoking because I know what they can do to people. And anyone that tells you cigarette smoke smells good is a straight up liar.
If people can smoke cigarettes in their backyards, the smoke can carry and permeate other yards. But cigarettes are completely legal and I'm sure that this woman wouldn't have a bit to say if her neighbors were chain smoking Marlborough's on their porch. But seeing as how non-cigarette smokers aren't calling the cops and whining on social media about the smell of cigarettes that covers most heavily trafficked areas in society (bus stops, tattoo shops, grocery stores, bars, hotels, backyards, on the street, near schools, gas stations, etc), it seems unfair to complain about weed. If her rights are being violated by a little bit of weed smoke, then my rights are being violated every time someone smokes a cigarette where I can smell it.
This small outburst of hate towards cannabis users in the privacy of their own homes is not an assault on this woman's rights or anyone else's for that matter. These tokers in Washington (and Colorado and all the states where the plant is allowed) are doing what the law tells them to do and they're still catching heat for it. People need to accept the fact that cannabis is here and also, to leave tokers alone when they're doing virtually nothing wrong.
Melissa Etheridge Is Starting A Line Of Cannabis Infused Wines
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, October, 9th 2014 by THCFinder
I have been a fan of Melissa Etheridge for a long time now. I’m not referring to her music, which is good. I’m referring to her as a person. Melissa Etheridge has been a long time supporter of marijuana reform, way before it was fashionable to do so. She is a cancer survivor, and frequently attests to marijuana’s medical value and how it helped her battle cancer. So I was very happy when I heard that Melissa is starting a line of cannabis infused wines. I’m not a fan of wine, but if you are, I strongly encourage you to buy her products and support someone who supports you. Per Marijuana.Com:
Etheridge wants to bring cannabis-infused wines and other products to states like California, New Hampshire and the other 21 states with medical cannabis laws. She explained in her Bloomberg interview that she wants to present cannabis in a non-threatening manner.
“I really look forward to bringing this to the world in a not scary way.” Etheridge said. “Not a drug outlaw way. It’s not that anymore. This is an American business that really needs a lot of help.”
Below is video footage of Melissa talking about medical marijuana and her industry aspirations:
Washington Banning Pot In Cars?
In the cannabis legal state of Washington, you would think that with the insane amount of tax revenue pouring in, there would be no one complaining about the legality of a plant. But of course, there's always going to be a problem, especially with such a new industry. Unfortunately for those in Washington, there may be a serious problem with obtaining any kind of weed in the future, whether it be recreational or medical. Thanks to the people who deem cannabis comparable to alcohol, even though the two substances aren't even in the same league.
We all know that cannabis and alcohol have a lot in common. Both have been prohibited, fought against, and gradually accepted (although weed in still working on that one). But most smart people are beginning to realize that comparing the two isn't as easy as previously thought. While newbie stoners shouldn't be toking and driving, absolutely no one should be drinking and driving. The Washington Traffic Safety Commission wants to end cannabis carrying in cars if the container is open, making things a bit tougher for patients who travel to work, school, or other places that required having cannabis in the car. The new rule would ban the driver as well as passengers from having open cannabis containers in the car.
The reason behind this change? Since the legalization measure passed, more and more drivers have tested positive for marijuana use. In 2012, 18.6% of "suspected" impaired drivers tested positive for THC, says the Washington State Toxicology Lab. In 2013, that number increased to 25% of tested blood samples, which was the first year that I-502 was put in to effect. Additionally, there has been an increase in people testing positive for 1 metabolite of THC, which shows the use over the last few days. But while these numbers are increasing, Darrin Grondel, the director of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, says that there aren't any traffic accident or fatality increases this far, showing that while people may be smoking more, stoners aren't exactly veering off in to ditches on the regular.
Washington state bases much of the marijuana laws off of the pre-existing alcohol ones, according to Alison Holocomb, the lawyer who drafter the I-502. While it is important to keep people safe while in this changing time, it's also important to know that cannabis and alcohol are two completely different substances. Not to mention the fact that since I-502 passed, more individual blood samples have been tested... So wouldn't that mean that the number would increase because the amount of samples increased?
Does Marijuana Make Food Taste And Smell Better?
If I am about to eat some fantastic food, I almost always consume marijuana first. It’s something I have always done, and so do most of my friends and family. I have always felt that I find the food more enjoyable when I consume marijuana first. It’s no secret that marijuana can induce ‘the munchies’ but there is now scientific research that explains why. Per Vice:
Led by Giovanni Marsicano of the University of Bordeaux, a team of European neuroscientists proved that THC—the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana—fits into special receptors in the brain’s olfactory bulb, allowing users to smell and taste food far more acutely while high. Since these scientists study neurological diseases, rather than write a column on the intersection of cannabis and cuisine, their report tends to focus on practical medical applications of this exciting new discovery, rather than its role in giving rise to what the New York Times has dubbed haute stoner cuisine.
“Many feeding disorders [like anorexia] are accompanied by altered perception in general,” Marsicano noted. “Smell is particularly linked to food intake and is particularly altered in different diseases…so smell and its regulation by the endocannabinoid system could represent a future target for therapies against these and other diseases.”
Marijuana never ceases to amaze me. If you know someone that wants to enjoy food more, recommend marijuana to them. Also, if you know someone that suffers from an eating disorder, or needs to eat more to help a health condition, also recommend marijuana.
If Your Pet Eats Weed...
Animals as well as humans have THC receptors in their brains. However, the plant effects them far differently as compared to humans and it's not a good idea to give your furry best friend some of the pot brownie you're mowing down on. But anyone who owns animals knows that pets can usually get in to places that they're not allowed and the kitchen is one of those places. Pets are far smarter when there's food involved and if you happen to either leave your medicated treats out or if your pet managed to break in, it's important to know what to do if they've ingested some cannabis.
If you think that your pet has gotten in to your stash, you should be aware of the symptoms that are associated with cannabis over-consumption. These symptoms include but aren't limited to things such as low heart rate, lack of activity, anxiety, disorientation, tremors, vomiting, and diarrhea. In more severe cases, the pet can have seizures and potentially die if there's been too much cannabis ingested. Most of these symptoms are the worst case scenario and typically, the pet will experience lethargy or possibly go the other way with hyperactivity and anxiety.
When the terrifying experience happens, where you find that your cat or dog has managed to devour a plate of cookies, brownies, or vat of butter, there are two options. Depending on the symptoms, you can induce vomiting and try to get your pet to excrete whatever it's gotten in to. However, this can be extremely expensive and most stoners don't have the money to afford it. The second option, and what happens more often than not, is to let the bud dissipate in your pet's system. Be sure that they're comfortable and have lots of water. Keep an eye on them and be sure not to leave them alone until you're sure that they're feeling better. In the future, be sure to hide your weed from your pet so this situation doesn't happen again.
Pets can ingest cannabis to help with the same problems that humans have, including arthritis and pain in the heart, stomach, spine, and eyes. But they're much smaller than we are and that needs to be taken in to account when giving your pet bud. It's recommended that you only use cannabis on your pet if recommended by a vet and don't EVER blow smoke in your animal's face, as the smell to them is much stronger and can be overpowering and painful for their sensitive noses and ears. Love your pets, don't let them get a hold of your weed!
California; Myth Vs Reality
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, October, 3rd 2014 by THCFinder
There is a constant war raging between the stoners from the east coast and the west coast. Both coasts argue that their weed is better, although most people seem to think that California, because of it's warm climate and awesome outdoor grow conditions takes the cake. The east coast boasts a much better indoor grow set up, as their skills have been honed in on the indoor technique. Each coast definitely has it's ups but each one has considerable downs as well. I am from the east coast, the land of freezing winters and insanely humid summers. I lived there for 23 years, smoking bud, working, wishing for life on the west coast. This year, I finally got my wish but quickly found out that California was not what I expected.
California, to me, has always been the promised land of green. Since the cannabis laws have been so lax in the state for so long, it would appear to most stoners from other regions that basically everyone in California is always in a good mood, always high, and never out to harm anyone or do anything negative at all. The streets are hypothetically lined with dispensaries and it's incredibly easy to get your med card. All you have to do is walk down Venice Beach right? It may be naive but this was my vision of California when I left for Los Angeles in the summer of 2014.
Upon arriving in the state, the first thing that hit; it's hot. And not east coast hot. The heat there is humid and makes it tough to breathe sometimes but after a quarter of a lifetime spent breathing that beast coast air, I'd say I was pretty used to it. California is like an oven if you're not near the coast. Because of the foothills that cover the state, the areas between the hills and the ocean get to spend all day cooking in the sun. This can get extremely disorienting, especially when you see people walking around in pants and long-sleeved shirts when the temperature is over 100.
When heading to California, one thinks that it'll be extremely easy to get your med card. Well that's definitely true... If you're a California resident. Without the proper ID, however, you're not getting a rec card... Or any semi legal bud. If you're from a small state, that may seem like no big deal. But the DMV in California is everyone's worst nightmare. Standing in line for hours, just to take a written test? Yikes! But say you get through the arduous process of getting your new license and get your hands on a rec card. Congrats! Now comes the difficult part of seeing what dispensaries aren't just trying to scam you out of your money. Granted, there are definitely good places to go to get your meds. But be aware that just because the shop sells cannabis, doesn't mean it's good cannabis. Be sure that you're going to highly rated dispensaries that come recommended by people you know or on trusted sites like THCFinder!
The weed in California is good. At least, the stuff I was getting was. Although it was from a street dealer... Just like back home. The allure of being able to go in to dispensaries wore off quickly once the realization dawned that they're not all good places and the bud sold was sometimes far below tolerable smoking standards. Some of these places basically sold bags of mushed up grass. It was so disheartening to see medical shops sell such low quality product... Something that one definitely doesn't expect to see in California. But overall, the bud that I did manage to acquire was good and was almost (ALMOST) as high inducing as the Querkle strain based in Rhode Island that will forever remain my favorite.
One thing that seems to be far more prominent in the west is the shatter game. While the beast coast seems to be overrun with butane stew, the west coast proved to be a step ahead in the concentrate game, producing some beautiful shatter that will get you super stoned and feeling awesome. If there is one thing worth visiting California for in relation to weed, it's the shatter. Seriously, if you don't dab while you're there, you're missing out.
What's the bottom line? Not to talk badly about California or the east coast... But just to give you a heads up of what to expect. Each side of the country has their own pros and each one has it's cons. While California may not be a place where you want to live, it is definitely a place worth visiting! Most of the people are nice, the sun is out every day, and the shatter will leave you couchlocked for days. Give it a try sometime! You may love it, you may not, but traveling to California is something that every stoner should try to do!
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