The Colorado Symphony Orchestra staged a marijuana-friendly concert. It wasn't easy.
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, May, 30th 2014 by THCFinder
If you wanted to attend the Colorado Symphony Orchestra’s first-ever marijuana-friendly concert last week, you had to follow the rules.
First, you had to be one of the lucky 250 or so who scored an invitation to the event, since the May 23 brass quintet concert, the first of four “Classically Cannabis” fundraising shows in the symphony’s “High Note Series,” wasn’t open to the public. Then, you had to be at least 21 years of age and bring your own cannabis. Finally, warned a lengthy disclaimer on the Web page for the event, each of the guests who donated at least $75 to attend assumed all risk associated with using pot; concert-goers had to agree to not hold accountable “the Colorado Symphony Orchestra … and their owners, partners, employees, directors, officers, agents, affiliates and related entities” if something went horribly wrong.
If you were a member of the media who showed up at the large, modern art gallery hosting the concert last Friday night, there were more rules to follow—such as, according to the press advisory, not going on the gallery’s open-air patio, the only place at venue where people could actually consume marijuana.
“I am watching history being made!” exclaimed a gray-haired woman packing a glass pipe.
This is what happens when you put on a pot-themed classical music concert: you get a lot of rules—not to mention a lot of attention. Reporters from the New York Times and the Times of London prowled the gallery before the show and a camera crew from CBS This Morning zoomed in on the brass quintet as they straightened the special green ties they were wearing for the event. Well-dressed patrons—many of whom were associated with marijuana-related law firms, consulting companies or similar businesses—perused the modern art on the walls, then braved the evening drizzle to grab gourmet tacos and popsicles from the squadron of food trucks stationed out back for the event.
Read more: http://www.slate.com
21 Tips To Solve Nutrients Deficiencies In Marijuana Plants
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, May, 29th 2014 by THCFinder
1 – Alfalfa and Cottonseed Meal
To correct nitrogen deficiencies in your marijuana garden, adding granulated products made from alfalfa and/or cottonseed to the soil provides protein which counteracts the deficiency. Pressed alfalfa hay and the remaining solids after cotton seeds have been pressed for oil act as slow-release nitrogen fertilizers when combined with the soil. Alfalfa meal or pellets are used as animal feed and is also used as a fertilizer to increase organic matter in the soil. Alfalfa contains trianconatol, which is a fatty acid stimulating growth. Cottonseed meal is high in nitrogen. However, due to the use of pesticides in cotton fields, it is imperative you use pesticide free products on your cannabis.
2 – Cal-Mag (Calcium – Magnesium)
As the name suggests, Cal-Mag contains calcium and magnesium, along with nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, so be careful when considering this control method. Do not use Cal-Mag during the flowering stage or the flowers will receive too much nitrogen. This treatment should be applied during the vegetative stage. Cannabis roots absorb calcium and magnesium in a proper pH level (6.5). If the pH is off, calcium deficiency can result in the forming of dead spots in the leaves, then crinkling or spotting. Follow instructions and don’t over-apply or you can end up raising the essential nutrient levels too high.
3 – Calcium Nitrate
This is another option for correcting calcium deficiency. It can be found at larger garden centers as a fertilizer or through scientific supply houses. Calcium nitrate contains fifteen percent nitrogen and can raise the soil pH level if needed. Again, use caution using any calcium correcting control during the flowering stage of your marijuana plant, so as to avoid providing more nitrogen than is needed.
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4 – Chelated Minerals
Chelated minerals are those that have been bonded together by organic compounds and are necessary to a marijuana plant’s ability to transport oxygen and nutrients. Because minerals are inorganic, the chelating process facilitates absorption by plant life. They can be used to correct certain mineral deficiencies, while correcting imbalanced pH levels. The most common usage is liquid fertilizers targeting copper, iron, manganese and zinc deficiencies. Many hydroponic formulas contain a blend of chelated minerals. Single metal chelates are also available to address specific deficiencies in the marijuana garden.
5 – Compost Tea
In the beginning of this section we mentioned the importance of amending soil with compost as a preventative measure in preparing the soil for your outdoor marijuana garden. Compost is a rich source of beneficial microbes and micronutrients providing a strong immune system for your cannabis crop. Nutritious soil not only provides a healthy foundation for growth, but supplies many insecticidal and anti-fungal properties, diminishing the possibility of blight thwarting your efforts. We will discuss compost in depth towards the end of this segment.
Obviously, compost cannot be added to a hydroponic system, but the benefits of compost can still be obtained in the hydroponic environment in the form of compost tea. However, special care must be taken when so doing. Compost tea should be used as a foliar spray and should only be added directly in drip to drain systems.
Although compost tea can be applied at soil level in addition to its use as a foliar spray, we hope you are a conscientious gardener and have amended your in-ground or container grown plants with compost. As such, this particular discussion is geared towards the hydroponic gardener.
Compost tea is available for purchase through most hydroponic shops. They will either prepare the tea and sell it fresh, or offer kits to enable you to make your own. Or, if you have a green (brown, in this case!) thumb, we will offer a condensed version to creating this nutrient packed food source for your soil-less cannabis garden. The kits available at your local hydroponic center will come with instructions, so there is no need for this article to duplicate the information provided on the packaging. The following recipe is meant for use as a spray.
To make compost tea, assemble the following:
• 1 one gallon bucket w/handle
• Aquarium air pump with hose and bubbler attached
• 1 nylon stocking
• Organic, sterilized compost (buy at your local garden center if you don’t have a cured compost pile)
Fill the stocking with the equivalent of one quarter the bucket’s capacity. Tie the end of the stocking onto the handle and flip the loaded stocking into the bucket. Fill the bucket with water then place the air hose and bubbler in the bottom. Run the bubbler for a day in order to aerate the solution. When this step is complete, turn of the pump and let the tea settle. The liquid should be dark brown with no unpleasant odor. If the mixture has an ammonia scent or smells rotten, it cannot be used as a spray. Strain the mixture through cheesecloth and add to a spray bottle or add it to the irrigation water. The spray should be applied within hours of aeration or it will lose oxygen, at which point you’ll be defeating the purpose; oxygen is the conductor enabling plants to receive nutrition.
Spread the unused compost on the soil around your marijuana plants (any plants, not just cannabis) and work into the soil or allow it to dry in the sun and return to the compost pile for future use.
6 – Fish Emulsion and Fish Meal
Fish meal, which is the ground up inedible parts of fish into a powdery substance, and fish emulsion, which is the liquid remnant of fish after having been pressed for oil are effective additives available to the marijuana gardener as a correcting measure for nitrogen deficiency. The bonus with fish based treatments is the additional micronutrients they contain which aids in preventing additional nutritional inadequacies.
Both amenities are soil enhancements. Fish emulsion releases nitrogen to your cannabis quickly, while fish meal provides a slower, steady release. Consult your local garden center (discreetly) to see which option better serves your needs, based on symptoms.
7 – Granite Dust
Granite dust is a slow-release source of potassium and may contain other micronutrients that stabilize the alkaline levels in the soil. For it to be most effective, it is recommended to mix granite dust (rock dust) with a fifty percent mixture of compost. Till into the soil when preparing your cannabis bed. When added to the soil, rock dust stimulates the growth of organic matter which feeds the beneficial microorganisms. An added benefit to incorporating rock dust in your plant bed is it results in holding the soil in place and conserving water. Rock dust carries the benefit of revitalizing the soil with minerals.
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
'Weed Fairy' Hands Out Free Marijuana Around Seattle
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, May, 29th 2014 by THCFinder
Was she working alone, or was this a joint venture?
A magical creature known as the “Weed Fairy” made her way to Seattle this past weekend to flit around and give away free marijuana to “keep spirits high.”
This illustrious weed fairy — who we’d also dare call a goddess of ganj — is really a 23-year-old woman named Yeni Sleidi. She visits various cities to post flyers with nuggets of pot taped to them:
Originally from California, the Weed Fairy is only in Seattle for a few weeks, she told local Fox affiliate KCPQ. She has done the same thing in New York a few months back, and positive feedback encouraged her to keep it going. Naturally, though, some people are skeptical.
“I think people are a little worried, because this is something new, and suspicious,” Sleidi said. “But it’s real weed and it’s not dangerous. It will get you high.”
Since weed is legal in Washington and not New York, this time around Sleidi didn’t have to worry as much about keeping anonymous. Over the weekend, she managed to give away around 40 nuggets.
Read more: http://time.com
Cannabis Food Truck In Seattle?
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, May, 28th 2014 by THCFinder
These days, everything is fast and on the go. Food, friends, jobs, everything. The internet has made everyone extremely impatient, not to mention the massive amounts of people that are just... Everywhere! So say that you work in a busy city, where traffic is always an issue, and you need to find a good spot to grab a bite to eat while still being able to get out of the office. For workers in Seattle that need some food (and maybe a little afternoon pick-me-up), there's the possibility of a cannabis food truck starting to patrol the streets, selling delicious cannabis treats.
The Seattle based company is called Magicalbutter.com. While the company spokespeople say that they're not quite ready for business, the truck is definitely in the works. The law in Seattle still bans public marijuana consumption as well as saying that cannabis businesses must have a set location and a legitimate address, neither of which a food truck would posses... Unless it was part of a storefront? The plan still needs work and the laws may make it difficult for the truck to become reality but the motivation of MagicalButter.com isn't going to stop any time soon!
In addition to the laws in Washington, there have also been reports of edible-related deaths in Colorado, causing an uprising of caution when it comes to ingesting cannabis in food. The reports say that the deaths were "related", not actually "caused" so there is still some speculation as to the events leading to the deaths, as there has never been a death caused by cannabis in the history of our society. There has also been an increase in child visits to the ER, having ingested food containing cannabis. Of course when the plant is put in to things like cookies, gummy worms, and peanut butter, it's extremely important to keep them far out of reach of children.
The truck is still in the works and may not appear on the streets for another few years. But don't worry, the company will host private events on private properties so those stoners that are interested in cannabis infused peanut butter and jelly sandwiches won't be let down! Even though a mobile cannabis eatery sounds great, the ideas of these companies are starting to exceed the development of the laws. Hopefully, politics will catch up with these innovative ideas sooner rather than later!
Basic Soil Requirements For Outdoor Marijuana Growers
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, May, 28th 2014 by THCFinder
Marijuana soil requirements
Why Children Deserve Cannabis
Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, May, 27th 2014 by THCFinder
While giving kids cannabis for health issues isn't exactly common practice, it's these young people who need the plant more than anyone when they're suffering from epilepsy or cancer. The medicines that are produced by large pharmacy can have dangerous side effects, not to mention the rapid deteriorating effect that chemo has on a person. Kids especially need the healing power of cannabis because it virtually has no side effects, leaving the young one using it to develop and live a more normal childhood.
When a person is diagnosed with epilepsy, it means that the neurotransmitters in the brain are constantly firing. These transmitters are part of the encocannabinoid system that every human body possesses and are also connected to the psychoactive effects of THC. However, when high levels of CBD are introduced, it triggers a reaction in the endocannabinoid system and sends messages to the transmitters, telling them to stop firing off so rapidly. This effect drastically decreases seizing in patients and is being looked at as an incredibly effective medicine against epilepsy, especially in children.
CBD treatments on children with epilepsy were shown to be incredibly effective. Parents of these children were so happy with the results that they claimed the plant to be an actual miracle... Which, after trying multiple different pills, tranquilizers, and steroids, isn't a surprise. A study done by the National Institute of Health in 2013 showed that CBD treatments in children with epilepsy showed that 16 out of 19 children taking CBD showed drastic improvement. In two of those cases, the epilepsy disappeared completely.
The appeal of highly concentrated CBD cannabis products is overwhelming. Even though there are some people who still don't agree (there are many reports of families getting Child Protective Services called on them for using cannabis as a treatment rather then the "normal" way), the progress of the children who are taking cannabis now cannot be denied. Pills given to these kids can cause liver failure, developmental problems, and completely take away the child's lust for life, causing them to become zombified and sad. A child should not have to spend their younger years in hospitals or being shot up with terrible drugs with adverse effects. If there is a natural, side effect free cure out there, there's absolutely no reason why we shouldn't be using it, researching it, and benefiting from it.
Hundreds of families have relocated to the state of Colorado in order to get their hands on the strain of cannabis known as Charlotte's Web, named after a little girl with epilepsy that the strain was specifically made for. The stain contains only the very smallest amounts of THC, leaving almost no psychoactive effect when ingested. Instead, the strain has an extremely high CBD content. The waiting list for this particular strain is months long and full of hopeful parents that want nothing but health for their suffering children.
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