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.
Marijuana May Reduce Brain Damage From Alcohol
Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, March, 4th 2014 by THCFinder
The battle between cannabis and alcohol is a harsh one. Most people acknowledge the fact that alcohol is probably the more dangerous of the two, with it's high risk of a fatal car crash if driving while drunk or the possibility of an overdose. Cannabis still to this day has zero deaths attributed to it. Alcohol also has the potential to seriously damage the human brain, causing problems with memory, cognitive functions, and speech. But due to a study released by the University of Kentucky and the University of Maryland, it is now apparent that cannabis may reduce the brain damaging effects of booze.
CBD is the substance that assists with this repairing of the brain. The study showed that the effect of the CBD on the alcoholic patients showed that CBD could definitely be considered a cure for this affliction after more research and trials. CBD is a strong antioxidants, along with the other substance that's found most commonly in cannabis, THC. These two antioxidants work together to repair the brain's neuro degeneration that's due to over ingestion of alcohol. The study went on to state that "it has been suggested that the neuro protective effects of CBD observed during binge alcohol induced neuro degeneration are due to it's high antioxidant qualities".
The study consisted of rat models being given both a skin patch and an injection of CBD. In the findings, it showed that both methods produced serious results, with the CBD rats showing "similar magnitudes of neuro protection", approximately 50% more. So either method of CBD ingestion has been shown to reduce the amount of alcohol brain damage and more studies will be conducted in order to progress to human trials. This is a huge breakthrough in the cannabis community, seeing as how there are no treatments available today that can reduce the effects of alcohol on the brain. CBD is a bright future for those who have managed to binge drink themselves to a point where they need help to fix the damage.
Indica Vs Sativa By Sight, Not Smoke
Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, March, 3rd 2014 by THCFinder
There's always a constant battle between indicas and sativas, most of the time just ending with a hybrid of the two. But the two plants differ in a lot of ways when they're growing, not just when they're being smoked. Seeing as how there are now jobs that are popping up where knowing whether a cannabis plant is indica or sativa, this is definitely something that you should familiarize yourself with now so that you can jump on awesome jobs that include you testing cannabis all day and writing reviews about it.
We'll start with the indica (since it's my personal favorite). The indica plant grows in a short, wide stature with a better genetic makeup for being grown indoors. The leaves of these plants are shorter and stouter as well, when compared to the leaves of the sativa plants. Indica strains tend to have a seriously strong, sweet odor with the flowers. This specific kind of cannabis is great for relieving body pain, reducing stress and anxiety, and helps to reduce seizures. These are the strains that give the smoker couchlock and prevent you from ever getting anything done.
Sativa plants tend to get much bigger then the indicas and are better suited for those who are able to grow outdoors. These plants can reach height of 25ft high, making them more like trees then weeds. Leaves of the sativa plants are long and stringy, just like the plant. Sativa dominant strains usually contain the earthy odor that people like, more along the lines of grass. The high is uplifting and allows the user to get shit done. It provides feeling of well being and is extremely uplifting, making sativa strains prime for artists and those who are dealing with depression.
The strains that you smoke are totally up to you. Everyone has a preference and it's good to mix the two different kinds of bud every once in a while to make sure that you're getting a good dose of all of the different kinds of cannabis. If you want to create a painting or write a song, smoke a little bit of sativa. Looking to pass out or just sit at home all day and be lazy? Grab an indica. Whatever you're smoking, enjoy it!
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, February, 28th 2014 by THCFinder
Rolling a blunt is a skill that takes time and practice to learn. These days, it seems that stoners have taken rolling to a whole different level. Besides the traditional cross joint, pretty much any shape can be rolled, including animals, household tools, and geometric shapes. One roll in particular seems to be quite popular among potheads lately is the woven blunt, an intricate, well put together roll that takes a lot of patience and skill to put together. I was able to get a little bit of background on these amazing creations, thanks to a friend (@tonygreenhand on Instagram, who along with @QJRFM have been spreading the word of the woven blunts).
For making these weaves, @tonygreenhand recommends using Notorious BIG wraps, Kingpin or Juicy Jay, as their flavors can all really compliment each other. Plus, you need the two different colors to create the desired pattern. He also suggested using a thin pressed tobacco sheet by a company called Golden Wraps. Since the blunt wraps are so thick, they smoke heavy and the addition of the tobacco sheet makes them a little more smooth when smoked. Making these blunts can be fun when combining the different flavors, as there are so many kinds of flavors out there.
The appeal of these blunts is that they smoke at a more even rate and because they are thicker, they burn slower. This provides a lasting blunt for you and your friends (or perhaps just you). Not only that but if you show up at a friends house with a beautifully crafted weave, your friends are going to be shocked. The blunts are time consuming to create but once you get the hang of cutting up the strips and piecing them together, you can manage to make one of these beauties in about 15 minutes. Depending on how large or small the strips are, you can create almost any design, including letters, numbers, and eight-bit style pictures. For more information about the woven blunts, you can check out the Instagrams that are mentioned above. Good luck with your blunt weaving!
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