How To Control Bacteria And Fungus On Your Marijuana Plants

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, November, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
fungus-bacteria-on-mj-plantsAmpelomyces Quisqualis
These are naturally occurring hyperparasites of powdery mildew. They form colonies on the infection, reducing growth and may eventually kill powdery mildew on cannabis leaves. Rain perpetuates the life cycle of this beneficial fungus. A formulated powder is available under the brand name AQ-10.
Bacillus Pumilus
Bacillus Pumilus is a spore-bearing bacterium found in soil. It is resistant to environmental stresses, include UV light. The growth of Bacillus Pumilus on plant roots prevents Fusarium spores from germinating. A commercial product is available by the name of Sonata. Application boosts the cannabis plants’ immune system, inhibiting fungal germination and growth.
Bacillus Subtilis
Bacillus Subtilis is a naturally occurring anti-fungal bacterium found in soils. It has proven to fight blight, gray mold and several strains of mildew, yet has no adverse affects on the environment or humans. For this reason, it has been approved as a fungicide and bactericide for use in organic farming. Bacillus Subtilis compounds prevents pathogens from colonizing crops. This biological fungicide can be procured online under several brand names. Two strains are available; one for foliage applications (QST 713) and one to be used as a soil amendment at the time of planting (GB03 or MBI600).
Barley Straw Rafts and Pellets
Barley straw rafts are used in hydroponic cannabis systems to inhibit the growth of algae. Barley straw does not kill existing algae but does prevent the growth of new algae cells. While barley straw has not been approved by the EPA for use in public waters, it is available for purchase by homeowners for hydroponics and private ponds.
The use of copper as a fungicide has been practiced for centuries. The most popular use today is in the form of Bordeaux Mixture, which combines copper sulfate with lime. The purpose of adding lime to copper sulfate is to reduce the damaging effect copper sulfate can have on marijuana plants. It is an added benefit that Bordeaux Mixture is also effective in controlling bacteria. As such, it is a good combatant for plant diseases caused by fungi and bacteria such as powdery mildew, downy mildew, leaf spots and fire blight. Bordeaux Mixture is a good option for controlling these diseases on outdoor grown marijuana plants, as it withstands rains, enabling its effect to remain on the foliage. However, it should only be applied before the flowering stage. Use a diluted solution on young plants to prevent burning of the tender leaves. Also avoid applying in temperatures over eighty five degrees to avoid the leaves yellowing and dropping off the plants. Follow label directions before using.
Gliocladium – Beneficial Fungus
Gliocladium is a species of parasitic fungus living in the soil. It produces volatile organic compounds which are toxic to other fungi and bacteria. Gliocladium protects Mary Jane from gray mold by suppressing spore production. It is best applied as a soil drench and is available under several brand names.
Hydrogen Peroxide
This common product found in drug stores and supermarkets, at 3% concentration, is a natural treatment for algae, gray mold, Pythium and powdery mildew. Using hydrogen peroxide on your marijuana plants will not bring them harm. Peroxide helps aerate the soil by adding oxygen and is both anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. Cannabis plants can be fed a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water as a fertilizer and disease deterrent, resulting in healthy plants. It can be misted on the leaves and/or applied directly to the soil. An easy way to apply is to fill a clean fertilizer spray bottle that attaches to a garden hose and feed as you would, say Miracle Gro. The bottle will have gallon markings on it. Fill the bottle with peroxide. When you turn on the hose, it will automatically dilute. If feeding sick plants, add one cup 3% hydrogen peroxide per gallon of water. Pour into a spray bottle and spritz the leaves, making sure to cover completely. For general feeding, add one half cup to a gallon of water.
Hydrogen peroxide can also be added to the water in hydroponic environments. It can be used to sprout seeds by adding it to the water they soak in before planting; they will sprout quicker and grow stronger. Follow the general application recipe for the peroxide to water ratio if using to soak seeds.
Just as milk is essential to a healthy human diet by building the immune system and providing good bacteria to ward off infection, it works in much the same way for plants, including marijuana. Milk is a natural germicide and may boost plants’ immune systems in much the same way it does humans. It is a formidable treatment for powdery mildew. Applying weekly sprays of one part milk to nine parts water significantly reduces the presence of powdery mildew and will prevent it from forming if the plants are not currently affected. When rinsing empty milk bottles prior to putting in the recycle bin, pour the diluted milk around your plants rather than pour it down the drain. Your plants will love it!
Milk also acts as a disinfectant. Dip your gardening tools in milk, rather than bleach, when sterilizing between uses.


Waking Life

Category: Culture | Posted on Sat, November, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
waking-life-smoking-weedMarijuana smokers always want to be stoned. There's an extreme difference between the world sober and the world stoned. A lot of people who use marijuana for anxiety claim that they have this feeling. When sober, the world is full of things that stress stoners out. From family and friends to work and school, we live in a harsh world. With all of the laws in place today, marijuana allows us stoners avoid "waking life" as it's called.
It's not recommended that you use marijuana as an escape from reality because that's not exactly what it is. Smoking the plant gives the user the ability to function normally during day to day activity. Whether the person experiences pain or a mental disorder like depression or anxiety, cannabis creates the feeling that there is no pain, sadness, or stressors. While there are some things in the world that people have an extremely hard time dealing with, it is possible to utilize cannabis so that you can go about your day without worry.
Some people really struggle to make it through the day without their medicine. It's hard to even get out of bed for particular patients. When your waking life is full of aches, why would you want to get up in the morning? By smoking a single bowl of cannabis, the day doesn't seem as tedious. There are thousands of people in the United States alone that suffer from illnesses that can be effected positively by THC and CBD, as well as the other substances in cannabis.
It's not an escape from reality. It's a way to forget about the issues that plague every day life. Smoking weed isn't like doing crack. Daily functions are still completely doable, if not more manageable. The illegality of marijuana prevents patients from going about their days because their waking life is full of pain and suffering. Marijuana doesn't let you escape but it enhances the good things and fades away the bad. Seeing as how the human body has a complete system for processing THC, how can we argue against the fact that perhaps waking life is actually when using marijuana?


What Is A Fair Tax For Marijuana Sales?

Category: Culture | Posted on Sat, November, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
cannabis-taxSomething that has always worried me is that when marijuana legalization is implemented, it will be taxed so high that the transition won’t be as successful as it could be. One of the biggest arguments that we have made for so many years in support of marijuana legalization is that it would demolish the black market. However, that will only work if legal marijuana prices are better than the black market prices for the same thing. Most people aren’t going to drastically change their spending habits to pay a significantly higher price.
I think it’s going to be hard to find a marijuana tax rate that pleases everyone. If it’s too low it won’t generate the revenue that was promised to the government, which opponents will point to early and often. On the other hand, too high of a tax will push customers away from the legal market and into the black market. What do readers think is a fair rate? I personally think that proposals for a 30%+ tax on marijuana is way too high in Colorado and Washington. I would personally feel more comfortable at about 10%, which is still very high compared to other taxed products.


Cannabis & Working Out

Category: Culture | Posted on Sat, November, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
This is a subject that has two very different sides and very minimal information for either one. With more stoners becoming health conscious, the rate of gym rat smokers is climbing. Cannabis is a large part of a lot of healthy people's lives. Not just smoking, but juicing cannabis has been shown to have very positive effects on the body. But is THC hurting the user's workout routine or not?
As always, smoking anything can hurt the lungs. However, since there are so many ways to ingest cannabis, smoke never even has to enter an athlete's lungs. Some people that work out even say that sativa dominant strains assist them with working out and allow them to focus better on the task at hand, whether it be the rowing machine or lifting weights. From personal experience, I would say that marijuana helps me work out, for sure. It allows you to actually focus on your workout, to slow it down so you're actually enjoying it. Since cannabis relieves pain, it also prevents the muscles from hurting too badly.
On the other hand, there are scientific studies (rather than personal reports) that marijuana inhibits your workout. You don't push yourself as hard because marijuana makes your muscles lazier. In addition, cannabis increases cardiac frequency and has been shown to lower performance. It effects reaction times, steadiness, and psychomotor skills. While these studies may not be completely up to date, it is scientific data. It's difficult to determine who's right in this situation.
Some strains, such as sativa dominants, could possibly help out at the gym. There are patients who focus better while stoned and that could definitely benefit in a tough workout. On the other hand, actually smoking marijuana might hurt the capacity of the lungs and should be ingested another way. These days, that's not really an issue anymore. Edibles and vaporizers allow users to avoid smoking all together. More research needs to be done on the positive effects of marijuana and working out, as most information on the internet is mostly negative, aside from forum responses.


Profiling Cannabis Clothing

Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, November, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
profiling-cannabis-clothingCannabis lovers really enjoy showing off their green personalities with clothing and accessories, just like some people express their love for bands and music. There's absolutely nothing wrong with wearing cannabis clothing... To us. Others don't really see it that way. And by others, I mean those that give dirty looks to the individuals that choose to plaster their cannabis use on their clothes. These people obviously don't support the plant and definitely disapprove of us doing so.
If you wear cannabis related clothing, you've probably experienced someone giving you trouble for wearing something so blatantly illegal. Sometimes, it's just a dirty look and other times, the brave ones will make comments. Either way, whatever they do, it's not okay. Giving someone trouble because they wear what they wear is unacceptable. Most cannabis related shirts are pretty unoffensive, containing simple designs that are totally unoffensive. No one gives dirty looks to people who wear their favorite band shirt or a shirt with a clothing company logo on it. Does a screen print of a leaf or a sassy cannabis related saying really merit such harsh treatment?
There are some marijuana shirts that are pretty rough cut, even including curse words. Most, however, are pretty simple. A stoner should be able to wear what they want to, in order to show their support for a movement. The negative reaction to the choice of clothing just proves how ignorant people still are and that they still carry much resentment for the cannabis leaf. It's mostly a result of the lack of knowledge. A person that gives a dirty look to a fellow human based on the article of clothing portraying a piece of nature? Not only that but there are far more offensive shirts that are sold in malls. But yet it still seems to be cannabis related clothing gets the most negative feedback from others.
When people see marijuana clothing, they automatically stereotype the wearer. Lazy, stupid, criminal, etc. That's what they think. Of course, most of the time that's not true. But seeing as how their lack of knowledge on the subject is so great, they really just don't know any better. If they've spent their entire lives getting brainwashed to think that cannabis is wrong, then of course they're going to give us dirty looks. Unfortunately,, the best option in these cases is to just ignore them. Their ugly, scrunched up faces are nothing compared to the knowledge that cannabis lovers possess... We support a plant that cures cancer, that helps people to function. Whether or not they do, is their decision.



Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, November, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
mj-breathalyzersWhen Colorado voters approved a constitutional amendment last year legalizing the recreational use of small amounts of marijuana, they were likely unaware of just how far-reaching and significant this decision was. Not only did the vote make Colorado one of only two states in the U.S. in which the possession and use of small amounts of marijuana is legal, but it also required lawmakers to pass several additional laws accounting for this decriminalization - such as the laws related to driving under the influence.
For instance, Colorado lawmakers were ultimately charged with the task of determining limits for marijuana use prior to driving - similar, conceptually, to the limits placed upon the consumption of alcohol before getting behind the wheel. And, while the limits established by the legislature have stirred much debate among Colorado marijuana users, a new marijuana "breathalyzer" test currently being developed may be able to quell some of the worries.
Colorado laws related to driving under the influence of Marijuana
Prior the decriminalization of marijuana in Colorado, there were no established presumed limits for what constituted "under the influence" of the drug in Colorado DUI cases. However, lawmakers recently passed legislation dictating that a Colorado driver will be presumed to be driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) if his or her blood contains "five nanograms or more" of THC - the active ingredient in marijuana - per milliliter of blood.
Obviously, the primary way of testing for THC in these circumstances is to test a driver's blood, which is where much of the controversy regarding the new DUID laws begins. For example, since THC is absorbed into the body's fatty tissue, it is possible that it can remain in a user's blood for a significant time after the effects of the marijuana have dissipated. Indeed, in one study involving 25 participants, six people still tested positive for active levels of THC a full week after stopping marijuana use.
Therefore, people who used marijuana regularly, such as those prescribed medical marijuana, may never actually be under the newly established five-nanogram limit - meaning that any time they operate a car they may be in violation of the law, even though they may not be actually impaired at the time.



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