Marijuana Lowers Risk Of Domestic Violence
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, October, 3rd 2014 by THCFinder
Some people will probably try to tell you that you're going to hit your girlfriend is you smoke weed. Yeah I know it's crazy. Which is why it makes sense to debunk that nonsense now. If you look at the numbers, as people always seem to do, you'll notice that the use of alcohol greatly increases the risk of domestic violence in today's house hold. It increases both the risk of being a perpetrator or the victim, up to and including intimate partner violence. And keep in mind that this substance is legal and served in almost every corner store in America.
Most turn a blind eye to the alcohol link to violence in the home, blaming it instead on other factors like television. Or marijuana, as is the case sometimes. But according to a study that was just published in the journal Psychology and Addictive Behaviors, couples who continuously use cannabis in their relationship are much less likely to engage in partner violence, putting them at a considerably lower risk of domestic violence.
The study, done at Yale University, Rutgers, and the University of Buffalo, took 600 couples and assessed them, determining whether the husbands' and wives' cannabis use was contributing to domestic violence at any time within the first nine years of marriage. The findings were obvious (at least to some), saying "In fully adjusted models, we found that more frequent marijuana use by husbands and wives predicted less frequent domestic violence perpetration by husbands. Husbands' marijuana use also predicted less frequent IPV (intimate partner violence) perpetration by wives. Moderation analyses demonstrated that couples in which both spouses used marijuana frequently reported the least frequent IPV perpetration". In stoner terms? If you and your partner are smoking weed, chances are that you're less likely to be involved in a violent relationship.
Other studies have been released regarding the topic of cannabis and domestic violence. A previous study of the subject was published in the journal Addictive Behaviors which studied alcohol and cannabis. The study concluded that alcohol increases the chances of violence in a couple, while cannabis use did not. The study assessed whether cannabis or alcohol use by college age men was associated with the risk of physical, sexual, or psychological violence over a period of 90 days. This study also took in to effect the number of drinks that a person had, concluding that on days with more heavy alcohol use, the odds of physical and sexual aggression increased drastically. Marijuana use, the report stated, did not find that marijuana increased the chance of violence in the relationship.
People, as said in the above paragraphs, have long since assumed that cannabis contributed somehow to domestic violence. These studies successfully eliminate that stereotype. Years ago, something like this would have never appeared in print, says Dr. Mitch Earleywine, a professor at the State University of New York at Albany. "I commend these authors for writing up these results. There was a time when investigators with these data might not have bothered to write it up at all for fear that it would never appear in print, because it contradicts the federal anti marijuana sentiment. Times have really changed."
Children And Legalization
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, October, 2nd 2014 by THCFinder
Kids and cannabis is one subject on it's own. So when it comes to children and the idea of legalization, things are a little different. While the parents in their lives may support the legalization of the plant, kids are still being taught in schools that the plant is no good. Not only that but that health risks are a very apparent issue for anyone under the age of 21. Children are being told one thing at home and another thing at school, making the whole process extremely difficult for their little minds to comprehend.
Parental responsibility is to explain the world as best they can to their child while still letting the child make their own choices about the world. A parent should not control but rather guide. Kids are creative and incredibly smart for being so small and we take their intelligence and innocence for granted. Parents try harder then ever before to control their kids constantly, monitoring their text messages, online time, and sometimes even drug testing. While it is important to listen to your parents, parents need to remember that kids need to grow in to their own person. A person that must also function in the world of 2014, which most of us know can be an unforgiving and unkind place. Sheltering a child will do nothing more then cause the child to live a very scared and unprepared life.
When it comes to cannabis legalization and children, it's not a hard choice to make. Kids deserve to know about cannabis. Period. If a parent doesn't hide the fact that they use Xanax or drink beer and wine, then they shouldn't have to hide the fact that they use cannabis. Kids should understand that the plant is beneficial to the human race and that it acts as a medicine for those that are sick. It promotes a peaceful environment and a positive life, something that has been made difficult to obtain by the government and others bent on keeping marijuana illegal. Kids especially need to be educated on the benefits on the plant, while simultaneously not smoking it themselves.
Why might you ask? Well although cannabis does help the sick and improve the lives of many humans around the world, the information available on how THC effects the growing mind should definitely deter children from ingesting the substance if not under the direct supervision of a doctor. When children with undeveloped brains smoke, the THC prevents the brain from being fully coated in myelin, the chemical in our bodies that protects brain tissue from harm. If this protective layer isn't formed, there will be openings for other neurologically related issues down the road. The brain needs to develop correctly for the child to have a healthy life and ingesting cannabis while the brain is still forming can have negative consequences.
Programs like DARE are not effective and the numbers still prove that not only is alcohol still more easily obtained by kids but that less teens are using cannabis after the plant was declared legal in Colorado and Washington. With these numbers alone, people should realize that it's not about sheltering but educating. Without knowledgable adults or adults that don't share cannabis with their kids, the children of today will just put prohibition back on when they become adults. It's so important to talk to your kids about cannabis, explain the situation and prohibition, and tell them to make their own choice about it, after they've heard an educated opinion on it.
How To Create Strong Marijuana Plants
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, October, 2nd 2014 by THCFinder
All cannabis plants start as seeds, and they all require water to germinate properly. Each seed contains a full, little plant that has a root, stem, and a couple of leaves. There are also enough nutrients in the seed for it to survive the first portion of its life. During germination, these vital nutrients (proteins, carbs, etc.) are transformed into glucose, which all plants need to for growth.
1. Let the seeds soak in water that is 65°F (18°C) until they split open and roots appear
When seeds achieve a nice moistness level, they will enlarge and split open. A single root will grow downward with gravity out of that split. The root will always grow down no matter what and the stem will always grow up.
Placing your seeds in water ensures that they have achieved the proper moisture level for the process of germination to begin. The seeds will not take on excess water and drown until about 2 weeks after they have cracked open (you will have already transplanted them into soil by then).
When you fill your glass with water, simply put it in the living room so that it shifts to the temperature of the environment. Tap water is fine, but don’t give the seeds any extra nutrients because they already have everything they need. The seeds will crack open in between 2 and 7 days. Make sure to replenish the water in the glass every other day. Start transplanting when the roots reach 0.1 to 0.2 inches (3 to 5 mm) in length. Download my free marijuana grow bible for more tips about growing marijuana and marijuana seeds.
2. Place your seeds in a ½-inch hole in small pots with seedling soil
The nutrient level of the seeds is already adequate, so you should use a soil with fewer nutrients to start. Soil made specifically for seedlings and clones that has low quantities of nutrients is ideal. Plants are very susceptible to nutrient burn at this stage if you give them too many nutrients.
The pots should be filled halfway with the seedling soil. To make the half-inch hole, use your finger tip or a pen. Each seed should have its own pot. Since the roots will always grow down, you don’t have to worry how you place the seeds in the soil.
Place the seed in the hole, and cover it up with the soil. When you spray the soil with water, it will tamp down on its own. Avoid pressing the soil. The germination process will continue until the plant starts to surface within a week. The taproot will produce other root offshoots so that the system is strong.
3. Use a plant sprayer to moisten the soil
Water is responsible for both life and germination, making it the most vital component early on. It is extremely important that you give the plants plenty of water and keep the soil moistened.
Plants that don’t receive enough water will compensate by not growing to full capacity. This is largely to increase the plants’ chances of survival. Of course, too much water can cause the plants to lose out on valuable oxygen. Leaves will start to wither and the marijuana plant and growth medium will become more susceptible to diseases and bacteria.
The soil needs to stay adequately moist (not too dry and not over-soaked). The seedling won’t use much water, but a lot of the water evaporates fast. This is the major reason why seedlings should never go on a windowsill or near a heater. Spraying the plants 1 or 2 times throughout the day should be plenty.
4. Put pots 2 inches below CFL tube
Other than water, light is another vital component for the plant’s growth. Light and water help convert carbon dioxide into oxygen and glucose—necessary resources for plant growth. This is referred to as photosynthesis.
When plants don’t receive adequate light, they will form fewer side branches and will elongate abnormally. This stretching helps marijuana plants grow taller to grab enough light in nature. Plants that receive adequate light will grow wider (not taller) and produce a flurry of side branches with a ton of buds. Light should be kept on 24 hours per day and the room should have a consistent temperature of around 72° Fahrenheit.
The pots should be placed under a cool white CFL light at a distance of 2 inches. These tubes don’t create that much heat, they’re energy efficient, and they use the ideal light spectrum for seedlings. Seedlings require about 3 to 5 watts each. When the plants surface after 5 to 10 days, they will need all the light they can get to grow optimally.
5. Moisten the soil with a water sprayer twice a day until seeds germinate
Creating the ideal climate is also important for germinating the seeds under ideal conditions. CFL tubes don’t produce that much heat, but they will keep the soil warm. You can keep the distance between the plants and the bulbs to a minimum, but if the temperature exceeds 77° F, then you should move them farther apart or cool down the area.
Soil moisture is important to ensure that the seed disposes of the water. Avoid feeding the seeds until the initial leaves make it through the soil. This happens after about 5 to 8 days. Be patient and just check the moisture level of your soil without feeding any nutrients.
6. First signs of the seeds
As soon as the seedlings pop their heads out of the soil, it’s vital to inspect the distance between the plant and the light. Adjust the lights if the temperature goes past 72° Fahrenheit or the leaves start receiving excessive light. The soil also needs to stay moist. The leaves on the plants can absorb water, so continue spraying them 2 times per day.
Again, this early stage in life makes the plants susceptible to damage from negative conditions. Don’t use a lot of nutrients and make sure the lights stay on 24 hours to produce a reliable climate. Avoid touching the plants and do not take away the seed skins from the leaves
The plants need to grow and develop sturdy root systems. Big green leaves are capable of absorbing ample light and converting it into energy. Healthy root systems allow plants to take in plenty of water and nutrients. The plant is just starting to form the base for the remainder of its life, so it’s important that they receive proper, diligent care.
7. First two internodes
When the initial internodes start to form, you can feed your plant with root-stimulating foliar nutrients. Start the plants off with a small dose as the developing roots can’t withstand higher concentrations just yet.
The plants will start to grow rapidly (about 0.5 inches per day). Inspect your plants each day for signs of nutrient surplus (e.g. burned leaf tips).
8. Transplant into bigger pots when roots grow out of the bottom
The roots will start to grow out of the bottom of your smaller pot at which point it’s time to transplant. The plant will become rootbound and stop growing if you do not transplant.
To recognize the roots, look for white tips poking out of the bottom. Check for the roots each day and start giving your plants grow stimulator, which is high in nitrogen. Download my free marijuana grow bible for more tips about marijuana nutrients.
9. Grow you plants outdoors or under MH/HPS lights
If everything went as planned, then you have strong, healthy plants that will eventually produce high yields. A good start in life means that the plants will be less susceptible to bacteria, diseases, pests, and the effects of harsh weather extremes. Plants that are healthy can better absorb water and nutrients and will develop a faster metabolism for better yields. If you email me a photo of your seedlings, I will publish them on my site.
These plants can now grow outdoors and will thrive in a wind-free location that gets a lot of sun. The plants will also do better in a big container (15 gallons) on a stool. This keeps away any interference from animals like rabbits or snails.
As you have seen, it’s not very hard to grow healthy marijuana plants. Everyone has their own technique and I’d like you to share your own knowledge on my forum. If you want to start growing, download my free grow guide and order some marijuana seeds. All top quality marijuana seeds are available in my marijuana seed shop. We ship seeds to the US, CA and many other countries. For any growing related question please visit the marijuana support page. The special offer for all Super Skunk, White Widow, and Super Silver Haze orders is still in effect (buy 5, get 5 free!).
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.
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