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420 Evaluations San Jose: Get a MMJ Card Online Right Now!

420 Evaluations San Jose: Get a MMJ Card Online Right Now!

You’re a San Jose resident, and even though you’ve wanted a medical marijuana card for a while now, somehow you don’t have one, right?

Your friends sure do, maybe even some of your family members. I mean, come on, there’s probably a San Jose 420 Evaluations office right down the street they all got their cards at. And they’re all soaking up the goodness that is the California cannabis industry. Why not you?

Luckily, there’s a cheap, quick, easy, and safe way to get your doctor’s recommendation (a.k.a card) for medical cannabis that we’re going to tell you all about in this article.

Click here to get your medical marijuana card ONLINE in less than 10 minutes, which will let you purchase medical cannabis for one full year in California.

With the way that California’s medical marijuana program works, in order to obtain cannabis in any form, you need to have an evaluation and get a recommendation from a licensed doctor. With the passing of Proposition 215 and California Senate Bill 420, physicians, osteopaths, and surgeons became able to issue a recommendation to patients who suffer from a chronic illness, with symptoms that can be treated by medical cannabis.

Getting a 420 evaluation is the first step towards getting your recommendation and your medical marijuana card. Just like when a doctor writes a prescription for a drug that can’t be purchased over the counter, a doctor will need to officially recommend the patient’s cannabis use. Medical marijuana can’t legally be “prescribed”, since it’s still not legal on the federal level, so the recommendation they give you is the statewide official transcript that will be accepted by both dispensaries and law enforcement.

Medical Marijuana Card San Jose

So completing your 420 evaluation is the first step in the process, but how does it work? Well, it works just like any other visit to the physician would, really. At a medical marijuana doctor San Jose office, you make an appointment, go in, and talk to them face-to-face about your symptoms. No matter if you’re going to your regular physician for the evaluation, or if you decide to see a specialized medical marijuana doctor, 420 evaluations in San Jose basically all run in the same way.

The only exception comes when you complete your 420 evaluation online, which we’ll tell you exactly how to do in the next section (scroll down if you want to get straight to the good stuff).

During the evaluation (we’re still talking about an in-person one), a doctor is able to determine if a patient’s symptoms can adequately be treated by medical marijuana. If so, they are able to issue the patient a recommendation that will allow them to access the medical marijuana industry in San Jose, and all throughout California for that matter.

Unfortunately, issuing the recommendation is up to the discretion of the referrer, so sometimes regular physicians won’t recommend marijuana to a patient, even if they are experiencing all the applicable symptoms. This is why people typically opt to conduct their cannabis evaluation with a specialized MMJ doctor. Except, actually going through one of these doctors can be expensive, time consuming, and even sketchy. The service can cost an average of $60 or more, depending on where you go, and it’s completely possible that some places will not give you legitimate documents.

Luckily for those of you trying to see a 420 doctor, there are also specialized medical evaluation services that are available completely online. They take a look at your medical history and reason for seeking out medical cannabis, then connect you with a licensed California medical marijuana doctor over live video or phone to conduct the evaluation process simply over the internet, from the convenience of your own home.

Medical Marijuana Doctor San Jose

When you make an internet search for “marijuana evaluations San Jose,” tons of patient-doctor storefronts come up, so it’s hard to figure out which ones are legitimate, and which ones are total scams. But never fear, as everything you need can be done entirely through NuggMD’s online platform.

It’s a speedy, confidential (but 100% legal) service that connects you with a licensed California doctor totally online, who can help you determine if medical marijuana is right for you. First, a patient will need to upload their medical documents to the site for review. Once that’s done, they will be connected with a doctor for a face-to-face interview that only takes about 5-10 minutes to complete. If the patient is approved (which is most of the time), the letter-format recommendation and card will be mailed out on the same day, and for only $39.

The entire process is much smoother and much less of a hassle than having to be physically present for an evaluation. It’s also much cheaper, and if by any chance you aren’t approved, your MMJ evaluation is completely free, which can’t be said about any in-person experience. So instead of going out of your way to potentially get scammed or not even get your rec at one of the 420 evaluations in San Jose, everything can be taken care of online, without even having to leave the house.

Just head on over to

The company actually covers all services related to becoming a legal mmj patient, from the first patient evaluation process, to issuing marijuana card renewals, to helping you find the right cannabis products and actually order them. So no matter if you’re submitting your medical documents for the first time, or if you’re a long-time patient, NuggMD’s services can help you with getting all of your marijuana documentation in stress-free and timely manner.

420 Doctor San Jose

You don’t necessarily need a medical marijuana card in San Jose< to go into a dispensary (all you need is the 8.5” x 11” paper copy of your doctor’s recommendation), but it’s certainly more convenient. Once you’ve gone through your evaluation and have your doctor’s rec, you also have the option to register for the Medical Marijuana Identification Card Program (MMICP). The program is completely voluntary, and when a patient registers for the program they not only get a wallet-sized card with a patient identification number on it, they are also registered to the California Department of Public Health registry, where dispensaries and law enforcement can search their identification number and validate their credentials.

Although this system is convenient, it is expensive and it’s not confidential. When you register through the state of California, not only are fees added onto your total, your identification number is now registered in a public database, meaning that anyone, even employers, can potentially discover that you use medical cannabis. NuggMD offers the same identification card, but it’s not attached to the state’s public system. The card issued through them offers the same protection from law enforcement, and access to dispensaries, but your information is safely stored away in a confidential database.

Once you have your card in your hands, it’s much easier for you to take around with you, as opposed to the full-sized 8.5”x11” sheet of paper the doctor is going to give you. Once a dispensary verifies your recommendation, the next time around they’ll most likely just need to verify your card, so you don’t have to lug that giant piece of paper around with you every time you go in.

Now that your San Jose 420 evaluations process has been taken care of, you have full access to local dispensaries! Aside from the storefront option, a patient also has the option to have cannabis delivered to their location. Over at, you can find weed delivery services and nearby dispensaries that cater to your area at the click of a button, making absolutely everything that has to do with getting your documents and getting your weed available right from your own home.

So what are you waiting for? Grab any internet-connected device and $39 to become a legal medical marijuana patient in about 10 minutes, totally online!


Published at Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:00:34 +0000

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Let Our People Grow – Q&A with Pietro Milici

Let Our People Grow – Q&A with Pietro Milici

Pietro Milici is a freelance photographer and visual artist based in New York. His ongoing project titled ‘Let Our People Grow’ is an insightful investigation into the world of cannabis. He says, “Let our people go. Let our people grow”, this was a slogan that the American government circulated during the Second World War. This message, aside from encouraging the population to fight for its country, had the secondary aim to encourage the farmers to plant cannabis. It refers to the growth of a plant that years ago was outlawed, the growth of the people that had to defeat the German navy.”

The idea to research this world was born in January, 2013, when after living in Barcelona for a few months, someone brought Pietro to a social cannabis club. The first club that he approached was in the neighbourhood of Gracia, this is where he had the idea of photographing the members of the club to immortalise them during the action of smoking. He wanted to register the exact moment of symbiosis that is established between the subject and the object.


Q. Have you always wanted to be a photographer?

Actually no. Photography is a passion that I had probably been avoiding for a long time because the real first photo I took was in 1990. I was with my parents in Rome. My father taught me how to take a picture, I was using a Minolta x700, the same I sometimes use now. I was 6 years old, and I was pressing that button for the first time while my parents were hugging and laughing. I still have that photo and the memory it comes with. Only in 2005 I started using that camera again. In my life I have been doing a lot of jobs. I am a marine biologist. And only in the last years of university – while I was working as a photographer – I realised that I wanted to do something more with that. And then I decided to put all of my time and all of myself into this art. 


Q. During your time in Barcelona, was there anyone whose story particularly stuck with you?

This is a tough question to answer. I met so many people that it is hard to have just one favourite story; At the same time it would not be fair to all the other people and all the other stories. When I think at all my time there and the people I met, I see it like all these people are making one story, one model they are sharing and taking one step forward everyday. 

Q. What are some of your favourite cannabis clubs in Barcelona?

I have a lot of clubs passes, of course my investigation gave me a way into all these clubs. But my favourite is ‘La Maria Gracia Club’. I like ‘Club Fum’ and the ‘StrainHunters Club’ as well.  Each one of them is particular in its own way, and what you live and feel in each one of them is very different. 



Q. Where did you find inspiration in the city, other than the cannabis communities?

Well the city is full of inspiration, and can give you different points of view. Of course reading and researching gives me the bases to develop my project, but  my inspiration was already in me. I mean that in my case it was something I knew, something I was discovering everyday and really close to me. I just used a camera to share it with the world. It was like an insight research, digging in to my world more deeply. 


Q. Where will you be for 4/20 next year?

This is a really tough question to answer now. I am constantly travelling, I’m never sure where I’m going to be next. But if I am not working on something in particular, I think next year I will be in Palermo in the South of Italy, I guess enjoying a good batch of marijuana.


Q. Do you have a nemesis?

No! I guess not at the moment! Sometimes I think I am my own nemesis. Sometimes working on artistic projects is hard: finding the inspiration, the right spot to shoot a photo, the right point of view, the right words, the right image, etc…That’s what I challenge everyday. But that is also what gives me the strength to continue to do what I am doing.

Q. What’s the first thing you do when you walk into a party?

It depends of what kind of party is. But most of the time I go near the DJ or group playing to see what they use, what instruments, how they act, etc.. And if I like it I go straight to the bar. 


All images by Pietro Milici   |   Website / Instagram / Behance


Published at Mon, 02 May 2016 12:44:50 +0000

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Grape Ape Marijuana Strain Overview

Grape Ape Marijuana Strain Overview

Grape Ape, oh Grape Ape, how lovely you are!

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Grape Ape is a lovely indica-domninant marijuana strain. With a taste and smell of grape and berry, fans simply can’t get enough of it; and it makes sense, as few strains have near as sweet of a flavor or smell.

Grape Ape is a cross between Skunk, Afghani and Mendocono Purpos. All of these are strong indica strains, giving it a definitive indica experience.

The top effects of the Grape Ape marijuana strain are:

  • Happiness
  • Relaxation
  • Increased appetite and also
  • A strong “head high”

Medical properties:

Some of the top medical ailments it helps with are:

  • Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Lack of appetite
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and also
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Growing information:

Grape Ape flowers in around 52 days and has a typically medium yield. The plants grow shorter than many other strains, and has an outdoor finish of around September.

Below are a few growing notes specific to this strain, courtesy of our friends at Leafly:

  • Best results with excellent air circulation
  • Clearing lower branches can improve circulation and air flow
  • Grows best in temperatures between 70 to 80°F (21 to 27°C) and at 50% humidity


At the time of publication Grape Ape has 1,079 reviews on Leafly with an average score of 4.3 out of 5 (8.6 out of 10).

Where to find it

If you are lucky enough to live in a state where cannabis is legal for medical and/or recreational purposes, we suggest you check out Leafly’s strain finder.

This feature can use your exact location to find the closet cannabis store or dispensary to you that is currently carrying the Grape Ape marijuana strain; you can also look for a variety of other strains.

Click here for the strain finder.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at


Published at Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:15:27 +0000

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Vaporizer Buying Guide: Best Portable Vaporizers Under $200

Vaporizer Buying Guide: Best Portable Vaporizers Under $200

Planning to buy a vape, but with limited funds on your wallet?

Does it mean that you have to settle for a plastic taste on your vaping experience? Or just stick to smoking cannabis? Fortunately, you have great options for portable vaporizers under $200!

Thanks to the growing demand for cannabis and vape products, the industry evolved and is now catering affordable, high-quality vaporizers. You don’t have to settle for a less satisfying vape experience just because you aren’t willing to pay for a  Volcano.

These days, there are a lot of portable vaporizers in the market that are sold for under $200. These portable vaporizers are known for their portability, unique design, and high-quality vapor.

Check our list for the best portable vaporizers under $200 in the market.

#1: G Pen Elite By Grenco Science 

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Dubbed as a monumental leap in technology according to Grenco Science, the G Pen Elite is unlike your ordinary generic portable vaporizer made from random Chinese OEM factories. It measures around 3.4 inches tall and 1.2 inches wide and made of plastic material. This device can hold around 0.75 grams of cannabis.

According to the manufacturer is a convection vaporizer. This means that air heats up the material via the chamber. When most vaporizers, especially small portable ones make use of conduction method in heating the materials, Grenco Science claims that they have a convection device. But according to cannabis connoisseurs online, they are convinced that the G Pen Elite is a combination of both conduction and convection technology.

What exactly can you expect from this vaporizer? For starters, it heats up to 428°F in roughly half a minute. The good thing about this device is that you don’t get a plastic taste, which could indicate that it makes use of dominantly a convection vaporizer.

As for the downside, it appears that the device is designed with an airflow constrictor. Why exactly did Grenco Science design the device with an airflow restrictor? This avoids instances when you taste hot vapor in your mouth. And because of this, minimal cooling seems like a necessity for this device.

And lastly, the design of the G Pen Elite is discreet. It looks like a kitchen equipment or some music player made of plastic, rather than a cannabis paraphernalia.

#2: Magic Flight Launch Box By Magic Flight 

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Another portable vaporizer under $200 that you should check is the Magic Flight Launch Box. This vaporizer looks nothing like other portable versions out there in the market.

The Magic Flight Launch Box offers a simplified approach to vaping. A carved box made of wood, it is quite surprising how this device can compete with some of the modern vaporizers in the market. This device is handmade in San Diego, California via an 87 step process that the company designed specifically to enhance the overall vaping experience.

Looking at the device, The Magic Flight Launch Box looks primitive with no buttons to overcomplicate things. On the other hand, looking at the inside of the device tells a different story. The Magic Flight Launch Box has superb engineering that works using two double A batteries. And to get the device working, you’ll need a plastic tube for your draws.

The best thing about this device is that it is discreet. You won’t recognize the device as some vaporizer. In addition to this, it has a huge chamber to accommodate a decent amount of herbs. In terms of vapor quality, it is comparable to the most expensive options in the market.

Unfortunately, it isn’t the sturdiest product that you can depend on. But still, for its price, it makes a good option if you plan on taking your vaping sessions outside the comforts of your home.

#3: K Vape Vaporizer By Kandypens 

k-vape-vaporizer-by-kandypens portable vaporizers under $200

If you are looking for a device that isn’t pricey and easy to use, then K Vape might interest you. Measuring 5.5 inches tall and around 1 inch thick, this device only has one button and two lights. It has three pre-set temperatures: 360°F (Red), 380°F(Green) and 420°F(Blue).

The K Vape can easily outperform similar products in the market in terms of vapor quality. And despite the size, you’ll never experience combustion from this device. It also provides an accurate temperature for its users. The lowest temperature is suggested for extracting flowers while the highest setting can produce some of the thickest vapor by a portable vaporizer.

The Kandypen K Vape is a dry herb vaporizer, small enough to fit in your pants and has a comfortable rubber grip. When being used, the device can get a bit hot, but it isn’t too hot that it can hurt your hands.

The device also has an auto-shutoff feature which can help preserve the battery when it isn’t in use. It automatically turns off within three minutes of being inactive. It can also fit around 0.6 grams of material in its chamber.

#4: DaVinci Ascent By DaVinci 

davinci-ascent portable vaporizers under $200

Are you the type who is into loose leaf vaping? Then DaVinci Ascent makes perfect sense for you. It is a multi-functional vaporizer that also works well with essential oils and concentrates. Its size is roughly around two iPhones that are stacked above each other.

It has a high-tech design meant to deliver quality vapor to its users. Da Vinci Ascent offers flexible temperature from 38 to 430°F. What makes this device superb in terms of quality is its glass pathway design. This prevents any type of plastic taste that usually comes from portable vaporizers on the market.

The lower third of the device is where you can place the material. It swings 180 degrees to open the chamber. You’ll need to make use of a glass insert if you are going to use this device, while loose leaf should be grounded into tiny pieces to get the best results.

The device heats up to your desired temperature in half a minute. Also, this device is known for its steady draws. Unfortunately, if you are after milky flavorful draws, you might be a bit disappointed with this device. Another downside of this particular device is that it can get a bit sticky after a session, not to mention it is quite hard to load the material on the device.

#5: Alfa Vaporizer By Goboof 

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The Alfa by Goboof is a tough contender not only for under $200 portable vaporizers but even for the other flower vaporizers in the market. It’s a small, simple and easy to use a device that can make everyone happy.

The cylindrical chamber is well designed by Goboof. For one, it has one of the easiest to clean designs in the market. Next, its heating chamber makes use of a heating pin which allows equal distribution of heat to the cannabis. Though this device is a portable conduction vaporizer, you will not be getting a plastic taste from this particular device. 

In terms of design, the Alfa is compact and smaller than most standard portable vaporizers. It is even considered as one of the smallest vaporizers made. However, despite the small size, it doesn’t seem quite fragile. Also, it has a straightforward design that is easy to understand, regardless if you are new to vaping or experienced.

But one drawback from the Alfa is that you need to grind the material well. Loose material won’t give you a good result since this is a conduction vaporizer. 

Bonus Product: Magical Butter 2 By MB


Another product that we want to include in this list is the Magical Butter. Though the Magical Butter isn’t a portable vaporizer, this can easily compliment your portable vaporizer.

What makes the Magical Butter special is its ability to create cannabis-infused butter, oil and tinctures in seconds. If you think that you’ll need to follow complicated steps, this is something that isn’t complex to use.

It also has self-cleaning capabilities, which minimizes maintenance concerns. Aside from cooking cannabis products, the Magic Butter can also be used for culinary herbs, wherein you can make salad dressings and even skin care products.   


There’s no reason to be frustrated if you plan to vape outside but only have a small budget. Given the number of options in the market today, there are plenty of varieties you can get with just $200. 

Do you prefer vaping dry herbs or maybe essential oils? Comment below and share it with us!


Published at Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:41:15 +0000

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Trailblazers / Tokyo Smoke / Q&A with Josh Lyon

Trailblazers / Tokyo Smoke / Q&A with Josh Lyon


Tokyo Smoke is the coffee shop we’ve been dreaming of. Their impeccable commitment to high quality design drives their entire operation, and the flagship store in Toronto promises to be an emotive experience for both cannabis and coffee lovers alike. In a recent article, co-founder Alan Gertner said, “Tokyo Smoke wasn’t to be a Bob Marley-inspired head shop, or one of the many illegal dispensaries, but instead a home to the creative class. It’s not about the prototypical stoner, we want to build a brand for the contemporary urban citizen—it’s clean and elegant, which signals quality and transformation.” 

To find out more, we chatted to Josh Lyon, Head of Marketing & Partnerships while he’s been on tour visiting Portland, Seattle and Denver in the lead up to the launch of Tokyo Smoke’s new series of strains, and a brand new location opening in Seattle.


Q. What can people expect when they visit Tokyo Smoke?

JL – No matter the Tokyo Smoke location, people can expect a delightful and immersive experience. Each location has beautifully roasted coffee beans, a selection of the finest Cannabis paraphernalia and Tokyo Smoke merchandise as well as a special section unique to the location. They can also expect a group of interesting and friendly regulars eager to chat and meet new people.



Q. We’ve heard about the many curious and unusual ‘artefacts’ on display – what are some of your favourites?

That’s tough to say! I’m a big fan of the discontinued architectural lego sets that we have on display. The old medicinal Cannabis merchandise we have is also fantastic. To see where the industry was to where it is now and where it’s going provides such fantastic perspective on the Cannabis movement.

Little Book of Marijuana

Q. Can you tell us about the special strains you are developing? 

Currently, there is no real stratification in the Cannabis space and it’s also lacking a common nomenclature. Our Cannabis will be sold in 4 strains, ‘Go’, ‘Relax’, ‘Relief’, ‘Balance’. Go – energizing Sativa; Relax – calming Indica; Relief – soothing CBD; Balance – consistently crossed Sativa/Indica hybrid. These particular strains have been refined over the past 20 years. Tokyo Smoke will offer a consistent, quality, beautiful experience in the Cannabis space. We are educating consumers through known verticals like coffee and clothing. So, someone can have an energizing ‘Go’ espresso, an experience that will showcase what ‘Go’ means in the Cannabis space.


Q. How has Tokyo Smoke been received by the local community?

We have been very lucky to be embraced by the community, both locally around the shop and those interested in the Cannabis space. The shop is often filled with neighbourhood residents including families, cyclists, people taking their dog for a walk or just those looking for a great cup of coffee. As well, we frequently get Cannabis enthusiasts both new and old, looking through our merchandise or just wanting to have a conversation about the industry and the exciting times ahead.



Q. What advice would you give to other cannabis entrepreneurs, who are hoping to appeal to the creative class?

Recognize that Cannabis itself isn’t the lifestyle, rather it’s a modern lifestyle that includes Cannabis.


Q. What’s the most exciting thing about being part of this brand new, contemporary cannabis industry?

There’s so much! First off, the energy and enthusiasm that the industry has right now is infectious. There’s a genuine feeling of optimism and excitement that is palpable industry-wide. As well, the people and organizations that we get to connect with are truly a pleasure. People are passionate, creative and, for the most part, always looking for ways to further the Cannabis revolution together. For us personally, it’s incredibly gratifying talking to Cannabis users who say they feel at home in our shops and with our products. Understanding that we’re tapping into something meaningful and authentic let’s us know that the space we’re carving out within the industry is one that is both needed and desired.


Q. Do you have a particular favourite strain/product/ritual that you enjoy?

The amazing thing about Cannabis is that it’s so multi-faceted and the experiences can be tailored to your unique needs. For me personally, I can never stop my mind from racing. Tokyo Smoke ‘Relax’, a soothing Indica, before bed allows me to unwind from a long day as well as sleep soundly through the night. I really cherish that little bit of time away from work and the race that is my day to day life.


All images courtesy of Tokyo SmokeInstagram | Facebook


Published at Wed, 25 May 2016 22:07:27 +0000

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NHTA Now Admits Car Crashes Drop Drastically In Legal Marijuana States

NHTA Now Admits Car Crashes Drop Drastically In Legal Marijuana States

States That Have Enacted Medical Marijuana Laws See Drop In Car Crashes

Pot saves the day (and lives)…. Again.

A new study shows that 19 states that legalized medical marijuana in some form or another saw a decrease in fatal car crashes by 11% after the laws were set in place. Although the study analyzed data from 19 states, only 7 of them saw significant decreases while 2 actually saw increases. Despite this, the study’s authors say that these findings debunk the myth that if more people have access to marijuana, this will lead to an increase in car crashes. These 7 states with the largest decrease in deaths were Colorado, California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada. Connecticut and Rhode Island were the states that saw an increase in deaths.

The authors also speculated that the drop might have been caused by people turning to pot instead of booze, leading to a drop in drunk driving. The lives that were saved also mostly belonged to the 25-44 year old age group, the same age group that were also commonly involved in deaths caused by drunk driving.

Since the law has different effects on states, it’s safe to say that there are other factors that affect the changes. These could include varied strategies in law enforcement, quality of healthcare available in these states, quality of infrastructure and roads, and public service programs that are designed to address driving under the influence.. Of anything. The researchers also found that there having dispensaries around was linked to lower deaths caused by traffic.

Patterns Found

The researchers observed some patterns among these states. In California, as soon as medical marijuana was legalized back in 1996, the state saw a 16% decrease in traffic deaths although in the following years the death rate slowly increased. On the other hand, in Colorado, medical marijuana laws were only passed in 2010 and this had no significant impact although later on there were significant drops in traffic deaths year after year.

The observations were derived from nationwide census data on traffic deaths that occurred from 1985 to 2014 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The data also took into consideration other factors such as current laws on speeding, texting while driving, and seat belt laws. During the course of the study, 1.2 million people died from car accidents nationwide. The study’s authors dug deeper into the findings because of rising concerns that legalization and more states having access to marijuana could result in more car crashes. The data also shows that driving stoned tends to make drivers more careful and act with caution.

It’s not rocket science – we all know that driving drunk is pretty much like asking for a death sentence. And Americans know this – a 2015 Gallup poll showed that only 29% of people thought that driving stoned was a serious problem, while 79% said the same about booze.

Dangers Associated With Driving High Are A Myth

Anti-pot groups continue using a number of stone-age myths and shove it down people’s throats to try to get them to believe the reasons why marijuana should remain illegal. And one of their favorite myths to use is that driving stoned will result in an increase in car fatalities. An article by Forbes which cites the National Highway Traffic Association says that not only is pot safer than alcohol when it comes to getting behind the wheel, but there are less fatalities recorded when marijuana is around compared to booze.

Alcohol is perfectly legal in all states, yet there is no doubt that cannabis is much safer (and even has health benefits!). Given the figures in the studies mentioned, we can hypothesize that people who would normally drink could replace marijuana for alcohol, although more research needs to be done before any conclusion can be made.

I’m not saying that it’s completely safe to drive stoned and that you should try it – driving on any substance at all will put your life (and others’) at risk, but it’s far safer than driving drunk.






Published at Thu, 05 Jan 2017 06:00:00 +0000

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Do pot shop staffers lack training? What one study shows

Do pot shop staffers lack training? What one study shows

A study co-authored by several California researchers suggests that many staffers at medical marijuana dispensaries may not have received much, if any, training for their jobs, according to Live Science.

The small study, published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, found that 30 out 55 staff members surveyed had received at least some formal training for their current jobs.

Twenty percent of those surveyed reported receiving medical training on the health effects of marijuana, and 13 percent said they had been trained on the science of cannabis. Staffers were surveyed at both medical and nonmedical dispensaries in California, Colorado, Arizona, Oregon, four other states and the District of Columbia.

Lead study author Nancy Haug, a professor of addiction medicine at Palo Alto University, told Live Science that some staff members made recommendations that weren’t accurate or appropriate for clients’ medical conditions.

The study also reported that almost two in three staffers reported not receiving any training in customer service, business, medicine or science, but 94 percent had provided advice to customers, including recommending specific strains of cannabis for particular ailments and symptoms.


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Published at Thu, 05 Jan 2017 14:14:31 +0000

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Can Your Pet Benefit From Cannabis?

Can Your Pet Benefit From Cannabis?

Can your pet benefit from Cannabis?

It is just natural for us humans to think of our furry friends when it comes to ease their pain and suffering in the best way we can think of. Even more so, now that cannabis is legalized in more than half of the states of the United States for medicinal purposes for humans, naturally we would like to let our pets share in that. After all, they suffer many times similar health issues as us humans.

Pets also have an endocannabinoid system, just like us. Cannabis does what it does best. It mimics the natural messenger compounds in the body. In pets, the message delivering is just louder, stronger and longer.

The natural messenger cannabinoid of your pet is called anandamide and (2-AG) 2- Arachidonoylglycerol. The CB1 receptor in the brain and CB2 receptors in the body are stimulated by them. The difference between the human body and that of an animal is, that the cannabinoids in marijuana attach to the receptors, but don’t let go easily. They hang on longer. Drugs that can hang on longer onto the natural messenger receptors are called an agonist. The chief agonist cannabinoid in marijuana is THC and CBD. 

Does it help the pet in any way? Scientifically not enough tests have been done on pets yet. The American Veterinary Medical Association has not taken any official stance also. Even in states where cannabis is legal, veterinarians are not allowed to prescribe medicinal cannabis for pets.  Veterinarians that prescribe carefree, fail to take the following points in consideration:

  • They are assuming that the cannabinoid system in dogs and cats work the same as that of humans
  • They say that the ingredients in cannabis is practically harmless for pets

None of this has been tested yet. Dogs and cats metabolize Cannabinoids quite different from us. No veterinarian can with all surety say they know what the effect of cannabis will be on the pet. However some preliminary results have shown promise.

How can we help our pets then?

A bulldog suffered two years by lying down or vomiting until his owner started to give him a daily dose of medical marijuana. Now he plays like a puppy. A 12 year old Lab mix suffered from liver and lung cancer. After his owner started to give him medicinal tincture made from marijuana, he started to regain appetite. A Boxer’s skin cancer started to heal after marijuana oil topically was used. These are all stories of hope.

Another lady has an older cat that suffers from severe arthritis and wouldn’t come out of the closest for days. After she bought medical marijuana for pets in a spray form, almost immediately her cat has become her old self again and wants to be petted, eats better and sits on her lap.

It also looks like medicinal marijuana with high CBD, reacts better. A product called Canna-Pet is used to treat a 3 year old Rottweiler in Vermont. The dog is treated for seizures and anxiety, and after 8 months, there are far fewer seizures. Dogs are very sensitive to THC, but it seems that CBD has the acquired affect.

Vets and Marijuana Vets find themselves in a difficult place, because even though some would like to help with medicinal cannabis, their hands are still bound. It is even dangerous to mention it, because it can have career-ending consequences.

While it is not clear if medical cannabis is bad for your pet, it is also not clear if it is good for your pet. There are just not enough research on medical marijuana and your pet yet. Dosage amounts for cats, dogs or any other pet will be different from that to us humans. It is advisable to start with small doses and to be sure to stay within vet protocol.

With marijuana legal in many states, there is also a higher risk for intoxication and a high dose can lead to the death of the pet. Dogs might be more prone than cats to eat edibles, but that could be something very harmful to a dog, especially if it contains chocolate and raisins, as both are highly toxic to dogs.

It is recommendable to stick to pet products that are made from hemp based material and is high in CBD. It is also recommendable not to give medical marijuana to your pet without research. It is a deadly uncertainty as veterinarians cannot prescribe the correct dose, especially when THC is involved, not enough studies yet.

In conclusion, it is still too much error by trial, but if you have success or know of cases that worked out well, the prerogative is all yours. At this moment it the healing matter of our pets are mainly based and testimonies by owners that had success with the treatment.





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Can Cannabis Help With PMS?

Can Cannabis Help With PMS?

Can Cannabis Help With PMS?

Like may women, you may find that turning to ice cream and other such comfort foods may help you to overcome the discomfort that you may feel whilst on your period, as well as the various early warning signs that it is quickly approaching.  Using cannabis to treat PMS however is again being researched.

During Queen Victoria’s reign, it was famously noted that one of her own physicians actually prescribed a dose of medication containing marijuana to help overcome the pains that came with the menstrual cycle.  Around the same time, women across America were being prescribed medical syrup known as Dysmenine to ease the pain and discomfort of menstrual cramps.  This medication contained a dose of marijuana.

Fast-forward to the present day, and slowly, doctors are beginning to prescribe marijuana for PMS again.  A licensed medical professional who is permitted to prescribe medical marijuana to patients is known as a ‘green doctor’.  If you visit one in California, it is possible that you could walk away with a prescription for the substance.  If you have severe pain caused by PMS, then it is something that doctors are now recommending marijuana for.  In the most severe cases, medical marijuana facilities in Colorado also prescribe patients with cannabis as a treatment.

What you may be wondering is just why doctors are now deciding to prescribe medical marijuana to patients suffering from severe PMS symptoms.  Quite simply, it has been proven time and time again to lower pain.  In addition, THC, which is an active ingredient in marijuana, has also been shown to reduce the symptoms of nausea and anxiety.  These properties of marijuana collectively help the symptoms that come with PMS, including headaches, abdominal cramps, and mood swings.

It does not come as a surprise that marijuana is being prescribed to help with these symptoms however.  Even before green doctors had started making recommendations to their patients to try the remedy, for decades, women have praised cannabis for offering them relief from their temporary symptoms during that particular time of the month, especially the pain associated with menstrual cramps.

Now you may be wondering why it is that physicians are only just beginning to see this benefit to women for medical marijuana use.  Well for a start, there as not been a great deal of research carried out in relation to the connection between marijuana and periods.  This doesn’t mean that there is any doubt about it’s usefulness to women, but it is just that PMS has so far not been considered to be of great enough importance to research.  At the end of the day, research costs a lot of money and so other illnesses such as cancer and PTSD have been regarded as being more important than the short term symptoms faced by some women.

Another reason why there has been a lack of research into the treatment of PMS symptoms using marijuana is due to the federal government.  Getting permission to legally test the effectiveness of marijuana involves a lot of legal paperwork, especially as it is not legal on a federal level.  For this reason, validating any research at all into marijuana use for PMS is very tricky.

There are also some conflicting opinions when it comes to offering women marijuana to treat the symptoms of PMS.  THC has been known to cause paranoia and other mental health issues when it is used for prolonged amounts of time.  It can also lead to the patient over eating.  Neither of these long-term side effects are helpful to women who suffer from severe PMS symptoms.

Even if marijuana is prescribed for PMS however, it is recommended that the patient is careful about the dose that she takes.  The correct dosage for the patient is the lowest possible amount of marijuana that is required to ease the symptoms to a comfortable level.  If the patient follows the appropriate guidelines for choosing the correct dose, then it is possible to use medical marijuana without the psychoactive side effects that it can cause.

If you have been recommended to use medical marijuana for severe PMS symptoms, you may be wondering what strains are going to be best for you to use.  It is important that you always look for the strains of marijuana that are indica dominant.  The indica strains are best for relieving pain, and this is not a property that can usually be attributed to sativa strains.  When you choose a sativa variety of marijuana plant, you will experience a high feeling.  You are also likely to feel hungry after you have used a sativa strain.  This is not likely to help with your PMS symptoms.  Due to the more mellow feeling, the effective relief from menstrual cramps and the lower risk of being left with a hungry feeling, indica strains are usually the plants to look out for when you are choosing your medical marijuana products.






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The Top 5 Dry Herb & Oil Vaporizers Of 2016

The Top 5 Dry Herb & Oil Vaporizers Of 2016

Thursday, December 1st, 2016



2016 has seen so many new innovative products emerge from the cannabis industry and in the world of vaporizers, that goes double. Whether you just like good old herb vaporizers or if you’re an all out oil enthusiast we’ve got you covered.

This Thing Rips! R2 Series Vape Pen Kit

R2 Series VaporizersThis sleek, discreet concentrate vape is perfect for the discreet smoker. It features a easy to remove top cap and a polycarbonate visual heating chamber for a nice burn all the way through. Coming from the highly respected vaporizer company Smok this is the perfect vape for someone who prefers to smoke on the down low.

Fez Dry Leaf Vaporizer

Fez Dry Leaf Vaporizers

If you couldn’t already tell by the name, this thing is made for vaping dry herb in style. The Fez has no lack of power and comes equipped with an extremely powerful, 4,000 mVh lithium ion battery that can handle up to 2,000 puffs on a single charge. It also comes with 3 different temperature control settings ranging from 300-464 degrees Fahrenheit . These vaporizers are very discreet, powerful and easy to clean giving you a great vaporizer for a good price.

Entropy Vape Kit With Ceramic Atomizer and Dabber Tool

Entropy Vaporizers

Coming from Entropy Labs, you know these are going to be quality vaporizers. The heating element and outside housing are ceramic making it easy to clean. Inside is a mounted wick coil for a tasty oil vaping experience. It also comes with a rechargeable 1100 mAh ego battery, a titanium dabber tool, a USB charger and a carrying case!

OG Four 2.0 Lava-Quartz Coil Vaporizer
OG Four 2.0 Lava-Quartz Coil Vaporizers

The OG Four 2.0 is the newest creation from This Thing Rips! It uses lava-quartz technology to give you the cleanest and smoothest hit possible. Inside this beast is a quartz rod single coil atomizer that is perfect for vaping concentrates while providing the best taste possible. For power it’s got a 6500 mAh battery and you also get a dabbr tool, a silicone jar, a usb connector and even an extra atomizer!

The Extreme-Q Vaporizer

The Extreme-Q Vaporizers

What you’re looking at is a table top Extreme-Q Vaporizer from no other then Arizer. You can use it two ways, either with the hose or the collection bags. What makes this vaporizer so amazing is it comes with a lifetime warranty, two cyclone bowls, a hose, an adapter, two food grade high temp-ready collection bags and some other accessories to go along with it. It features a easy-to-use LED screen that makes it easy to control all the settings. This vaporizer is perfect for someone looking to have only the highest quality smoking experience with smooth, great tasting hits.


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Published at Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:04:49 +0000

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