Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, October, 1st 2014 by THCFinder
Have you ever tried eating your marijuana rather than smoking it? By this point, the answer is probably yes. Majority of stoners have tried pot brownies at least once in their lives or perhaps some other type of medicated treat. And up until recently, there was really no reports of people freaking out and doing unsafe things after ingesting edibles. But since the legalization in Colorado and Washington, there seems to be more and more confusion surrounding these THC infused goodies.
First off, the argument that edibles are geared towards children is completely ridiculous. Recently, I posted to my Instagram that the fact that candy cigarettes are still sold in stores as well as the fact that Four Loko cans (the same ones that had to be recalled and rereleased because people were dying from caffeine ODs) strongly resemble Arizona Iced Tea cans. Additionally, companies like Kellogg's and Viacom have been threatening with lawsuits because their packaging entices children to eat unhealthy foods, which has caused a spike in childhood obesity. If parents want to complain about bad products being geared towards children, perhaps they should first look at what's on the grocery store shelves because it's certainly not edibles that are the problem... That box of high fructose, sugar saturated trash on the shelf at Stop And Shop is.
When a young teen jumped to his death from a hotel balcony in Colorado after allegedly eating too many edibles, people reeled. According to the coroner, Levy Thamba, age 19, was "intoxicated with marijuana" at the time of death. For spring break, Thamba and three friends went to Denver to hang out and ended up getting their hands on some edibles. After ingesting the cookies, the friends claim that Thamba started acting differently, tearing things off of the walls of their hotel room and speaking erratically. The investigation report states that the friends calmed the boy down temporarily and left him alone in his room to chill out. But as soon as the friends turned their backs, Thamba jumped up out of bed, ran to the hotel balcony, and threw himself over the railing from the fourth floor. Even now, it is hard to find the solid findings of the case, as the last update in the Denver Post states that "it remains unclear how many cookies Thamba ate or how much time had passed since he ingested them". Although some people speculate that cannabis can cause people to have psychotic episodes if predisposed to such incidents, new studies released say that it's possible that people with mental health issues are drawn to cannabis because it reverses the imbalance in their brains, rather than enhances it.
Edibles are not bad. What is bad is the fact that people feel compelled to blame a brownie for their own mistakes. Colorado has placed a billboard up, which reads "Don't let a candy bar ruin your vacation. With edibles, start low and go slow" which enforces the idea that it's not the food that's bad but the people ingesting it. Much like the incidents with the alcoholic beverage Four Loko, the issue isn't the product but those using it. Some people just do not know their limits and find it silly to try to moderate, whether they think they're tough or trying to impress someone. Edibles are a very important part of the cannabis community, especially for those patients who are not able to smoke. By labeling edibles as "super dangerous" and turning them in to a negative thing, organizations, police, doctors, and the government are just undermining the hard work that the cannabis community has put in to making the industry a positive movement.
Things Stoners Learn On Road Trips
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, October, 1st 2014 by THCFinder
Taking a trip across the country can seem like a lot of fun. And it can be. Depending on where your route takes you, you can witness some pretty amazing sights and places. Moving around a lot also gives you the chance to meet people who you never would've met otherwise. The world is a big place and traveling it is something that most people should try to accomplish at some point in their lives. Although it may seem super glamerous, there are things that should be known before embarking on such a journey. It's best to be prepared for things such as this before you leave so you know what to expect.
- Money disappears quickly. Whether you're paying for gas or food, it adds up quick! Be sure that you take that into account when planning your trip. Depending on how long you're on the move for, food cost can definitely reach well above $500 and gas is even more expensive, seeing as how most places in the US are at least $3.20 a gallon.
- People aren't nice everywhere. And people who know that you're living in a vehicle traveling around the country can be very rude. They'll try to deter you from making your trip as much as possible and can be downright mean about it. While some people may be a Debbie Downer, don't let their negative attitude influence your trip. This is supposed to be a growing experience, not a negative one.
- It can strain your relationship.. Big time. If you leave without your significant other, the distance can really hurt you two. Long distance is tough and it's important to remember that cell phone service isn't available everywhere. You may go days without speaking and that can wear nerves thin. If you decide to go with your significant other, you also run the risk of fighting. Living on the road can be extremely stressful and full of bad days. It's important to be patient and tolerant of each other in this tough time. You're in it together.
- Cell phones don't work everywhere and that can be scary for some people. Expect to have a super high phone bill at the end of your trip due to roaming costs (yes that's still a thing... Roaming) or be smart and pay your bills in advance if you know how long you're going to be gone for. If possible, carry a backup pre-paid phone with loaded minutes just in case your phone goes out of service. When on the road, you need to make sure that you can get a hold of help if needed.
- Showers aren't easy to come by. Hotels may seem like a damn good plan but they're expensive and some are just downright gross. Be sure that you pack dry shampoo and baby wipes, just in case you find yourself going a few days without seeing a real bathroom.
- Most importantly, be 420 prepared! Have a few clean pipes hanging around (stashed appropriately of course) or maybe a few packs of papers. Be sure that you bring enough bud or concentrate to keep you high and happy for your trip. Without bud, the road life gets very nerve wracking, From traffic to blocked roads to bad weather. There are so many things that happen on the road that will drive you crazy. Don't let it get you down! Just remember to pack all the weed you think you'll need and if you don't pack it, plan to stop at friend's houses that have it.
Oregon Racial Justice Groups: End Marijuana Prohibition
Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, September, 30th 2014 by THCFinder
People of color in Oregon are 100 percent more likely to face legal punishments for marijuana than white people, despite equal rates of use. The current system is failing, and the following groups today are endorsing Measure 91 because it removes unfairly harsh punishments that disrupt lives.
The new groups to endorse Measure 91 are:
Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), which has worked for social justice for more than 15 years and continues to evolve as Oregon’s leading Asian and Pacific Islander grassroots advocacy organization.
Partnership for Safety and Justice, which works to reform the criminal justice system and achieve a more balanced approach to public safety. They join the ACLU of Oregon and the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association as other criminal justice organizations endorsing Measure 91.
Western States Center, which has worked for 27 years on community organization to challenge and transform individuals, organizations and systems to achieve racial, gender and economic justice.
The Rural Oregon Project, which represents tens of thousands of Oregonians in small towns and rural communities in all 36 of Oregon’s counties.
“Too many people have been punished, and too many of them have been youth and people of color,” said the Partnership for Safety and Justice in a statement. “Too many tax dollars have been wasted without increasing public safety. Too many public resources have been diverted that could have been used to help crime victims and address unmet community needs across Oregon…. We believe that it is time to start addressing marijuana realistically as a health, education and economic issue. Measure 91 would do just that.”
Every day the encompassing list of groups embracing Measure 91 as a better approach to marijuana regulation is growing. They represent hundreds of thousands of Oregonians with a wide range of concerns.
Measure 91 will regulate, legalize and tax marijuana for adults 21 and over in Oregon. Revenue raised from a regulated market will fund schools, state and local law enforcement and drug treatment and prevention programs.
How To Make Dry Ice Hash
Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, September, 29th 2014 by THCFinder
By Aarr Kellz – Spaceship Earth Farms
I have been making dry ice hash for a few years now, and find it is wonderful to use in tinctures and edibles. It is also great in a vaporizer, or sprinkled on top of bowls of flower. The good news is that making it is fairly easy. Let’s get right to it.
What You Will Need:
First thing’s first. CANNABIS. If you are not going to use ground up bud, then get the best quality sugar leaf that you can. Avoid sun leaves, unless they have tricomes on them, and even then trim off the portions of the leaves that lack tricomes. The dry ice has the ability to break the leaf matter down into particles tiny enough, that they pass through the screen. So the more sugary your trim is, the more pure your final product will be.
Next, you will need a FIVE GALLON MESH EXTRACTION BAG. They can be found on the web, or at your local store. They make them in many sizes, though I have personally found that the 160 Micron size works best, and produces a very high-grade product.
You will also want GLOVES, to handle the dry ice, as it will be very cold. It should not be handled without protection.
Of course you will need DRY ICE. I live in Oregon, so I can go to the grocery store to get dry ice. It cost anywhere from $1.00 to $1.50 per pound. I usually use about two pounds for every quarter pound of trim.
Finally, you will need to acquire a FIVE GALLON BUCKET and a FLAT SURFACE, such as a mirror or smooth, clean table top.
How it’s Done:
First, GRIND UP THE BUD, or trim. Not so fine that it is a powder, but not too chunky either. You want it to be the about the consistency of fresh snow, in between sugar and brown sugar if you’ve never seen any. Break up one pound of dry ice into chunks and place in the bucket. Please! Be careful not to break up the ice in the bucket. The chemical
reaction will make the plastic so cold that it becomes brittle and can shatter, say, if you were to hit it with a hammer.
Next, SPRINKLE THE TRIM in the bucket over the dry ice and position the extraction bag over the bucket. Wait about three minutes, and then shake the bucket a little, to allow the trim to mix with the dry ice.
Then, WAIT one more additional minute for everything to get nice and frigid.
Turn it (the bucket) over, and begin to SHAKE over the flat surface. Not too violently, yet with purpose and determination. Shake the bucket for about two minutes, until you will see a fine powder start to come out of the screen, along with a gas from the dry ice. Be careful to keep shaking over the flat surface, as everything under the bucket that the gas touches directly will be coated in blonde hash powder.
After you have shaken the bucket for about 4 minutes the powder will start CHANGING COLOR from the initial blonde, to a mint green. This means that the dry ice has separated most of the tricomes from the plant material, and the hash is now ready to be gathered. Use a flat plastic card, to scrape all of the powder into a pile. The dry ice hash can then be stored in a container, or pressed together with a hash press for future use.
If you are in the Portland, Oregon area, then check out Portland Hydroponics & Organics | 11564 SW Pacific Highway | Tigard, OR 97223 | 503-746-4303 for all of your extraction or grow needs.
Young People Know Marijuana Is Less Harmful Than Alcohol
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, September, 25th 2014 by THCFinder
Marijuana opponents use children as a pawns in the game to keep marijuana prohibition in place. When asked why marijuana should remain illegal, people like Kevin Sabet almost always offer up the excuse that marijuana legalization will result in more young people consuming marijuana. The fact is, Colorado has seen a decrease in youth consumption of marijuana since marijuana was legalized there. That is a fact that Kevin Sabet seems to forget. Black market marijuana dealers don’t ask for ID, and marijuana is much more available in an unregulated system compared to a regulated one.
Marijuana is safer than alcohol, that fact is undeniable. Even Barack Obama has admitted as such. A poll was recently conducted that found out that young Americans are fully aware of this. Per Fire Dog Lake:
Young people think marijuana does much less harm to society than alcohol or tobacco. According to a Rare poll of adults 40 and younger, 47 percent believe alcohol does more harm to society, 27 percent think tobacco does, and only 13 percent picked marijuana as the most harmful of the three.
In addition, very young adults are the more likely they are to see alcohol as more harmful than weed. Among adults age 36-40 the ratio was only 33 percent to 24 percent, but among those under the age of 30 the ratio was an incredible 52 percent to 9 percent.
If people like Kevin Sabet wanted to protect America’s youth, then he would support marijuana regulation. Instead, he prefers to keep prohibition in place which increases access of marijuana to youth and makes it to where they are able to buy it on the black market without any regulations. Marijuana is safer than alcohol. Marijuana laws should reflect that fact.
Pot in a bottle: Seattle company wants to make marijuana syrup
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, September, 24th 2014 by THCFinder
SEATTLE — ‘Ballard Beat’ and ‘Wallingford Wanderlust’ are just a few flavors of new marijuana-infused syrups set to hit the market here.
Craft Elixirs, a Seattle-based company, is waiting on the final approval from the Washington State Liquor Control Board to start producing the specialty syrups.
“The minute you put it in your mouth and sort of savor the syrup, you can start to feel the effects of the cannabis,” said owner Jamie Hoffman.
Hoffman’s company makes five different syrups. She said they can be put on foods and used to make soda. There is an orange and blueberry flavor, regular syrup, and one that tastes like coffee.
“You know, it doesn’t really taste much like the marijuana. It is very slight,” said Hoffman.
Craft Elixirs is one of five companies with pot-infused edibles approved for sale by the Liquor Control Board. The product, along with the label and packaging, must meet state standards before it is allowed on store shelves.
Just like with pot stores and marijuana growers getting state approval, it is a lengthy licensing process for those companies making pot-infused food and drinks.
“You have to be inspected by the Department of Agriculture. They have to come through your kitchen and make sure that everything is set up right. They are kind of like the health department for the Liquor Control Board,” said Hoffman.
The findings are then turned over to the Liquor Control Board before a final license is approved. So far, the Washington State Department of Agriculture reports 16 kitchens have passed inspections. However, not every one of those businesses has received a pot license.
The Liquor Control Board said Craft Elixirs is in the final stages of the licensing process. Hoffman expects her license to be issued in the next couple of weeks. Right now, her company is making the syrups without the marijuana.
State rules require that pot products list individual serving sizes. All products, packages, and labels cannot be designed to appeal to children.
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