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Stoner Christmas Bags

Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, December, 12th 2014 by THCFinder
stoner-xmax-bagsIf you happen to be an extremely creative person, making personal Christmas gifts for the people you love is going to be something that you spend a lot of time doing over the next couple of weeks. But we all know that people can be hard to buy for. While stocking stuffers are a pretty easy way to buy a bunch of little things for everyone, there are some people in your life that probably deserve something a little better. With that being said, this awesome idea for a stoner Christmas bag is something you’ll want to consider when putting together your gifts this year.
 
 
Getting a bag of bud for someone is definitely a good idea but weed disappears pretty fast, especially around the holidays when spending time with families is important. And maybe you just don’t want to risk buying a bunch of weed that you’re not going to smoke yourself. Or maybe you need a family friendly gift that isn’t weed but weed related. All you need to get is a little cardboard box and two brown paper bags, plus a Sharpie to write in. Label one of the bags “Indica” and one of them “Sativa”. 
 
 
Take the Sativa bag and place a caffeinated drink in it. This can be an energy drinks, a coffee drink, soda, or maybe a tea of some sort. Also put in something like Vizine, a bit of candy, a bottle of some fancy water, and maybe a $20 bill. Since Sativa strains are more of a “get up and get things done” high, this little baggie will be an “on the go” pack that your friend can take where ever their adventures take them.
 
 
For the Indica bag, put in a less-caffinated drink. With a couch lock effect on most, the Indica high shouldn’t be ruined by a highly caffeinated beverage. Along with the drink, place in a salty, cheesy snack like Goldfish or Cheeze-Its. Include another bottle of water and either some hand warmers or an Icy-Hot muscle patch for those super chilly nights. You can include other cute things in this bag, like a super soft pair of sock or mittens. Whatever you think your couch locked friend will need.

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A-Z Of Drug Testing

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, December, 11th 2014 by THCFinder
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Drug tests are something that constantly plagues the cannabis community. Just because we smoke doesn’t mean that we’re awful employees. We just like to indulge in a green substance once in a while. But some jobs get really up in your business when it comes to smoking pot. If you happen to get an interview at one of these places, there are a few things that you should be aware of.
 
Adulterant
This refers to a substance introduced to the sample such as bleach or Visine. Substances like that will produce a false negative. Nitrates will also produce a false negative. Most drug testing clinics now screen for extra additives that aren’t supposed to be there.
 
Blood Testing
Blood tests detect the presence of illicit drugs rather than inactive drug metabolites. THC only remains detectable in the blood for up to about 24 hours, which means that blood testing is only used in the instance of workplace incidents that require a drug test to determine workman’s comp.
 
Creatinine
As a normal byproduct of muscle metabolism, it is present in urine at specific levels. This substance is one of the “benchmarks”, along with pH, specific gravity, and color, that urinalysis examiners use to weed out the diluted samples. Those that try to thwart urine tests have tried several ways to replicate creatinine levels, including consuming Vitamin B, riboflavin, and creatine supplements.
 
Diuretic
Caffeine, cranberry juice, or herbal detox teas are all considered diuretics. These liquids make you have to go to the bathroom a LOT. These drinks dilute the concentration of drug metabolites in the sample, pushing it below the level of detection. A diuretic won’t completely flush your system of cannabis traces and your urine will return to normal after a short while.
 
EMIT
EMIT stands for enzyme multiplied immunoassay technique. This is the cheapest and most common drug screening process that is used in workplace drug testing. This test is prone to incorrect results and typically, EMIT tests are used for preliminary screenings.
 
False Positives
When a legal prescription drug or other substance (such as the notorious poppy seeds) causes a drug test to come up positive, it is called a FP. Although marijuana’s metabolite is pretty different then other drugs, Protonix will still throw a false positive for marijuana use. Over the counter cold remedies might even trigger a false positive for amphetamines. Employees that test positive on a test should insist that there be a follow up, especially if the person in question hasn’t been using drugs and has just been suffering from a cold.
 
GCMS
An acronym for gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, this is basically the confirmation test. EMIT tests must be confirmed by the GCMS in order to prove that there actually is a positive. Since cannabis positives have such a low cut off (15ng/ml), those who smoke weed constantly can potentially fail this test for up to three weeks (or longer) after they’ve stopped smoking.
 
Hair Follicle Testing
At the base of a strand of hair, there’s a plethora of information. Although it is argued that this test is biased to race. Grey hair takes up fewer metabolites than non-grey hair and darker hair may throw a false positive because it takes more metabolites. Studies have also shown that marijuana metabolites don’t bind sufficiently to hair as compared with other drugs such as cocaine. High humidity will also break down the metabolites, causing a higher chance at a negative result.
 
Iodine
Putting iodine in your urine won’t help you to pass a drug test on short notice. The chances that you’ll get a negative are slim but scientific studies have demonstrated that iodine can destroy certain drug metabolites like morphine but is less effective on marijuana.
 
Junk Science
The National Academy of Sciences states, “The preventative effects of drug testing have never been demonstrated. There is as of yet no conclusive scientific evidence from properly controlled studies that employment drug testing programs widely discourage drug use or encourage drug rehabilitation.” In short? Workplace drug testing may be a waste of time and money, not to mention keeping people out of work that are perfectly capable.
 
Klear
Klear was used for years as an adulterant and was extremely popular. The substance is made of potassium nitrate additives, which led urinalysis researchers to look for potassium additives in samples. Most drug testers treat a positive test result for nitrates the same as if someone tests positive for illicit drugs.
 
Lasix
This is a prescription diuretic and can be harmful if taken for a long period of time. But for a long time, Lasix has been very common for those trying to pass a drug test on short notice.
 
Metabolite
These are compounds that are produced from chemical changes of a psychoactive substance in the body but aren’t technically psychoactive themselves. If drug metabolites are found in a sample, it is the primary indicator that the subject is using illicit substances.
 
Nanogram
Those who test for drugs measure blood, urine, and saliva test the samples in nanograms, which is one billionth of a gram.
 
Papain
The Journal of Forensic Toxicology reported that adding papain to urine reduces the percentage of marijuana metabolites and goes undetected in labs. Papain is an enzyme that is found in papaya fruits.
 
Quest Diagnostics
Quest is one of the largest drug testing companies in the world. They preform 8 million or more drug tests annually.
 
Ronald Reaan
This man was the 40th president in the US and is responsible for Executive Order 12564 in 1986. This order mandated federal employees to be “drug free” on and off the job and was the cause for all employee drug testing today.
 
Saliva Testing
Saliva tests detect the presence of parent drugs, not the inactive metabolites. THC is extremely difficult to identify in oral fluids. A saliva test will only detect marijuana use within one or two hours of the drug being ingested, sometimes not at all.
 
THC-COOH
The primary marijuana metabolite that is screened in the workplace is THC-COOH. It is fat soluble and exits the body very slowly. If you smoke regularly, THC-COOH is detectable for weeks after use.
 
Urinalysis
There are 55 million drug tests preformed annually in the United States. 90% of them are urine tests. Urine tests do not detect the presence of illicit drugs, including cannabis, and only identify the presence of non-psychoactive drug metabolites. This only indicates that a substance was used at some point in the person’s past. There is no time frame for urinalysis and the results of a test can be skewered by constant, heavy use earlier in life.
 
Von Rabb
Suspicion-less drug testing went to trial at the Supreme Court in 1989. The case was ruled 5-4 on the case, saying that testing employees without cause doesn’t violate the US Constitution’s Fourth Amendment. The Fourth Amendment protects us against unreasonable searches, which many consider drug testing to be. Since then, the Supreme Court has also ruled that the random testing of student athletes is also okay, as well as students who are participating in bands or even chess club.
 
Water
Large amounts of water before a drug test can sometimes help you to pass it. But it’s not that reliable and can sometimes mess up the color of your urine sample. However, since they do tell you to drink water so that you’ll have to pee, you can always just say that you drank too much.
 
Unknown
Throwing a positive on a urine test doesn’t mean that your impaired, nor does it show when the substance was consumed. The US Department of Justice said that a positive drug test for metabolites “does not indicate recency, frequency, or amount of use.”
 
Yellow
As said under “Water”, the color of your urine can throw you under the bus if you’re trying to pass a urine test. If you fear that you’ve drank too much water, Vitamin B can help to turn your urine back to a normal yellow color.
 
Zinc
Zinc sulfate is believed to bond with THC metabolites, making them hard to pass through the kidneys. When trying to throw off a drug test, people hope that the larger metabolites will pass through the feces rather than the urine, getting them a negative. This is not a tried and true method and the results are mixed.

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Stoner Christmas Songs

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, December, 11th 2014 by THCFinder

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Christmas carols are some of the worst songs ever. Mostly because they’ve all be overplayed in pharmacies and corner stores since before most of us can remember. Yes, celebrities release new songs for Christmas every year but they’re usually remakes and they all sound the same. Not a huge deal but as stoners, we should get our own Christmas songs, am I right?

 

  • “Vaporizer For Christmas”

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KkfT2pGsWg

 

Super obnoxious, somewhat trippy, this video will definitely make you laugh. Not only that but they actually explain the benefits of vaping your weed in the video. It’s pretty funny, a bit educational, and better than 75% of the Christmas songs playing today.

 

  • “Carol Of The Buds”

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuUy6tuyBw0

I actually laughed out loud while watching this one. The costumes are on point, the song sounds good, the lyrics are funny. These guys put a lot of time and effort in to making this video and it definitely deserves some recognition.

 

  • “Oh Chronic Tree”

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oA9Hm3zcH5k

It’s by Afroman. So there’s your first clue as to why this song is awesome. If you need more convincing, the song is done in the classic Afroman style. Lots of coughing, laughing, and ridiculous lyrics. 

 

  • “12 Days Of Ganja Christmas”

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFbeg6DxpuQ

Based off of the 12 Days Of Christmas song, this catchy jingle caters to what a pothead might want for Christmas. Blunts, bags, and calls from the weed man? Yeah it sounds pretty accurate. Watch the video and you’ll find yourself saying “Oh damn, I want that”.

 

  • “Jingle Bell Rock (Marijuana Paradoy Christmas Song)

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laY67grUmNU

Even though the video claims that no marijuana was used in the making of the video, that’s kind of hard to believe. These two chicks execute this song perfectly, with clever lyrics and pretty decent singing. They even wore costumes to record the video and stood in front of a Christmas tree.


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Denver Cannabis Tours

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, December, 10th 2014 by THCFinder
denver-cannabis-toursLegal weed has hit Denver Colorado in full force and people are ready to get the tourism ball rolling. My 420 Tours has done just that. The company sprung up after legalization passed and offers tourists a five hour long ride around the city, stopping a head shop, two different dispensaries, a grow operation, and a restaurant. The price tag is steep at $150 but to get carted around in a limo smoking weed? Some people definitely deem it worthy.
 
Companies such as My 420 Tours offer tourists not only a round of the city to see the cannabis sites. Some of the tours even offer a bit more with a weekend package. It includes four days and three nights, staying a vaporizer friendly hotel downtown. You also get a cooking class (with cannabis of course) and a visit to the Denver Botanic Gardens for the Chihuly glass exhibit. For someone who’s never really been in to the cannabis industry, a tour like this could definitely open their eyes to how the business of weed works.
 
The tours usually contain information about what you should eat and what you should smoke, suggesting limits for those that are new to weed. Edibles especially are addressed, with newbie dosing suggestions available for those who don’t want to have a bad experience. Tourguides also talk about the differences between smoking, vaping, eating, and the other ways that you can get marijuana in to your system.
 
So is the price of the tour worth what you get? Yes. Even though there may be some points where things get boring and you may have a newbie on the bus who eats too much of a brownie, the trip is definitely fun. There’s not a lot that can compete with riding around a bus full of weed in Denver all day long. With so many companies popping up that offer tours of the newly legal state, Denver is definitely America’s Amsterdam.

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Cannabis; Out Of This World

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, December, 10th 2014 by THCFinder
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There are many things that make the cannabis plant different from other vegetation that lives on the planet we inhabit. First and foremost, the plant shows gender. There are no other plants that can clearly be classified as male or female. And if you go back in history to about 12,000 years ago, the cannabis plant has no fossilized records. No evolution of the plant has ever been found, leading some to believe that the plant may have brought here from another planet, by something other than humans.With the closest genetic relative being the strawberry plant (which we don’t recommend smoking!), the cannabis plant is baffling to those who believe in the amazing possible world that exists in the stars.
 
 
The word “cannabis” is a Greek word, although the root is said to be African. The Greek translation of the word? “Canna” in Greek means “canine” or “dog” while “bis” or “bi” is the number two. Directly translated, the word cannabis means “two dog plant”. Intriguing to some? Absolutely. Why would anyone name marijuana the “two dog plant”?
 
 
In Africa, there is a tribe that loves the cannabis plant. Located in Mali, West Africa, the Dogon tribe is a fairly well documented group. One documentation comes from a Greek traveler named Herodotus, written around 300 BC. When he visited the Dogon tribe, they were in the process of a year long celebration that happened once only every 50 years. The celebration was in honor of the star, Sirius, in the winter sky. They said that it was the “two-dog star” and the home of the “two dog plant”, cannabis. The tribe members said that the two dog plant was brought to them by the Goddess of the Two Dog Star. Their celebration was to honor the bringing of the plant and the star’s existence in their culture. While some people might write this off as coincidence, the strangeness deepens. 
 
 
The Dogon tribe possessed specific knowledge about the Sirian system for thousands of years before scientists invented the modern telescope and any equipment that could verify the existence of the star system. Sirius B, a white dwarf star near Sirius, was also known by the Dogons, which they named Po Tolo. The tribe knew that the star was white, very small, and that it was also the heaviest star in the group. Even though there were no photos taken of the star Sirius B before 1970, the Dogons knew that it had an elliptical orbit to Sirius A, a 50 year orbit period, and the fact that it rotated on it’s own axis. What makes this even odder is the fact that the Dogons knew even more about the Siruis system, going on to describe the third star in the system, which they named Emme Ya. In 1995, two French astronomers published the results of a multi-year study that actually proved that there was a small, red dwarf within the Sirius star system, which they called Sirius C and the Dogon tribe was taken much more seriously. Since the tribe had known so much about the star system, it’s hard to say that they might’ve been wrong about the appearance of cannabis on the planet. 
 
 
If the plant did indeed come here in a ship from Sirius or however, why was it brought here? The cannabis plant is now known to promote healthy living and can cure a multitude of different illnesses that afflict humans. From cancer to Alzheimer’s to anxiety and depression, marijuana has proven time and time again to be a cure-all. If aliens did bring the plant to us, were they trying to help our species from dying off due to our own destructive nature? Do you think that the cannabis plant could possibly be from a totally different planet?

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Hemp Vs Cannabis; 5 Differences You Should Know

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, December, 9th 2014 by THCFinder

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Cannabis and hemp are different plants, even though the belong to the same family. The plants look like, grow similar, and are beneficial to humans in so many different ways. But while cannabis has a potential to be an amazing medicinal asset to the human species, hemp proves to be something that could overtake the industrial world and eliminate many harmful substances that we currently use today. Unfortunately, there are still people that don’t get the difference between hemp and cannabis. The following five facts will give you some idea on why the plants are different and you can tell someone next time they tell you that “hemp and marijuana are the same damn thing”.

 

  • Genetics of the plants are different. Cananbis is believed to be one of the oldest domesticated crops around. In our history, it has ben grown from many different uses, from medical to industrial. The plants grew tall and strong and made in to a variety of oils, textiles, and foods. By breeding these plants with other plants, the end result was hemp. But with marijuana, the plants were recognized for being psychoactive and were bred for religious and medical purposes. This led to the highly potent, smokeable form of cannabis. According to Dan Sutton of Canadian Tantulus Labs, “The core agricultural differences between medical cannabis and hemp are largely in their genetic parentage and cultivation environment”. 
  • Cannabis plants contain cannabinoids, which research has shown that over 60 cannabinoids exist in the plant. THC is the most well known, followed closely by the ever growing in popularity, CBD. Marijuana contains high levels of this substance, while hemp does not. Countries such as Canada that allow the production of hemp classify the plant as any cannabis plant having less than 0.3% THC. Any plant with higher THC levels is considered cannabis. However, if you’re looking at CBD, hemp contains more of this compound. Not only that but CBD reportedly negates the effects of THC, differentiating the plants even more.
  • Since marijuana and hemp are grown for two separate purposes, the way that they are grown differs as well. “Medical cannabis has been selectively bred over generations and its characteristics are optimized in its cultivation environment to produce female flowering plants that yield budding flowers at the flowering stages of their life cycle,” says Sutton. Hemp plants are also primarily male, without ever getting the heavily resonated buds that the marijuana plant gets. When growing marijuana for THC purposes, the grow environment must be kept at optimal conditions. Everything including light, humidity, CO2, oxygen, and temperature must be monitored carefully in order for the plants to produce the highest amount of THC possible. Hemp does not need these conditions and can grow quickly and healthy without such supervision.
  • Even though the US Government schedules both hemp and marijuana as Schedule 1 substances, it is legal in the US to import hemp products from China, Chile, and the European Union. According to the Hemp Industry Association, there are about $500 million worth of hemp products imported in to the state every year. Marijuana is still not legally grown in most places and is subject to much stricter rules.
  • Laws restrict the study of cannabis, limiting the research that could benefit the entire human race. But even though the laws are tough, people are still researching. Developments in hemp technology are looking at developing types of renewable plastic that will be a great replacement for the plastic used in car parts. Researchers at the University of Alberta even created a supercapactior using raw hemp material, which would lead to the making of cheap, fast charging batteries made from hemp.

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