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Sativa vs. Indica: What’s Right For You?

There are various varieties of Cannabis, but the two main types include the Sativa and Indica strains. Why is this relevant for you? Because if you’re looking for certain effects, it’s vital that you know the difference. This can apply whether you are looking to grow them, use them for medicinal purposes or simply for their effects. Here we will examine the differences between the two and how to choose the best one for your personal use.

Deciding What’s Best for Your Health

Sativa vs. Indica: What’s Right For You?When it comes to making the right decision, you need to know what you want. Based on this, you can then decide which strain will better serve you. Here are the main medical differences between the Sativa and Indica cannabis strains:

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Does Weed Help Asthmatics?

Smoking with asthma may seem like an oxymoron of sorts. Asthma is a chronic respiratory illness which causes narrowed passageways and can lead to severe coughing, shortness of breath, and extreme cases, even death. While many patients have continued to use the tried-and-true methods of prescribed inhalers containing corticosteroid medications, many doctors are now questioning whether cannabinoids wouldn’t be a better option, as they do not have the potential side effects that corticosteroids do, such as depression, anxiety, and high blood pressure.

Benefits of THC

Does Weed Help Asthmatics?So, what are the benefits of THC for asthma sufferers? As it turns out, cannabis has the ability to open up airways, and make respiratory passages much less inflamed. This is the opposite of what the effects of tobacco are, as tobacco will restrict and narrow the passageways even further. However, is it a good idea to smoke weed in order to gain its positive effects for this illness, or should other forms of treatment be considered? There are different options available such as vaporizers which could help serve as a potential replacement for inhalers over the long-term. This would provide patients the ability to have a mobile form of treatment readily available, without having to worry about the serious side effects that can occur with corticosteroids.

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Why Weed Makes You Laugh

When people generally think of individuals who smoke weed, a bunch of people laughing is something that may come to mind. So, why does weed make things funny? This is not yet explained in concrete terms, but here’s what we know so far:

Why Weed Makes You LaughCannabinoids: This is the science-based part of what’s going on. Cannabinoids and THC, the chemicals found in weed, are what send messages to the brain and activate various receptors which alter and change the way we think, as well as our mood. In lay-man’s terms, we normally operate in an alert, active state. When smoking weed, we transition into a much more open and relaxed state. Our defenses are lowered and we are far more likely to find even the simplest things absolutely hilarious.

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Tips On Growing Marijuana

When it comes to growing weed, there are many steps involved to ensure your success. While it can be a challenging process, there are many ways to help ensure that you fully enjoy the fruits of your labor. Here are some of the top tips to help you go from seed to weed:

 Growing Tips

Tips On Growing MarijuanaChoose Wisely: The first step is also the most crucial. Choosing the right seeds will save you a lot of headaches and issues down the road. A great deal of your success hinges on the genetics of these very seeds. Be sure to be smart about who you buy from, and never have the seeds sent to the same address you plan to use to grow your garden.

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Marijuana for Weight Loss

How can consuming marijuana help you lose weight? Read on to find out more about this surprising benefit of the green plant.

What Research Reveals about Marijuana and Weight Loss

Marijuana for Weight LossResearch reveals that marijuana suppresses the appetite. The cannabis plant can reduce BMI and lower obesity. One study, for example, found a negative correlation between the BMI group of subjects and percent weed use. Researchers have also noted that in states that have legally approved medical marijuana there is a reduction in obesity rates by 2-6 percent.

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How to Roll the Perfect Joint

One of the most classic ways to consumer weed is the joint. It’s a wonderful way to get the flavor of your preferred strain. Every pot smoker ought to know how to roll their own joints and do so with a smooth and even method, whether you use a filter or not. Here are the basic steps, from grinding to the rolling papers.

How to Roll a Joint

How to Roll the Perfect JointGrind the Weed

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Pass a Drug Test in 24 Hours

If you’re a cannabis consumer, you know that drug tests are not something that is welcomed. Yes, drug tests can be legal in some places for employers to do. And if you fail it, well, you might be out of a job. And that sucks. It might even get you a one-way ticket to court. So, if you suddenly are faced with having to take a drug test, here is how to marijuana detox within 24 hours to pass the test.

First, Identify the Drug Test

Pass a Drug Test in 24 HoursYour marijuana detox is going to differ depending on which test you undergo. The most common types are urine, saliva, blood, and hair follicle. Of these, blood is the least likely to be the one you’re facing, while urine is the most common. If it’s a drug test at work, then chances are it’s the urine variety.

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Marijuana-based Painkillers to Aid in the Opioid Crisis

It’s tough to argue with the fact that the U.S. is facing widespread opiate abuse. Now a few drug manufacturers are looking toward creating marijuana-based painkillers as opioid alternatives. To get it approved by the FDA, though, requires doing clinical research on its effectiveness on opioid-dependent patients, which is going to be difficult given that federally marijuana legalization is a no-no.

About Opiate Abuse

Marijuana-based Painkillers to Aid in the Opioid CrisisIn 2015 alone, opioid overdose took the lives of over 33,000 people, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Currently, about 100 million Americans are addicted to opioid painkillers, such as Vicodin, or street opiates like heroin. In light of this epidemic, drugmakers like Nemus Bioscience and Axim Biotechnologies are creating painkillers derived from pot.

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Marijuana Honey

Did you know that honey can be made from weed? A man known as Nicholas Trainer – we’re guessing that’s an alias – has trained his bees to do so. Here’s more about the marijuana honey bees and the yellowish “cannahoney” that they produce from cannabis plants.

Who is Nicholas Trainer?

Marijuana HoneyHe is a supporter of weed, obviously. As well, he is a French beekeeper, artist, and locksmith. What’s more, he has found a way to combine his love of pot with this passion for bees; the process took him from 2013 to 2016, but he did it. Nicholas Trainer began ingesting cannabis for medicinal purposes, using it to help cope with hyperactivity.

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Fentanyl Being Mixed with Marijuana?

When is marijuana not marijuana? When it’s being laced with dangerous fentanyl. Yes, we’re referring to the same deadly synthetic substance that is part of the opioid abuse crisis happening in the U.S. The mixing of fentanyl with weed is happening in some Ohio communities, and it threatens to expand to more places and even other states.

Dangers of Opioid Abuse

Fentanyl Being Mixed with Marijuana?So here’s why you don’t want to consume opioids. Opioid abuse can be fatal. Just this year alone, Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco says that there have been 297 deaths caused by suspected opioid overdose. This number is above the 403 confirmed deaths for the entire previous year.

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How to Tell if Your Weed is Laced

Laced weed may be a rarity, but it can still happen. Being “laced” means it’s being sold with something more dangerous in it. The result could be feelings of nausea, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea, organ failure and even death. If you are buying pot from an off-the-cuff source, it is best to have your guard up. Here are some tips for how to tell if your weed is laced.

Is Your Weed Laced?

How to Tell if Your Weed is LacedSimple Tests for Glass and Detergent

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Marijuana and Dogs

There is already much talk of whether weed is morally good for humans or not and now the discussion is going to the dogs. Literally. Is weed fatal to dogs? With the furry friends accidentally getting high every day, there is a need to look at the effects of marijuana for dogs.

Cases of Dogs Getting High

Marijuana and DogsMany dogs are getting stoned off the smoke of their owners, as well as from old blunts or dropped buds. In some cases, doctors can prescribe hemp treatments for dogs. They can succumb to a case of the munchies, like humans, as well as becoming ill. There may even be a risk of death.

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Former Police Officer Treats Parkinson’s Disease with Marijuana

Larry Smith, a former police officer, tried several treatments over the span of two decades to help alleviate the symptoms associated with Parkinson’s Disease. With his health deteriorating, he turned to marijuana as an option and was shocked by the benefits of doing so.

A Tough Decision

Former Police Officer Treats Parkinson’s Disease with MarijuanaThe use of cannabis for the former law official was not an easy decision given that while it is state legal in California, weed use still goes against federal law. He also worried that his police officer friends might judge him.

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Guide to Dabbing

In the wonderful world of weed, dabbing is a trend gaining popularity. As the flash vaporization of cannabis concentrates can intimidate more users than just smoking pot, we want to provide a guide on the basics of dabbing. Here are the basics, from the tools – torches, dabbers, and nails – to the medical benefits.

Dabbing Equipment

Guide to DabbingThe dab rig is the vital piece of the process. Also known as an oil rig, it is the altered water pipe that holds a nail, enabling you to heat the nail and put the concentrate onto it for vaporization. Rigs are available at headshops online and locally.

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How to Get the Best High from Weed

Did you know you could take your high to the next level? Here is how to get the best high from weed, just in case you want to light up soon.

Potentiating Your High

How to Get the Best High from WeedThe Alcohol Effect

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Israel to Decriminalize Marijuana

Israel marijuana laws are changing, which shows it’s not just the U.S. that is seeing alterations to the legalization of our favorite green plant. In early March, the Israel cabinet approved an initiative to decriminalize recreational usage of pot, which is another step toward it going to a vote within Knesset, which is the Israeli Parliament.

If the Law Should Change

Israel to Decriminalize MarijuanaIf the vote is overwhelmingly for the decriminalization, this means that first-time offenders of a weed-related offense (those caught using weed in public) will face a fine of 1,000 shekels. That is about $270 USD. It is not until the fourth offense that this individual will face criminal penalties.

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Trump’s View on Marijuana

Now that Donald Trump is President, we’d all better get used to his views on weed. Specifically, what are his plans for legalizing marijuana?

Trump and Weed: What are the Options?

Trump’s View on MarijuanaThere are two ways that Trump’s administration could go in regards to pot legalization. First, there is the option to put out the marijuana industry altogether. Or, he could support state’s rights to legislate their drug policies.

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Dangers of Synthetic Weed

Amidst the rising concern about the effects of synthetic weed, we want to provide details for anyone interested in learning more about potential dangers. Firstly, let’s answer the question of “what is synthetic weed?”

Defining Synthetic Weed

Dangers of Synthetic WeedEssentially, if you are wondering what is synthetic weed, the answer is that it’s fake pot. It is created in labs and sold in both smoke shops and gas stations in the United States. The appeal for teens with this type of marijuana is high because it is cheap, easy to get ahold of, and drug tests cannot detect it.

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Places to Smoke in Amsterdam

Coffee shops in Amsterdam are known as being great places to go to get weed and smoke up so we’re searching for the best places to do so. From the hundreds to choose from, here is our list of the best coffee shops in Amsterdam.

Places of Interest

Places to Smoke in AmsterdamThe Dolphins

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The Difference Between Pot Smoking and Edibles

If you are not sure which is right for you, the edible high vs the smoking high, we’re sharing the differences between the two of them to clarify it once and for all. Below is everything you need to know about how the weed edible high is not the same as the high you’ll get smoking up. This information will likely come in handy the next time you are at a dispensary.

Are There Health-Related Differences?

The Difference Between Pot Smoking and EdiblesMany people choose edibles over joints because of fears of lung damage and coughing. There is also the unobtrusiveness of edibles. However, recent studies reveal that the lungs are not damaged by marijuana smoke and that using weed does not increase lung cancer risk as had been previously thought.

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