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High-Potency Weed Doubles Risk Of Dependence, New Research Says

According to early research, the more potent pot is, the greater the likelihood that someone who uses it will become dependent on the drug.

The more potent the pot is, the more likely a person who uses it is to become dependent on it, a new study from the United Kingdom finds.

People in the study who used “high-potency” marijuana were twice as likely to become dependent as those who used lower-potency forms of the drug, according to new findings presented today (Oct. 21) at the International Early Psychosis Association meeting in Milan. The findings have not been published in a peer-reviewed journal.

People are considered to be dependent on marijuana if they experience withdrawal symptoms — such as irritability, mood and sleep problems, and decreased appetite — when they are not using the drug, according to the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

The potency of marijuana refers to how much tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is found in the plant. THC is the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. In the past decade, strains of marijuana that have higher amounts of THC have become more widely available, according to the study. [11 Odd Facts About Marijuana]

“Our findings suggest that people who prefer [high-potency marijuana] are around twice as likely to show problematic use,” Tom Freeman, a research associate in clinical psychopharmacology at University College London and a co-author of the study, said in a statement.

“The best way for people to reduce [their] risk [of dependency] is to quit or cut down their use,” Freeman said. “If this is not possible, they should be encouraged to switch to low-potency cannabis.”

In the study, the researchers looked at data from more than 400 adolescents and young adults in the U.K. who use marijuana. The ages of the participants ranged from 16 to 23.

The researchers found that 43 percent of the participants who preferred high-potency pot were dependent on the drug, compared with 22 percent of the participants who did not prefer high-potency pot. The researchers looked at a number of factors, including age, gender, marijuana and tobacco use, how much marijuana the user was exposed to, and how much THC was in the marijuana they used.

In an earlier study, published in 2015 in the journal Psychological Medicine, Freeman and his co-authors concluded that high-potency-marijuana use was associated with more severe dependency on the drug, compared with lower-potency-marijuana use.

In the U.S., 4.2 million people abused or were dependent on marijuana in 2014, according to NIDA

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Red,White And Blue Kush Review

We wish everybody a safe and happy 4th of July weekend…..Have fun and smoke some good weed for us !!!!!

From UncleIkesPotShop

Red, White and Blue Kush!!! A Strain Review

Let me make a humble suggestion for you this Independence Day. You’d be well served to make Blue Kush part of the Blue portion of your red, white and blue celebration. This sativa dominant strain, with generous portions of indica in the mix, is a wonderfully balanced (55 percent to 45 percent) mix of the two. And it would be great to use right before a 4th of July parade… just saying. (The only thing better than a parade is a parade while high!)

Blue Kush is a delicious combination of the well known Blueberry and OG Kush strains, and it lives up to that spectacular lineage, with an intense flavor and aroma including hints of lemon, pine and berries. This hybrid leans to the sativa side of the equation, with cerebral and uplifting effects; the only thing really “blue” about this strain is the name, because it tends to result in happiness.

Mood elevation isn’t the only positive, of course. I’m a medical marijuana patient, and I also experienced relaxation and pain/nausea relief, along with definite appetite stimulation. I found Blue Kush to be quite a “social” strain; you might find it ideal to smoke with a group of friends.

Its light green calyxes hearken back to the Blueberry side of its heritage, while the flower structure is definitely quite Kush (pinecone-shaped buds). The flowers are very frosty; trichomes are so abundant that any handling results in a little trail of crystals (and you’ll definitely want to gather those up and smoke them).

The flowers start with a predominantly piney Kush smell, then grinding or crumbling releases more of a sweet/sour berry smell. The pungency factor is very high, and positively mouth-watering for those of us who appreciate a good strain (OK, that’s almost everybody). Interestingly enough, the berry part of this strain’s taste seems closer to red berries than to blueberries.

Now, while Blue Kush is a sativa dominant, as you smoke more of it, the indica part of its lineage begins to assert itself more authoritatively (this makes sense, with 45 percent indica). The sativa portion of its genetics keeps the indica from being overly sleepy, as many pure indica strains can do, but you will definitely become quite relaxed and less accomplishment-oriented as you smoke into the evening.

While extremely tasty in joints, pipes or bongs, if you want to fully experience all the delicious terpenes of Blue Kush, you could do worse than to rent a Volcano vaporizer at Uncle Ike’s Glass Shop. The sub-combustion temperatures of vaporization preserve more of the delicate flavonoids and terpenes, providing an even more intense taste experience.

Blue Kush, with 18 percent THC and grown by the Virginia Company, is available at Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop in 2-gram, 3.5-gram (one-eighth ounce), 7 gram (quarter ounce), and 14 gram (half ounce) sizes. Check the online menu for pricing.

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Perception of Cannabis In Ireland

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To some, cannabis is more than just a plant, but rather a culture, a formidable way of life. To others it’s a dangerous drug and a toxic epidemic in our society, the division is clear amongst the people and remains an unresolved issue. In Ireland, there has been increasing public debate over the use of cannabis and its legality. I’m sure we all remember minister Flanagan’s proposal get heavily shot down on television, however, that whole situation was almost like putting a chicken into a lion’s den- there was no coming out of it alive- and just like the headshop era, it did more harm than good for the movement.

The biggest problem with the debate is the lack of knowledge and subsequently the bias negative perception of cannabis, its effects as well as those who choose to smoke it. I’m not saying that cannabis use doesn’t have some negative aspects, of course it does, but it reminds me of how tabloid newspapers treat of Wayne Rooney. I mean, he’s England’s current captain and highest ever goal scorer, as well as being four goals short of the Man U record for goals, he has won almost every piece of silverware there is- numerous premier league titles, a champions league and a FA cup- not to mention having displaying some of the most memorable moments in football history. Yet, still he is constantly under scrutiny, constantly undermined and disgraced time and time again; but is Wayne all that bad? I think not.

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23 People Arrested In Marijuana Dispensary Raids

Toronto police say 23 people are facing drug-related charges after four marijuana dispensaries were raided in the city on Thursday, but one pot advocate says that won’t stop them.

In a release, police say an alleged value of $289,076 worth of marijuana, hashish and hash oil were seized by authorities as part of the raids. On top of this, $29,538 worth of proceeds were also taken by police.

Four different locations were involved in the raids. Three Canna Clinics — 44 Kensington Ave., 2352 Yonge St. and 793 Dundas St. W. — and a Cannabis Culture at 901 Queen St. W. were targeted by authorities. Police say search warrants were executed as part of a joint effort between the force and Toronto’s municipal licensing and standards.

A day after the raids, marijuana advocate Marc Emery helped reopen the Queen Street dispensary where he is working and called for immediate changes in how authorities are approaching this matter.

“The people want it,” Emery told reporters outside the shop on Friday. “As long as we have true believers who are willing to go to jail for our cause, as I am, then we will continue to open and defy the punishment that the City of Toronto — under the federal government — is giving us.”

Emery added that he will not wait until the government moves ahead with legalization because he worries plans will not include an allowance for dispensaries and he believes that’s what citizens want.

Emery’s wife, Jodie, argued on Twitter that police were using force against harmless people.

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Weed Solves Virtual Reality’s Big Problems: Nausea and Hype

Sometimes the answer to a physiological question solves a cultural one as well.

Ihave a confession: I haven’t jumped on the virtual reality bandwagon yet. Sure, having immersive experiences is great and all, but personally I’d rather play with a real dog than a digital pet. Sure, the technology has the potential tochange the world for the better, but so long as capitalism rules, it’s guaranteed that investment will go mostly into neat toys for the privileged, not innovation for benefit of humanity. I don’t think that is a profoundly cynical argument or a profound argument at all. This is just the way these things tend to go.

From my personal perspective, though, the real reason to view consumer VR skeptically is the vomit problem. When your movements in virtual reality and the real world are out of step, headsets induce an uncomfortable nausea. It’s like motion sickness’s cousin that moved to Menlo Park and got rich. This is particularly problematic for me because I only travel by motorized vehicle a couple times a week and therefore get motion sick quite quickly. If I had an Oculus within arm’s reach, I don’t think my hand would head that way.

However, I believe there is hope for me, and for others like me. A few months ago my partner and I were headed out to go camping down a winding, nauseating stretch of highway. A friend who we ran into at the grocery store on the way out of town gifted us a joint for the trip. I’ve never made a habit of marijuana smoking, but I thanked her for the present and put it away in the glove compartment. I figured we could pass it around at the campfire later.

But, about halfway through the drive, I started to feel unwell. I closed my eyes, desperate for relief. Then I thought of the joint. “Do you think weed would make me feel better, or worse?” I asked my partner. “Definitely better,” he said. “Weed is good for everything.” He reminded me that marijuana has proven particularlyeffective against nausea in chemotherapy patients. Worth a shot, right?

So I lit up and took two tokes, which is about my limit between a nice buzz and feeling uncomfortably high. It was shocking how well this worked. In a literal instant, the nausea evaporated. I was flooded with the joy of sudden relief.

This is why marijuana and VR are natural bedfellows and future amigos in awesomeness. Not only can weed make virtual reality less uncomfortable, it could also potentially make it more fun. For people who want to get the right amount of high, VR represents the opportunity to trip without tripping balls.

And if smoking weed is simply part of the culture around VR, it will chill the hype cycle and perhaps convince the producers of new experiences to create more universally appealing, less splash entertainments. It’s very possible that there would be a lot of VR users like me interested in visiting other worlds and not terribly eager to play them.

Here’s the first place I want to visit in the THC-enhanced VR future: Hell Creek, circa 66 million BC. Saurian is a dinosaur video game that promises to transport players to a real point and time in Earth’s history. Your goal is to grow up and survive as a dinosaur in that world, from hatchling to adult. Thanks to a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, the developers have promised to offer the game in virtual reality.

What’s so exciting to me about this game is that the world it creates is one that actually existed in the deep past. The team behind the game has made pains to make every aspect of the dinosaurs, other animals, and their environment as scientifically accurate as possible, given the evidence available. It’s a fantasy world, to be sure, but you get to fantasize about what life was really like in Earth’s deep past.

Do I absolutely need to run out and get VR equipment? No. I don’t feel that compulsion. Do I want to smoke a little weed and time travel? Absolutely. I don’t have to be sold on that.

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Cannabis Vs. Caffeine Which Is Safer ????

Cannabis vs Caffeine: Which is Safer, a Cup of Coffee or a Puff of Weed?

CANNABIS CULTURE – “In wise hands poison is medicine. In foolish hands medicine is poison.” – Casanova

A POPULAR DRUG

Like most drugs, this one goes by many names. In the world of science, it’s sometimes called “Theine” or “Guaranine” or “Methyltheobromine”. On the street, it’s called an “upper” or “stimulant” or “pep pill” or “candy bar” or “headache pill” or “hot beverage” or “soft drink”. Like sugar and alcohol, it’s more often considered a food than a medicine.

It is caffeine – the world’s second most popular psychoactive substance – second only to sugar. Global consumption of caffeine has been estimated at 120,000 tonnes per year, which amounts to one caffeinated beverage for every person on earth, every day.

Caffeine occurs naturally in over 60 plants found all over the world. People have been drinking caffeinated beverages such as coffee for well over 1000 years. Legend has it that tea has been drunk for over 4000 years. And chocolate – which also contains a little bit of caffeine – has been around for nearly 4000 years as well – and became popular with the Europeans in the 1500s, as soon as they tasted it.

These days caffeine has been isolated from its botanical origins and can also come in a white powder similar to cocaine. It is also found in pep pills, diet pills, and headache medicine.

Caffeine is in headache medicine because you get a headache when you withdraw from caffeine. When you stop using abruptly, you feel icky – and most often you get a headache. So they put caffeine in headache medicine because humans are often caffeine junkies and the headache medicine is “feeding their Jones” and “giving them a fix” – not because caffeine by itself is any good at curing headaches.

COMPARE TO CANNABIS

Contrast this with another popular soft drug – cannabis. Cannabis is the most popular “illegal” substance in the world. Just how popular is a bit tricky to estimate.

Because possession can sometimes lead to a long jail sentence, and trafficking can be – once in a while – a death sentence, global cannabis use statistics aren’t all that accurate or a true reflection of popularity. But official estimates of lifetime use can vary from 20% to 50% of the global population. Those that use more than once per month is closer to 10% to 30%, depending who and how you ask.

Cannabis has been used for many thousands of years as a medicine/sacrament, and as a source of food and textiles.

It is now being investigated as the source of hundreds if not thousands of new medicines, due to the hundreds of different cannabinoids and terpenes that are found in cannabis – none of which are toxic, and all of which are medically active.

Now that the most popular illegal drug is looking more and more legal every day, how does it compare and contrast with the most popular drug, in terms of effects and risks and the current costs to society?

THE EFFECTS

Caffeine is a stimulant. Stimulants are used to fight lethargy, reduce sleepiness, decrease appetite, and to help with concentration and focus.

Cannabis can also sometimes act as a stimulant, if the right strain and dose is taken. Cannabis can also be a relaxant, a time-slow-down performance-enhancing drug, and a medicine for many conditions due to the hundreds of different terpenes and cannbinoids found in the buds. Humans are just beginning to map out the strains and effects in order to realize cannabis’ true potential.

OVERDOSE RISK

Caffeine and cannabis are similarly low-risk drugs, but there are some important differences. The first is the risk of a lethal overdose.

Deaths from caffeine overdose are rare, but there’s a few every year. A lethal dose of caffeine for an adult is somewhere between 3,200 milligrams and 10,000mg at one time.

Your typical 8 ounce cup of coffee contains 80-180mg of caffeine. Energy drinks contain up to 357mg. Anti-sleep and diet medicines contain up to 300mg. A “Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee with Turbo Shot” contains 436mg. A box of “Crackheads2” coffee bean candies contains 600mg, and comes with a warning label – “one box per day”. Over six boxes at once could be dangerous for an adult.

Pure caffeine powder is sold in a box with 124 one gram packages. That’s 124,000 milligrams – over a dozen lethal overdoses in every package.

The number of people who die of caffeine overdoses is low, but it’s been increasing over the past several years with the advent of energy drinks. Some researchers argue that many heart attack deaths could actually be undiagnosed caffeine overdose deaths, making the actual death toll significantly higher.

To contrast this with cannabis, there have been zero confirmed overdose deaths from cannabis – ever.

However, an unpleasant experience can be felt with even a small dose of cannabis – especially if one is unfamiliar with the effects, if the body is stressed, or if the mind is unready to experience the effects.

Nearly every user will feel uncomfortable if enough edible cannabis products are ingested. Moderation is the key to avoiding unwanted effects. When cannabis is smoked, very small amounts can have an effect almost immediately, allowing for “self-titration” or dosing. This is not possible with orally ingested drugs such as caffeine.

OVERUSE DEATHS

Long-term caffeine use kills between 1,000 to 10,000 people every year in the US, from “stress, ulcers and triggering irregular heartbeats,” according to the US Bureau of Mortality Statistics.

Cannabis overuse deaths are, again, zero, according to the same source.

WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS

According to a report from the Royal College of Psychiatrists published in 2005, caffeine withdrawal symptoms include “headache, irritability, sleeplessness, confusion, nausea, anxiety, restlessness and tremor, palpitations and raised blood pressure. They are at their worst for 1–2 days, then recede.”

Headaches from caffeine withdrawal are considered “extremely common”.

With cannabis, “If people experience withdrawal symptoms at all, they are remarkably mild.” Typical cannabis withdrawal symptoms might include irritability and mild insomnia.

It has been my personal experience that you might miss no longer being relaxed, hungry and happy, but unlike caffeine, there is no such thing as an “extremely common” marijuana-withdrawal headache

Of course, when you’re using cannabis for a medical reason, those symptoms can return when you quit using cannabis. This isn’t a withdrawal effect, this is the result of taking away a helpful medicine.

IMPAIRMENT

The more common side effects of caffeine, especially in large doses, are: diarrhea, dizziness, fast heartbeat, hyperglycemia, blurred vision, drowsiness, flushed dry skin, ketones in urine, loss of appetite, nausea, stomach ache, tiredness, troubled breathing, vomiting, anxious feeling, cold sweats, confusion, shakiness, irritability.

In contrast, cannabis’ acute toxicity is low compared with that of any other drugs. The side effects of large doses involve cognitive impairment, psycho-motor impairment, anxiety, dysphoria, panic and paranoia.

The one area where cannabis is more risky than caffeine is in the impairment experienced by a novice user after a typical dose. This could effect what age limits, if any, are placed upon legal cannabis access.

COST TO SOCIETY

Evaluating the costs of cannabis and caffeine to society is not easy. Both the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Canadian Center on Substance Abuse limit their research to tobacco, alcohol, and “illegal drugs.” They exclude pharmaceuticals, and caffeine.

When caffeine is seen as a drug rather than a food, and testing for caffeine after road accidents and premature death becomes standard, the true costs of caffeine abuse will one day be recorded.

Similarly, the costs of so-called “cannabis abuse” are often confused with the costs of “prohibition enforcement,” or with problems stemming from the lack of education around cannabis harm-reduction.

When cannabis is fully legalized for all users, and education in cannabis harm reduction becomes common, cannabis’ true cost to society can be fairly evaluated.

CONCLUSION

To conclude, caffeine is clearly more risky, more dangerous, more deadly, more harmful and more costly than cannabis in every category – overdose deaths, overuse deaths, withdrawal symptoms and acute toxicity.

The only area where cannabis provides the greater risk is in regards to the impairment levels of novice users.

Regulations that treat cannabis as far more dangerous than caffeine don’t reflect reality, and should be challenged by drug peace activists. Society should treat each drug according to the risks that drug provides, rather than making rules based on ignorant myths and racist, outdated traditions.

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The Key Differences Between Indica and Sativa Cannabis Plants

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Sativa and Indica are the two major types of cannabis plants which can mix together to create hybrid strains. Each strain has its own range of effects on the body and mind resulting in a wide range of medicinal benefits.

Indica plants typically grow short and wide, compared to Sativa plants which grow tall and thin. Indica plants are better suited for indoor growing because of their short growth and sativa plants are better suited for outdoor growing because some strains can reach over 25 ft. in height.

The high produced from smoking Indica bud is a strong physical body high that will make you sleepy or ‘couch-locked’ and provides a deep relaxation feeling compared to a Sativa high, which is known to be more energetic and uplifting.

Marijuana strains range from pure sativas to pure indicas and hybrid strains consisting of both indica and sativa (30% indica – 70% sativa, 50% – 50% combinations, 80% indica – 20% sativa). Because Sativa and Indica buds have very different medicinal benefits and effects, certain strains can be targeted to better treat specific illnesses.

Indica dominant marijuana strains tend to have a strong sweet or sour odor to the buds (ex. Kush, OG Kush) providing a very relaxing and strong body high that is helpful in treating general anxiety, body pain, and sleeping disorders.

Indicas are very effective for overall pain relief and is often used to treat insomnia for many people. Indica buds are most commonly smoked by medical marijuana patients in the late evening or even right before bed due to how sleepy and tired you become when high from an indica strain of marijuana, like Kush.

Benefits of Indica:
1. Relieves body pain
2. Relaxes muscles
3. Relieves spasms, reduces seizures
4. Relieves headaches and migraines
5. Relieves anxiety or stress

Sativa dominant marijuana strains tend to have a more grassy type odor to the buds providing an uplifting, energetic and “cerebral” high that is best suited for daytime smoking. A sativa high is one filled with creativity and energy as being high on sativa can spark new ideas and creations. Many artists take advantage of the creative powers of cannabis sativa (marijuana) to create paintings.

Benefits of Sativa:
1. Feelings of well-being and at-ease
2. Up-lifting and cerebral thoughts
3. Stimulates and energizes
4. Increases focus and creativity
5. Fights depression

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Shakespeare A Stoner ??????

 

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One of history’s most celebrated playwrights may have had something in common with the students that, often reluctantly, study his works.

Legendary playwright William Shakespeare may have been a user of cannabis, a report in The Independent said on Sunday, suggesting ‘The Bard’ likely wrote at least some of his iconic works under the influence.

According to the publication, South African scientists tested the residue of several of Shakespeare’s tobacco pipes—hailing from the 17th century—that were dug up from his garden. Of the 24 fragments tested, cannabis was found in eight samples, and four of them were from the writer’s property, The Independent reported. The remnants were on loan from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

In addition, The Independent’s study also uncovered a few pipes that tested positive for cocaine, although neither came from Shakespeare’s garden.

The report notes that “a diversity of plants was smoked in Europe” at the time, but well before a wave of modern legalization that gradually eroded the stigma of using marijuana, and helped to loosen social mores.

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