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Animals & Cannabis

Category: Culture | Posted on Sat, December, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
animals-and-cannabisThe only thing that stoners value more than cannabis are their animal companions. Getting stoned and playing with a cat or dog can be a lot of fun. They love you unconditionally and you love them back, without ever worrying that they'll stab you in the back or spread rumors. As long as you give them a steady supply of kibbles, a pet will be your best friend. Unfortunately, our pets don't live as long as we do and it can be extremely hard to say goodbye, especially if the pet is in pain and suffering. Seeing as how almost every creature alive has THC receptors in their brain, is it okay to give sick pets cannabis?
 
Some people are strongly against giving their pet cannabis. Probably because all that they've experienced is their dog eating their carelessly left out plate of special brownies. Dogs shouldn't eat chocolate in the first place, especially brownies dosed with an amount meant for humans. Allowing an animal to eat our edibles isn't okay and should be avoided. Don't leave brownies or medicate treats out where a pet could reach them. Another don't when it comes to pets and cannabis, avoid blowing smoke at a pet. Their heightened senses are very sensitive to cannabis (or any) smoke and blowing it right at them can be harmful.
 
However, in the right amount and the proper form, cannabis can transform a sick animal in to a happier one, even if the poor pet is getting up there in age. There is even evidence that cannabis was used by the Ancient Greeks to treat horses with wounds. The cannabis was mixed with other herbs and applied to the injury. The paste assisted with inflammation and pain. This substance is still sold today, under the name Lame Away, which is made with the non-psychoactive THC-A ingredient so it won't get the animal high. Not only does Lame Away carry the poultice, they also produce a salve and an internal tincture as well.
 
There are multiple accounts of pet owners who have animals that get diagnosed with cancer or other life threatening illnesses in which the animal begins to deteriorate, much like a sick human. They lose their love for life and no longer play. They don't eat the same and have trouble sleeping. While cannabis isn't going to prolong the life of your pet (well it may, but not forever), it will allow your animal to enjoy themselves. The reports claim that pets that are given a cannabis treatment have a newfound energy and playfulness. We understand that as humans, we will outlive our pets. As their owners, we should make them feel as good as possible in their final days.

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How Authorities Plan To Find Pot

Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, December, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
how-they-plan-to-find-weedThe authorities seem to have a real issue coming up with ideas of how to catch those who indulge in smoking the reefer. From sobriety checkpoints to drug sniffing dogs, nothing really seems to work that well for them. Now this new method of tracking down bud smokers is a little odd but apparently, seems to be all the rave in order to catch smokers. This invention is called the Nasal Ranger and allegedly can track down a pot smoker in a public place.
 
This device is placed over the user's nose and detects the potency of certain odors, like pot. The Nasal Ranger (Am I the only one that laughs at the name?) produces an odorous baseline gas that compares unwanted odors to itself, thus allowing the user to figure out how near or far the odor actually is. Not only that, but this tricky little machine comes with a tool to calibrate itself to different "sniffers". Pretty crazy right?
 
If a stoner gets busted smoking in a public place, the fines reach up to $2,000. This includes states such as Colorado, where it is illegal to smoke in public places. Authorities seem to think that by using the Nasal Rangers, they can keep public pot use to a minimum. Possible, but have they really taken the vaporizers in to consideration? And why is it not allowed to smoke pot in public but people can rip cigarettes where ever and whenever they want. At least marijuana smoke smells far better than the awful smell of cigarettes.
 
Smoking in public should not be a worry of the authorities. There are other things that could be bought with the money that will be poured in to supplying police departments with the Nasal Ranger. While it is quite a funny contraption, they're not cheap. As they develop more, the price tag will probably increase, which is another factor to take in to consideration. Whatever the case, if you're smoking in public, it's best to carry a smoke buddy or spoof with you. I realize that this resorts us back to being 16 years old in our parents house but it is what it is! Stay sneaky, my fellow stoners!

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Why People Don't Believe In Cannabis

Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, December, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
why-people-dont-believe-in-cannabisAside from the fact that people have been continuously brainwashed, medical marijuana is a very tough medicine to back up. It's getting easier, as more states want to make the plant legal. However, it's extremely difficult to prove the validity of medical marijuana if there aren't enough medical studies presented to make people believe that the plant is an amazing medicine and cure for many of the disease and illnesses that exist in the world today.
 
The media is a very powerful aspect of our society. Anti-cannabis propaganda has been blasted on TV, radio, and in magazines since the plant became illegal. Some are immune to the message that these ads portray, wile others aren't so lucky. They are totally susceptible to the messages that cannabis is a negative thing. Since they believe everything that they're told, the ability to accept that a negative may be a positive when used in the correct context. Another example of this is the swastika. While most associate that symbol with Nazi Germany, it has been used as a positive symbol for far longer. More specifically used by Hindu and Buddhist religions. The symbol literally translates in to "it is good". But since the symbol was adopted by such a negative party, it is always associated with negativity.
 
It is unfortunate that marijuana, like the swastika, is grouped in to this dark category. But without the ability to think for themselves, the people really don't know any better. With the plant being illegal, there is very little opportunity for medical studies to be conducted. Since medical institutions can't really research federally illegal substances, it's extremely difficult to get information about the benefits of cannabis. Thankfully, there is more information being gathered, studied, and released.
 
So between the fact that the majority of people are brainwashed and that marijuana has always been grouped as a negative thing (Besides the good old days where you had to grow hemp or it was punishable by law), people just don't believe. But as stated above, cannabis is beginning to make a serious splash. More studies means an easier time convincing the non-smokers that we're not just super stoned. We have medical studies, scientific studies, and enlightened minds. There should be no reason that people can deny the powers of cannabis.

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How To Remove Weed Taste From Edibles

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, December, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
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Not everyone enjoys the taste of cannabis in their medicated food. Removing that taste is a fairly easy process and can even leave you with some tasty concentrated THC as well, although you may want to use more bud in your edibles if you choose to use this method to get rid of the weed taste from the food. The taste of the weed comes from the chlorophyll. By following these steps, you can eliminate that taste completely, leaving your food tasting completely normal.
 
Boil some water and put it in to a bowl. Drop your bud/trim in to the water and soak them for about half an hour. The buds should be free floating in the water. You should drop the marijuana in to the water whole, rather than grinding them up. Since adding heat bursts the resin glands, this part is pretty important. Once the water has turn the dark green, SLOWLY pour the water out, being very careful not to bump the bowl on any surface. You should see a light brown residue at the bottom of the bowl. This substance is the resin glands that have fallen off of the buds. These can also be removed and dried, creating a highly potent concentrate. Another suggestion is to screen the cannabis buds before doing this and add in the collected kief to the recipe as well. This will help make your recipe come out much stronger.
 
Most people can tolerate the taste of cannabis in their edibles but some find it hard to choke down. If you do find that the taste bothers you, try this method out and hopefully, it will allow you to enjoy the potency of cannabis edible without the not so awesome taste! It will also benefit you with that extra concentrate too, providing that you don't end up adding it in to the recipe (it's recommended that you do). Cannabis edibles are a great way to medicate!

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Alcohol Prohibition Ended 80 Years Ago, Marijuana Prohibition Is Up Next

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, December, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
end-prohibition-itdoesnt-workThursday, December 5 marks the eightieth anniversary of the ratification of the 21st Amendment, which ended the prohibition of alcohol in 1933. The amendment repealed the 18th Amendment, passed in 1920, after more than a decade of increased crime, dangerously unregulated products, and a failure to reduce consumption convinced the American public prohibition was an ineffective and destructive way to attack the problems associated with substance use. Alas, it was a lesson quickly forgotten. Decades later America repeated the mistake with the prohibition of drugs, heir to all of the same problems as alcohol prohibition and then some.
 
As former prosecutor and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition board member James Gierach says, “Al Capone and other gangsters thrived when government outlawed what people wanted.  When booze went legit with the 21st Amendment, mobsters had to wait only 40 years before government did it again with drugs.  Same problem, same solution: legalize, license, regulate and tax.”
 
Two comparisons with the current war on drugs are particularly worthy of note.
 
First, the prohibition of alcohol was actually closer to what reformists today call “decriminalization” – the removal of criminal penalties for use and possession while sales, distribution and manufacture remain prosecutable offenses.
 
“The 1920s nicely illustrate why legalization and regulation, not decriminalization alone, are the solutions to the problems engendered by the war on drugs,” said LEAP executive director Major Neill Franklin (Ret.), a police officer for 34 years. “As long as illegal markets guarantee high profits, no amount of law enforcement will be able to loosen the stranglehold organized crime has over the drug trade.”
 
Second, the end of the prohibition of alcohol came not through the federal government, but through the states, the path that seems most likely for the end of the prohibition of marijuana and, eventually, of all drugs. Already, Colorado and Washington have legalized and regulated marijuana, and the momentum is building in states across the country to follow suit in order to reduce violence, increase oversight and realign the priorities of law enforcement officials who have too long been focused on an unwinnable, destructive war on drugs.
 
“When we finally came to our senses and repealed the prohibition of alcohol 80 years ago, homicides went down appreciably nationwide. We will realize the same phenomenon when we finally repeal drug prohibition.” – Judge James P. Gray (Ret.)
 

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Marijuana On (And Off) The Job

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, December, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
mmj-on-and-off-the-jobFinding a job in his economy is extremely tough. Even people with college degrees and tons of experience are having trouble finding work. People still need to pay the bills though and are searching for jobs anywhere that they can. For stoners, finding some cash may be more difficult than some, considering the high risk of getting a job that drug tests... Or possibly even fired because you smoke at home.
 
Drugs tests are one of the biggest enemies of the stoner. They're difficult to pass and extremely hindering. Plus, why should what you do at home have a say in what job you have? People that don't smoke could be even more dangerous than those that do! No one can really ever truly know another person and while I may be watching too much Dexter, it's possible for anyone to be something they're not. But just because a person likes to smoke a bowl before bed, they don't deserve employment? Avoiding a drug test is a number one goal for most stoners looking for work, which is the reason that a lot of stoners populate the service industry, bartenders, waiters, waitresses, etc.
 
On the other hand, there are places that will fire employees if they are suspected or found out to be using drugs outside of the workplace. This scenario is even more ridiculous than trying to pass a drug test. Seeing as how the employee has already been working and has proved themselves (providing that they are already a good employee), it is completely unfair that someone will lose their source of income because of weed. There have been numerous college and high school students that have been barred from proms, school fairs, and graduations because of silly marijuana charges, in addition to losing their jobs. Not only is that on their record but they have to say on new applications that they were fired because of it. Double whammy.
 
Someone who smokes shouldn't lose everything because of what they do at home. There are alcoholics and pill heads that have jobs yet they are never at risk as long as they can pull it together for a few hours of work. People who use marijuana sometimes use it to better their function. If firing people that use marijuana is allowed, then people who drink and take prescription pills should be tested for too. If that's the case, no one will be able to work. Doesn't seem right does it?

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