California; Myth Vs Reality
There is a constant war raging between the stoners from the east coast and the west coast. Both coasts argue that their weed is better, although most people seem to think that California, because of it's warm climate and awesome outdoor grow conditions takes the cake. The east coast boasts a much better indoor grow set up, as their skills have been honed in on the indoor technique. Each coast definitely has it's ups but each one has considerable downs as well. I am from the east coast, the land of freezing winters and insanely humid summers. I lived there for 23 years, smoking bud, working, wishing for life on the west coast. This year, I finally got my wish but quickly found out that California was not what I expected.
California, to me, has always been the promised land of green. Since the cannabis laws have been so lax in the state for so long, it would appear to most stoners from other regions that basically everyone in California is always in a good mood, always high, and never out to harm anyone or do anything negative at all. The streets are hypothetically lined with dispensaries and it's incredibly easy to get your med card. All you have to do is walk down Venice Beach right? It may be naive but this was my vision of California when I left for Los Angeles in the summer of 2014.
Upon arriving in the state, the first thing that hit; it's hot. And not east coast hot. The heat there is humid and makes it tough to breathe sometimes but after a quarter of a lifetime spent breathing that beast coast air, I'd say I was pretty used to it. California is like an oven if you're not near the coast. Because of the foothills that cover the state, the areas between the hills and the ocean get to spend all day cooking in the sun. This can get extremely disorienting, especially when you see people walking around in pants and long-sleeved shirts when the temperature is over 100.
When heading to California, one thinks that it'll be extremely easy to get your med card. Well that's definitely true... If you're a California resident. Without the proper ID, however, you're not getting a rec card... Or any semi legal bud. If you're from a small state, that may seem like no big deal. But the DMV in California is everyone's worst nightmare. Standing in line for hours, just to take a written test? Yikes! But say you get through the arduous process of getting your new license and get your hands on a rec card. Congrats! Now comes the difficult part of seeing what dispensaries aren't just trying to scam you out of your money. Granted, there are definitely good places to go to get your meds. But be aware that just because the shop sells cannabis, doesn't mean it's good cannabis. Be sure that you're going to highly rated dispensaries that come recommended by people you know or on trusted sites like THCFinder!
The weed in California is good. At least, the stuff I was getting was. Although it was from a street dealer... Just like back home. The allure of being able to go in to dispensaries wore off quickly once the realization dawned that they're not all good places and the bud sold was sometimes far below tolerable smoking standards. Some of these places basically sold bags of mushed up grass. It was so disheartening to see medical shops sell such low quality product... Something that one definitely doesn't expect to see in California. But overall, the bud that I did manage to acquire was good and was almost (ALMOST) as high inducing as the Querkle strain based in Rhode Island that will forever remain my favorite.
One thing that seems to be far more prominent in the west is the shatter game. While the beast coast seems to be overrun with butane stew, the west coast proved to be a step ahead in the concentrate game, producing some beautiful shatter that will get you super stoned and feeling awesome. If there is one thing worth visiting California for in relation to weed, it's the shatter. Seriously, if you don't dab while you're there, you're missing out.
What's the bottom line? Not to talk badly about California or the east coast... But just to give you a heads up of what to expect. Each side of the country has their own pros and each one has it's cons. While California may not be a place where you want to live, it is definitely a place worth visiting! Most of the people are nice, the sun is out every day, and the shatter will leave you couchlocked for days. Give it a try sometime! You may love it, you may not, but traveling to California is something that every stoner should try to do!
Mom Calls Cops On Son For Seshing
Some of you are lucky enough to have parents who enjoy toking up. Others, not so much. But for the majority of pot lovers everywhere, we've been sneaky enough to avoid a huge confrontation with our parents while still toking in their houses. There are others that aren't so lucky, like a young man from Indiana who's mom decided that she couldn't stand the stoners in her house and called the police on heer 18 year old son and a few of her friends.
On Sunday afternoon, police responded to a call in Porter County where they found a distraught mother of four attempting to break in to her son's room while he and his friends fought her off. The reasoning for the mother's attempted break in was the fact that she didn't want her son smoking around her three younger children. Thanks to the mother's call, the police took it upon themselves to full on drug bust these teenagers, who were merely sitting around a table getting high. To make matters worse, the mother then consented to a police search of the bedroom after Tyler, the young man, told the police "we smoked it all" when asked where the rest of the weed was. Unfortunately for Tyler (and his mother), the cops uncovered paraphernalia, a small scale, and a tiny bit of leftover bud that had failed to get smoked.
The mother's brilliance managed to get her in to a heap of nonsense as well. Since Tyler Laster is under her care, she now gets stuck with the fines and fees associated with his arrest. He is currently spending time in Porter County Jail for maintaining a common nuisance (so basically being a teenager), possession of paraphernalia (a pipe probably or possibly a bong), and possession of marijuana (the report didn't say how much, just that it was a small amount, so we'll assume less than 7 grams). For these "crimes", Tyler faces the following penalties in his home state of Indiana: up to one year in jail as well as a maximum fine of $5,000 for the possession of marijuana under 30 grams, a maximum fine of $10,000 for possession of paraphernalia, along with legal fees associated with court dates, etc. Not to mention the fact that if things really went badly, the mother herself could have lost custody of her other children, as well as possibly get charged with a crime herself and lose her property.
Bottom line; no matter what, it's probably not the best idea to call the cops on your kids if you're a parent. It's not really a great idea to call the cops in any minor situation involving cannabis. Which also goes for the idiots who freak out and call the cops on themselves, ultimately getting themselves arrested as well as their friends (I went to college with a girl who called the police on herself after eating too many pot brownies... She started to freak out and called the cops because she started to think her friends had poisoned her). Just do yourself and those around you a favor... Don't call the cops on stoners.
Marijuana Lowers Risk Of Domestic Violence
Some people will probably try to tell you that you're going to hit your girlfriend is you smoke weed. Yeah I know it's crazy. Which is why it makes sense to debunk that nonsense now. If you look at the numbers, as people always seem to do, you'll notice that the use of alcohol greatly increases the risk of domestic violence in today's house hold. It increases both the risk of being a perpetrator or the victim, up to and including intimate partner violence. And keep in mind that this substance is legal and served in almost every corner store in America.
Most turn a blind eye to the alcohol link to violence in the home, blaming it instead on other factors like television. Or marijuana, as is the case sometimes. But according to a study that was just published in the journal Psychology and Addictive Behaviors, couples who continuously use cannabis in their relationship are much less likely to engage in partner violence, putting them at a considerably lower risk of domestic violence.
The study, done at Yale University, Rutgers, and the University of Buffalo, took 600 couples and assessed them, determining whether the husbands' and wives' cannabis use was contributing to domestic violence at any time within the first nine years of marriage. The findings were obvious (at least to some), saying "In fully adjusted models, we found that more frequent marijuana use by husbands and wives predicted less frequent domestic violence perpetration by husbands. Husbands' marijuana use also predicted less frequent IPV (intimate partner violence) perpetration by wives. Moderation analyses demonstrated that couples in which both spouses used marijuana frequently reported the least frequent IPV perpetration". In stoner terms? If you and your partner are smoking weed, chances are that you're less likely to be involved in a violent relationship.
Other studies have been released regarding the topic of cannabis and domestic violence. A previous study of the subject was published in the journal Addictive Behaviors which studied alcohol and cannabis. The study concluded that alcohol increases the chances of violence in a couple, while cannabis use did not. The study assessed whether cannabis or alcohol use by college age men was associated with the risk of physical, sexual, or psychological violence over a period of 90 days. This study also took in to effect the number of drinks that a person had, concluding that on days with more heavy alcohol use, the odds of physical and sexual aggression increased drastically. Marijuana use, the report stated, did not find that marijuana increased the chance of violence in the relationship.
People, as said in the above paragraphs, have long since assumed that cannabis contributed somehow to domestic violence. These studies successfully eliminate that stereotype. Years ago, something like this would have never appeared in print, says Dr. Mitch Earleywine, a professor at the State University of New York at Albany. "I commend these authors for writing up these results. There was a time when investigators with these data might not have bothered to write it up at all for fear that it would never appear in print, because it contradicts the federal anti marijuana sentiment. Times have really changed."
Children And Legalization
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, October, 2nd 2014 by THCFinder
Kids and cannabis is one subject on it's own. So when it comes to children and the idea of legalization, things are a little different. While the parents in their lives may support the legalization of the plant, kids are still being taught in schools that the plant is no good. Not only that but that health risks are a very apparent issue for anyone under the age of 21. Children are being told one thing at home and another thing at school, making the whole process extremely difficult for their little minds to comprehend.
Parental responsibility is to explain the world as best they can to their child while still letting the child make their own choices about the world. A parent should not control but rather guide. Kids are creative and incredibly smart for being so small and we take their intelligence and innocence for granted. Parents try harder then ever before to control their kids constantly, monitoring their text messages, online time, and sometimes even drug testing. While it is important to listen to your parents, parents need to remember that kids need to grow in to their own person. A person that must also function in the world of 2014, which most of us know can be an unforgiving and unkind place. Sheltering a child will do nothing more then cause the child to live a very scared and unprepared life.
When it comes to cannabis legalization and children, it's not a hard choice to make. Kids deserve to know about cannabis. Period. If a parent doesn't hide the fact that they use Xanax or drink beer and wine, then they shouldn't have to hide the fact that they use cannabis. Kids should understand that the plant is beneficial to the human race and that it acts as a medicine for those that are sick. It promotes a peaceful environment and a positive life, something that has been made difficult to obtain by the government and others bent on keeping marijuana illegal. Kids especially need to be educated on the benefits on the plant, while simultaneously not smoking it themselves.
Why might you ask? Well although cannabis does help the sick and improve the lives of many humans around the world, the information available on how THC effects the growing mind should definitely deter children from ingesting the substance if not under the direct supervision of a doctor. When children with undeveloped brains smoke, the THC prevents the brain from being fully coated in myelin, the chemical in our bodies that protects brain tissue from harm. If this protective layer isn't formed, there will be openings for other neurologically related issues down the road. The brain needs to develop correctly for the child to have a healthy life and ingesting cannabis while the brain is still forming can have negative consequences.
Programs like DARE are not effective and the numbers still prove that not only is alcohol still more easily obtained by kids but that less teens are using cannabis after the plant was declared legal in Colorado and Washington. With these numbers alone, people should realize that it's not about sheltering but educating. Without knowledgable adults or adults that don't share cannabis with their kids, the children of today will just put prohibition back on when they become adults. It's so important to talk to your kids about cannabis, explain the situation and prohibition, and tell them to make their own choice about it, after they've heard an educated opinion on it.
How To Create Strong Marijuana Plants
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, October, 2nd 2014 by THCFinder
All cannabis plants start as seeds, and they all require water to germinate properly. Each seed contains a full, little plant that has a root, stem, and a couple of leaves. There are also enough nutrients in the seed for it to survive the first portion of its life. During germination, these vital nutrients (proteins, carbs, etc.) are transformed into glucose, which all plants need to for growth.
1. Let the seeds soak in water that is 65°F (18°C) until they split open and roots appear
When seeds achieve a nice moistness level, they will enlarge and split open. A single root will grow downward with gravity out of that split. The root will always grow down no matter what and the stem will always grow up.
Placing your seeds in water ensures that they have achieved the proper moisture level for the process of germination to begin. The seeds will not take on excess water and drown until about 2 weeks after they have cracked open (you will have already transplanted them into soil by then).
When you fill your glass with water, simply put it in the living room so that it shifts to the temperature of the environment. Tap water is fine, but don’t give the seeds any extra nutrients because they already have everything they need. The seeds will crack open in between 2 and 7 days. Make sure to replenish the water in the glass every other day. Start transplanting when the roots reach 0.1 to 0.2 inches (3 to 5 mm) in length. Download my free marijuana grow bible for more tips about growing marijuana and marijuana seeds.
2. Place your seeds in a ½-inch hole in small pots with seedling soil
The nutrient level of the seeds is already adequate, so you should use a soil with fewer nutrients to start. Soil made specifically for seedlings and clones that has low quantities of nutrients is ideal. Plants are very susceptible to nutrient burn at this stage if you give them too many nutrients.
The pots should be filled halfway with the seedling soil. To make the half-inch hole, use your finger tip or a pen. Each seed should have its own pot. Since the roots will always grow down, you don’t have to worry how you place the seeds in the soil.
Place the seed in the hole, and cover it up with the soil. When you spray the soil with water, it will tamp down on its own. Avoid pressing the soil. The germination process will continue until the plant starts to surface within a week. The taproot will produce other root offshoots so that the system is strong.
3. Use a plant sprayer to moisten the soil
Water is responsible for both life and germination, making it the most vital component early on. It is extremely important that you give the plants plenty of water and keep the soil moistened.
Plants that don’t receive enough water will compensate by not growing to full capacity. This is largely to increase the plants’ chances of survival. Of course, too much water can cause the plants to lose out on valuable oxygen. Leaves will start to wither and the marijuana plant and growth medium will become more susceptible to diseases and bacteria.
The soil needs to stay adequately moist (not too dry and not over-soaked). The seedling won’t use much water, but a lot of the water evaporates fast. This is the major reason why seedlings should never go on a windowsill or near a heater. Spraying the plants 1 or 2 times throughout the day should be plenty.
4. Put pots 2 inches below CFL tube
Other than water, light is another vital component for the plant’s growth. Light and water help convert carbon dioxide into oxygen and glucose—necessary resources for plant growth. This is referred to as photosynthesis.
When plants don’t receive adequate light, they will form fewer side branches and will elongate abnormally. This stretching helps marijuana plants grow taller to grab enough light in nature. Plants that receive adequate light will grow wider (not taller) and produce a flurry of side branches with a ton of buds. Light should be kept on 24 hours per day and the room should have a consistent temperature of around 72° Fahrenheit.
The pots should be placed under a cool white CFL light at a distance of 2 inches. These tubes don’t create that much heat, they’re energy efficient, and they use the ideal light spectrum for seedlings. Seedlings require about 3 to 5 watts each. When the plants surface after 5 to 10 days, they will need all the light they can get to grow optimally.
5. Moisten the soil with a water sprayer twice a day until seeds germinate
Creating the ideal climate is also important for germinating the seeds under ideal conditions. CFL tubes don’t produce that much heat, but they will keep the soil warm. You can keep the distance between the plants and the bulbs to a minimum, but if the temperature exceeds 77° F, then you should move them farther apart or cool down the area.
Soil moisture is important to ensure that the seed disposes of the water. Avoid feeding the seeds until the initial leaves make it through the soil. This happens after about 5 to 8 days. Be patient and just check the moisture level of your soil without feeding any nutrients.
6. First signs of the seeds
As soon as the seedlings pop their heads out of the soil, it’s vital to inspect the distance between the plant and the light. Adjust the lights if the temperature goes past 72° Fahrenheit or the leaves start receiving excessive light. The soil also needs to stay moist. The leaves on the plants can absorb water, so continue spraying them 2 times per day.
Again, this early stage in life makes the plants susceptible to damage from negative conditions. Don’t use a lot of nutrients and make sure the lights stay on 24 hours to produce a reliable climate. Avoid touching the plants and do not take away the seed skins from the leaves
The plants need to grow and develop sturdy root systems. Big green leaves are capable of absorbing ample light and converting it into energy. Healthy root systems allow plants to take in plenty of water and nutrients. The plant is just starting to form the base for the remainder of its life, so it’s important that they receive proper, diligent care.
7. First two internodes
When the initial internodes start to form, you can feed your plant with root-stimulating foliar nutrients. Start the plants off with a small dose as the developing roots can’t withstand higher concentrations just yet.
The plants will start to grow rapidly (about 0.5 inches per day). Inspect your plants each day for signs of nutrient surplus (e.g. burned leaf tips).
8. Transplant into bigger pots when roots grow out of the bottom
The roots will start to grow out of the bottom of your smaller pot at which point it’s time to transplant. The plant will become rootbound and stop growing if you do not transplant.
To recognize the roots, look for white tips poking out of the bottom. Check for the roots each day and start giving your plants grow stimulator, which is high in nitrogen. Download my free marijuana grow bible for more tips about marijuana nutrients.
9. Grow you plants outdoors or under MH/HPS lights
If everything went as planned, then you have strong, healthy plants that will eventually produce high yields. A good start in life means that the plants will be less susceptible to bacteria, diseases, pests, and the effects of harsh weather extremes. Plants that are healthy can better absorb water and nutrients and will develop a faster metabolism for better yields. If you email me a photo of your seedlings, I will publish them on my site.
These plants can now grow outdoors and will thrive in a wind-free location that gets a lot of sun. The plants will also do better in a big container (15 gallons) on a stool. This keeps away any interference from animals like rabbits or snails.
As you have seen, it’s not very hard to grow healthy marijuana plants. Everyone has their own technique and I’d like you to share your own knowledge on my forum. If you want to start growing, download my free grow guide and order some marijuana seeds. All top quality marijuana seeds are available in my marijuana seed shop. We ship seeds to the US, CA and many other countries. For any growing related question please visit the marijuana support page. The special offer for all Super Skunk, White Widow, and Super Silver Haze orders is still in effect (buy 5, get 5 free!).
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, October, 1st 2014 by THCFinder
Have you ever tried eating your marijuana rather than smoking it? By this point, the answer is probably yes. Majority of stoners have tried pot brownies at least once in their lives or perhaps some other type of medicated treat. And up until recently, there was really no reports of people freaking out and doing unsafe things after ingesting edibles. But since the legalization in Colorado and Washington, there seems to be more and more confusion surrounding these THC infused goodies.
First off, the argument that edibles are geared towards children is completely ridiculous. Recently, I posted to my Instagram that the fact that candy cigarettes are still sold in stores as well as the fact that Four Loko cans (the same ones that had to be recalled and rereleased because people were dying from caffeine ODs) strongly resemble Arizona Iced Tea cans. Additionally, companies like Kellogg's and Viacom have been threatening with lawsuits because their packaging entices children to eat unhealthy foods, which has caused a spike in childhood obesity. If parents want to complain about bad products being geared towards children, perhaps they should first look at what's on the grocery store shelves because it's certainly not edibles that are the problem... That box of high fructose, sugar saturated trash on the shelf at Stop And Shop is.
When a young teen jumped to his death from a hotel balcony in Colorado after allegedly eating too many edibles, people reeled. According to the coroner, Levy Thamba, age 19, was "intoxicated with marijuana" at the time of death. For spring break, Thamba and three friends went to Denver to hang out and ended up getting their hands on some edibles. After ingesting the cookies, the friends claim that Thamba started acting differently, tearing things off of the walls of their hotel room and speaking erratically. The investigation report states that the friends calmed the boy down temporarily and left him alone in his room to chill out. But as soon as the friends turned their backs, Thamba jumped up out of bed, ran to the hotel balcony, and threw himself over the railing from the fourth floor. Even now, it is hard to find the solid findings of the case, as the last update in the Denver Post states that "it remains unclear how many cookies Thamba ate or how much time had passed since he ingested them". Although some people speculate that cannabis can cause people to have psychotic episodes if predisposed to such incidents, new studies released say that it's possible that people with mental health issues are drawn to cannabis because it reverses the imbalance in their brains, rather than enhances it.
Edibles are not bad. What is bad is the fact that people feel compelled to blame a brownie for their own mistakes. Colorado has placed a billboard up, which reads "Don't let a candy bar ruin your vacation. With edibles, start low and go slow" which enforces the idea that it's not the food that's bad but the people ingesting it. Much like the incidents with the alcoholic beverage Four Loko, the issue isn't the product but those using it. Some people just do not know their limits and find it silly to try to moderate, whether they think they're tough or trying to impress someone. Edibles are a very important part of the cannabis community, especially for those patients who are not able to smoke. By labeling edibles as "super dangerous" and turning them in to a negative thing, organizations, police, doctors, and the government are just undermining the hard work that the cannabis community has put in to making the industry a positive movement.
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