Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, November, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
Marijuana is on a roll, gaining support from more people every day. The plant is being legalized across the world, little by little. But as the laws begin to get put in to place regarding cannabis, we can't help but question... Is this really a good thing? Some people definitely don't think so. The laws are changing but some aren't for the benefit of the patients and caregivers.
One of the most frustrating laws that is being put in to play is the government taking away the grow-you-own option for patients. Now there are a lot of people who are making their living off of growing marijuana. Taking away the right to grow their own is removing their financial stability. Those plants are a source of income and feed families. A lot of people plan their lives around being able to grow their plants in peace. There is no reason that people should be barred from growing their own. That way, there is no chance that the product will be tampered with or genetically enhanced using unnatural methods.
It is unfortunate to think that marijuana is on the fast track to becoming a monopolized industry that is controlled by the government and corporations. Small time farmers aren't even being given a chance at this point. They're getting overtaken faster than they can pop up. New Hampshire's medical law doesn't allow medical patients to grow their own; they have to get it from state sanctioned facilities. Washington has recently started to deal with this problem as well and that's a legal state. Lawmakers want to take away the rights of the growers to cultivate the plants at home and instead, create growhouses run by the state.
This idea wouldn't be so bad if it didn't negatively effect so many people. Not like it matters to most, however. Nature can't be made illegal for long. Those that are growing now will continue to grow, whether or not the law says that they can. Just as those who are still stuck in illegal states continue to smoke. Marijuana is a naturally occurring force of nature. There's no way that the government will be able to regulate it the way that they think they can. If they honestly believe that by slapping a ton of laws on cannabis is a positive thing, they're sorely mistaken. People need medicine, that's for sure. But people need natural medicine that helps rather than medicine that hurts. Small time farmers medicine will always tromp mass produced semi-okay medicine. Right?
Use All Of The Cannabis Plant
Category: Culture | Posted on Sat, November, 16th 2013 by THCFinder
No matter what plant you end up with in your garden - male or female - you should be using all of it. Males that get thrown away can be very valuable in certain recipes. Trim can be used to make all sorts of THC goodies. By throwing out parts of the plant, you're wasting cannabis. If you can use it to medicate, it should be saved!
If you end up getting an unwanted male, instead of just tossing it, cut off the leaves. Store them in the fridge and add them in to juice recipes. Juiced cannabis is a real health benefit. While it doesn't get you stoned, your body will thank you! It doesn't matter what gender plant the leaves come from, as long as they're fresh and undried.
Using the stems in weed tea is the most common use for them but I usually add them in to my vaped weed container and grind them up in to edibles. While they're extremely low in THC, every little bit helps! It's probably most practical to use them in tea though. You need a lot of stems to create quality edibles.
Trim can be used in edibles and concentrates. You need large amounts of it but it can be used for a lot. Most of the time, people use it to make BHO. It's perfect for tincture, ice hash, and budder. This stuff especially should be reused, especially if it's high quality bud that you're trimming.
Eat them! They're good for your health. You can also add them in to juice and drink them that way. Adding seeds to your juice allows the juicer to sufficiently break them up and allow your stomach to easily absorb the beneficial nutrients that they contain.
Category: Culture | Posted on Sat, November, 16th 2013 by THCFinder
Stoners usually smell like weed. That's common knowledge. But smelling the same way that your basement does after a couple bong loads isn't exactly how you want to present yourself to the world. Well, coming in 2014, you apparently won't have to. There has been a new fragrance in development for years now and is supposed to be hitting the market in 2014.
Richard Grant is the one designing this perfume. It'll be released primarily in London, at high end fashion stores. The smell isn't going to be solely marijuana based. Usually, stoners tend to smell like bong water or perhaps a hint of resin. This perfume will contain cloves, lime, and mandarin, as well as the added hint of pepper oil, white musk, and tobacco (odd, right?). But add in the faint whiff of marijuana flowers before harvest and you've apparently got a very sought after scent.
This won't be the first time that marijuana perfume is released in to the consumer market. There have been other before, starting back in 2006 with the Fresh fragrance known as Cannabis Santal. There was also a perfume called Kush that was released in 2011 by Alan Hochberg. Add in the fact that Innocence by Misty contained marijuana as well. With all of these cannabis fragrances out on the market, it's surprising that there isn't more weed smell in public places, am I right? Something like this would be a product that I feel most stoners would love.
No matter who the fragrance comes from, the smell of fresh marijuana flowers is much better than what you smell when you smoke. As well as the added scents to accentuate the marijuana. The perfume won't get you stoned, obviously, but it will give you extreme satisfaction when someone says "I like your perfume" and you can be like "It's essence of cannabis, in fact!" People won't know what to say to that response. Cannabis scented perfume will continue to gain popularity. Any natural smelling perfume is sure to attract attention but marijuana scented? Especially mixed with other subliminal scents, such as orange and clove.
Although some stoners will be all over cannabis perfume, it can be certain that there will be others that aren't as interested. If you walk out of the house smelling like fresh flowers, wouldn't some overly zealous law enforcement agent wind up trying to arrest you? While highly unlikely, it's not impossible and some of the more paranoid stoners will be sure to keep this in mind when deciding on whether or not to purchase cannabis scented perfume.
Cannabis & Pregnancy
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, November, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
For a lot of people, this is a very touchy subject. Understandable, considering the negative stigma that any sort of intoxicant from alcohol to caffeine can harm a pregnancy. Most of the time, this is enough for mothers to avoid using cannabis while pregnant. Since there is no research, the risk is too high and almost all mothers would rather quit smoking for the nine months that they're carrying their baby. When a mother is pregnant, there really is no need for munchies when an expecting mother already craves crazy food all the time, right?
As usual, it's hard to get scientific information on this topic. There are two main reasons for this. One is that there is no one to back a study that may or may not harm a mother and her unborn child. While cannabis has no known harmful effects, it's unknown what it could possibly do to a fetus. The second reason, and probably the one that's most annoying, is the fact that most doctors and hospitals will report mothers to the authorities if the mother admits to using cannabis while pregnant. If an expecting mother admits to using cannabis, the hospital can actually drug test the expecting mother. If someone is going to be honest enough to admit they use cannabis, why are they going to be punished for it?
Cannabis has been historically recorded as being an assist during childbirth and pregnancy. These reports go all the way back to the 7th century BC. That's a decent amount of time for people to have been using cannabis as a female medicine. There are records of both Chinese and Persian cultures using the plants seeds and flowers to prevent miscarriages, induce contractions, and lower the risk of pre-partum hemorrhaging. In addition, cannabis tincture has reportedly been used to speed up pregnancy and to terminate any nausea related with the baby. Add in the records of cannabis being used as a pregnancy medicine in Africa, India, and Southeast Asia.
These days, records of mothers using marijuana are few and far between. Probably because of the illegal status of the plant. How unfortunate, right? This plant was used by very smart cultures for thousands of years to assist women in making childbirth and labor easier. Now, mother's have to quit smoking completely or risk losing their medical care or perhaps even their freedom. A survey done by the Vancouver Compassion Society and the BC Compassion Club published a survey that showed 36 out of 84 respondents said that they used cannabis during their pregnancy to treat multiple symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, and problems with eating. 92% of those women said that cannabis was extremely effective in treating the problems that they were having. These women had different ways of taking the cannabis. Some smoked it, while others ate edibles and some used oils or tincture.
The small amount of studies that have been released about the effects of marijuana on the development and birth weight of the children has been discovered to be slightly minimal. Numerous reports have concluded that there just isn't enough evidence present to make a certain claim that cannabis has negative effects on pregnant women. So whether or not it is safe to use the plant while pregnant is up to the mother. Do you research. There are plenty of studies available, although most are quite outdated. In the end, it is your choice.
Marijuana; Schedule One
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, November, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
By rating the level of danger in a drug, the government can use it to scare people in to steering clear. Or so they think. While they may be attempting to do this for the right reasons, they are so wrong. Cannabis, a drug that has been proven by many studies and backed by many doctors, is a schedule one in the Controlled Substances Act. Most people are aware that this schedule also includes heroin, LSD, MDMA, and peyote.
There is no possible way that marijuana is more dangerous than MDMA and absolutely not more deadly than heroin. This classification means that cannabis has zero medical value. Weird, considering the amount of amazing qualities this plant seems to have for people with cancer, depression, arthritis, etc. Scheduling cannabis is completely unnecessary, seeing as how harmful the other drugs in this category. Not only that but studies show that cannabinoids drastically reduce the size of tumors in mice, if not completely curing the furry rodents of the tumors all together. Does that really sound that dangerous?
If the government wants to categorize marijuana, they should be categorizing as the most beneficial medicine available to people. Even though the plant is illegal, there are pharmaceutical companies that produce synthetic cannabis pills that are supposed to rival the effects of the plant. However, a plant like this is only the most effective in it's raw form. Synthetic cannabis doesn't effect the body the same way as the natural buds and has been found to be pretty ineffective.
The truth is that marijuana has been considered a negative thing for so long that some people have closed their minds to the possibility of a medicinal value. By keeping the plant in the Schedule 1 category, the negative stigma remains. There is a medical value to this plant, whether or not the government will admit it (we all know that they know it's beneficial). As more studies come forward and the positive message surrounding marijuana grows, more people will detached from that negative image that has been associated with cannabis for so long. There is no way that the government or anybody else can deny the power of this plant for long. Now, it is only a matter of time before the movement becomes too big to ignore.
Marijuana is by far the No. 1 cause of student expulsions from Colorado public schools
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, November, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
DENVER - New state numbers show marijuana is the number one reason students are being kicked out of Colorado public schools -- and pot expulsions dwarf all other causes, like alcohol, disobedience and weapons violations.
In 2012-2013, 230 public school students were expelled for marijuana -- or 32 percent of the 720 total kids removed from schools that year, according the Colorado Department of Education. It was the first year that schools officials separated marijuana from other drugs in statistics quantifying the types of violations leading to expulsion.
Marijuana expulsions were more than double the figure for the second highest cause for expulsion -- detrimental behavior. And pot expulsions were more than triple the numbers for disobedience, weapons, alcohol and all other drug violations.
Educators worry that if more students are being kicked out of school for marijuana, more teens are likely using the drug.
This raises another question: Is legalization of marijuana in Colorado -- for both medical and recreational uses -- making pot more accessible to teens?
"We definitely see it a lot more at school," said 15-year-old Briana Major, a sophomore at East High School in Denver.
Where do students find marijuana?
"Just about everywhere," said Brennan Link, a 16-year-old junior at East High.
There's no denying pot has and always will be available to teens.
But has it become more accessible to minors since the 2010 state regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries and the 2012 vote to legalize recreational marijuana?
"I don't think most parents are handing it to their kids. I think it's more a case of it's available, so kids are taking it," said Christine Harms, director of the Colorado School Safety Resource Center.
Recreational marijuana remains illegal for people under age 21 in Colorado.
But here's what teens we spoke with say their peers think about the whole marijuana issue.
"They think that since it is legal, that even if they're not of the age that it's legal. They can still do it," Major said.
That's what has educators concerned.
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