Ten Ways You Can Use Cannabis
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, November, 21st 2014 by THCFinder
Yes, it’s for smoking. That’s common knowledge, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this article. But as with most things in the world, the wonderful marijuana plant can be used for many different purposes. It is medical and industrial. With the right funding and some smart people who care about the planet, cannabis could be the most used substance in the world. Not only that but it would save us land and help to produce more oxygen, plus it grows far faster as compared to it’s bark covered relative, the tree. So how can you use cannabis other than packing it in to a pipe and smoking it? Here’s ten ways that cannabis can be used in order to benefit the people of the world.
- Medicine; the most common use for the cannabis plant is medicinal. After thousands of years of societies using cannabis in order to treat headaches, broken bones, back aches, nausea, cancer, and many other illnesses, people still have trouble accepting the fact that the earth gave us a cure for most health problems known to man. It’s time to wake up, however, and take advantage of such a beautiful asset to the human race.
- Clothing; by making clothes out of hemp, we could completely eliminate the need for cotton. The hemp plant can be made in to fiber which in turn can be worn. Wearing organically made clothing would be great, plus hemp has numerous other uses and having fields of such a versatile substance could advance our society greatly.
- Fuel; surprisingly, the cannabis plant can be used for fuel. Seeing as how oil is a fossil fuel, there’s only so much time left until we run out of it. Once gas is gone, we will no longer be able to fuel our cars. We will be forced to find an alternate source of fuel if we want to stay so mobile. It would be smarter to switch to a biodegradable fuel rather than a fuel that’s putting huge holes in the ozone and creating smog clouds the size of Los Angeles.
- Fiber; in Colonial times, farmers ingested a lot of potatoes since the crop was so easy to grow. Since there was no such thing as fiber bars back then, the farmers had to ingest high amounts of fiber in order to counteract the not so great effects of constantly eating so much starch. Ingesting cannabis nutritionally helped the farmers with this problem.
- Pets; rather than putting a nylon collar on your pet, why not use hemp? With a less chance of containing harmful substances, hemp pet supplies are said to be healthier, more durable, and sustainable. While giving your pets pot to eat isn’t such a good idea, your furry companion will be happy to nap on a comfy hemp pet bed!
- Hempcrete; concrete is a huge pain and is expensive. It wears under pressure and after a long enough time, it will crack. Not to mention, the substance is extremely heavy, so while it is a great building material, it’s cumbersome. Hempcrete, on the other hand, is concrete but made from the hemp plant. It is half as heavy as concrete and will stand up to the elements longer. Hempcrete also assists with containing cool and heat, depending on the time of year, cutting down on heating and electricity bills. Additionally, hempcrete is far better for the environment, considering it’s naturally made.
- Vitamins; hemp seeds contain high amounts of amino acids, providing a great source of vitamins and nutrients to those that consume them. For those that would like healthier alternatives to taking random pills that may contain poison rather than something helpful, hemp seeds are something that should be kept around. There are even cafes in Europe that offer hemp tea, hemp coffee, and even hemp lager!
- Rope; historians have said that early man used hemp rope to fashion bamboo stalks together in order to form rafts. So you could say that people have been using hemp rope for a bit. Stronger than what we currently use today, hemp rope is something that people would benefit from using for a multitude of purposes, including maritime purposes. If you’re interested in seeing some history on hemp rope, you can join a maritime museum tour and find out all about it (get stoned first, of course).
- Food; instead of using butter or lard or even vegetable oil to cook with, using hemp oil is far healthier for you. Instead of putting anything somewhat harmful, use hemp oil instead. Sometimes, you can even medicate said oil in order to give your food a little added kick. But even if you don’t want to psychoactive aspect, cooking with hempseed oil will make your food taste better and help keep that waistline small (hempseed compared to butter is ridiculously healthy, especially “butter” if you know what I’m saying).
- Paper; reportedly, Ben Franklin owned a hemp paper mill in his day and it’s even been said that the original Declaration of Independence is written on hemp paper! It’s hard to believe that this wouldn’t be true, as most farmers were required by law to grow hemp back in colonial times. Still, hemp can be made in to paper that doesn’t harm nearly as many trees while simultaneously growing faster and healthier for the planet. As to why we’re still chopping down forests when this simple plant could be used instead, is a mystery.
Five Places To Hide Your Stash (If Needed)
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, November, 20th 2014 by THCFinder
Five Places To Hide Your Stash (If Needed)
In a world where marijuana is far more accepted, a lot of smokers don’t have to worry about hiding their stashes. But for those who still live at home or need to keep their green usage on the down low, there are some clever places to stuff your stash. Even if you don’t need to hide your weed at home, traveling with bud can prove to be stressful and any one of these methods will prove to be an efficient way to transport your bud and keep it hidden from the cops, in case you get pulled over for some silly reason like a light out or perhaps you didn’t completely stop at a stop sign. Regardless of hiding your bud from cops, parents, bothersome roommates, or fellow stoners who steal your stash, at least one of these methods should work for you.
If you’ve ever ventured in to a candle store where scented candles are sold, you’ll notice that most of them contain a little jar of coffee beans nestled among the candles. The coffee beans clear your head of the numerous scents of the candles and allow you to sample more smells without giving yourself too much of a headache. If you bag up your weed (bag it up well, for real, or perhaps stick it in a small jar) and place it inside of a jug of coffee like Maxwell House, people won’t be able to smell your weed or find it. Just make sure that no one else is drinking the coffee.
People always ask why I wear combat boots with high socks a lot. It’s true, I wear combat boots every single day. One reason is that they’re just dope boots. Doc Martin doesn’t mess around. Another reason is that they are a great spot to tuck weed in to if you’re going to be transporting it for a short time. No one should be getting close enough to your feet to smell weed and the boots will keep it safe from outside assailants. Not to mention that boots always make a great fashion statement for both males and females.
Car Stash Spots
If you’ve ever messed around with a car in your spare time, you’ll probably know that most vehicles are equipped with odd little pieces that pop out, revealing ample space behind the piece. Cars such as the Volkswagen contain many pieces like this, especially in the dashboard. From dummy lights to places to stick switches, these stash spots are great for a quick trip with your bud.
Long hair is a perfect hiding spot for cannabis. Seal it up tightly in a baggy, whether you’re a male or female, and tuck it in there somewhere. For girls, a messy bun is a good place to stick weed for a while. For a guy with longer hair (Or dreads!), pretty much do the same thing. Just be aware that you may end up leaving a trail of skunk smell wherever you go. Hopefully your shampoo can overpower the smell of that bag of dank you have nestled in your locks!
Being a pet parent, I know that their food legitimately smells like shit. So if you need a place to hide your weed and you have a cat or dog, putting your buds in a tightly wrapped package and hiding it at the bottom of the pet food bag will surely keep it hidden. And if anyone finds it, say you bought the cat some catnip. Just make sure you don’t actually smoke said catnip if you really did buy a bag of it.
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, November, 20th 2014 by THCFinder
People don’t really think about the bonuses one gets from being a pothead. Of course, these days there are prime examples of successful stoners. These people manage to go about their entire days smoking weed. Most of their friends and coworkers wouldn’t even be able to tell that their colleague of ten years is a mega pothead. But even those who are most successful like to get super baked once they get home. There’s not a whole lot better than getting baked at the end of the work day. So what are some of the benefits of being super stoney?
Let’s face it; smoking bud makes living a little bit more bearable. These days, with people struggling constantly to pay their bills, smoking weed eases the stress of every day life. Whether it’s a nagging boss or an absent best friend, Mary Jane won’t let you down during those tough times. By smoking a bowl, you’ll manage to ease all of the stress from your job, your girlfriend, your boyfriend, your car’s transmission blowing, bothersome parents, or whatever the cause may be.
Suffering from a case of the Mondays? Probably if you’ve had a weekend full of partying. Even if you’re not hungover from weekend shenanigans, chances are you’re dreading work on Monday. Well there’s a cure for that dreaded day of the week. It’s called weed. Toking up before you go to your dreaded job (or maybe not dreaded, maybe you just like to be high at work) is sure to make the day more bearable. Starting the day the cannabis way will make things a bit easier for you. And if you are in that fuzzy hangover state of mind, the weed will help clear it up if you pair it with a cup of coffee or juice!
Even with TV releasing new episodes of shows all the time, you do find yourself watching reruns from time to time. While some of those shows might be watched four or five times, even the best episodes get old after a bit. Smoking a bit (or a lot) of weed before watching reruns will not only make them seem new but they’ll be way funnier. Futurama high compared to Futurama sober isn’t a fair comparison… Dr. Zoidberg is funniest when you’re baked out of your mind.
Suffering from an upset stomach or perhaps a migraine? Not really feeling taking some Advil or Tums (because we all know that shit tastes like chalk)? Marijuana is an amazing (and quick) remedy for an upset stomach, a headache, or muscle pain after a really brutal day at work. Taking a quick bong rip will take away most pain, not to mention settle your stomach if you feel like you need to throw up. With amazing health properties such as pain relief, marijuana is a great substitute for the less desirable handful of pills.
Oxford Dictionaries Word Of The Year Is "Vape"
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, November, 19th 2014 by THCFinder
Vape pens are very popular right now, both inside and outside of the marijuana world. Everywhere I go I see people puffing on vape pens. I always wonder how many people are using vape pens for tobacco, or how many are like me and are using vape pens for dabs? Either way, the fact remains that they are everywhere and more and more people are using them for one reason or another. The word ‘vape’ is so popular that Oxford Dictionaries named vape ‘word of the year.’ Per Oxford Dictionaries:
As e-cigarettes (or e-cigs) have become much more common, so vape has grown significantly in popularity. You are thirty times more likely to come across the word vape than you were two years ago, and usage has more than doubled in the past year.
Usage of vape peaked in April 2014 – as the graph below indicates – around the time that the UK’s first ‘vape café’ (The Vape Lab in Shoreditch, London) opened its doors, and protests were held in response to New York City banning indoor vaping. In the same month, the issue of vaping was debated by The Washington Post, the BBC, and the British newspaper The Telegraph, amongst others.
vape graph oxford dictionaries
Do you own a vape pen? If so, what brand? My favorite vape pen I’ve ever tried is the iTaste VV 3.0 combined with The Aquamizer attachment. Just to be clear, I’ve never received even one dollar from the company that makes them, although, I did get a free pen :) They just hit so much smoother and plentiful compared to other vape pens I’ve tried. It’s literally the only consumption device I use these days. Other vape pens require a lot of lung power for not that much payout it seems like. But if there’s a different vape pen that I should try, please let me know below in the comments! Vape on my friends!
Does TV Effect Cannabis Support
Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, November, 18th 2014 by THCFinder
The media is an extremely powerful tool that I really can’t stress enough. Every day, we are bombarded with advertisements. We sit and watch television and go to the movies with our friends. Movies, shows, commercials, photos. We see it all, every day. Over the last few years, if you’ve been paying attention, more and more TV shows and movies have begun to transform the pot smokers from the stupid, silly stoners to the people who are “cool”, “hip”, or just downright smart. From cartoons like Futurama to horror flicks like the Cabin in the Woods, marijuana is slowly taking over the media industry one character at a time.
Take for example, the TV show Weeds. Nancy Botwin was a widow that started selling weed in order to help keep her family afloat after her husband died. Her plight seemed to really grab an audience and the show managed to get through numerous seasons before kind of faltering and becoming more about gun running, cocaine smuggling, and Nancy’s inability to control her crazy offspring. Not to mention a bummer of a last episode that was so corny, it made cotton candy look sour. But the point is, Weeds was a long running, highly rated show that people loved… And it’s center piece was cannabis.
Cartoons especially seem to focus on the use of cannabis, probably because the writers involved acknowledge the fact that most of their viewers are stoned. Cartoons like Rick and Morty, Futurama, Family Guy, American Dad, the Simpsons, and many more feature weed in at least one episode, with some cartoons making constant references to it throughout seasons. It remains a question, however, if this explosion of positive weed related humor is due to the growing public support of the plant (since TV stations want to play what we want to see so we’ll watch it) or if those 420 friendly depictions are liberalizing attitudes about cannabis legalization.
Oddly enough, the General Social Survey (GSS) found some light to shed on this question. The GSS asks about TV consumption by consumers and marijuana legalization in it’s biennial academic surveys. Over the last decade, after accounting other variables, support for cannabis legalization has increased almost 20% points among those who watch at least 4 hours of TV a day, which turns out to be 1/3 of the US population. Meanwhile, opinions among those who don’t watch as much TV seemed to stay the same.
With the results not being 100% definitive, it’s still somewhat difficult to say if TV is responsible for the growing support of cannabis. Some Americans could have changed their viewing habits because they don’t approve of prime time’s portrayal of weed or some depictions could have change to reflect who was watching the most TV. Of course, the most likely scenario is that TV normalizing cannabis use is helping to change the public’s opinion of the plant overall.
Is Marijuana Linked To Abnormalities In Key Brain Region?
Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, November, 17th 2014 by THCFinder
There are celebrities, like Cheech and Chong, that have been smoking weed for years. Nothing terrible seems to have happened to them. While other famous people have overdosed on other drugs like heroin and cocaine, the stoner duo remains standing. Along with many others, Cheech and Chong are somewhat of living proof that weed doesn’t cause issues if you’ve been smoking it for years. But a new study from the University of Texas at Dallas is saying that heavy, long term marijuana use is linked to smaller volume in the orbitofrontal cortex, the part of the brain where decision making takes place. This part of the mind also deals with addiction.
The research shows that when an individual starts using marijuana earlier on in life, the more pronounced the brain abnormalities. Additionally though, the same research shows that the brains of heavy marijuana users have greater connectivity in this part of the brain as compared to those who don’t use pot. But even with the enhanced connectivity, the research says that this key part of the brain loses this ability over time. The abnormalities aren’t known to cause any mental illness of emotional deficits yet.
Dr. Francesca Filbey was the leader of the study. She is the director of the university’s Center for BrainHealth and an associate professor in the university’s School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. The study consisted of 48 adults who smoked marijuana three times a day for ten years, on average and 62 users who didn’t consume cannabis. Filbey and her team used MRI scanners to compare the brains of the two group. Their findings, while provocative, are acknowledged even by them, aren’t concrete evidence of cannabis contributing directly to the brain changes. Dr. Asaf Keller, a professor of anatomy and neurobiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine wasn’t involved with the study but was asked by the Huffington Post to comment on the new data.
“As this is a retrospective study - not a prospective one - it is impossible to determine whether individual differences in brain anatomy are related to genetic or environmental factors other than marijuana use. In sum, there is not indication that the anatomical difference in the brains of marijuana users are caused by marijuana use,” Dr. Keller told HuffPost Science. These results will have to be duplicated in similar studies for the data to be concrete. For now, cannabis users can still rest easy in thinking that cannabis has absolutely no negative long term effects.
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