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Cannabis Receptors; An Evolutionary Mistake?

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, October, 29th 2013 by THCFinder
cannabis-receptors-evolutionSmoking marijuana has been an accepted practice by many different cultures for thousands of years. Of course, some people try to keep cannabis from reaching the public. Cannabis is considered an eye opening substance, much like mushrooms. It broadens the acceptance of ideas in a person's head and allows people to accept other possibilities other than what they're told. While this seems like an incredibly amazing thing, there are those that don't want citizens to be able to think freely.
 
Getting stoned goes far beyond the fact that "it feels good". We get high because we're built to get stoned... Literally. Our bodies, as well as the bodies of every other animal with the exception of bugs, has a cannabinoid system built in. The brain automatically bonds with THC and produces it's own endocannabinoids. If you believe in evolution, then this system had to have appeared for a reason, right? We must have utilized cannabis much more at some point in our history, as the system is still present in every human that is born.
 
Oddly enough, the cannabinoid receptor in life forms seems to have developed long before pot was even around on the planet. 550 million years before, in fact. If the cannabinoid system and receptors in the brain were an evolutionary mistake, then there must be a reason as to why the system is still around. Evolution produces traits that make living easier. Life on this planet must need cannabinoids to make functioning better.
 
600 million years ago, when the cannabis system first appeared, the following 75 million years had a surge of evolution for life on the planet. Oddly, these events seem to coincide. It is suspected that the appearance of cannabinoid receptors and the accelerated rate of change in life are related. Evolution's sole purpose is to improve life by changing things. If the receptors improved life on earth that drastically, there is a very solid reason why we should be using the plant on a daily basis. It improves life and everyone knows that life is extremely difficult these days. If it's possible to improve the quality of life just by ingesting a plant to make our own endocannabinoids stronger and better equipped to help make us happy.
 
So if the cannabinoid receptors were an evolutionary mistake, then it was an extremely good mistake. The fact that our bodies can process CBD and THC so well that it can kill cancer cells and completely eradicate depression and anxiety, among so many other benefits, is incredible. People are afraid to accept that our bodies are ready to process cannabis in an extremely positive way.

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How To Clean A Vaporizer

Category: Culture | Posted on Sun, October, 27th 2013 by THCFinder
how-to-clean-a-vaporizer-articleSmoking a vaporizer is a great way to get stoned. The high is completely different than smoking a bong or a bowl. Marijuana that has been through a vape can also be used in food, although you need a lot more of it as compared to unvaporized weed. There are so many different kinds of vaporizers that are sold these days. All of them are unique but most of them are pretty expensive. While it's nice to have an expensive piece of equipment like a vape around, it's something that needs to be cared for.
 
Cleaning a vape can be a difficult process, especially if you're unsure of what you're doing. Not only that but every vape is different and therefore, every vape has to be cleaned differently. The following steps are a general idea of how to clean most vaporizers and can be adapted in order to clean your personal equipment.
 
What You'll Need;
A Small Toothbrush
70-90% ISO Rubbing Alcohol
Gloves (There is still resin in a vape and it doesn't leave skin easily)
Paper Towels
Hot Water
New Screen
Q-Tips
 
Put on your gloves and clear the vaporizer of any leftover bud that's left from your last baking session. Using the toothbrush, remove the fine dust that's produced when weed is vaped. Make sure that you thoroughly clean all parts of the vape that you can reach with the toothbrush. Also, if you're cleaning a handheld vape, be sure to remove the batteries before you begin cleaning and be very careful when using any sort of liquid in the chambers.
 
Every vape has a screen. Find where yours is located. Since these screens are interchangeable, you can remove this piece. Take it out now but be careful. Depending on how long it's been since your vape was cleaned, this piece may be extremely difficult to remove. You may need to use pliers but BE CAREFUL! Squeezing these pieces too hard can result in cracks. Be gentle but firm. Remove the dirty screen.
 
Take some rubbing alcohol and dip the Q-Tips in. Using the small cotton swabs, scrub every part of the vape carefully. Each piece of this device gets resin on it so be sure that you pay attention to where the buildups are. The alcohol should remove the resin fairly easily. Occasionally, it may seem like no amount of scrubbing will take this stuff off. If this happens, just lightly brush over the spot with the rubbing alcohol and let it sit for a bit. Don't soak any plastic pieces in rubbing alcohol? Only use this Q-Tip method, as sometimes the alcohol can sink in to the plastic and effect your smoking.
 
After scrubbing the resin from all parts of your vape, make sure to run them under hot water to clear off the remaining rubbing alcohol. If you want, you can fill a small bowl with hot water and Q-Tip the pieces again with that rather than alcohol. Now, set your pieces out to dry on the paper towels. After the vape has dried, reassemble it and you're ready to smoke! Be careful cleaning vapes that have the chambers on the same part as where the batteries are, if you're familiar with that kind of vape. This set of instructions should be done very carefully. A vaporizer is an expensive investment and it's no good if it happens to get flooded with alcohol or water. Just be careful!

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Cannabis Said To Have Caused Young Man's Death in Essex

Category: Culture | Posted on Sun, October, 27th 2013 by THCFinder
cannabis-caused-mans-deathYes you did read the title right. A young man reportedly took his own life due to the effects of cannabis in the younger years of his life. Matthew Leahy, a bright 20 year old, committed suicide while admitted to the mental health unit at the Linden Centre in Chelmsford, Essex. This situation is unfortunate but the substance being blamed for the young man's death is questionable... Cannabis is being the main suspect.
 
Most people know the first time that they smoke whether or not they are fond of the cannabis plant. It is not something for everyone and some people do have a negative reaction, such as an allergy. However, the symptoms of this gentleman's decline are questionable if anything. Marijuana is a psychoactive substance but after searching through many pages of Google, one is unable to find any sort of reports of severe hallucinations while stoned if there are no other substances involved. Of course, mixing substances is sure to have different effects on different people and mixing drugs is NOT recommended.
 
Matt Leahy reportedly began to decline when he was around age 14. His teachers said that he wasn't paying attention in school and he was growing apart from his parents, who had divorced when Leahy was younger. Since the young man's clothes smelled occasionally of marijuana, the plant became the suspect in the decline of a once honor student. However, it is necessary to recognize that most 14-year-olds begin to discover who they are at this time. It is a very difficult age for anyone, in any geographical location. Puberty mixed with the incredible stress of high school is enough to crack any person who may have unstable feelings about past issues. The boy's mother, Melanie, confronted her son about his cannabis use but he denied it.
 
The fact that parents should educated their children on cannabis early on cannot be stressed enough. Adults can utilize cannabis to assist them with everyday life. It is extremely different in children and can be a serious problem if the plant is introduced in to the system too early in the developmental stage. Parents absolutely need to take the step to make their kids sit down and they need to educate them. Not with scare tactics and not in a confrontational way. Talking about cannabis should be a positive experience for both parent and  child. If the child is educated and knows the risks and benefits of the plant, perhaps their decisions will steer them away from the plant until they're older. It's not up to schools, churches, or extracurricular activities to educate children about cannabis.
 
As Matt got older, the odd symptoms that he seemed to be experiencing got worse. He reportedly claimed that he felt that there were bugs crawling all over his body and that threadworms had infested his body and were falling out of his mouth and ears. Google did not provide any other cases such as this one in relation to cannabis. The drug that seems to be most associated with crawling bugs, mood swings, and rage is methamphetamine. "Meth bugs" is a common term for addicts who pick constantly at their skin, as they believe that they are covered in crawling insects. To my knowledge, there are no other reports of cannabis causing an effect such as this without other substances involved. However, there is a serious medical condition that is known as Morgellon's Disease that afflicts a part of the human population. This very mysterious illness causes a person to imagine that there are bugs all over their body, crawling under and over their skin. In this situation, the person will the illness will become agitated when confronted about having any sort of illness. If Matt was a sufferer of this condition, the fact that he was constantly being berated by doctors and his parents would have escalated his suddenly violent nature.
 
When the young man was admitted and released from the Linden Centere the first time, his mother said that he was completely different. Being admitted to a mental unit in a hospital almost assures that the person will be pumped full of anti-psychotics, anti-depressants, and anxiety medicines in order to combat the effects of the episode. Melanie said that he came out of the center as a hollow eyed, shuffling zombie. Unfortunately for this center, there have been other young person suicides in the establishment. This leads one to wonder about the treatments that are being administered within the hospital walls.
 
When Matt was readmitted to the center after an explosive fight with his parents, he was under close scrutiny. However, the young man managed to hang himself in his room while under the watch of the doctors. A terrified phone call was received by Matt's father five days before he committed suicide, saying that he was drugged and severely depressed. His parents had been told not to visit for the first few days in an effort to get the young man settled. They were worried but assured by the staff that Matt was taking an art class to combat the negative feelings. Small, needle sized puncture wounds were also discovered in a post-mortem study of Matthew's body, something unbeknownst to his parents who say that their son was terrified of needles.
 
This story is absolutely tragic and positive vibes go to the family of this young man. Whether or not cannabis played a final role in Matthew's decision to take his own life, there is definitely more to this situation. Hopefully, an in depth review of the situation will reveal that cannabis was not the cause of this man's sickness. Considering the plant is used as a medicine (and has been used as one for thousands of years), it is hard to believe that the plant alone could cause such a drastic change in a normally happy, uplifting person. Even though the knowledge of cannabis being medical, please refrain from mixing it with other substances or smoking past the point of your tolerance. While an overdose is impossible, the effects of being "too high" can be unpleasant and embarrassing.

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Stoner Guide; Cannabis And Beauty

Category: Culture | Posted on Sat, October, 26th 2013 by THCFinder

Makeup and skincare make up a huge part of the female life (possibly for some males as well). Taking care of your skin is just as important as taking care of your insides.

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Some products on the market today aren’t good for you face at all and can end up damaging your skin over a long period of time. Some of these products are animal tested, which obviously is terrible thing in itself, let alone the fact that there have been products released to the general public containing carcinogens. While looking nice is a positive thing and can help with self-image, giving yourself cancer by putting foundation on isn’t okay.

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By now, people have begun to realize that cannabis has numerous other uses other than getting people stoned. There are articles on cannabis relating to industrial purposes and internal health but very few on the connection of cannabis and beauty products. However, this information is definitely worth finding. Topical cannabis is used to treat inflammation, as well as redness and dry skin. By putting creams containing cannabis on the skin, one could reduce the amount of acne, flakey skin, and redness on the face or other parts of the body that suffer from the same issues (elbows, knuckles, feet, etc).

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These cannabis creams aren’t going to get you stoned so there’s no need to worry, you can use them whenever. Unfortunately, the creams are illegal in any state that marijuana is illegal… Only because it contains cannabis. Basically, you can get arrested by just possessing these products, even though they have no mind altering effect on those that use them. Since these creams are all natural and don’t contain carcinogens like the stuff you see on the shelves at Rite Aid and CVS, they’re far healthier for the human body and need to be researched to the point where the consumer can buy foundation, eye shadow, mascara, and powder made with cannabis that has zero health risks when used.

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By using more natural things on our skin, we lower the risk of our bodies absorbing the toxic ingredients in some products. It’s ridiculous that possessing cannabis skin cream is still a punishable offense, especially since the ointments will not get you anywhere near stoned. These creams could possibly slow down the aging process of skin and allow the skin to be more elastic for longer, reducing amounts of wrinkles. Hopefully, the research to discover benefits like that can be done soon. The consumers deserve products that will better their lives and the lives of those around them.

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What's Wrong With $1.00 A Gram

Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, October, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
selling-for-1-dollar-a-gramUruguay is on the path to being the first country to legalize cannabis fully and regulate as most believe it should be. The country is implementing it's new plan and is expected to be fully functional halfway through 2014. The best part of the part of the Uruguay marijuana plan? The pot will be sold for $1.00 a gram! Even at that low price, the street cost of a gram from a street dealer in Uruguay is $1.40. But cheaper is cheaper right! $.40 adds up after a while. So what could possibly be bad about this plan?
 
Of course there's the argument that when lowering the price of pot, there will be an explosive increase in those who use it. However, what happened when alcohol came off prohibition? Not every person alive ran out and started getting hammered. There's no reason to believe that marijuana use would increase. If anything, it may decrease due to the fact that a lot of recreational users smoke because - let's face it - the forbidden is always more appealing because you're not supposed to do it. Also, the usage of marijuana by minors is easily prevented by parents taking a stand and actually talking to their kids about the plant, rather than trusting what's taught in school health classes (We all went through D.A.R.E. We're still smoking).
 
The quality of the marijuana being produced is also in question. If the pot only costs $1.00, is it going to be filled with stems and seeds? There is no guaranteed quality when weed costs this little. In the US, there is marijuana that is sold for ridiculously low prices, around $3.00 a gram. Bud like this is basically trash and what they were smoking back in the 70s. Seed filled and mostly stem, you definitely get what you pay for when it comes to bud. Paying $1.00 a gram for bud that doesn't get you high, doesn't look good, and doesn't taste good isn't even really worth it. Especially if you spend more time picking the seeds out rather than smoking it.
 
If keeping the prices low will help people get quality medicine, then I'm all for it. However, if the price will reflect the quality of the bud, patients might have no choice other than to stick to black market dealers. If the low price bud is poor quality, people are going to continue to use street dealers to get quality medicine. People will pay for quality when the only other alternative is schwag.

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Five Reasons Why More Women Don't Smoke Weed

Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, October, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
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1.) Judgement
 
Women often feel that if they smoke weed or open up about weed they will be judged or not as highly regarded. Generally speaking, when men smoke weed or open up about it people usually remain indifferent. There is a double standard at work that devalues women’s experience with weed that men are often free from. Women need to own their experiences and not give a rat’s ass about what other people think.
 
2.) Family
 
Because women were blessed/cursed with the ability to make babies, the conversation around marijuana gets complicated. Childless women can experience shame or guilt when opening up about marijuana, but the backlash mothers endure is often much worse. I blame essentialism and the oppressive consequences it can have on mothers who use marijuana due to gender roles. People don’t bat an eye if mommy needs a glass of wine after a long day, but it hits the fan if they smoke weed. There have been countless stories about families being ripped apart by the Child and Family Services Agency because of marijuana, and it is heart wrenching to watch happen.
 
3.) Lonely stoner-chick problems
 
As a female habitual smoker of weed, I had a hard time ï¬�nding other women who also smoked. Most of the time I would smoke with my male friends and male dealers and the only women I came into contact with were their wives or girlfriends. I did not know of any female dealers and hardly any of my female friends smoked, so I always felt like the lonely stoner chick. As a woman I felt isolated because hardly any woman I knew smoked, and who likes smoking alone all the time (unless I’m chilling with dudes). It wasn’t until I got picked up and started working at medical marijuana dispensary (Brightside) when I ï¬�nally started meeting other women who smoked. Basically, it sucks feeling like you have no other women to connect to within the cannabis industry except 420 nurses who function under the male gaze. Which brings me to my next point.
 
4.) For-pro�t sexual objecti�cation of women
 
Walking into a dispensary and seeing a young twenty-something women in a 420 nurse outï¬�t isn’t my idea of a great ï¬�rst impression. No slut-shaming intended because I think women should be able to dress however they want, but the overt sexual objectiï¬�cation of women in the cannabis industry is a big turn-off to a lot of women. When dispensaries shamelessly use women’s bodies to attract business, what kind of message is that sending to potential female smokers and female smokers in general? It’s sad that there are so many great female activists in the marijuana movement that women can relate to, but all we are shown are sexualized women. It makes it seem as if the cannabis industry doesn’t take women and the role we play in society seriously, which doesn’t turn women on to smoking or wanting to open up about it.
 
5.) It’s Illegal
 
I probably could have summed up the entire post with this, but where’s the fun in that? If marijuana was legal in the ï¬�rst place, none of this black market garbage would continue to persist. Women wouldn’t feel sketched out about getting in trouble, losing their kids, or losing their freedoms. This isn’t to say that all of our problems will be solved with legalization, but it’s a helluva start. The cannabis industry needs to reevaluate it’s relationship with women and understand the pivotal role women play in the legalization of marijuana.
 

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