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Marijuana Container Planting: A Primer

Marijuana Container Planting: A Primer

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Container planting is one of the most common methods of growing cannabis. Aside from convenience, container planting allows for better and much more thorough maintenance operations. This method has paved the way for the development of special cannabis plant containers for optimized gardening. Now, growing your own supply of cannabis requires a lot of dedication and hard work. To help you grow healthy mary janes, consider this primer your basic marijuana container planting education.

It’s All in the Roots

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If you know a thing or two about growing cannabis, you’re probably aware that healthy roots equate to a healthy marijuana plant. If you’re a weed gardening newbie, you can start learning with that piece of information. In order to keep your cannabis roots healthy and happy, you must make sure they get enough TLC. In this case, TLC constitutes of four different elements:

  • Moisture- Dry roots are a sign of poor marijuana health. Mary janes can’t stand neglect, and if you don’t think you can commit to regular tending and watering, maybe marijuana container planting is not the best hobby for you. Aside from neglect, not having the right planting container can also devoid cannabis roots of moisture. Make sure to put your plant in an appropriate container and water it on a regular basis.

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  • Oxygen- Marijuana plants need oxygen to breathe and grow. If you don’t have a well-ventilated plant container, you may end up with suffocating marijuana roots.
  • Nutrients- Nutrients come from the soil you grow your plant on. However, not all potting soils are created equally. Some of these lack the essential nutrients that your cannabis plant needs to thrive and produce buds. In this case, you may want to consider soil amendments to fortify your potting soil, allowing for a much healthier plant and efficient bud production.

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  • Right pH- Testing your soil’s pH is a prerequisite in gardening. While it is often overlooked by casual gardeners, the pH levels do in fact have a role to play in keeping the roots healthy. With the wrong pH, the growth and production are not at their best– particularly when it comes to nutrient absorption.

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Selecting Marijuana Plant Containers

Plant containers play a huge role in growing cannabis. Whether it’s a standard terracotta pot or a more advanced hydroponic system, a good marijuana plant container should provide the most optimal environment for cannabis roots. You also want these containers to have prebored holes or some sort of drainage system for the runoff. Here are some of the most common types of marijuana plant containers that you may want to consider.

  • Standard Pot with Saucer- This container is ideal for people who don’t want to complicate things when it comes to weed gardening. Technically, any flower pot with drainage holes at the bottom can be used to grow cannabis. You can purchase plastic ones from most hardware and gardening centers if you have the budget. You can also use classic terracotta pots that soak up excess water and store them for better cooling and ventilation. Standard pots should come with matching saucers for catching water runoff.

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  • Air Pots- Aside from drainage holes at the bottom, the air pots also have side openings all around to provide maximum ventilation and automated “air-pruning.” With air pots, you’ll have to water your marijuana plants more frequently as these containers can dry out quicker than the standard ones. You also want to get appropriate-sized saucers to catch runoff from the side and bottom runoff exits.
  • Fabric Pots- Instead of growing cannabis in a cycle, fabric pots make use of air-pruning technology to ensure healthy roots and plant growth. Cannabis plants grown in fabric pots are impossible to overwater as the moisture gets soaked and stored easily by the fabric. While fabric pots offer a lot in terms of root health and plant growth, these may not be the best option for poor environmental conditions. It’s also important to note that these growing mediums tend to dry quicker than standard pots. Much more frequent watering is essential.
  • Hemp Buckets- Hemp buckets share the same principle as hydroponic systems, but as compared to latter, they rely on passive hydroponics and don’t have oxygen pumps. The drainage holes are situated not at the bottom of the bucket but a few centimeters above. The small space at the bottom is used as a nutrient reservoir which reduces the need for watering. With this type of container, you just have to make sure that the nutrients at the bottom of the bucket don’t get putrid.

Conclusion

Marijuana container planting is not the easiest job in the world, but it’s also not the most difficult. Much like some of the planters mentioned above, you have to soak up and store as much information as you can about this method of growing cannabis. You’ll find yourself enjoying this craft in no time!

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Published at Tue, 22 Aug 2017 19:07:56 +0000

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Connecticut Board of Physicians Recommends Two New Medical Marijuana Conditions

Connecticut Board of Physicians Recommends Two New Medical Marijuana Conditions

The Connecticut Board of Physicians has voted to add two new medical conditions that qualify someone to become a legal medical marijuana patient.

The Board of Physicians on Friday unanimously approved adding both  “intractable headache syndromes” and “neuropathic facial pain” to the list of medical marijuana conditions for those 18 and older.  The commissioner of the Department of Consumer Protection now has the final say in whether the conditions are actually added to the state’s list of medical marijuana conditions.

If the commissioner does approve of the conditions, they will join 22 other conditions, including:

  • Positive Status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Damage to the Nervous Tissue of the Spinal Cord with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity
  • Wasting Syndrome
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Post Laminectomy Syndrome with Chronic Radiculopathy
  • Severe Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Irreversible Spinal Cord Injury with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity
  • Terminal Illness Requiring End-Of-Life Care
  • Uncontrolled Intractable Seizure Disorder

There are currently over 19,000 patients registered to legally use medical marijuana, and over 700 physicians making recommendations.

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 TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:16:13 +0000

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Study: CBD Blocks Opioid Reward, May Help Treat Addiction

Study: CBD Blocks Opioid Reward, May Help Treat Addiction

According to a new study published in the journal Planta Medica, cannabidiol blocks the reward of opioids and as such may be useful in treating those addicted to them.

This study, conducted by researchers at the University of Mississippi and Oxford, “sought to determine whether the cannabis constituent cannabidiol attenuates the development of morphine reward in the conditioned place preference paradigm.” Separate groups of mice “received either saline or morphine in combination with one of four doses of cannabidiol using three sets of drug/no-drug conditioning trials.”

After drug-place conditioning, “morphine mice displayed robust place preference that was attenuated by 10 mg/kg cannabidiol.” Further, “when administered alone, this dose of cannabidiol was void of rewarding and aversive properties.”

Researchers conclude that; “The finding that cannabidiol blocks opioid reward suggests that this compound may be useful in addiction treatment settings.”

The full study – published online by the U.S.National Institute of Health – can be found by clicking here.

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 TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:10:41 +0000

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Cannabist Show: He's a godfather of Denver comedy and pro heckler

Cannabist Show: He's a godfather of Denver comedy and pro heckler

Featured guest: Denver-based comedian David “Deacon” Gray, coordinator for new talent at Comedy Works.

LOTS TO TALK ABOUT

•  Finding a fresh voice for cannabis in the comedy scene.

•  A recreational consumer’s cancer diagnosis sparks a new appreciation of medical marijuana and honest conversations with doctors.

•  Why professional heckling is a real job, and how the on-point interruption can help pro athletes and others.

TOP MARIJUANA NEWS

DEA says Justice Department has “effectively shut down” marijuana research: The Justice Department under Attorney General Jeff Sessions has effectively blocked the Drug Enforcement Administration from taking action on more than two dozen requests to grow marijuana to use in research, one of a number of areas in which the anti-drug agency is at odds with the Trump administration, U.S. officials familiar with the matter said. “They’re sitting on it,” said one law enforcement official. –Report by The Washington Post’s Matt Zapotosky and Devlin Barrett

Norman Rockwell Museum being considered for weed dispensary: A father and son are considering the Norman Rockwell Museum property in Vermont as a possible location for a marijuana dispensary. The museum property has been up for sale for several years. –Report by The Associated Press


Close-up of the sativa cannabis strain Gorilla Glue #4, grown by District 8 and purchased at the Smoking Gun Apothecary in Glendale, Colorado in June 2017. (Vince Chandler, The Denver Post)

Gorilla Glue lawsuit: A Nevada cannabis company that lays claim to creating the highly decorated, extremely potent and wildly popular Gorilla Glue #4 strain is in a sticky legal situation over the company’s branding and marketing. The Gorilla Glue Company — maker of adhesive products such as Gorilla Glue, Gorilla Epoxy and Gorilla Tape — is suing GG Strains LLC, the company founded by Peabody and business partner Ross Johnson, alleging trademark infringement, dilution, unfair competition and cybersquatting. By licensing and marketing products under “confusingly similar” names, GG Strains is ultimately trading on the reputation and goodwill that the family-run, Sharonville, Ohio-based company built over 23 years of business, according to the March 24 complaint. –Report by The Cannabist’s Alicia Wallace

This Kansas gov candidate backs medical marijuana, gun rights — BTW he’s 16: He won’t even be able to vote, but a 16-year-old Wichita high school student says he’s serious about his bid to run for governor of Kansas. Jack Bergerson has filed to run as a Democrat in the 2018 race for governor of Kansas, saying he wanted to give people another option, The Kansas City Star reported. “Under Kansas law, there is no law governing the qualifications for governor, not one,” said Bryan Caskey, director of elections at the Kansas secretary of state’s office. “So there’s seriously nothing on the books that lays out anything, no age, no residency, no experience. Nothing.” –Report by The Associated Press

Hawaii’s first medical marijuana dispensary sells out in days: Less than a week after it opened, Maui’s first state-licensed medical marijuana dispensary is reworking its opening hours as demand for its product outstrips supply because of a backlog. Maui Grown Therapies says it had expected its most recent batch of flowers to clear state lab certification by Saturday, but that didn’t happen, The Maui News reported. –Report by The Associated Press

The Lucas Brothers talk pot, philosophy: Show host Jake is joined by Keith and Kenny Lucas at Comedy Works Downtown in Denver, returning to the site where the duo once got so high, Keith said: “Denver weed made me believe in Jesus Christ.” The Lucas Brothers talked with The Cannabist about marijuana, philosophy, New York City’s stop-and-frisk program and much more before their headlining shows at the historic club Aug. 17-19. –Video by The Cannabist’s Vince Chandler

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Published at Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:37:50 +0000

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Veteran sues police after SWAT team raided his legal Colorado marijuana grow

Veteran sues police after SWAT team raided his legal Colorado marijuana grow

A former special forces infantryman, who was awarded a Bronze Star and uses marijuana to treat PTSD after tours to Iraq and Bosnia, has sued the Fountain police SWAT team after officers raided his legal marijuana greenhouse.

Eli Olivas and his girlfriend Marisela Chavez sued the city of Fountain and Fountain police Sgt. Matthew Racine, claiming the city failed to properly train its police to investigate pot cases in a state where it’s legal to grow marijuana.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Denver by attorney Terrence Johnson. Olivas and Chavez seek compensatory damages of more than $100,000. Olivas, a paramedic, also wants his guns returned: an AK-47 rifle, a 5.56 millimeter Sig Sauer rifle and a Glock 17, court records show Police confiscated the weapons but haven’t returned them, the lawsuit says.

Fountain Police Chief Chris Heberer said the department had a valid search warrant signed by a judge.

“At the end of the day he was safe, the public was safe and we were safe,” Heberer said.

Olivas is a former U.S. Army Special Forces staff sergeant, infantryman, medic and combat veteran. Besides the Bronze Star, he earned numerous other service medals. He also was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder linked to combat.

Olivas is a registered medical marijuana patient with a permit to grow up to 99 marijuana plants for his own treatment of PTSD. He was growing 18 marijuana plants behind a locked, 6-foot privacy fence. The plants were further enclosed in a greenhouse walled with opaque glass.

At 6 a.m. on July 22, 2016, a Fountain SWAT team raided Olivas’ home with a warrant for marijuana, firearms and ammunition. They used a flash-bang device. The warrant was based on weak and untrustworthy evidence, the lawsuit says.Using a flash-bang explosion during the raid was part of a “blatant display of violence and abuse of authority,” the lawsuit says.

“Don’t shoot,” yelled Olivas, dressed only in underwear, when he saw SWAT officers pointing assault rifles at him with fingers on triggers. Police handcuffed Olivas and Chavez, who was wearing only a nightgown, the lawsuit says.

“The unconscionable aggression of the police would have traumatized any person, but given plaintiff Olivas’ history serving his country in combat, it affected him exponentially more severely and it has caused a relapse of his PTSD symptoms,” the lawsuit says.

The officers made Olivas and Chavez sit within a few feet of the exhaust pipe on a running police vehicle. Chavez had a prior shoulder injury and told the officers, but they handcuffed her anyway causing further physical injuries, the lawsuit says.

“There was no evidence that she committed a crime, she posed no immediate threat to the safety of the officers and she did not actively resist arrest or attempt to evade arrest by flight,” the lawsuit says.

Olivas and Chavez began to experience symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning including difficulty seeing, faintness, nausea and headaches. With his medical training, Olivas knew the dangerous signs of poisoning, but his request to be moved away from the fumes was refused. He stood up to get fresh air and was ordered to sit down.

The officers destroyed one of Olivas’ gates to enter the fence. They issued a summons and complaint for an illegal marijuana grow even though Olivas had a legal permit, the lawsuit says. The summons was never filed in court, but Olivas still was forced to hire an attorney.

“At all times relevant herein, the individual defendants acted intentionally, willfully and wantonly, maliciously, and with reckless disregard for and deliberate indifference to the plaintiff’s rights,” the lawsuit says.

The episode involving Olivas wasn’t an isolated event. It was symptomatic of Fountain’s failure to train officers how to investigate marijuana cases, the lawsuit says.

All the officers had to do was check whether Olivas had a legal permit to grow marijuana, the lawsuit says.

This story was first published on DenverPost.com

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Published at Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:44:57 +0000

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Study: Positive Marijuana Screening Associated with Decreased Mortality in Trauma Patients Admitted to ICU

Study: Positive Marijuana Screening Associated with Decreased Mortality in Trauma Patients Admitted to ICU

Those hospitalized for trauma who test positive for marijuana are considerably less likely to die during their stay than those who don’t, according to a new study.

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For the study, published by The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, and published online by the National Institute of Health, researchers conducted a “5-year (2008-2012) analysis of adult trauma patients (>18 y/o) in Arizona State Trauma Registry”. They included “patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) with a positive toxicology screen for marijuana”,and excluded “patients with positive alcohol or other substance screening”. Outcome measures were “mortality, ventilator days, ICU [intensive care unit], and hospital Length of Stay (LOS)”. In total, 28,813 patients were included in the analysis.

Researchers determined that  “Patients with a positive marijuana screen had a lower mortality rate (5.3 percent versus 8.9 percent) compared to patients with a negative marijuana screen”. On sub analysis of patients who received mechanical ventilation, “marijuana positive had a higher number of ventilator days (2d vs. 1d, p=0.02) and a lower mortality rate (7.3% vs. 16.1%, p<0.001) than those who were marijuana negative.”

Researchers conclude the study by stating; “A positive marijuana screen is associated with decreased mortality in adult trauma patients admitted to the ICU. This association warrants further investigation of the possible physiological effects of marijuana in trauma patients.”

The full study, conducted at the University of Arizona, can be found by clicking here.

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 TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:38:58 +0000

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Why Kevin Sabet is Wrong About Everything Concerning Cannabis

Why Kevin Sabet is Wrong About Everything Concerning Cannabis

Why Kevin Sabet is wrong about everything concerning cannabis

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If there are two assholes I hate to write about (but am forced to write about) it has to be Jeff Sessions and Kevin Sabet. Today we’re focusing on Mr. Sphincter Supreme Sabet who wrote an opinion piece for CNBC where he went on his reefer madness rant about the ills of legalized cannabis.

For those of you who don’t know who Sabet is, he’s the president of “Smart Approach to Marijuana” or SAM for short. They are deeply invested into rehabilitation clinics all over the US where a lot of their “clients” are cannabis users who were busted with pot and sentenced to mandatory rehab. So definitely he has economic incentives invested into the illegality of cannabis.

He starts off his opinion piece talking about the “promises of legalization” from the pro-pot people. “Curing cancer, fighting the opioid crises, eliminating drug cartels and environmental benefits” were all cited as the “promises” of pro-cannabis groups.

I could write an entire book on those points but for the sake of space and convenience I’ll summarize all the points and counter his points simultaneously. The reason I am forced to write about this dipshit is because he has a huge audience of ignorant people who cling onto his words like a moist dingle berry. He claims that “special interest groups” are pushing a false narrative to legalize cannabis for profit as opposed to all the civil rights violations, racial roots of prohibition and of course the decades worth of deceptive information the anti-cannabis movement has been spewing forth.

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When Reginald Schooled Sabet

In the following part, I’m going to simply write out a summary of the points Sabet made and then I’ll make an effort to respond to them all using facts and logical reasoning.

Sabet:  “Commercial market for marijuana not only harms public health and safety, it also places a significant strain on local economies and weakens the ability of the American workforce to compete in an increasingly global marketplace.”

Reginald: First of all, there is absolutely no evidence of a commercial cannabis market harming public health or safety. The only adverse effect of the cannabis market currently is that it’s a “cash-based system”, meaning there are piles of money sitting in buildings creating incentive for people to steal thus said cash. If we would have banking systems in place for the cannabis market, you’d greatly reduce the criminal incentive surrounding the cannabis market. Furthermore, dispensaries are not making people sick. No one has ever died from consuming cannabis alone and thus the claim that “public health” is effective is absolutely wrong. The claim that it places a ‘significant strain’ on local economies is also incorrect. The legal cannabis market creates tax revenue, increases tourism and has created hundreds of thousands of new jobs…If we were to embrace the cannabis industry fully, we’d see millions of new jobs created over the years and we’d be competing with the global market just fine.

Sabet: Drug use costs our economy hundreds of millions of dollars a year in public health and safety costs. The last comprehensive study to look at costs of drugs in society found that drug use cost taxpayers more than $193 billion – due to lost work productivity, health care costs, and higher crime.

Reginald: “Drug Use” costs us $193 billion. That’s not marijuana. It’s all drugs. This tactic is used quite often by prohibitionists who take general facts and apply it to a specific argument. If he’s so concerned about the Tax Payer, he should also look at the cost of Obesity to the tax payer which comes out to about $147 billion. Mental Illness costs the Tax payer $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year. The claim that there is “higher crime” associated with drug use is also bogus. Under a legalized system, crime actually drops. In Portugal petty crime dropped by 80% after they decriminalized all drugs. A lot of the “crime” he cites stems from prohibition itself.

Sabet: And now drug using employees – supported by special interest groups – are organizing to make drug use a “right” despite the negative impacts we know it will have on employers and the companies that hire them.

Reginald: Everyone has a right to use drugs. If he doesn’t think so, then every single company in the US would be allowed to fire people for drinking a beer at their homes. Yes, alcohol has a significant impact on job performance as well, yet we don’t hear him talking about these “legal drugs”. What about people hooked on legal pain killers? Does he want us to live in a puritan society where we abstain from all drug use? I’m not saying, “show up to your job high all the time”, I’m saying, what you do at home should have no impact on your job whatsoever.

Sabet: And what about that promised tax revenue? So far in Colorado, marijuana taxes have failed to shore up state budget shortfalls. The budget deficit there doubled in the last few years, despite claims that pot taxes could turn deficit into surplus.

Reginald: No one ever claimed it will “fix the deficit” but rather the claim was that it would “reduce costs associated with prohibition, incarceration while generating revenue that would have gone to the cartels.

Finally, a point he made on the “eradicating illegal drug cartels” I’d like to say…we have seen an effect happen already. The price of brick weed in Mexico dropped by more than 70% over the past few years and pot farms in Mexico are shutting down.

Kevin Sabet is someone grasping to the idea that “there is a single way people should behave” as opposed to seeing that every single person is different. Drugs don’t affect us all similarly. In fact, if you look at addiction rates all over the US…the only drug that is significantly on the rise is legal opioids being peddled at every pharmacy. So why not focus on that Mr. Sabet?

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Published at Sun, 13 Aug 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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CBD: How Much Cannabidiol Should I Take?

CBD: How Much Cannabidiol Should I Take?

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Full disclosure -we can’t tell you exactly how many CBD Gummies you can eat after your next smoke shop visit, thank to limitations from the FDA. Nor can we tell you exact health benefits (many) or make claims about Cannabidiol itself. Everything in this article is written in a “wink-wink, nudge-nudge” fashion, not to be taken seriously. We suggest you read on if you like a portion of gray-vee with your morning breakfast. Readers, it’s all downhill from here.

Getting the CBD

Chances are, you’re not growing, manufacturing, or extracting CBD right now, or maybe you are. Let’s pretend for the argument that you aren’t – where do you get CBD products in the first place?

Online

The internet has tons of websites peddling off CBD. Some of the most common products are:

  • Oils/Tinctures
  • Gummies
  • Capsules
  • Topicals – Creams/Balms/Lubricant
  • Syrups
  • CBD for pets
  • Sprays

While there will be some variations to this list, these are the CBD products you will encounter most frequently. It’s important though, that with so many sellers and products online, that you have a way to sort through the good and the bad.

Extraction

Look for indications of a company’s extraction methods. Many companies resort to extraction methods involving propane, pentane, butane, and hexane, flammable hydrocarbon gases found in petroleum. Oils made though these practices may be neurotoxic and compromise immune function and healing – definitely not what you’re looking for out of CBD products.

Look for brands that perform Supercritical CO2 extraction. This method uses high pressure carbon dioxide at cold temperatures to isolate and extract pure CBD. CO2 extraction is the most efficient and clean method for extracting CBD, killing off toxins and maintaining purity throughout the extraction process.

Where Is It Sourced?

There is no doubt the climate and conditions where Hemp is raised affects the quality of the final product. Hemp is actually a type of plant known as a “hyperaccumulator,” which means it soaks up the nutrients in the soils it grows in at an above average rate. This places even more of an emphasis on its quality of environment. If your Hemp is grown in a bed of contaminants and pesticides, you’ll ingest a polluted product more so than in other plant-derived substances.

Look for CBD products sourced from reliable European Farms, such as in Germany. Germany is known to have an active regulatory system overlooking the harvest, processing, and extraction of Hemp. There’s also the EU umbrella’s regulations, which are much stricter than regulations placed on American hemp growers. Simply, Europe has a much richer history for Hemp farming, with better procedures than is available in other places around the world.

Brick and Mortar

Due to growing demand, many more storefronts are carrying CBD products on their shelves. You can often find CBD brands in places like smoke shops, gas stations, and dispensaries. Like shopping online, go through some due diligence to find the quality of the products being sold. You may also want to go directly to a brand’s website to check for retail prices. Often, by the time a product reaches your hand, it has gone through a number of transactions with a long money trail. You may be able to buy the same product at lower prices directly.

Taking the CBD

You’ve got the CBD in hand, now, how much goes in mouth? Currently, CBD is unregulated by the Food & Drug Administration. As such, there are no data-driven recommendations for dosages. At this point, “recommended doses” are either made out of common sense or anecdotal evidence. With that said, it is suggested that each individual finds their “golden dosage” through a process of trial and error. Finding the right dose will take time, and may be frustrating, but it’s key to unlocking the therapeutic potential of your Endocannabinoid System.

It’s not only the physiological response that determines dosage but also the symptom. The dosage a Dravet Syndrome patient takes daily may not be a recommended dose for someone who needs to destress. God forbid, someone with an advanced cancer takes CBD as a last resort, may have a different approach than someone taking CBD for muscle pains. This rule might be thought of as “common sense.” That is, while there is not enough scientific data to make claims about Cannabidiol dosage, users should make the best circumstantial decisions they can.

Now, for some readers, the lack of number crunching in this article may be deeply unsatisfying. After all, “common sense” doesn’t have a divisible value. For those readers, here is a chart that presents some ideas about where to start with your CBD dosing plan.

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As you can see, normal considerations like weight play a role as well as the severity of the condition, which we touched on earlier. Again, while these guidelines can be taken very generally, self-testing is going to be the most reliable method to find the right dosage.

Review

While there is no definitive answer to “How much Cannabidiol should I take?,” getting the right Cannabidiol could be more important. Potential buyers should examine the extraction and growing methods behind each CBD brand. Once they are confident in their CBD, a period of testing will indicate the proper dosage.  Then, it’s time to let the Endocannabinoid System take over and do its thing.

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Published at Wed, 09 Aug 2017 01:01:38 +0000

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VOTE : Dumbest Drug Dealer of The Week?

VOTE : Dumbest Drug Dealer of The Week?

VOTE : Dumbest Drug Dealer of The Week?

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In case you missed it this week, we had two amazingly dumb drug dealers get busted in a very public fashion.  In one corner, we have the Weed Van, run by couple from Alabama.  They thought it would be okay to drive around the country and cross multiple state lines with over 5,000 grams of cannabis products in a van.  (Federal schedule 1 drug according to the DEA, illegal to cross a state line with it as one of the many offenses)  Did they get caught speeding?  Tail light broken?  Nope, they basically painted cannabis leafs all over their van and put their website and phone number on the van as well.

As reported at AL.com here:

A Birmingham woman was among two people busted in Chicago in a “Weed World” van over the weekend with nearly $98,000 worth of marijuana, authorities said.

When they arrived on the scene, they found Moss with an open Coors Light, according to news reports. Police said Grigss had a gun, and there was more than 5,000 grams inside the Weed World van.

Weed World Candies is part of a political movement to help fight for marijuana legalization. The lollipops are marketed and sold in vans across country. The candy sold from the vans usually contains no THC, but the advertising on the vans depicts cannabis plants next to lollipops, suggesting a cannabis flavor or the possibility of intoxication after eating the lollipops.

According to the company’s website, “We tour the country in a fleet of “loud” vehicles promoting the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana. Our product strains include Bubble Kush, O.G Kush, Strawberry Cough, White Widow, SkyWalker Kush, Purple Urkle, and A.K 47 to name a few.”

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In the other corner, we have a drug runners boat breaking down so he called the Coast Guard for help.   The problem was that he forget he had 1,200 lbs of cannabis in his storage on the boat when the Coast Guard showed up to give him a tow.   Tell us in the comments section which one pulled the biggest bone headed move of the week.

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As reported by the San Diego Union Journal Here:

Boaters carrying big pot load call Coast Guard for help — and then get arrested.

An alleged drug trafficker called the San Diego Coast Guard for help with a dead boat battery — and the assistance received was probably not what the suspected smugglers wanted.

The Coast Guard got a radio distress call from a power boat in international waters about 29 miles off Point Loma on Sunday morning.

When the San Diego-based patrol boat Sea Otter arrived to help, the Coast Guard boarding team found 1,200 pounds of marijuana below the small boat’s deck.

VOTE : Which one was dumber?

How about the quote from the Coast Guard taking full credit for their amazing detective work paying off.  Remember, the guy called them to come to his boat while he had 1,200 lbs of cannabis on board.

“I am extremely proud of the hard work and diligence of the crew,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Justin Eaton, the Sea Otter’s officer in charge, in a news release. “Working together with multiple Coast Guard assets we were able to make another seizure and slow down the flow of illegal drugs into America.”

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Published at Fri, 11 Aug 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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Study: Adolescent Cannabinoid Exposure Doesn’t Harm, Often Improves Adult Working Memory

Study: Adolescent Cannabinoid Exposure Doesn’t Harm, Often Improves Adult Working Memory

A new study published in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health, has found that cannabinoid exposure as an adolescent doesn’t harm, and often improves working memory as an adult.

“Marijuana is a prevalent illicit substance used by adolescents, and several studies have indicated that adolescent use can lead to long-term cognitive deficits including problems with attention and memory”, begins the study’s abstract. “However, preclinical animal studies that observe cognitive deficits after cannabinoid exposure during adolescence utilize experimenter administration of doses of cannabinoids that may exceed what an organism would choose to take, suggesting that contingency and dose are critical factors that need to be addressed in translational models of consequences of cannabinoid exposure.”

Researchers “recently developed an adolescent cannabinoid self-administration paradigm in male rats, and found that prior adolescent self-administration of the cannabinoid receptor agonist WIN55,212-2 (WIN) [meant to mimic the effects of cannabinoids] resulted in improved working memory performance in adulthood.”

Given “known sex differences in both drug self-administration and learning and memory processes, it is possible that cannabinoid self-administration could have different cognitive consequences in females.” Therefore, this study “aimed to explore the effects of self-administered vs. experimenter-administered WIN in adolescent female rats on adult cognitive function.”

For the study; female rats were trained to self-administer WIN daily throughout adolescence. The acute effects of adolescent WIN self-administration on memory “were determined using a short-term spatial memory test 24 h after final SA session; and the long-term effects on cognitive performance were assessed during protracted abstinence in adulthood using a delayed-match-to-sample working memory task.”

In a separate experiment, females were given “daily intraperitoneal (IP) injections of a low or high dose of WIN, corresponding to self-administered and typical experimenter-administered doses, respectively, or its vehicle during adolescence and working memory was assessed under drug-free conditions in adulthood.”

While self-administration of WIN in adolescence had no significant effects on short-term spatial memory or adult working memory, “experimenter administration of WIN resulted in improved adult working memory performance that was more pronounced in the low dose group.”

Thus, “low-dose adolescent WIN exposure, whether self-administered or experimenter-administered, results in either improvements or no change in adult working memory performance in female rats, similar to previous results found in males.”

The full study, conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, can be found by clicking here.

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Published at Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:45:43 +0000

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