Harvest Problems; Irritants
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, March, 7th 2014 by THCFinder
During the marijuana harvest, there's a lot of work that needs to get done. Trimming is the worst part of the process is that it takes so long and is incredibly uncomfortable. People tend to sometimes hurry in this part of the growth process or sometimes, just work too hard and get too tired. Whatever the case may be, it is a common mistake among growers to be trimming their buds and mistakenly rub their eyes. This is a huge no-no when it comes to trimming, as I found from the many reports scattered across the internet.
If you are trimming, it's possible that the plants will give the trimmer an allergic reaction. Since cannabis is a flower, it is definitely possible to be allergic to it. This can cause people to break out in a rash similar to hay fever and also cause a runny nose and itchy eyes. Unfortunately, this leads to the next no-no that you should avoid when trimming and that's wiping your eyes with your gloves on. While it may seem like common sense, sometimes a person can forget that they're doing and accidentally rub their face with their trim-covered hands. This leads to extreme discomfort in the eyes, even causing a temporary blindness according to some reports. Since your eye is so sensitive, the massive amount of pollen/trichomes/other irritants is directly absorbed and creates incredible pain.
When harvesting bud, it's important to always wear gloves. Sometimes, the trim residue doesn't wash off when the project is done and you can still suffer these effects, even though you've washed your hands. Wearing gloves will ensure that you don't have to wash your hands so many times after. Also, it is important to change the gloves often, as there does stand a chance that you can get residue on your fingers even through the protective layer. Changing gloves often makes sure that you don't get any residue on your fingers.
How To Grow Marijuana Without Getting Caught
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, March, 7th 2014 by THCFinder
What are the risks of growing marijuana
Growing marijuana comes with a few of attendant risks. There is always the threat from law enforcement (depending on your location), but thieves also present a problem, especially for outdoor growers. For the most part, getting caught with a small number of plants won’t land you in too much trouble. For instance, I was forced to do 240 hours of community service after law enforcement found 900 plants in an enormous hangar in Amsterdam. If you only have 10 or so, then you may just get off with a warning or fine (although your plants will be confiscated).
If you don’t want to get caught, try these things:
1. Do NOT talk to anyone about it
More often than not, people get caught simply because they like to talk about growing marijuana. Keeping your mouth shut isn’t easy, especially when you’re so enthusiastic about and proud of your progress. If you tell one person, then you’ve practically told all their friends, too. Before too long, everyone knows you’re growing weed.
If that’s the case, then someone who doesn’t like you might hear the news. It’s very easy for someone to call the police and snitch on you. Even your good friends can become your enemies and give you away to the cops. It’s better to just not trust anyone and keep your weed growing hobby to yourself.
2. Keep the smell contained
The odor of marijuana is very specific and every strain is pretty pungent. Many people are “outed” because of the smell, but it doesn’t have to be a problem. For indoor growers, it’s important to grow in a sealed space. Don’t let the breeze carry the marijuana odor throughout your entire apartment block.
If you’re growing a lot of plants using HPS bulbs, it’s important to use an exhaust fan that has a carbon filter. The fan will essentially filter out all the weed scents and only allow clean, filtered air to get outside the room. The exhaust fan is also perfect for removing hot air in a grow room so that the temperatures won’t get out of hand.
Outdoor growers have to worry about the weather and the directions of the wind, but it’s not difficult to plan for that. You can even make a greenhouse or grow your plants under a shed. For those growing in forests or cornfields, keep your plants away from hiking trails, recreation areas, or places that are frequented by humans. As soon as the flowering stage hits, the plants will start to smell. The first few months should be odorless, though. Download my free marijuana grow bible to learn more about smell control at this link.
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
Photosynthesis In Marijuana Plants
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, March, 6th 2014 by THCFinder
One of the most important aspects of plant growth is photosynthesis. It’s something that all plants do and it effectively involves taking the available light and transforming it into energy. That’s really the basic definition of photosynthesis, but it goes a lot further than that. The plants receive light through various pigments on their exterior. Chlorophyll is the most abundant pigment in cannabis and most other green plants and so it is largely responsible for bringing in light energy.
In that way, cannabis leaves almost work like solar panels by extending the area that the plant can take in light. More leaves essentially represent more power producers because you have more energy entering into the plant. When the energy is taken into the plant, it is stored in chemical compounds like adenosine-triphosphate (ATP) and nicotinamide-adenine-dinucleotide-phosphate (NADPH2). These are compounds that are built to transfer energy throughout the plant. ATP is integral in the creation of carbohydrates and NADPH2 is integral in the synthesis of carbohydrates.
Of course, the plants need to work with something in order to create these carbohydrates. The name alone lets you know that carbohydrates have some mixture of carbon and hydrogen. In marijuana plants, they get those both of those elements from carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O). Obviously, CO2 is found in the atmosphere and water is generally provided by the grower (or other means in a natural environment). Download my marijuana grow bible and learn more about CO2 levels.
Plants can absorb CO2 from the atmosphere or from the soil. Water is, of course, absorbed through the roots and transferred into the plant itself. So, the light energy (in the form of ATP and NADPH2) comes together with CO2 and H2O to create carbohydrates (CH2O). As a result of this transaction, there is a spare O2 molecule that gets released into the air. Marijuana absorbs and utilizes all of the items required for photosynthesis and then releases oxygen into the atmosphere.
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
Marijuana Withdrawal Vs Alcohol Withdrawal
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, March, 6th 2014 by THCFinder
People ike to argue that cannabis is addictive and should be kept illegal because it's so bad for people. Sometimes, these same people are going out on weekends and get black out drunk, leaving a trail of destruction and vomit in their wake. It's definitely not fair that cannabis users are looked down upon so much more then alcohol users, considering that there are a lot of stoners that don't drink at all. As said above, people like to say that cannabis is addictive but let's look at the differences between the withdrawal from alcohol and the withdrawal from cannabis.
According to a study that was done by Duke University where 496 adult cannabis users were asked to quit smoking, 95.5% experienced at least one symptom of withdrawal when cannabis was taken away from their normal routine. 43.1% of the smokers reported more then one symptom. It seemed, however, that symptoms were linked to usage and those who smoke more experience more symptoms when they no longer have access to cannabis. The following symptoms may be experienced when a person stops smoking;
- A craving for marijuana was mostly reported in the early days of no cannabis use. People just really wanted to smoke. In one study, 75.7% of smokers said that they had extreme cravings for the plant. Apparently, addiction is most commonly thought of as having an extreme craving, even though the physical withdrawal symptoms of cannabis are minimal.
- Irritability also follows a stoner who stops smoking. This is the second most commonly reported withdrawal symptom of cannabis. Feelings of anger and depression get even worse if the stoner is being forced to quit smoking, like for a job or probation. For most stoners, these symptoms seem to vanish within the first three days of removing marijuana from their routine but the study reported that these symptoms can last up to three months.
- Even though marijuana is supposed to be an upper, not a downer, there are a lot of people who use the plant to get a good night's rest. And when people stop smoking, sleep is greatly effected. Those who try to quit have an extremely hard time falling asleep and staying that way. The sleeping issue can persist for months after quitting and seems to be the most negative effect of absence of cannabis. It was also reported that smokers quitting tend to have extremely vivid dreams that sometimes become nightmares, seeing as marijuana has an effect on the REM cycle of sleep.
- Headaches are probably one of the only physical symptoms that effect those stoners trying to quit. And not everyone experiences this; it varies from stoner to stoner. For those that do get headaches, the symptoms usually vanish within a few weeks, although most stoners report that the headache goes away after about three days, similar to the quitting of cigarettes.
- There are other symptoms that were reported as well. These included night sweats, loss of the sense of humor, decreased sex drive, weight gain, digestion problems, or shaking/dizziness. But more often then not, the mental part of stopping marijuana is more difficult then the physical.
While cannabis withdrawal results in slight discomfort and maybe a headache, alcohol withdrawal can be life threatening. The effects of this process can last months or years after the person decides to quit drinking. According to Web MD's take on the topic, these symptoms can begin as little as two hours after the person ingests their last drink. If you believe that someone is in the arms of alochol withdrawal, it's extremely important that you take them to the hospital right away, as this situation escalates quickly and there is no at home remedy. The following at the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal;
- Seizures and delirium tremens (DTs) are an effect of the absence of alcohol. These fits of rage are extremely dangerous not just to the person suffering but to those around the person as well. A DT can kill a person and the rate of death from these attacks is small but present, somewhere between 1% and 5%. DTs are characterized by a rapid heartbeat, fever, and confusion.
- Regular alcohol consumption suppresses the activity of a bodily substance called glutamate, with is a neurotransmitter that produces feelings of excitement. In order for the body to maintain some sort of balance in it's chemical structure, the production of glutamate is increased immensely, throwing off the balance when alcohol is no longer in the system.
- The neurotransmitter that produces the feelings of calmness and relaxation (known as GABA) is also greatly effected by alcohol. The drink enhances these positive feelings at first but with chronic use can lead to suppressed GABA activity so that more alcohol is needed to get the desired effect (also known as tolerance).
- Other symptoms include sweating, shaky hands, nausea, headaches, anxiety, and insomnia. There is also the possibility of visual, auditory, and tactile hallucinations, lasting up to 48 hours after the last drink is had.
So after seeing the difference between these two substances and the withdrawal symptoms associated with it, it's easy to see that marijuana is far less life stopping when it's taken away from a user. A person can smoke all day, every day, and still be able to quit with a minor annoyance. Those who are drinking constantly can suffer greatly when alcohol is removed from their daily motions. The next time that someone even hints at the idea of cannabis being addictive, you can kindly remind them of the terrible effects of the legal liquid courage known as alochol.
Hippies Vs Hustlers
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, March, 5th 2014 by THCFinder
There are many different kinds of stoner out there. From the lazy stoner to the successful, everyone is beginning to smoke pot. It's more rare to find someone who doesn't smoke these days. Although it seems that lately, according to the social media world, there are two main categories that are springing up. On one side, there are stoners who are more earthy, more environmental and on the other, are the stoners that "hustle" and are focused on money making rather then anything else.
The hippie of today is not the usual tie-dye wearing, flowering throwing pothead of the 60s and 70s. While these people may not appear to be hippies on the outside (I only own one thing that's tie-dye and it's black, grey, and white tie-dye...), on the inside, they're very in tune with themselves and the environments around them. Usually, these stoners are the ones who do the juicing (which everyone should be doing because of the amazing health benefits), yoga, and use crystals to help calm themselves in addition to weed. Hippies today may not seem like their long lost ancestors but their goal is the same; to just chill!
While the hippies are hanging out doing yoga and taking bong rips, the motivated is off getting shit done! These people are goal orientated and ready to take on the days challenges but only after smoking a great deal of bud. Usually, the hustler stoners like to show off a bit much, making them slightly ostentatious but their intentions are good. They just want to make money and be a success. Can't argue with that! Hustler stoners are sure to provide a fun time if you hang out with them as well, seeing as how their bombastic personalities seem to attract positive attention. The hustlers also tend to have extremely good taste in bud, making sure that their strains are as great as their paychecks!
There will always be subcategories in the stoner community and they will always be compared. Whether you're a hippie or a hustler, it's all about the fact that we're smoking. Patients, recreational users, or those who just support but don't smoke can agree that the cannabis community (for the most part) is a great movement to be a part of. Full of positive people working towards an even more positive goal of having cannabis accepted everywhere, the marijuana industry will only grow from this point on, regardless of these cliques we always seem to fall in to!
The Employment Problem
Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, March, 4th 2014 by THCFinder
As cannabis acceptance spreads, more issues are beginning to present themselves. One that has been apparent for a while but is just now being fully acknowledged is the employers and their pain in the ass drug testing. Stoners everywhere know the difficulty of trying to pass a pre-employment drug test and there are other jobs that randomly screen employees throughout their career to make sure that no drugs are being ingested. But since Colorado allows legal pot, does that change anything for tourists?
Unfortunately, no. The laws aren't exactly moving quickly and if you fly to CO to get stoned and you have a job that tests for cannabis, it's a smart idea to refrain from smoking the reefer. Even though the laws in Colorado let you smoke, you might run in to a surprise test when you get home. Since marijuana can stay in a person's system for as long as three months, people can suffer the consequences long after they smoked and even though they are able to do their job.
Since cannabis is now legal in Washington, Colorado, and Portland, Maine, pot tourists are traveling from all over the states to sample a bit of the legal cannabis trade. There should be no reason that someone's weekend trip should cost them their job when they return home, even weeks after they've come back. If employers want to keep their businesses afloat, it would be a good idea for them to completely remove THC from the list of drugs that would prevent a person from getting or keeping their job.
Employers will eventually adapt their policies to accept marijuana use. If approval of the plant continues to spread and legalization, there will be a lot of people that will be smoking and I believe that there will be no choice but to allow employees to consume THC. As of right now, even medical patients from California can be fired for failing a drug test so hopefully, these policies are revised soon. It's not fair for a tourist to lose their jobs just because they wanted to have a good time. Do jobs fire people for alcohol consumption on the weekends? No.
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