Marijuana Use Lowers Risk Of Domestic Violence In Married Couples
Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, August, 26th 2014 by THCFinder
Past research has indicated that couples who abuse substances are at a greater risk for divorce, in part because substance abuse often leads to an increase in domestic violence.
However, new research has found that when it comes to marijuana use, the opposite effect occurs: couples who frequently use marijuana are actually at a lower risk of partner violence.
Researchers from Yale University, University of Buffalo and Rutgers recruited 634 couples from 1996 to 1999 while they were applying for a marriage license in New York State. After an initial interview, the researchers followed the couples over the course of nine years using mail-in surveys to measure the effects of marijuana use on intimate partner violence (IPV).
The study defines IPV as acts of physical aggression, such as slapping, hitting, beating and choking, and it was measured by asking couples to report violence committed by them or toward them in the last year.
At the end of the first year, 37.1 percent of husbands had committed acts of domestic violence.
Marijuana use was measured by asking participants how often they used marijuana or hashish (defined as pot, weed, reefer, hash, hash oil or grass) in the last year. Participants were also asked about other drug use including alcohol, because, as the researchers explain the study, marijuana and alcohol are often used in conjunction.
What the researchers found surprised them: due to the fact that alcohol and other substances are known to increase domestic violence, they hypothesized that marijuana use would have the same effect. But that was not the case.
"More frequent marijuana use generally predicted less frequent IPV for both men and women over the first 9 years of marriage," the researchers wrote. Not only that, couples who both used marijuana frequently -- compared to one spouse using it more than the other -- had the lowest risk for partner violence.
Why would marijuana be different than other substances? Researchers hypothesize that the positive side effects of using marijuana may actually reduce conflict and aggression. They note that previous research has found chronic marijuana use to blunt emotional reactions, which could in turn decrease violent or aggressive behavior between spouses.
Cigarettes Proven to Be More Dangerous Than Marijuana
Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, August, 25th 2014 by THCFinder
Cigarettes have been proven to be more dangerous than marijuana. Marijuana may also be an alleged safer substitute for cigarette smoking because effects of marijuana are slim in detrimental use versus smoking cigarettes states an influx of studies. Cigarettes contain 40,000 chemicals, 43 of the additive chemicals are proven to cause cancer, they are carcinogenics.
Formaldehyde, tar, the highly addictive nicotine and arsenic can be traced in one cigarette. Cigarettes are also inflammatory to the lungs, teeth, gums and heart. Gum disease anywhere from gingivitis to severe periodontal disease leading to tooth loss are correlated to prolonged cigarette use with or without moderation.
Marijuana, on the other hand, contains natural additives such as THC, assorted cannabanoids and 100 terpenoids found in other plants such as pine trees. Terpenoids are aromatic and flavinoids are also a natural ingredient in various types of marijuana. Flavinoids have been linked to being antioxidant and anti inflammatory. Adverse chemicals to the body in marijuana have not yet been discovered.
Medical marijuana helps suppress glaucoma, may boost the immune system, eases epileptic seizures, hinders cancer cells and causes many other beneficial effects. Certain concentrations of the flavinoids, cannabinoids and THC exclusively in the plant can be beneficial given the disease at hand.
However downsides to marijuana have not yet been proven solid. Most of the downsides are implying association versus a definitive cause and a concrete correlation. Marijuana studies have suggested that gray matter density in the amygdala and the nucleus accumbens of the brain maybe a chain reaction to avid smokers. This means that the sensory in those areas creates a dependency on marijuana.
This was a subset study with only 20 users, aged 18 to 25 years, at different levels of usage and then non smokers within the same age range. The study may prevail due to MRI scanning the physical properties of the brain. Given such a tiny group, it is purely anecdotal.
Main stipulations of recreational marijuana is the perceptive effects. Hallucinations depending on the amount taken vary from person to person. Body weight can also determine the individuals’ adverse hallucinations.
Conclusive studies to the overall positive and negative effects of marijuana have yet to become beyond anecdotal. However, cigarettes tell a different tale of objective harm to the body. Proving that marijuana if legal in the state can be a better, less dangerous alternative to cigarettes.
Chances of lung cancer and cigarette smoking are in the 80 to 90 percent range for both men and women. Non smokers have a 20 to30 percent chance of getting lung cancer in their lifetime solely due to being around secondhand smokers. Almost 160,000 people die from smoking in a year.
Cigarette smoking can also lessen the chances of gum and bone loss repair surgeries and even preventive periodontal gum disease treatment. The chemicals in cigarettes serve as an inflammatory on gum tissue. Also, heart disease and the weakness of the lungs hinders efficient physical exercise.
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Don't Let Cats And Dogs Around Your Marijuana Garden
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, August, 21st 2014 by THCFinder
First Legal Marijuana Purchased In Seattle Donated To Museum
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, August, 20th 2014 by THCFinder
Legal cannabis sales started in Washington on July 7th. The first legal purchase in Seattle was made by 65 year old grandmother Deb Greene at Cannabis City. Rather than consume some of the cannabis she purchased, Deb Green instead donated some of the cannabis to Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry. Per Time:
She purchased two bags of legal weed, one for personal use and another that was signed by Cannabis City owner, James Lathrop, so it could be “saved forever,” Greene told the Seattle Times. “You don’t use history.”
It’s pretty heartening that the Seattle museum will display cannabis, yet another demonstration that cannabis is moving out of the shadows and into the mainstream. The first legal purchase in Colorado was by a military veteran named Sean Azzariti. It is tremendous that the first purchase in Colorado was a military vet and that the first purchase in Seattle was a grandmother, not your stereotypical “stoners”. As far as we know, Azzariti consumed his cannabis, that he uses to combat post-traumatic stress and none of it made it to a museum, making Ms. Greene’s cannabis at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry all that much special. It would be fun to be a fly on the wall at the museum to see what people have to say about the cannabis display. A time-lapse audio recording would be amazing, as the novelty wears off and decades from now, future generations are amazed that marijuana prohibition was a policy in the first place.
These are truly historic times. Future generations will certainly look back and wonder what the big fuss was about, just as we are amazed that alcohol prohibition was even implemented in the first place and that racial segregation was the law of the land. Historians will look back on prohibition and wonder why such a harmless plant led to so many harmful public policies prohibiting it. Let’s keep up the fight, keep spreading the word and put cannabis prohibition into the dust bin of history, so it will be a relic of the past, partly commemorated by a few cannabis flowers in a museum donated by a loving grandmother.
Questions surround legality of marijuana tour bus
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, August, 20th 2014 by THCFinder
SEATTLE -- Getting high while seeing Seattle. Tourism entrepreneurs are making that happen.
It's been more than a month since retailers first started legally selling marijuana across Washington state. WeedBus.Club is an organization that allows passengers to get high on its sightseeing party bus.
"[People] love it," operator William Prigmore said. "They take pictures, they [give] thumbs up. It's great. We get a lot of positive feedback about the weed bus."
The bus' paint job sure makes what promises to be a mind-altering experience hard to miss. Betty Jo Jones, visiting from Montana, couldn't resist snapping a few pictures of the bus Tuesday morning along the Seattle waterfront.
"It's very unique," said Jones. "It's something I don't see every day."
Prigmore says that curiosity is what's driving business. On a Tuesday bus ride from Seattle's piers to SODO, some early-morning passengers took time to smoke during a short pit stop.
"They can smoke on the bus," explained Prigmore. "We go down to Cannabis City. They can buy it legally."
There is no divider separating the driver from the rows of smoke-filled fun. A risk of a second-hand high for the driver is drawing concern.
"Most of the time when they're smoking on the bus, we don't have drivers in there," said Prigmore.
The Seattle Police Department says it will monitor these tourism ventures.
Officers say passengers smoking pot is still considered public smoking, which is illegal. However, enforcing marijuana laws is the department's lowest priority, according to a police spokesperson.
The price for WeedBus.Club is $25 for an hour tour or a donation for passengers traveling a short distance. Prigmore says pot bus competition is heating up, so don't be surprised to see more of the new tourism vehicles on Seattle streets.
Big Business's Marijuana Misconceptions
Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, August, 19th 2014 by THCFinder
Businesses are absolutely going to try to corporatize cannabis. They will attempt to take over the industry as is their fashion and push the "little guy" right out of the door. Stoners worry about the mom and pop operations that they have come to love so much. But as always, Big Business (much like Big Pharma) doesn't really care. It's all about the green to them... And by green, you know that I'm not talking about good old Mary Jane. These fat cats want to make money, not help people. And to make matters worse, they don't really understand what cannabis is all about.
- Cannabis is not tobacco. That's definitely clear. While they can be ingested in similar ways, the two substances couldn't be any different. While tobacco promotes lung, throat, and mouth cancer, marijuana has actually shown traits of anti-cancer properties and hemp oil has become one of the main ways to help chemotherapy patients. Tobacco claims the lives of around 480,000 people a year, far more than cannabis's measly 0 deaths, and even blowing alcohol right out of the water (88,000 deaths per year). Weed and tobacco aren't even close to being the same substance and should not be treated as such.
- Cannabis is also not alcohol. Alcohol has very different effects when ingested as compared to cannabis. Both substances have survived prohibition which makes them both rock solid industries. But alcohol is used to escape problems most of the time, sometimes leading the user down a slippery slope that leads to alcoholism. Other problems stem from this, including cancer. The idea that cannabis and alcohol are totally different is only furthered by the fact that Washington state put their state Liquor Control Board in charge of handling the cannabis model and the state has been a complete disaster in regards to the marijuana set up.
- Growing cannabis sucks. It's true. It does. The plants become like children to the grower and when one gets sick, the world stops. Cannabis may be considered a weed but it definitely does not grow like one. To produce the large, fluffy, knock-you-off-your-seat buds that most growers aim for, there needs to be a lot of love and care that goes in to the growing process. Chances are you will not get rich off of growing cannabis and will instead spend your time trying to figure out how to pay your incredibly expensive light bill. To be successful in the marijuana business, you must think of it like the Gold Rush. People didn't really get rich off of gold... But the people who sold the tools used to obtain the gold made bank.
- People of all ages, races, careers, and backgrounds smoke weed. This is not a youth culture anymore. The marijuana community consists of parents, friends, families, grandparents, children, cousins, uncles, aunts, the librarian at your college, or the old store clerk that you paid for gasoline from. There is no "typical" pothead anymore. We are everywhere and people have no idea. No longer is weed a college outlet to hard drugs. It's our medicine, our pass time, our miracle plant.
- If you're going to talk about cannabis, you should probably know about cannabis. There are some people who bash the plant and don't even really know what they're talking about. In this day and age, there are still people who try to get away with using the "gateway drug" theory. No, we're far beyond that now. The technology surrounding cannabis is evolving so fast that you'll miss something if you don't pay the utmost attention. Those that attempt to involve themselves in the cannabis world without brushing up their knowledge first usually fail... Hard. Know the laws, know your product, and know what you stand for
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