Medical Marijuana Blog
Vancouver Refuses to Grant Marijuana Dispensaries a Business Licence
- April 27, 2016
- Posted by: Admin
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In June 2015, Vancouver became the first city to vote to regulate and license medical marijuana dispensaries at a public hearing. But only a few months later, approximately 6% of applications were successful. The vast majority of those applying for business licences have been denied.
The regulations state that medical marijuana-related businesses are only allowed to operate in commercial zones away from schools, neighbourhood houses, youth facilities serving vulnerable youth, and other marijuana-related businesses. These marijuana dispensaries can only operate with a business licence at a fee of $1,000 for compassion clubs and $30,000 for medical marijuana-related retail dealers, with a development permit that includes a community notification process, and with a signed good neighbour agreement.
The city of Vancouver adopted these regulations for several reasons. First, the number of medical marijuana dispensaries grow by 100% per year from 2013 and 2015 and there’s a lack of clear and transparent regulatory framework at the federal level. In addition, the regulations have been adopted in order to hopefully achieve a balance between adequate availability of medical cannabis for those in need as well as community security, health and safety.
Currently, only 16 marijuana dispensaries, out of the 176 that applied for licences under Vancouver’s new regulations, have received the go ahead. These include Stress and Depressed Association, The Green Room Society, The Buddha Barn, Apple Health Society, Wealthshop Social Society, Apollo Medical Society, BC Pain Society, Westcoast Medicann Society, EVO Medi Society, Medicinal Express (two locations), MPN Health Society, Scooter Health Society, The Herb Co., The Healing Centre, and the Urban Earth Med Society.
Location, Location, Location
Most of the marijuana dispensaries had their applications for a business licence denied because of their location. Some were too close to schools, others were too close to community centres, and others were in too close proximity to other marijuana retailers. The rules are clear: dispensaries must be set up at least 300 metres away from schools, recreation centres, and other marijuana retailers in order to be approved for a business licence.
Even the BC Compassion Club Society, which has been in business for 18 years and is the city’s oldest dispensary, has had its application denied because it’s located across the street from Stratford Hall Private School.
Appeal or Move
And as the Vancouver board of variance has denied appeals for many of the retailers, Chief Licensing Inspector Andrea Toma believes the best step to be taken by those who were denied is to set up shop in a different location and re-apply, rather than to continue appealing the decisions. Otherwise, they have six months to close their doors if they don’t move.
Moving is easier said than done, though, as many of these marijuana dispensaries are non-profits without much money. Moving to a different area will likely lead to an increase in rent, which means they’ll have to make cuts to the healthcare services they provide members. Others cannot find new rentals that meet the city’s strict guidelines.
Too Close to Other Dispensaries
However, 30 of the 176 marijuana dispensaries that did not receive approval on their first applications are now being moved to a secondary, competitive licensing stage. For these 30 stores, the only issue is that they’re too close to another cannabis dispensary. They now have the chance to make their case based on many factors, including community complaints and previous police contact. For these dispensaries, there is still hope of staying alive.
Didn’t Apply? Close Your Doors
The cannabis retailers that did not apply for a licence, perhaps in an attempt to stay off of the city’s radar or to avoid being denied altogether, business isn’t going to continue as usual. They, too, have been asked to close their doors immediately, or risk facing legal action and fines.
13 Amazing Facts about Medical Marijuana
- December 6, 2015
- Posted by: Admin
- Category: Uncategorized
Though a lot of controversy surrounds it, medical marijuana is awesome. It’s an incredible alternative treatment option that more and more patients suffering from debilitating, chronic, and often fatal illnesses are starting to use. It really isn’t surprising that medical marijuana is increasing in popularity. Just consider these 13 amazing facts.
- 1 1. It Can Treat Alzheimer’s
- 2 2. It Kills Cancer Cells
- 3 3. Smoking Cannabis Can Lead to Brain Growth
- 4 4. Legal Medical Marijuana Reduces Suicide Rates
- 5 5. Legal Medicinal Cannabis Reduces Overdose Rates
- 6 6. There’s No Need to Smoke It
- 7 7. You Don’t Need to Get Stoned
- 8 8. It Can Improve Lung Health
- 9 9. It’s One of the Best Epilepsy Treatment Options
- 10 10. It’s also Effective for Treating Drug-Resistant Multiple Sclerosis
- 11 11. It Can Help Our Troops
- 12 12. It Protects Your Brain
- 13 13. Marijuana Is One of the Most Pharmacologically Active Plants in the World
1. It Can Treat Alzheimer’s
There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, and few treatment options are available—most efforts are focused on prevention. And many studies have shown that medicinal marijuana can help prevent it. Both THC and CBD can positively affect the brain’s nerve cell function to reduce the chronic brain inflammation that causes Alzheimer’s.
2. It Kills Cancer Cells
Medicinal cannabis isn’t only beneficial in terms of reducing nausea and increasing appetite for cancer patients, it can also kill cancer cells, while leaving the healthy cells undisturbed. Brain, lung, breast, prostate, oral, pancreatic, liver, and blood cancers can be treated with cannabis.
3. Smoking Cannabis Can Lead to Brain Growth
Though many anti-marijuana activists will tell you that cannabis kills brain cells, it actually does the opposite. New studies show that medical marijuana actually promotes neurogenesis—aka, brain cell growth.
4. Legal Medical Marijuana Reduces Suicide Rates
Areas that have passed medical marijuana laws are now seeing a decrease in their suicide rates—by almost 5 percent. Most experts believe that the reduction is based on the fact that people who were self-medicating with alcohol have replaced this habit with the use of the safer alternative, cannabis.
5. Legal Medicinal Cannabis Reduces Overdose Rates
States that have implemented medicinal marijuana laws appear to be benefiting from a lower opioid overdose death rate than states that haven’t yet passed such legislature. Cannabis use doesn’t lead to fatal overdoses, and patients are switching from dangerous pharmaceutical painkillers to this more natural treatment option.
6. There’s No Need to Smoke It
Many patients don’t enjoy the harsh experience that comes with smoking—the smell, the taste, the dry mouth, or the coughing. But there are more enjoyable and health conscious ways to ingest your treatment. Making edibles can provide more long-lasting relief for chronic symptoms and eliminates the need for smoking completely. Vaporization is also another commonly recommended alternative.
7. You Don’t Need to Get Stoned
Worried about feeling too high to function? There’s no reason to avoid medical marijuana for this reason. There are hybrid strains on the market that will allow you to get the health benefits you need to treat your symptoms that won’t get you stoned at all. Just buy strains that are high in CBD and low in THC.
8. It Can Improve Lung Health
A shocking truth, I know. But medicinal cannabis has no link to lung damage. In fact, it can even reverse the carcinogenic effects of tobacco to improve lung health.
9. It’s One of the Best Epilepsy Treatment Options
Unfortunately, many epileptic patients do not find relief from typical pharmaceutical treatments—they’re pretty hit or miss. Medicinal marijuana can be used to prevent epileptic activity in the brain—often better than traditional drugs can.
10. It’s also Effective for Treating Drug-Resistant Multiple Sclerosis
Patients living with MS often do not find relief of their pain with traditional drug treatments, either. But many see improvements after ingesting medical marijuana.
11. It Can Help Our Troops
PTSD is a nasty symptom of war and many veterans suffer from it—severely limiting their quality of life. Medicinal cannabis can help regulate the system that controls anxiety and fear in the brain.
12. It Protects Your Brain
People who have strokes or other traumatic brain injuries, like concussions, can benefit from medical cannabis’s neuroprotective effects on the brain.
13. Marijuana Is One of the Most Pharmacologically Active Plants in the World
Ever wonder why medical marijuana is so beneficial to your health? It’s because it has over 400 different pharmacologically active chemicals!
How to Find Weed Dispensaries Online
- February 2, 2015
- Posted by: Admin
- Category: Uncategorized
If you’re looking for weed dispensaries, online research is your best bet. It will save you plenty of time and help you find the best selection of medical marijuana quickly. A good place to start is Weedmaps.com, which has become the most popular directory of cannabis dispensaries in a short time. In 2014 the site ranked in the top 5,000 websites out of millions in the United States, according to Alexa.com. The site also gets a very high trust rating on ScamAdviser.com, which gives 1-100 point ratings on whether or not the site can be trusted based on over 150 different factors. Using WeedMaps.com and similar online directories can help you find the closest dispensaries in your geographic region quickly.
The Beauty of Weedmaps
Weedmaps has offices in Orange County, California and in Denver, Colorado, one of the most pot-friendly cities in the world. The site was founded by Justin Hartfield and Keith Hoerling in 2008 and has rapidly become the Yelp of weed dispensaries, online resource for dispensary geography and leading provider of dispensary reviews. Through this comprehensive website, you can search for medical marijuana based on lab-tests, delivery opportunities and other criteria. The site is also an index for legitimate and licensed doctors, which allows you to set online appointments. It can also direct you to grow shops.
Considered the marijuana industry’s leading authority on dispensaries, Weedmaps is built on a database that tracks over 3,000 dispensaries and an astounding 25,000 cannabis strains. Through the site, millions of patients can connect with each other and comment on dispensary experiences. Its sister site, Marijuana.com, is another excellent cannabis resource for staying up to date on marijuana news, strains and cannabis products. Although ownership of Weedmaps has traded hands since its formation, Hartfield bought the company back in 2013 and is now a NORML board member who is working toward the federal legalization of cannabis in the United States. Today Weedmaps is the most popular medical marijuana app in both the Apple and Google mobile app stores.
Expanding Your Mind Online
The amount of knowledge you can learn about marijuana from Weedmaps and Marijuana.com is amazing compared with most other pot websites, although NORML.org is very useful as well. The geography of dispensaries is demystified by Weedmaps, which integrates with Google Maps. Simply type the name of your city in the dispensary search box and get a listing of the dispensaries in your area. These cannabis vendors are rated by reviewers giving 1-5 stars with data on the number of reviewers.
When you click the link of the dispensary name, you’ll go to a page with a Google Map that shows where the pot shop is located. You will also learn the type of pot (indica, sativa or hybrid) as well as the name of the cannabis strains available at that particular location. It will also reveal if the dispensary sells other cannabis products besides buds such as concentrate or wax. Reviews at the bottom of the page are sorted by featured dispensary, most recently reviewed or most helpful establishments. The reviews of shops are rated on a scale of 1-5 stars based on five categories: bud quality, reliability, staff, professionalism and price.
From brief reviews of weed dispensaries, online research can be maximized in a matter of minutes, saving you time and money while learning where to find high quality medical marijuana. You can also click on the reviewer’s name and read their reviews of other dispensaries. Then you can add your own comment to the review if you login after signing up, which lets you join marijuana forums.
How to Find Medical Marijuana for Sale
- January 19, 2015
- Posted by: Admin
- Category: Uncategorized
Finding medical marijuana for sale varies depending on where you live. If you happen to live in the pot-friendly nation of Canada, for example, you can use Health Canada as a starting point to find medical marijuana. But if you live in the United States, a little over half the states have kept it illegal despite the 23 states that have legalized it for medical use. It is much easier to find cannabis in the states that have legalized it for recreational use, which includes Washington and Colorado. The following research will help you locate medical marijuana in your area.
The internet is the best tool for tracking down any product, its pricing and locations where it is sold. Even with medical marijuana, you are much likely to find a dispensary closest to you than any other method besides tips from friends and medical professionals. The best place to start your online search for medical cannabis is the site Weedmaps.com, which is a directory of thousands of dispensaries. It provides a search tool to enter your city and get a list of dispensaries, along with customer reviews. There are other portals that provide helpful links to dispensaries, including Leafly.com, Medicinemansdispensary.com and Medicalmarijuana.com. There are also sites that can direct you to growing your own plants with seeds, such as Weedsthatplease.com, 420seeds4you.net and Amsterdammarijuanaseeds.com.
Purchasing cannabis online may not be the best idea, especially if you do not have a medical marijuana card and you do not live in the state where the website is based. The laws are still blurry when it comes to the proper way to purchase medical marijuana. You can still be arrested for possession if you are not careful about how you go about acquiring cannabis. The best approach is to buy medical marijuana directly from a dispensary and develop a relationship with expert caretakers.
Technically doctors are not allowed to prescribe medical marijuana in the United States, since it has not yet been approved by the FDA. However, doctors can recommend medical pot in accordance with state laws. These same doctors may be able to give you insight on where to buy medical marijuana for sale even if they themselves cannot recommend a specific dispensary. It’s best to find a doctor who supports medical marijuana and knows plenty about it. Many doctors approve of the medicine but don’t really know much about it or where to find it. “Further research is needed” is what you may hear from doctors.
One of the best sources for tracking down local medical marijuana dispensaries that do not promote themselves online is through local weekly or monthly publications that cater to the 20 to 40 year old demographic, particularly fans of local culture. These publications are also more likely to give the best coverage about local issues regarding medical marijuana in your area. Check the classified ad section in the back pages.
You can avoid arrest by staying up to date on the medical marijuana laws in your state, county and city. Just because the law may allow buying cannabis from a licensed non-profit dispensary that pays taxes, does not mean it’s legal or safe to buy pot from friends who sell it on the black market. If you happen to live in Colorado, you have several options, which include medical marijuana vending machines that require medical marijuana ID cards. Don’t assume that just because you come across a marijuana website or app that it’s ok to buy through it, as some medical marijuana for sale platforms have been busted by police.
3 Types of Weed That Help Treat Your Glaucoma
- January 2, 2015
- Posted by: Admin
- Category: Uncategorized
Glaucoma patients have been treating their eye problems with medical marijuana long before it was even made legal in various states. This health condition involves damage to the optic nerve, which can limit side vision and occasionally lead to blindness. The key to reducing this damage has been to relieve pressure within the eye, which cannabis has been known to do. As long as you become familiar with various types of weed, glaucoma may be treated to at least relieve discomfort in the eyes.
The idea that pot can treat glaucoma goes back to research from the 1970s that has been supported by the National Eye Institute. Cannabis, however, only has a short term effect on relieving eye pressure for about three hours. Using cannabis six to eight times a day may help treat glaucoma more effectively than using it once per day, but at the risk of being impaired all day, which can restrict certain activities, such as driving a car.
There is evidence that part of the cause of glaucoma is reduced blood flow to the optic nerve. Marijuana, however, can lower blood pressure in the body, which can potentially lower the flow of blood to the optic nerve. Consequently, in June 2014 the American Academy of Ophthalmology reaffirmed its stance that it does not recommend cannabis products for treating glaucoma. You should find out more by speaking with your eye doctor.
One of the keys to demystifying cannabis is to understand that it comprises thousands of different strains that have various effects that affect individuals differently. Due to its complexity, many scientists disagree on cannabis as a universal medicine. Not every strain is going to work for every glaucoma patient, which is part of the reason that eye doctors are hesitant to recommend cannabis for their patients. Many doctors simply do not have the time or the curiosity to learn which strains are most effective for treating glaucoma.
When studying various types of weed, glaucoma treatment researchers need to consider which strains have the most positive effect on relieving eye pressure. The first step to selecting the proper cannabis strain is to understand the difference between sativa and indica cannabis. While sativas are more energetic and creative, indicas are more relaxing and likely to put your whole body to sleep quickly. The following cannabis strains have been given positive reviews by glaucoma patients.
This popular sativa is one of the most well known cannabis strains in history. Its sweet smell and sour aftertaste make it unique weed. Not only is it used for glaucoma, it can also be used to treat anxiety, depression and pain. It has a medium potency but produces an uplifting happy energy for the patient. When considering the various types of weed, glaucoma patients should pay attention to this tropical strain.
This indica strain is considered top of the line by Sonoma County Collective in California. It has potency of 17 percent THC and up to 20 percent cannabinoids. This pot has a cherry aroma and produces an intense head rush. It looks green mixed with plenty or reddish-orange hairs.
With a bright green appearance mixed with dark blue and purple spots along with orange hairs, this grade A indica hybrid is extremely potent. It is most appropriate for nighttime use at home. The buzz is heavily concentrated behind the eyes. It has a sweet earthy fruit flavor but can limit social interaction. Another characteristic about the buzz is that it is very strong and relaxing, providing pain relief for glaucoma patients.
5 Great Websites to Buy Weed Online
- November 26, 2014
- Posted by: Admin
- Category: Uncategorized
Medical marijuana patients need to be careful about buying cannabis from online sources for a few reasons. Some sites claiming to sell legal cannabis have actually been scams. You should also be aware that it’s still possible to be arrested for purchasing marijuana due to federal law, even in states that have legalized it, especially if you do not have proper licensing according to state laws. The best thing to do is learn your state’s laws and only buy within your state. That means if you want to buy weed online, websites need to be researched to find out where they are based. The following are sites that sell cannabis online.
1. Harborside Health Center (Oakland, CA)
This site offers free delivery to residents in the San Francisco Bay Area but only accepts cash, money orders and cashier’s checks. Drivers only accept exact amounts of money. The site’s menu of medical cannabis products include flowers, concentrates, edibles, topicals, seeds and accessories such as shirts. Orders can be made online 24 hours per day, although deliveries are only made 1-7 pm daily.
2. Speed Weed (Los Angeles, CA)
Serving the Los Angeles and Orange County areas of Southern California, this delivery service offers flowers, edibles, hash, wax, concentrates and cannabis products. Ordering online requires membership. The site says privacy is a priority and that its delivery service is fast, safe and discreet.
3. Crown Collective (Forestville, CA)
Member patients of this Northern California cannabis delivery service can resume making online orders on Memorial Day 2015. The grass roots collective is a member of ASA and CANORML. Its innovative payment method is through donations for patients with transportation needs. Strains include Granddaddy Purple, Blackberry Kush, Super Lemon Haze and Cherry AK wax.
4. Weed Store USA (Atlanta, GA)
Claiming to be the “world’s largest herbal smoke shop,” this site sells 100 percent natural buds online along with vaporizers and other cannabis products. Strains include Big Bud, Mr. Nice, Blackberry Kush, Super Lemon Haze, Hawaiian Indica, Girl Scout Cookies and Jack Herer. Rush delivery orders are available within the United States.
5. Real Scientific Hemp Oil (Poway, CA)
Based in San Diego County, Real Scientific Hemp Oil (RSHO) says on its site that it does not sell any products that violate the United States Controlled Substances Act. Its parent company develops hemp cultivars that contain cannabidiol (CBD) content. The product is cannabis oil with a high concentration of CBD. RSHO comes from hemp that is grown free of herbicides and toxic fertilizers. It can be ordered online by members within the United States. For more information, call (866)-273-8502.
Other Places to Buy Weed Online, Websites
There really isn’t a wide variety of safe places to buy medical marijuana online yet, but there likely will be in the years ahead. Places where marijuana is legal for recreational purposes such as Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia should be on your radar for resources to check in the future. These are the locations where the medical marijuana industry will likely become the most competitive.
If you live in Canada, you can order medical cannabis from various websites that are licensed by Health Canada. Stay away from buying pot online through classified sites like Craigslist due to possible scams. One of the best online directories of dispensaries is WeedMaps.com. If you live in the United States, find a dispensary in your area that offers a delivery service that allows you to place orders online. Before you buy weed online, websites need to be checked for trust level with a site such as ScamAdviser.com.
[Infographic] Medical Marijuana vs. Traditional Pharmaceuticals
- November 18, 2014
- Posted by: Admin
- Category: Uncategorized
The federal government currently classifies marijuana as a Schedule I substance, on par with heroin and LSD — but research has shown marijuana to be safer than most of the prescription medications the federal government has made legal.
With 23 states and Washington, D.C. now allowing the legal use of marijuana for its medicinal properties, it’s clear that more Americans than ever are discovering how beneficial and safe medical marijuana can be.
And if you haven’t heard about all the benefits of using medicinal marijuana , it might actually shock you to learn just how safe medical marijuana use can be compared to other FDA-regulated medicines.
The Therapeutic Ratio
When considering how safe any medicine is, it’s essential to consider its therapeutic ratio. The therapeutic ratio is the ratio of the amount of a medicine that it takes to give a therapeutic effect to the amount that causes toxicity.
For example, the therapeutic ratio of aspirin is 1:20. One recommended dose (two pills) is the amount recommended to relieve pain in adults — but 20 of these doses (40 pills) can be toxic to patients, even lethal.
Meanwhile, medical marijuana’s therapeutic ratio is so high that it is virtually impossible to quantify, according to Francis L. Young, a DEA administrative law judge. Basically, it’s nearly impossible to overdose on medical marijuana. Throughout the states where it’s legal, medical marijuana laws have even resulted in a significant decrease in mortality rate associated with opioids.
Medical Marijuana and Hepatitis C
It’s widely understood that traditional treatment methods for Hepatitis C are extremely harsh and produce undesirable side effects. Patients who undergo traditional Hepatitis C therapy often experience nausea, depression, appetite loss, muscle aches and chronic fatigue for months at a time.
However, medical marijuana has emerged as a way to alleviate the harsh side effects of Hepatitis C treatment on patients, and the results are astounding. In a 2006 study, 86% of Hepatitis C patients who used medical marijuana in conjunction with their treatment were able to successfully complete treatment. A mere 29% of patients who didn’t use medical marijuana were able to finish their treatment. This study proves that medicinal marijuana’s lessening of Hepatitis C treatment’s side effects is a significant factor in successfully treating the condition.
Compared to prescription drugs, marijuana is virtually harmless
When it comes to mortality rates, FDA-regulated prescription drugs don’t have the best track record. One study, which looked at 17 FA-approved pharmaceuticals commonly prescribed for conditions that can also be treated with medical marijuana, found that a stunning 11,687 people died from 1997 to 2005 after using, or abusing, those drugs.
In the same eight-year study, zero people died as a result of marijuana use.
In addition, marijuana is virtually non-addictive, with only 10% of users on average developing a dependence. In contrast, more than 15 million people worldwide are addicted to prescription opioid painkillers like Vicodin and Oxycontin.
Compared to traditional prescription medicines and drugs, medical marijuana is a more natural, safer, and less addictive alternative that can provide the same — or even better — health benefits.
Considering all the advantages that medicinal marijuana boasts, it’s a good choice for your health to ask your doctor about getting a medical marijuana prescription if you live in a state where it’s legal.
It just might save your life.
3 Types of Weed That Can Help Treat Your Anxiety
- November 5, 2014
- Posted by: Admin
- Category: Uncategorized
Suffering from anxiety can greatly affect your daily mode of living-it can make every day, every conversation, and every simple task seems almost impossible. You have likely been prescribed several different medications, such as Xanax, Ativan and Valium. Some might not have relieved your symptoms, while others might have given you adverse side effects that were just as debilitating as your anxiety. Luckily, there are specific types of weed that can relieve your anxious symptoms if you are thinking of using medical marijuana for your condition.
There are hundreds of types of weed-all of which have unique benefits and disadvantages. Not every strain will create the same effects, so if you want to treat your angst and nervousness effectively, you should find a strain that is specifically grown to combat anxious feelings.
For the best results in treating this condition, find a strain that is low in THC and high in cannabidiol (CBD). CBD can lower the effects of THC and not leave you feeling the “high” that many types of weed provide, so you get the medical benefits without the feelings of impairment and chances of increased anxiety. The strain you choose should have at the very least a 1:1 CBD to THC ratio, though the higher the CBD, the less likely you are to induce further anxious feelings.
Here are three types of weed that can help treat your anxiety, so you can continue living your life without feeling anxious.
1. Chocolate Chunk
Chocolate Chunk is a 100% Indica strain that has an earthy, chocolate aftertaste. Its use is ideal for nights or lazy days. Its high is intense and long lasting so you don’t have to use a lot of it. This strain is great for social or general anxiety as well as panic attacks. It will leave you with reduced feelings of stress and muscle tensions so you can relax and finally feel at ease.
Harlequin is a 75/25 Sativa-dominant strain of weed, with especially high levels of CBD and low THC, which makes it an excellent choice for medical patients. It tends to produce a warm buzz and has a sedation effect that can keep you relaxed and anxiety-free, without the feeling of being high so you can use it throughout the day and be comfortable in social situations. You will still feel clear headed, energized and functional and will have a mild body stone.
Cannatonic is a 50/50 Sativa and Indica hybrid strain of marijuana often used to treat anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, pain and depression. It has a lemony pine scent and is a fan favourite in the medical community for its therapeutic benefits. It has a 1:1 THC to CBD ratio or better. You can use this strain during the day. Your mind and body will be relaxed but the effects won’t cloud your thoughts.
Find the Right Strain for You
Don’t let anxious feelings control your life. Make your daily living easier with medical marijuana. Many medical marijuana strains are ideal for relieving anxious feelings and letting you live your life in a relaxed manner without the strong effects of feeling high.
To really treat your symptoms, make sure you use the right types of weed. However, not all types of weed will work in the same way for every user, so test out a small amount of a strain before you use it to fully medicate and pay attention to your body’s reactions to it. With some testing, you will be able to find the perfect strain that works for your symptoms.
How to Avoid Feeling Lazy From Marijuana Use
- May 19, 2014
- Posted by: Admin
- Category: Uncategorized
Now that the legalization of medical marijuana is spreading across the United States, the next big debate will likely be on how the drug can lead to chronic, lazy, marijuana use. It’s important to remember that not everyone reacts the same way to cannabis, as it elevates some minds while closing down others. Although marijuana does not have the adverse side effects of certain prescription drugs, it can still be overused to the point that it makes people tired and unmotivated to accomplish things. The key to avoiding this lazy distraction that can slow down productivity is to be aware of the drug’s effects and the fact that exercise and challenging mental activities can counter laziness.
Staying Physically Fit
Unless you are a patient confined to a bed or wheelchair, it’s a good idea to exercise every day since it’s a big part of staying healthy. As pleasant and relaxing as pot may be, it should not be a substitute for diet and exercise when it comes to good health. Besides, exercise may even counter whatever damage cannabis smoke might cause the respiratory system. It’s not necessary to lift weights or do anything strenuous, but it’s helpful to do simple exercises, even if it’s just walking around the block or doing sit-ups in your living room. The more you stay active, the more your body will appreciate your actions. Constant laziness, however, is not good for the body at all.
Even though swimming is one of the best exercises for your entire body, it’s not a good idea to swim under the influence of marijuana. Nor is it a good idea to do anything dangerous like skiing or skydiving under the drug’s influence because you definitely want to be in full control when engaging in those types of sports. While many people can function just as normally under the drug as when they are completely drug-free, there’s risk involved with certain individuals who lose track of conscious activity after smoking cannabis. The drug does put people in a dream state, so engaging in safe activity is a top priority when using cannabis.
Another good way to avoid lazy, marijuana use is to focus on any type of mental activity that challenges you to improve yourself. Playing a musical instrument such as guitar or piano is an excellent way to counter the drug’s lazy effects. Any type of hobby that doesn’t involve safety issues is an excellent way to balance the drug’s medical benefits with your own personal goals. Working on a computer or even playing video games will keep the mind active, but just sitting on a couch watching TV adds to the problem. Crossword puzzles and board games can also be a good remedy to lazy, marijuana use. Chess is one of the most challenging board games because it requires thinking several moves ahead.
One of the benefits of cannabis is that is opens the mind to a broad range of creative thinking. It has helped some of the most brilliant people of all time explore out of the box thinking, leading to impressive art. Inventors and musicians have used cannabis to explore new ideas with amazing results. It’s hard to imagine how successful The Beatles would have been had Bob Dylan not introduced them to marijuana within a year of becoming the world’s most successful band. Marijuana certainly didn’t slow them down.
It really comes down to each individual’s self-determination to overcome the laziness that cannabis can influence. Choose an activity that you like so that you are in control and feel good about it.
3 Lessons Learned About Cannabis Tea
- May 19, 2014
- Posted by: Admin
- Category: Cooking With Cannabis
Medical marijuana comes in many forms and can be ingested different ways besides smoking. It can be eaten as food or sipped as tea. In many ways, drinking cannabis tea is one of the healthiest ways to use the medicine. It’s also relaxing and comforting for some people and has similar sedative effects to eating or smoking the cannabis leaves, although it is somewhat less potent. The following lessons about cannabis tea may help you decide if it is the proper treatment for your condition.
How Does Cannabis Tea Taste?
Cannabis tea has a taste much like any other type of tea. It can be mixed with other ingredients such as milk, butter and spices, to enhance the flavor. Fat from butter helps extract the THC from cannabis. India is one of the earliest cultures to use cannabis in tea form, which is known as Bhang and is still served to guests at parties. Bhang enthusiasts tend to add spices or sweeteners for flavoring, such as cinnamon, cloves and honey. There are varieties of other items you can mix in with tea to improve the taste, such as lemon or mint.
Also read: comparing and contrasting THC and CBD.
Making Tea with Cannabis
The process for making medical marijuana tea is not as simple as preparing regular tea. It involves more than adding hot water to leaves since the active ingredient THC in not water-soluble. THC can be extracted by boiling cannabis leaves, but requires alcohol, butter, milk or oil in the water to help separate the chemical from the leaves. The various types of milk that can be used in the process includes rice milk or soy milk. About one gram of cannabis leaves should be chopped up and added to the mix.
Note: this video wasn’t made by us. However, we found it very informative and felt it was worth sharing for those interested in learning how to make cannabis tea.
Since THC is oil soluble, cream, vegetable oil or butter containing fat helps dissolve the THC into the tea. You can mix in any type of tea in the boiling solution with cannabis leaves. Some people simply choose to boil tea and cannabis in milk or a butter and water mixture. Without butter or oil, the cannabis tea will not be very potent. Once you mix cannabis and butter in boiling water, you should lower the heat, cover the pot and let it simmer for about twenty minutes. It should then sit for another forty minutes before serving.
Potency and Effects
The effects of cannabis tea are milder than other methods of ingestion, but can perhaps be more pleasant for individuals who are not interested in becoming intoxicated. The drink helps calm people down and put them in a relaxed state of mind. Leaves from mature plants, however, can have more powerful effects. Cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries, particularly in the 19th century. Queen Victoria of England even drank cannabis tea, as it was prescribed by her doctor for treating menstrual cramps.
In Jamaica, cannabis tea is called ganja tea, which is frequently used as medicine. Ganja tea, however, is made from a different plant than the cannabis that is smoked and is much less potent. It is used to treat fever, cold, illness or stress. Cannabis tea can have the same effects as smoking the plant if you drink enough cups of it. Effects can last up to eight hours if you drink a certain amount. The reason THC works as a medicine is due to the chemical having the ability to imitate the body’s pain fighting systems.