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8 Myths about Marijuana

  1. Smoking weed equals you’re a stoner
    In a recent study nearly a 1/3 of cannabis consumers households had combined income of $75,000. Does that mean that these individuals are high most of the day? Probably not. They, like so many others, have found a way to be moderate in their use. Not to mention, while making a decent wage!Statistics state that out of 30-40 million reported users of marijuana 1/5 of them submitted that they use daily. Meaning that the majority use quite moderately. This also suggests that smokers of marijuana can look like business magnate Elon Musk or rapper French Montana or anything in between.
  2. A joint is worse than a cigarette
    The only reason that smoking one plant would be any worse than a similar plant would be if one was poisonous and the other wasn’t. However, neither tobacco or marijuana is poisonous but the other artificial ingredients in a cigarette can be. Smoking cigarettes has proven to cause significant lung damage. Coupled with the fact that lung cancer causes nearly 158,000 deaths a year. 85% of those are directly related to smoking.There currently is no strong evidence that smoking marijuana cause any of the damage that smoking cigarettes cause.  Although this may be true, the amount of smoking each respective smoker uses is a factor. Generally speaking an average tobacco user will smoke a half a pack to a pack a day compared to an average marijuana user who may consume 1 to 2 joints every other day.
  3. Marijuana makes you dumb
    Another one of the myths about marijuana is that it makes you dumb. Now most would probably make this link because of our association with intoxication from alcohol. We know that excessive alcohol consumption is toxic to the brain we might assume smoking marijuana would do the same. However, a study in New Zealand tracked individuals for 25 years, from ages 13 to 38. They did IQ tests on both ends. Of the 1000 people in the study only 38 showed any drop in IQ.  In addition there is some recent research showing that cannabinoids can actually help protect brain cells from Alzheimer’s disease. Perhaps smoking pot is a bit like enjoying a glass of wine. A little is suppose to be good for your health, while a lot isn’t.
  4. Marijuana is addictive
    So lets be clear, anything can be addictive. Some folks can’t go a day without working out and some would play video games till their eyes fall out. Comparatively, when it comes to marijuana individuals can become “dependent” on it as pain killer or muscle relaxer. But those numbers are extremely low in terms of that dependency becoming an addiction.Recently the National Institute on Drug Abuse reported only about 9% in a study showed any sort of dependency or addiction to marijuana after extensive use. So you’re probably more likely to be an addict to the latest intergalactic MMO video game versus a strain of indica.
  5. Munchies and Giggles
    Eating a ton of snack food after consuming some cannabis is a thing but not nearly as prevalent as movies would lead you to believe. There is part of the brain that is responsible for telling us to stop eating. It goes through some confusion after a joint. Consequently it may tell you to keep eating or it may give you the energy to clean your room and you forget all about food. Much of it depends on the strain.
  6. Too much weed can kill you
    No, it can’t. A high amount of marijuana can cause panic attacks or some extreme psychotic reactions but death isn’t one of them. Now, that can lead to someone injuring themselves or doing something that indirectly leads to their death like driving while impaired. So we always suggest responsible use! If you do smoke way too much or overeat an edible, you should be fine in time. However mixing marijuana with opioids can cause nausea and other serious side effects in some people.
  7. Marijuana will lead our nation to ruin – one of the other another myths about marijuana
    Well business insiders believe the opposite. A recent report suggested that the economy could get a bump of nearly $40 billion! Yes, that’s billion with a “b” by 2021 from the legalizing of marijuana. In California they expect to see the creation of almost 150,000 jobs by about that same time. So if it’s good for the economy maybe folks who believe it will hurt the country mean it will lead to more criminal activity. Well if it’s now legal, shouldn’t that lead to less arrest, less court cases, and less violent interactions with police?When weed became legal in Colorado in 2012 the state saw a 95% drop in marijuana arrests which was expected. Yet the drop in overall negative police interaction has resulted in more stable communities statewide. Why wouldn’t that be the same for the nation?
  8. marijuana mythsSmoking weed at 4:20 or on 4/20 is in referenced to Hitler’s birthday
    Sorry, no, it doesn’t. It has nothing to do with former dictator. Rumor has it that it’s about a group of Bay area teens who use to smoke weed at 4:20 pm behind the school. This became quite popular. Little did they know that this time reference would shape the culture of weed use.Grateful Dead guitarist Phil Lesh hired one of the 420 founders to assist with the band. They too began to celebrate the date and time. Also, former reporter for High Times, Steve Bloom. once received a flyer to a 420 party and submitted for print in the magazine. An issue in 1991 showcased the flyer and High Times continued to reference the number since. And honestly, why would anyone want to celebrate a genocidal maniac with a nice blaze of sativa?

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CBD – The Next Hot Food Ingredient

If you’ve watched Food Network for any length of time you’ve seen food challenges involving one singular item that the chefs have to include in all their dishes. It’s quite entertaining to see how many ways a chef can use a spice like turmeric or protein like pork belly. Often times certain episodes can be so popular that the hero ingredient from the challenge inspires new dishes, menus and sometimes entire restaurants. With marijuana now being legal in many states it’s starting to become the new hot item in many kitchens.  Most establishments that offer food or drink with marijuana do so via CBD. CBD (cannabidiol) is an alcohol compound from cannabis and provides health benefits minus the high that THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) delivers.

CBD in foodCBD and Restauranteers

Chef Andrea Drummer, owner and founder of Elevation VIP Coop describers her company this way: “A unique medicinal marijuana dispensary specializing in premium innovative cuisine that enhances the quality of life for patients in the Los Angeles area.” Drummer has been catering private events with THC and CBD-infused dishes since 2012. In regards to the number of chefs now using marijuana in dishes Drummer said, “there are a lot of really great chefs getting into it and getting involved which helps bring a sense of normalcy to what we’re doing.”  This seems to be a big part of the mission with the introduction of cannabis into the world of food; making it normal. In her interview with High Times Drummer continued, “My mission is to make cannabis cooking a broader conversation among a more diverse group of people and not just preaching to the choir.”

CBD and Other Restauranteers

Assisting with this mission is a restaurant in Los Angeles called Spring. Chefs Tony Esnault and Yassmin Sarmadi, also husband and wife, have created a high-end experience that brings the south of France to heart of LA. With that experience comes their signature Spring CBD Power Lunch menu. It contains dishes such as their Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho and Sweet Corn Risotto both infused with CBD. The menu also gives a great description of the health benefits of the ingredients when paired with CBD.

Local Restaurants Providing CBD Experiences

In the San Diego area, Lego Optimo offers to pair cannabis with food in a different way. Instead of putting CBD in the food they offer smoke-outs in between courses. One of the founders of Lego Optimo, Carolyn Kate puts it this way: “When you are adding cannabis to food, you are distributing cannabis in another way. We are not a distributor, we are an entertainment company and we want to provide a different experience that included food and cannabis in a way that would be legal, safe and responsible.” They pair four strains of cannabis with four courses and their cannabis comes by way of Urbn Leaf, a dispensary near the University of San Diego.

Pop-up Dinners

Also there are several pop-up dinners appearing in the San Diego area that make cooking with cannabis an event. Marie Daniels runs Closed Door Supper Club. She brings out some of the best chefs in the area to put their spin on cooking with CBD. “It allows my chef friends the space to experiment with an ingredient that requires them to create menus through a dynamic lens, outside their normal routine of the restaurant” says Daniels.
Now before you start searching for these spots or pop-ups you have to remember a couple things. First off, most require you to be 21 and older and provide valid ID. Also, the cost is not cheap with many of the events or dinners costing $75-200 per person. Lastly, plan way in advance. Many of these events or restaurants have long lines, waiting list or sell out fast!
So if you’ve been curious about CBD being the next hot food ingredient, make those reservations and enjoy!

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Benefits of Medical Marijuana – Is Cannabis Good for You?

So the question is, “What are the benefits of medical marijuana.  Is cannabis good for you?” The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn’t yet approved cannabis for medicinal use, but you can find medicines that contain cannabinoids, one of the chemicals found in marijuana plant. As new researches help reveal medical marijuana benefits and stigma attached to weed declines, its popularity is going up.

Does that mean the herb is totally safe, and will be legalized soon?

About legalization, we are not so sure, but as for its safety, the short answer is it mainly depends on how you use it while the rest of the guide explores the detailed answer. However, we recommend that you should consult with your physician to choose your method of consuming medical cannabis.

(this article is from https://quitsmokingcommunity.org/benefits-of-medical-marijuana/) Thank you!

7 Little-Known Medical Marijuana Benefits

There are some potential health risks of marijuana such as it can lead to dependency and can impact your memory, but there are also countless benefits of medical marijuana:

It Can Fight, Regulate and/or Prevent Several Diseases

While you might have heard many people say that weed can cause diseases, scientific researches and studies show that it can actually cure many diseases and physical problems. From helping fight Glaucoma to controlling epileptic seizures to helping prevent cancer from spreading to slowing Alzheimer’s to easing multiple sclerosis pain to reducing Hepatitis C side-effects to treating inflammatory bowels to relieving arthritis pain to helping you get through chemo to a lot more, scientific researches confirm the effectiveness of marijuana.

You might be wondering if medical marijuana has so many benefits, why isn’t it legal already? Well, the big pharmaceutical companies can crumble down if a naturally growing, dirt-cheap plant gets legal and starts curing diseases which can otherwise only be cured with their expensive medicines at this point. Despite all that, medical cannabis is becoming legal in most of the states very quickly.

Medical Marijuana Can Help You Lose Weight and Improve Metabolism

Weed has been shown to regulate insulin production and helps the body manage daily calorie intake more efficiently. This is why, on average, more weed smokers are slimmer than non-smokers. This surely is a great news for the Americans – the world’s most obese nation.

Medical Marijuana Can Help Fight Anxiety and Depression

Weed kicks anxiety and depression out of user’s mind, this is one of the most prominent impacts of the drug and no scientific study is needed to demonstrate this. However, for the skeptical minds, a 2010 research carried out at Harvard Medical School showed that drug’s most benefits occur mainly because it helps improve the user’s mood and can even act as a mild sedative.

Medical Marijuana Can Be a Safer Alternative to Addictions

It’s a matter of fact that our herb is many times safer than alcohol and tobacco, let alone other hard substances. Recent studies show that people find it easier to gravitate towards weed from all other sorts of dangerous addictions. This is the biggest of many amazing weed health benefits and can save millions of previous lives that succumb to the lethal hard drugs.

Medical Marijuana Can Spur Mental Creativity and Helps Focus

In total contrast to the stoner stereotype, medicinal marijuana can actually increase creativity and help people focus on their job. While weed might not have a great impact on short-term memory, people perform really well at tests where they’re required to come up with inventive ideas. Studies confirm that medical cannabis improves creativity and instead of making you stupid, it actually makes you smarter.

Medical Marijuana Can Help Reverse Negative Impacts of Smoking Tobacco On Lungs

A groundbreaking study published in 2012 shocked many marijuana critics. It showed that marijuana doesn’t have any severe effects on your lungs. Rather it can actually eliminate the side-effects of long-term tobacco smoking, provided you quit smoking cigarettes. More than five thousand subjects were involved, and the result showed that tobacco smokers’ lung health deteriorated over time, however, weed smokers on the other hand showed increase in lung capacity.

Medical Marijuana Can Be Helpful for Easing PTSD

A good news for the veterans who have Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): the benefits of medical marijuana make it a great choice for relaxation. And it’s a matter of fact that PTSD can be caused by reasons other than the experiences during war. In fact, weed is the only medication that actually works on relieving the stress in PTSD. In New Mexico, a large number of people have been issued license for medical marijuana to counter PTSD, plus more and more states are approving use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

 What’s more, recently the Department of Health and Human Services signed off a study on marijuana’s capabilities to augment the process of treating post traumatic stress disorder.

Benefits of Legalizing Marijuana

So, should government legalize weed for uses other than medical use? If there are benefits of medical marijuana what are they?:

  • When the government legalizes, regulates and taxes weed, this can help generate considerable revenue.
  • The criminal justice system and law enforcement agencies will reduce their burden when weed is legalized. Police officers, judges and prosecutors can focus on serious criminals, and prisons will be freed of space.
  • Most organized crimes, terrorists and drugs dealers generate their revenue by selling hard drugs, including weed. If weed is legalized it could mean revenue ending up in the wrong hands.
  • More people will have access to it for medicinal use.
  • Since Colorado legalized marijuana, the overall crime rate has come down by a whopping 10.1%, while the violent crime dropped a 5.2%. On top of that, the state gathered ten million dollars in the form of taxation in just four months.

Eating vs Smoking vs Vaporizing Marijuana – The Safest Way to Use Weed

When it comes to consuming marijuana, it’s not just rolling a joint and smoking it, as you’ve a wide variety of options. Smoking is the oldest method and has been in practice for hundreds of years, while vaping is the latest trend. While eating marijuana is also an option, but it usually involves a lot of hassle in making cookies or any recipe you want to make with it, plus many claim that it doesn’t even offer all the medical benefits of medical marijuana. Also, eating yet another meal might not be a feasible option for many who are conscious about their diet. Topical and tinctures are also some common practices among medical marijuana users, but not as common as other forms. Therefore, let’s focus on the two most popular methods of taking medical cannabis i.e. smoking and vaping, and their pros and cons.

The most common way to consume marijuana is smoking it, usually rolled up in a joint. While smoking might offer most medicinal benefits of weed, the combustion of plant results in a lot of unwanted, potentially hazardous chemicals.

Vaporizers are modern, high-tech devices that let users vape marijuana and reap its medicinal benefits, and at the same time reduce, if not totally eliminate, the potential harms that arise by smoking it. This happens mainly because the plant doesn’t burn to produce tar or hazardous chemicals, rather it comes in contact with a heating element which increases the temperature to controlled levels and turns it into an inhalable vapor. Recent studies suggest that whether you vape tobacco or marijuana, it’s at least 95% safer than smoking it.

Remember that choosing a cheaper or substandard vaporizer can actually backfire. If you are unsure about which vaporizer you should get, check out our comprehensive guide on the best marijuana vaporizers.

What Science Has to Say About Medical Marijuana

The impact of vaping marijuana on human body is the subject of much research and scientific studies. Virtually all of them support vaping as compared to smoking. Let’s take a quick look at some of the most prominent studies:

  • Vaping weed can help avoid respiratory issues was the first study published in 2007. Most subjects in the study reported fewer to no issues that are connected to vaping cannabis compared to smoking it. This included such things as cough, build-up of phlegm and stiffness in the chest.
  • A study published in 2007 suggested that vaping marijuana helps avoid most harmful toxins. It delivers the same THC into bloodstream as smoking, yet hardly carries any carbon monoxide.
  • Another study on medical marijuana users showed that subjects felt most functional after vaporizing cannabis. In other words they had minimal physical hangover after vaping cannabis.

More Studies

  • As a follow up to the 2007 study, another study conducted in 2010 showed that when twenty potheads – who had some sort of lung issues because of smoking weed – were given vaporizers, they experienced “meaningful improvements” in their lung health and respiratory system.
  • A more recent study published in 2014 highlighted four major benefits of vaporizing over smoking cannabis. These advantages include better taste and no obnoxious smell. Plus, folks report on the perceived health benefits and a higher “high” from smoking the same amount of marijuana. However, subjects also said they were unhappy about the inconvenience of setting up and cleaning the device. In addition they complained about the delay they had to experience for the device to heat up for each use. The new vape pens are a great alternative to the older vape machines.

Conclusion About The Benefits of Medical Marijuana

Scientific studies confirm that there are many benefits of medical marijuana and even more benefits of legalizing marijuana. Vaping marijuana instead of smoking it may minimize potential side-effects. However, whether weed should be legalized or not remains a debate in the United States.  Several countries are already reaping benefits of legalizing weed. For example, in Israel, you will see marijuana vaporizers in hospitals as well as senior homes. This is because the plant isn’t illegal there anymore. The popular Volcano Vaporizer is used as a medical device in Canada as well as some parts of Europe.

This guide divulges only a few of the countless benefits of medical marijuana. However, there is still a stigma when it comes to the benefits of medical marijuana because it’s still illegal in most parts of the country. However, we do hope that science will continue to explore the benefits of the plant. Issues facing mankind could be cured. While the debate might continue about its long-term effects and dependency issues, its harm-reduction potential can’t be denied.

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10 Reasons to Enjoy Weed Everyday

Many people enjoy weed every day. While we do not recommend this approach for everyone here are 10 reasons you should enjoy week every day!

10 Reasons to Enjoy Weed Everyday

  1. It’s natural
  2. Everything tastes better
  3. It generates millions in tax revenue
  4. It smells great
  5. It promotes creativity
  6. It can help put things into perspective
  7. It makes sex better
  8. It treats many ailments from arthritis to tumors
  9. You’ll sleep well
  10. It makes you feel great!

Not everyone has the same results with medical marijuana. You’ll have to see what works for you. This is the opinion of many and so it may be worth seeing how it works for you!

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Marijuana to fight skin cancer in major human trial

One of the world’s first large, controlled trials of cannabis for melanoma launches in Australia
Marijuana is being called in to fight one of the world’s deadliest, scariest killers — a type of cancer caused by your next summer vacation.

Researchers at the University of Canberra have announced a $1 million research project with Israel-based Cann Pharmaceutical to see if the compounds in pot kill live cancer cells in humans as well as they do inside test tubes and mice in the labs.

Starting next year, patients will get medical-grade, whole plant extracts of specific cannabis strains alongside their current standard of care for melanoma. About 55,000 Australians have the dangerous cancer of the skin, which can be caused by sun damage to skin cell DNA. Less than ten percent of patients survive skin cancer that has spread underneath the surface of the skin.

“Australians have the highest rate of melanoma in the world, with estimates of more than 13,000 new cases to be diagnosed in 2016 alone,” said University of Canberra Professor of molecular and cellular biology Sudha Rao. “When you consider that melanoma is the third most common cancer in Australia and New Zealand, and almost 1,800 people will die as a result of this cancer this year, we need to work harder at finding effective treatments.”

The active molecules secreted by the cannabis plant, the cannabinoids have been shown — in various cell, and animal and very small human trials — to contain the potential to cause cancer cell death (apoptosis) and prevent cancer’s acquisition of blood supplies (by blocking angiogenesis).

Countless patient self-reports also attest to the use of topical cannabinoids to treat cancerous skin lesions.

Large-scale, double-blind placebo controlled human trials should commence immediately. However, the United States government — which funds the majority of the world’s cancer research — treats cannabis as the most dangerous drug on the planet, alongside street heroin and the hallucinogen LSD. Opioids like OxyContin and Vicodin are deemed safer.

U.S. lawmakers this year are working to cut the red tape on pot research. Their bill has bipartisan support, but is caught up on election season politics. In response, various states created medical cannabis research programs using pot tax dollars, local crops, and state research institutions.

A pure pill form of cannabis’ main active ingredient, THC, (which causes euphoria) has been around since 1985. By contrast, CannPharmaceutical specializes in whole plant formulations.

“The effects of all these compounds working together and regulating each other will be much different than the effects of any one compound working alone, which is why synthetic cannabis drugs produced of only one compound are reported in most case studies by patients to lack the effectiveness of whole plant medicine,” the company states. “… cannabis is a composition of many different compounds that work together to produce a faster and better outcome. Alter this – you lose the effect.”

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11 Chores To Do While Stoned

1. Raking leaves

Your rewarding autumn harvest. Puff, puff, pass and rake, rake, crash.

2. Mopping

Mopping the floor sucks. Smoke and it will be more fun. Promise.

3. Organizing your closet

With a sweet sativa, this could be your sartorial reality.

4. Mowing the lawn

The pattern possibilities are endless when you mow with Mary Jane.

5. Vacuuming

Toke up and feel like you’re solving all your the world’s problems when you make your house sparkle!

6. Scrubbing tile grout

A bong rip, and then turn something gross into A MISSION.

7. Setting the table

Attention to detail is easy when you’re baked; your table will never look better.

8. Unclogging a drain

Nothing’s as satisfying as unclogging your brain — and then that drain.

9. Shoveling snow

So much easier when you’re stoned. That is all.

10. Paying bills

If only we could all see PAID on our billing statements. Being high makes bureaucratic nonsense a little less painful.

11. Walking the dog

If you’re stoned-smart, you can make that dog walk your ass.

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