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Alcohol Is Really Pissed Off at Marijuana Right Now

Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, November, 8th 2013 by THCFinder
alcohol-vs-marijuanaMarijuana has been giving alcohol a bad name. So contend booze lobbyists, who are getting sick of an ad campaign that makes the claim that pot is safer than their beloved beverages.
 
"We're not against legalization of marijuana, we just don't want to be vilified in the process," said one alcohol industry representative who didn't want to be quoted harshing his colleagues mellow. "We don't want alcohol to be thrown under the bus, and we're going to fight to defend our industry when we are demonized."
 
The marijuana industry has had a good couple of years: a recent poll found that 58 percent of the country thinks the product should be legal, recreational use has been legalized in two states already, and this past election saw the city of Portland, Maine, legalize 2.5 ounces of pot. Ahead of the vote in Portland—which received 70 percent support—the Marijuana Policy Project put up signs around the city with messages like "I prefer marijuana over alcohol because it doesn't make me rowdy or reckless," and "I prefer marijuana over alcohol because it's less harmful to my body."
 
Alcohol lobbyists believe it's a "red herring" to compare the two. "We believe it's misleading to compare marijuana to beer," said Chris Thorne of the Beer Institute. "Beer is distinctly different both as a product and an industry."
 
 
Thorne notes that the alcohol industry is regulated, studied extensively, and perhaps more importantly already an accepted part of the culture.
 
"Factually speaking beer has been a welcome part of American life for a long time," he said. "The vast majority drink responsibly, so having caricatures won't really influence people."
 
But MPP takes issue with the idea they are painting a false picture. In a recent Op-Ed for CNN, Dan Riffle, the group's director of federal policies, notes that according to the Centers for Disease Control excessive alcohol use is the third leading lifestyle-related cause of death. Booze also "plays a role in a third of all emergency room visits," he says.
 
And as to whether it's fair to compare the two substances?
 
"That's like saying we shouldn't talk about relative harms of sushi to fried chicken," said Mason Tvert, who in addition to working at MPP wrote a book called Marijuana is Safer: So Why are We Driving People to Drink? "It's important that people know the relative harms of all substances, so there's no reason not to talk about the two most popular substances in the world."
 
Tvert says he could "appreciate their concerns if we were exaggerating or making anything up, but we aren't. We are simply pointing out the facts."
 
Perhaps there's a need for a booze and weed summit. Tagline: shots taken, not fired.
 

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Cannabis and Depression

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, November, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
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Cannabis is usually linked strongly with people who have depression issues. This isn't because the cannabis is causing the anxiety, but instead from the outward factors surrounding the individuals. It is true that regular to heavy marijuana smokers are more commonly diagnosed with this disorder but it is not because they're smoking... They're smoking because they're depressed.
 
Depression causes a person to feel extremely isolated and alone. The individual begins to draw inward, loosing friends and family in the process. A lot of people these days suffer from depression. The stress of every day life is hard on a lot of people and it can really take a toll on someone's mental psyche. With marijuana acting as almost a wall against those negative feelings, people who suffer from depression are more apt to smoke heavily. Marijuana begins to offer the most calming escape from the emptiness that people suffer from.
 
The relationship between depression and marijuana is a strange one. There's no concrete evidence that says marijuana causes depression but there are some strains designed to treat it. While some users express a relief from their symptoms, there are others who say that their symptoms get worse. It seems to depend on the user and the strain that's being smoked. The reason for the heavy marijuana use by those who suffer from depression seems to be that the effects of the marijuana only last so long against the ever pressing annoyance of the illness.
 
When someone is constantly using marijuana and the factors surrounding them continue to be negative, the person will begin to lose their positive energy. If there aren't enough positive things in the person's life, their symptoms will continue to get worse. Smoking cannabis seems to help relieve the symptoms, if only for a short while. The more negative factors, the more a person will smoke.
 
More studies need to be done on the correlation of marijuana and depression. If it's not safe for those with depression, then those people should be aware. Depression can get very serious, leading to hospitalization and death. It's important to discover what's going on between these two. If you're one of these people, remember that it's good to get your feelings out in some way other than smoking. While marijuana may make you feel better temporarily, getting out and doing things will make you feel better. Exercise and social activities will help you to feel better. Smoking alone constantly will only add to the negative vibes that you're giving off.

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Stoners Smoking Gold

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, November, 6th 2013 by THCFinder

There are fruity flavors all the way to just plain rice or hemp papers. Every stoner has a preference on what their favorite is. It’s all about the smoothness and the flavor. The kind of papers you use aren’t usually a huge topic of discussion. It’s mostly about how you roll instead. But with people always looking to look classy, one company targeted the not-so-health-conscious stoners.

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Gold is a metal. Even so, it can be added in to food and drinks. Anybody familiar with Goldschlager? Well Shine Rolling Papers seems to have the idea that not only do lame club guys want to drink liquid with flakes of gold in it, stoners apparently want to roll gold joints. The company makes packs of rolling papers (12 sheets per pack) that are made out of gold leaf. For one pack of these flashy papers, the going price is $55. Most stoners pay that much for an eighth to a quarter of weed. Why would they want to spend that on papers?

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The papers don’t exactly have the best attitude to avoid ridicule either, as their website states that “most people can’t afford it”, talking of course, about their product. Most people can probably afford it, no doubt. But most stoners are a little smarter with their money, opting to buy the cheaper, flavorful Juicy Jays or perhaps the natural roll of a Raw. There’s nothing wrong with saving money and there’s not a lot of people that will be impressed when you pull out a gold-leaf wrapped joint.

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Looks aside, those who have smoked these papers don’t seem to thrilled with the taste. The gold leaf is harsh and who knows what that’s going to do to your lungs and throat while inhaling. It would be much more preferable to smoke something that’s flavored like cookies or cherries. There is a level of satisfaction that an individual feels after rolling a blunt. There are people who can’t roll at all (myself included), so managing to roll without the assistance of a roller is something that people pride themselves on. Why would you spend so much time and effort on rolling something that will ultimately taste like garbage?

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If these papers make an appearance at a friend’s smoke session, give it a shot. Everyone has a different preference so who knows? You might end up developing a fondness for smoking a precious metal. However, it’s recommended that you stick to what you’re smoking now. Gold may look cool but a full wallet is cooler.

- See more at: StonerDays.com


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Cannabis and Exercise

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, November, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
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While there is still the negative stereotype that stoners are lazy and can't seem to get off the couch, most stoners today are the healthiest people around. Not only does cannabis get you high but it's good for you to ingest the raw leaves in drinks, good for the skin, and apparently helps with exercising as well. Now, a plant that has medical reasons plus these should definitely be put to use in the American society, especially if cannabis would help reduce the amount of unhealthy people in the world.
 
A study done that was recently released stated that the body's storage of the THC chemical can give exercisers and extra boost, up to almost a month after smoking. As you exercise, you burn off fat. Since THC is a fat-soluble chemical, these bursting fat cells release small amounts of THC back in to your system. The body the starts to feel the effects of smoking a small bowl full of cannabis. Marijuana has constantly been in sports news lately, debating on if the plant helps or hinders athletes in their respective sport.
 
When you work out, do you notice that you feel good? Like you're happy, positive, and your body just feels amazing? That's because when you exercise, the brain activates the same system that releases endocannabinoids. So when you exercise, you're actually getting the same feelings as when you smoke a bowl. Scientists think that this bodily response to exercise is a way for the body to reduce the feeling of pain when working out. Obviously when you exercise, you stretch muscles and strain your systems. By producing these endocannabinoids, the body fights pain and gives you that "runners high" feeling.
 
Well, this information will be good for those of you with serious cases of munchies. Those who use cannabis on a regular basis have shown to have fasting insulin levels that are 16% lower than those who don't smoke (fasting insulin is the insulin in your body before ingesting food). The study also pointed out that cannabis smokers had a 17% lower insulin resistance level, not to mention lower waist size average. Basically, cannabis is being looked at as a way to help make the metabolism work faster.
 
One could definitely use this to argue that cannabis is definitely a help to those who play sports and smoke the drug. As more information on the subject comes out, we'll be able to tell for sure. One thing is clear. Cannabis has so many uses, some that we may not even be able to comprehend just quite yet. What this plant can do for our bodies is amazing and there's no reason that we shouldn't be utilizing it daily.

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Study: Daily Marijuana Use Is Perfectly Healthy

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, November, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
smoking-weed-dailyI smoke marijuana daily, and have for about two decades now. Every time I have ever gone to the doctor during the last two decades I have always been given a clean bill of health. I know a lot of people that use marijuana on a daily basis. Jay Smoker probably smokes marijuana every fifteen minutes if he can. Marijuana opponents will always say that daily marijuana use is harmful. However, a new study suggests otherwise.
 
“Researchers from Boston Medical Center and the Boston University School of Medicine examined 589 drug users, more than 8 out of 10 of then pot smokers, and determined that the weed aficionados among them were no more likely to go see the doctor than non-drug consumers.” According to the study, which was published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
 
Do you use marijuana on a daily basis? If so, how many times a day do you consume marijuana? How would you rate your overall health? I’d like to see a study that went even further to compare different methods of consumption. Eating marijuana and vaporizing marijuana would be the healthiest, but just how much healthier is something that I’ve wanted to know for awhile now.
 
Do you believe that ‘all marijuana use is medical?’ There are many people out there that think so. I once saw a guy on TV explain that he doesn’t use marijuana because he’s sick necessarily, but that he uses marijuana to ‘be well.’ I personally don’t think that all marijuana use is medical. For me personally, there are times that I use it to alleviate pain, while other times I just want to get very, very baked. Different strokes for different folks I suppose!
 

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BHO Explosions On The Rise

Category: Culture | Posted on Sun, November, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
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Butane hash oil has been around for quite some time but only recently has gained popularity among the young and stupid. With two totally different opinions on the benefits of marijuana, some people seem to be getting confused to how to properly obtain BHO. The amount of explosions due to stupid people trying to make their own shatter is on the rise. With no one around to educate these people, the number of injuries resulting from BHO explosions will continue to grow. People really need to pay attention on how to PROPERLY get BHO out of their marijuana.
 
The biggest thing to remember about BHO... Don't EVER make it indoors. Keeping butane fumes locked in a small space while simultaneously using a stove is the stupidest idea ever. Even without saying that marijuana is involved, the lack of common sense that goes in to planning these BHO runs is unbelievable. People don't mix bleach and ammonia in small, cramped spaces. What gives individuals the idea that butane gas isn't dangerous and extremely flammable? Trying to make BHO inside is asking for disaster.
 
Even those who are attempting to run BHO outdoors are blowing themselves up. A 25-year-old in Santa Rosa got busted with over 100 pounds of marijuana in different forms when her backyard hash lab exploded, scorching her backyard and some of the surrounding buildings. She was arrested and charged with manufacturing a controlled substance. There were other individuals in the house at the time, one of which was released from the scene and authorities believe that there was more involved but managed to escape before police arrived.
 
What it comes down to is that only professionals that are educated in the subject should attempt to be making BHO. It is a dangerous action and people need to be cautious. The only way that we can prevent more people from hurting themselves is to try to educate them before they try to make shatter by taking instructions from a YouTube video. Not saying that all of the BHO makers that record their processes are idiots but most of the videos shown online of people making BHO are in bad conditions, little light, and cramped spaces.
 
Butane hash oil is a benefit for patients that are in extreme pain. The highly concentrated THC is amazing for pain. Unfortunately, these people blowing themselves up looks extremely bad for the concentrated THC community. By making marijuana look like a cousin of meth, the media and anti-cannabis parties are able to use this as a weapon against medical marijuana, regardless of the positive outcome for patients. BHO is an excellent way to medicate but this reoccurring trend of stupidity will only bring negative attention

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