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How To Cure Marijuana Buds

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, March, 20th 2014 by THCFinder
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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.
 

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First Marijuana DUI Ad Airs In CO

Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, March, 14th 2014 by THCFinder
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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.

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The Entourage Effect Of Marijuana

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, March, 13th 2014 by THCFinder
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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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Poll: Americans View Marijuana As Less Harmful Than Sugar

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, March, 13th 2014 by THCFinder
mj-safer-than-sugarAmericans believe that consuming cannabis poses less harm to health than does the consumption of tobacco, alcohol, or sugar, according to the findings of a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released today.
 
Respondents were asked which of the four substances they believed to be “most harmful to a person’s overall health.” Most respondents said tobacco (49 percent), followed by alcohol (24 percent) and sugar (15 percent).
 
Only eight percent of those surveyed said that they believed that marijuana was most harmful to health.
 
The poll possesses a margin of error of +/- 3.10 percent.
 
Commenting on the poll results, NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said: “These results once again reaffirm that an overwhelming majority of the American public understands that any potential risks associated with the use or abuse of cannabis are relatively minor to those associated with many other legal and regulated substances. Criminalizing cannabis and those who consume it responsibly is a disproportionate public policy response to what is, at worst, a public health issue but not a criminal justice concern.”
 

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Five Awesome Stoner Movies On Netflix

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, March, 12th 2014 by THCFinder
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Netflix is definitely the product of a pothead mind... I mean come on, instant movies and TV streaming? While it may seem like a convenient idea for everyone, stoners know that Netflix was made for them! Sometimes, finding good shows or movies to watch can be extremely tiring. With the thousands of choices and your high mind, picking something to watch can end up being an hour long process. But if you're looking for some stoner movies (I'm not saying that they're good movies... It all depends on your personal preference), here's a few that Netflix features that may make you laugh while you're hitting the bong.
 
1. Super High Me
I really liked this movie. I thought it was pretty funny. It's kind of a tough study to do and should be conducted with multiple people, seeing as how THC effects everyone differently. But even though the narrator was smoking weed for 30 days straight, he suffered no ill side effects except being a little bit slower at math.
 
2. Growing Op
This movie puts a spin on the parent-child-marijuana relationship, featuring a high school student who's parents are pot smoking hippies. But while his parents toke up, he just wants to be a normal kid, who ends up falling in love with his next door neighbor. She has super conservative parents and the main character must overcome the obstacle of dealing with life and weed.
 
3. AKA Tommy Chong
Detailing the hardships that Chong suffered while dealing with the DEA and legal issues, this documentary will definitely open your eyes as to how unfair the laws can be (if you seriously still have doubts, that is). Chong, a person with no prior convictions, was charged with selling water pipes on the internet, something that no one had been busted for prior.
 
4. How Weed Won The West
This documentary is great. With a heavy hate towards the drug war and the many failed policies on keeping drugs under wraps, How Weed Won The West is definitely a great stoner movie that you should see. It details how the plant's popularity spread across the western half of the US, showing the positive reinforcement from patients.
 
5. The Union
I'm not sure if this film is still available on Netflix but it was for a while and if you haven't seen it, you gotta get on that. The film shows how the marijuana industry effects those involved and around it, while asking the question everyone is thinking; is legal weed really what stoners want?

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Five Things You May Not Want To Do While Stoned

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, March, 12th 2014 by THCFinder
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As a stoner, you have to recognize that there are some situations where it's definitely not a good idea to be high in. Even some seasoned stoners get flustered easily if they're baked and put in to an uncomfortable situation. Weed may calm nerves and chill you out but there are days where it's a good plan to avoid smoking just for a bit in order to get some important stuff done. Let's face it, taking a break from smoking can also be good for you and it reminds you of how much you love marijuana.
 
- Say that you have a new significant other. Things are going really well until they want you to meet their parents... Right? Even if you're a clean cut person, meeting parents of someone you like can be tough. In a situation like this, you need to be on your best behavior. Definitely not a good idea to be showing up super baked or smelling like skunk!
 
- If you smoke weed, you should have a job. That's all there is to it. You need to be at least making some kind of money somehow. Job interviews can be awful and extremely nerve wracking but be careful if you choose to smoke beforehand! The weed can slow your reaction time and dull your focus, possibly making you seem unenthusiastic. Unless you're a seasoned stoner, stay away from the bong on interview day.
 
- Every so often, one seems to find themselves in a situation where they're forced to public speak. This may be in a class in college or in some sort of group. Since public speaking is one of the top fears among US citizens, sometimes the effects of marijuana can make a situation like this way worse. Although this all depends on the user, just be sure that you have your notecards in order!
 
- When people get tattoos, a lot of the time, they automatically assume that smoking weed before they go under the needle will dull their pain. Unfortunately for some stoners, smoking weed before getting tattooed can actually cause more pain then normal! It doesn't happen with everyone but be careful when getting tattooed while high! You don't want to go through more pain then you have to.
 
- Stoners like to be high in public because being stoned makes people a little more bearable. Even though taking bong hits before leaving the house is normal for most smokers, it's not a good idea to go to crowded places when overly stoned. This means stay away from Walmart on a Saturday afternoon and don't go to Market Basket on the first of the month (I believe that's when my state distributes EBT Food Stamps and the grocery stores are packed!!).
 
Being stoned is a positive thing! But part of being a responsible stoner is knowing when you should be high and when you shouldn't be! Of course you can probably do most of these things while high! I've done all of them while stoned at least once. This is merely a guideline, some suggestions on how to be a successful and awesome stoner!

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