Pills or Pot; The Patient Debate
When marijuana became legal for medical reasons, it would make sense that people assumed that they would still be able to continue receiving other prescriptions that did seem to help. Doctors have the sole purpose of being around to help the patients in their care, not make them miserable and make them choose between medicines. If there doesn't seem to be a dangerous side effect, then the patient should have access to what works. Not what doctors like to prescribe.
I recently read an article about a man named Christopher*, a man in his 50s. This man is married, does volunteer work in the community, and runs his own business. None of these things are really expected of stoners it seems but Christopher seems to be managing pretty well... With the exception of his terrible migraines and the insomnia that has plagued him since he was a kid. These two issues combined make for a miserable lifestyle that has included taking Norco, a hydrocodone/acetaminophen combination that is far stronger than Excedrin or Tylenol with codeine. Christopher gets 15 pills per refill, which ends up giving him about seven doses of medicine. In addition to the pain killers for the migraines, Christopher has also been recommended a prescription for medical marijuana from a naturopath.
Christopher gets both medicines in the correct way, through the channels that are dictated by the law. However, the doctor that prescribes the Norco made Christopher sign an agreement, saying that if he tested positive for THC, he would lose his prescription. At the time, marijuana wasn't even a thought in Christopher's mind so he signed the paper. About six months later, a friend recommended that Christopher replace his no longer working Ambien prescription. Christopher gave it a shot, in hopes that the plant would help him sleep. It did. So Christopher continued to smoke in order to help him get to sleep at night.
But earlier this year, Christopher's Norco prescriber asked that he submit to a urine test. Christopher immediately stopped smoking and continued with his plans, leaving for 2.5 weeks before the test in hopes that the cannabis would have left the system. However, when he returned and purchased an at home test, it came back positive for THC. For the next two month, Christopher survived off of stocked up pills and took more of the at home drug tests. Every time he took one, he failed. But because of a lack of supply in the prescription drugs, he had to go back for the test. Instead of the cannabis, Christopher had been taking shots of rum before bed in order to knock himself out but it definitely wasn't working, especially when compared to the marijuana.
Christopher went back to the doctor about getting a refill and even though he hadn't ingested any marijuana in two months, he still failed the test and the doctor refused to refill the prescription. In his absolute frustration, Christopher went back to using the cannabis to help him sleep. "I gave up on trying to meet what seems to be an impossibly high standard," Christopher said. He recently submitted another urine sample, with urine that didn't belong to him. The results are still being anticipated. In the meantime, Christopher has had to resort to prescription sharing, something that is definitely illegal. In order to make himself feel better, he has to take pills from friends and family, again resorting to illegal activity since doctors can't seem to help people the way that they're supposed to.
Patients everywhere need to be aware of this treatment. Just because someone is recommended medical marijuana doesn't mean that they should be denied other prescriptions. Issues like this need to be addressed immediately. Otherwise, other patients will experience the same mistreatment that Christopher is dealing with. "This is just not a choice that people should have to be making," Christopher said.
Does Marijuana Help You Exercise?
I like to exercise, especially playing basketball. Physical fitness is something that I have always tried to take seriously, although admittedly, I take it more serious at certain times compared to others. Currently, my physical fitness is not where it needs to be, but I’ll try to get that figured out sooner than later. A question I have received at TWB from time to time is ‘does marijuana help you exercise?’
I have lifted weights and played basketball after getting high, and it seems to put me in a zone that I don’t get into when sober. I feel more focused, and more in touch with my body. Marijuana doesn’t necessarily motivate me to workout, but once I’m at the gym, it helps me get a better workout, if that makes sense. Leafly recently published an article that talks more about marijuana and exercise. A few excerpts are below:
“It’s not news to the medical community that the human body stores tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC), the main psychoactive in cannabis, in fat. However, a study put out this August in Drug and Alcohol Dependence has shown that this storage process can give exercisers an extra boost, even up to 28 days after consumption.”
“Yet, contrary to popular thought, it’s not just the endorphins (the compounds which make you feel excited after activities such as exercise and sex) that make physical activity so great. A 2003 study found that exercise actually activates the endocannabinoid system in the same way that the cannabis plant does. The endocannabinoid system is a group of lipids (types of fats) and cell receptors that cannabinoids (compounds like THC and CBD) bind to inside the body. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for easing pain, controlling appetite, and influences mood and memory. ”
“A recent study published in the American Journal of Medicine has found that regular cannabis consumers have fasting insulin (insulin in your body before eating) levels 16% lower than non-consumers. The study also found that cannabis consumers had 17% lower insulin resistance levels and lower average waist circumferences.”
Next time, before you hit the gym, try getting high first. If that’s not your thing, then by all means don’t do it. But if you are looking to see how marijuana affects your workout, give it a try. Scientific studies suggest it could help you out!
Obama Claims Drug War Is Over
I realize that it's difficult to read this title without laughing. Let's face it, the drug war is far from over and probably won't end for a good amount of years. Obama would like us to think that we're safe... But in reality, the DEA and law enforcement are going to continue to bust people for "crimes" when they could be focusing that energy elsewhere, on the countless other problems that plague the cities we live in.
The National Drug Control Strategy released last week said that officials were going to put on a more sympathetic and humane approach to drug users and the problem of addiction. There is talk of education and public health, rather than increased police forces and harsh punishments. Officials are also trying out this crazy new idea of using evidence to back up their claims and are trying to opt for compassionate messaging to the people. But is it for real or is this just a facade?
If you're one of the 264 people arrested in Philly for marijuana possession in the past month or so, you're probably not buying the fact that the drug war is over. Most people aren't, for that matter. The government may be telling us that the drug war is over but their actions speak much differently. The White House and the Office of National Drug Control Policy have spent years using taxpayer money and other resources to imprison, abuse, and ruin the lives of the people who have happened to fall in the grasp of addiction (whether it is cannabis or something else). These people do not need jail.
These people need help. And serious help, not the nonsense propaganda that anti-drug companies pump in to mainsteam media. Hey guys, here's a piece of advice. Your ads don't work and are the subject of massive ridicule in the stoner community (and I'm sure other communities as well). If you make an ad of a dog telling it's owner to stop smoking weed, there's a strong chance that people will for the most part just brush your ad off, change the channel, and pack another bongload.
Even though Obama and his cronies claim that they're trying to get the negativity out of the drug addiction scene, it'll never happen. Since the use of these drugs is still a crime and those "crimes" are punishable with jail time, community service, and loss of personal property or children, there will always be negativity associated with drug abuse. And not negativity in the sense of sympathy which is what is needed. Negativity in the sense that these people need help and our government would rather lock them up in jail, while simultaneously killing thousands of people not only in this country but in places like Colombia and Mexico.
Arrest rates in the United States are so ridiculously high (700 per every 10,000) that research is beginning to show that the amount of people in prison and not working/contributing to society. Too many people are in jail and there are not enough people working in society. The release is also a problem, as families get broken up and those released are less likely to get rehired at a job.
My First Dab
Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, July, 22nd 2014 by THCFinder
After a long time of lusting over Instagram photos of shatter, wax, and crumble, I finally managed to get myself to California to try some REAL product... Something that doesn't make an appearance in my home state. Concentrates where I come from look like resin and taste like straight chemicals. In order to preserve my already seriously damaged lungs (due to smoking cigarettes and a terrible bout of bad bronchitis), I managed to hold off on dabbing until I reached the sunny state of California.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I arrived in California and met up with one of my contest winners from Instagram. She was super nice and even prepared for our non-dabbing selves to show up at her house, taking advantage of the 7-10 sales that had happened the previous day to be sure that she had the best concentrates she could snag for us. Not only that but she had an E-nail, something I definitely didn't expect to use for my first time dabbing.
The shatter we had was this amazing run called Animal Cookies, which is apparently a highly sought after and desired strain. It tasted amazing, was smooth and sweet. Taste wise, the shatter was far cleaner tasting than my usual flower bowls and really didn't hit me as hard as some people had described. Although, I'm sure that not all people are lucky enough to have someone give them step-up dabs their first time. Our friend started with smaller dabs and graduated slowly over the course of the time that we spent there. While I was a noob when I arrived in California, my friend definitely helped us get on the right track, with a great set up and awesome product.
As said above, the effect wasn't as strong as I initially expected but I can see how people really love dabbing, especially those who have issues with breathing or who need a stronger potency in their medicine. If you're worried about the quality of the product in your area, I have one piece of advice; WAIT. Waiting to take a hit of good product is well worth it, both for the experience and for your health. Badly made concentrates can be seriously detrimental to your health and it's a good idea to hold off. Wait for the good stuff. That way, you'll never have butane headaches, overheated nails, or product that makes your throat burn for days.
Make Marijuana Butter, Oil Or Milk With Your Marijuana Plant Trim
Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, July, 22nd 2014 by THCFinder
-Marijuana cooking oil
-Marijuana milk or cream
How Many Marijuana Strains Are There?
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, July, 17th 2014 by THCFinder
I have been consuming marijuana since 1993. The first time I smoked marijuana with a name attached to it was ‘The Project’ during that year. The strain was created by my friend’s step-dad who crossed two unknown strains that he obtained in Hawaii while on vacation in the late 1980′s. He originally just called his grow room his ‘project’ and the name became attached to the strain that was produced by the grow room. He said it was a pure sativa strain, and it packed a punch the likes of which I have rarely seen in all of my years of traveling and toking.
For a long time I wasn’t concerned with strain names. I had seen so many people take an unknown strain, create a name themselves, and pass it along to the people they sold it to. Just because someone thought they were smoking the White Widow strain didn’t really mean that they were actually smoking that strain. I’ve seen new strain names pulled out of thin air, which didn’t come about from a new strain being created, but merely from someone taking a marijuana they bought and giving it a catchy name to help sales. For a long time I kind of considered strain names to be unreliable at best, or a total sham at the worst.
A question I often get is, ‘how many marijuana strains are there?’ It’s not an easy question to answer. As I previously stated, just because a strain name is out there, doesn’t mean it’s a unique strain. This is especially true of celebrity strain names. CNN reporter Sanjay Gupta is a great example. After Mr. Gupta announced his support for medical marijuana, a few weeks later the Gupta strains started showing up at dispensaries out West. Clearly there was not enough time to create a new strain from seed, veg it, flower it, dry it, and get it in a jar to be sold. Someone took an already established strain, simply changed the name on the jar, and started selling it as a new strain.
That scenario has occurred who knows how many times all over the world. The answer I offer up to people when they ask how many strains there are is to point them to Leafly, which has the largest database of marijuana strains that I know of right now. According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, Leafly currently has 779 marijuana strains on file. How many of those are unique, I’ll leave that up to them to determine. I would say that there are at least that many out there, but since Leafly adds new ones each week, and I have personal friends that have created strains that aren’t in their database, there are clearly more than that.
I wonder how many there will be five years from now, or ten years from now. We have a few hundred on The Weed Blog right now, and I add new ones as often as I can. I’m getting my medical card again soon, and with legalization on the way in Oregon, I’ll be able to visit dispensaries and stores to find new strains to add to our site. Stay tuned!
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