Avoiding Criminal Charges Thanks to Daddy Trudeau

Avoiding Criminal Charges Thanks to Daddy Trudeau

Justin Trudeau admitted that, as an MP, he smoked weed illegally.

And when his brother Michel Trudeau was caught with the herb back in the 90s, Justin and the Trudeau Family Royal Dynasty were “confident that we were able to make those charges go away.”

Why?

“We had resources,” Justin said, “my dad had a couple connections and we were confident that my little brother wasn’t going to be saddled with a criminal record for life.”

This is, of course, unlike every other Canadian who has had the misfortunate of getting caught with the wrong plant by the wrong person.

Not that any of this matters now, both those Trudeau’s are dead and the youngest son is likely the most quack Prime Minister Canada has ever had.

And there’s some fierce competition.

None of this should come as a surprise to cannabis consumers who happen to dab in politics (or vice-versa).

Being stoned is having heightened awareness, and, if you pursue it authentically, an ability to entertain thoughts you disagree with. Although obviously, one does not have to be stoned to do this — cannabis certainly helps.

Yet, legal pot is a dividing issue. Will people smoke and drive? What about the roads?!

What about them? Don’t provinces and municipalities already worry about their own road issues? And can’t every police brigade across Canada operate like a competitive insurance company and security service? It would save taxpayers a lot of time and money and help reallocate police services to their most desired uses — something other than the drug war.

Obviously, commerce outperforms government bureaucracy on both moral and financial grounds.

Extending this logic to the “rule of law” is a great leap, no doubt, but why this basic truth about “public” goods and services vis-à-vis the private sector tends to escape most people, particularly cannabis people, I have yet to discover.

And so, as Justin Trudeau fucks up legalization, I am in no shock nor awe that his brother got off scot-free when caught with cannabis in the 1990s.

A little part of me is shocked that Justin admitted it on television, but it’s probably just a pacing exercise where our pretty-boy PM tests the outrage and compliancy of those who agree and disagree with him. Or maybe it was a gaffe.

What else can we expect?

We entrust caretakers to provide a sort of “middle-of-the-road” utopia where we can practice socialism in certain sectors seemingly without consequence, and where private enterprise is presumed to survive, even thrive, under a heavy-tax burden that, coupled with a regulatory apparatus controlled by a steady stream of bureaucracy, inhibits innovation and capital accumulation.

I guess what I’m trying to say is… don’t be surprised that Trudeau Señor got the Trudeau brother off pot charges. This kind of political rule happens all the time in every statist system, whether under monarchs or MPs and Senators.

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Published at Wed, 24 May 2017 18:37:32 +0000

How To Make Cannabis Beef Jerky Or Weed Jerky

How To Make Cannabis Beef Jerky Or Weed Jerky

Weed Jerky

WEED JERKY

Beef jerky is easily one of the most popular snacks in the United States, as well as in Asia. We have the Asian Americans to thank for driving the popularity of this delicious savory snack in the country.

Beef jerky is so popular that chocolate giant Hershey’s even bought into beef jerky, to add to their portfolio of childhood favorites that even as adults we have a hard time saying no to! When enjoyed moderately, beef jerky offers a range of nutritional benefits (that you can even increase by adding cannabis into the recipe, but more on that later!):

Protein: A one-ounce serving of beef jerky has 9.4g of protein. The recommend daily allowance for adult females is 46g of protein daily, while it’s 56g for men. The protein content in beef jerky is helpful for breaking down and converting into amino acids, which is then used to build tissues and enzymes for overall functioning of your body.

Iron and Zinc: Beef jerky and other meat products are a good source of both iron and zinc, essential minerals that help strengthen the immune system. Iron encourages the production of red blood cells while zinc is necessary to help with wound healing. One serving of beef jerky already contains 1.54mg of iron, and 2.3mg of zinc.

Phosphorus: Occasionally snacking on beef jerky is better than eating junk food. This snack contains phosphorus, which is beneficial for optimum functioning of the kidneys.

Vitamins: Beef jerky has high levels of vitamin B-12, which the human body needs to produce DNA. It also contains other B-vitamins, such as riboflavin, thiamin, niacin, and vitamin B-6.

These nutritional benefits make beef jerky a great high-energy snack that can help your muscles recover after an intense workout. However, if you already have blood pressure or heart problems, eat beef jerky sparingly due to its sodium content.  There are many other great ways you can enjoy and medicate with weed jerky:

  • On top of fresh salad
  • As a hiking meal
  • In tomato sauce for pastas
  • Roast it with Brussels sprouts
  • Add it into an omelet
  • Savory oatmeal topping
  • Add it into soup
  • Snack at work
  • Over deviled eggs
  • Add into fried rice
  • Toppings for instant noodles

CANNABIS JERKY

Weed Jerky Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. thinly sliced beef steak, ¼ inch cuts
  • 10-12g dried cannabis flower
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup soy sauce

CANNABIS JERKY

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Decarboxylate your cannabis by mixing it with olive oil in a small bowl suitable for oven use. Cover the bowl with foil and place it in the oven for 2 straight hours.
  3. Once done, preheat the oven to 175 degrees. Use aluminum foil to line the baking sheet. Put a wire rack over the foil so that you have a drip pan with ventilation between the foil and the rack.
  4. In a bowl, whisk together the Worcestershire sauce with the paprika, brown sugar, soy sauce, red pepper flakes, black peppe, onion powder, and garlic powder. Add in the cannabis infused olive oil.
  5. Gently add the beef to the bowl one piece at a time so that each piece is thoroughly coated. Wrap the bowl in plastic, then marinate in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
  6. Once done, transfer the beef slices and arrange them in a single layer on the wire rack. Try to leave as much marinade as you can on the meat, which may make it take longer to dry but will give you more potent weed jerky.
  7. Dry the beef jerky in the preheated oven until it has a leathery consistency, which takes around 4 hours.
  8. Let it cool, then use scissors to cut them up into strips or bite-sized pieces. The weed jerky will store well for a few weeks if you keep it in an airtight container.

How do you prefer to enjoy your weed jerky? Share with us in the comments below!

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Published at Tue, 23 May 2017 05:00:00 +0000

You can get weed delivered to your door in the District of Columbia. But is it legal?

You can get weed delivered to your door in the District of Columbia. But is it legal?

WASHINGTON – In Washington, it is now as easy to get marijuana delivered to your front door as pizza. Really expensive pizza.

More than two years after the District of Columbia allowed residents to legally cultivate and possess cannabis for personal use, a growing gray market of companies has sprung up that will bring orders of high-priced cookies, juice, clothing or even artwork to your house, along with the “gift” of a few fat buds.

Those who want to imbibe can also pay to attend dance parties and craft fairs where vendors sell edibles and smokables at what one regular terms a “farmers market for weed.” A website called Leafedin.org connects pot buyers and sellers. Chefs serve cannabis cuisine at ticketed events, and shoppers can buy a $42 T-shirt at a District shop and have a free sample of locally grown product tossed in the bag.

The new pot providers have started to roil the city’s four-year-old medical marijuana network, which requires patients with a prescription to pick up their cannabis in person at an official dispensary. Those operators have asked regulators to grant them authority to go door-to-door, according to Vanessa West, general manager of Metropolitan Wellness Center.

“It’s hard for us to compete with home delivery,” West said. “A lot of our patients would really benefit from that.”

Most of the companies are exploiting what they hope is a loophole in Initiative 71, the ballot measure that legalized cannabis for personal use. The law, which passed overwhelmingly in 2014, allows residents to grow small amounts of marijuana and possess up to two ounces but forbids buying or selling it. But the statute does permit growers to give away up to an ounce to users 21 and older, and that provision has produced a sly flowering of the cannabis economy.

“It’s just an explosion of entrepreneurship,” said Adam Eidinger, who successfully pushed for the passage of Initiative 71 and worries that vendors are moving too fast.

For one of the most popular services is the District of C, a web-based enterprise started by a group of Gallaudet University students that sells small prints of paintings by deaf artists. Each $60 print is ordered from the website, paid for with a credit card and hand-delivered to the buyer’s front door along with a free gift of about an eighth of an ounce of marijuana tucked in a plastic canister.

The concept has made for some lavishly decorated group houses, including a rowhouse in northwest Washington that is wallpapered with renderings of Bob Marley, Abe Lincoln and lotus blossoms.

“It’s just a very convenient service,” said a resident in his mid-20s, who asked not to be named because of the legal ambiguity surrounding the deliveries that land on his porch each week. “But we have ended up with a lot of prints.”

Similar services include High Speed (juice, $55), Red Eye (cookies, six for $60) and Pink Fox (clothing, various prices). All operate under the same expansive interpretation of the law, declaring themselves “I-71 compliant.”

District of C managers declined to be interviewed for this report. But its website explains their thinking: “Any and all financial charges are for artwork or attire sold on our site. However, our super-awesome friends over at the co-op have free gifts for you!”

One of the most recent gifts selected by the art-filled group house was a sativa hybrid called Locktite Diesel that came packaged with a lovely autumn mountainscape, plus a warning not to operate heavy machinery.

“It’s just like ordering from GrubHub,” said one resident of the house, who schedules his deliveries to be waiting at the door when he gets home from work.

The bloom in retail pot options comes as activists, lawmakers and prosecutors are all feeling for the outer edges of a pot scene that has been in radical upheaval.

Less than a decade ago, marijuana was a prohibited drug in the District of Columbia. But in 2009, after a battle with Congress, the nation’s capital embraced medical marijuana, establishing a sanctioned network of growers and dispensers.

Five years later, D.C. voters approved Initiative 71, which left local leaders to sort out just how far to go toward becoming an Amsterdam on the Potomac. But Republicans on Capitol Hill have passed laws largely forbidding the mayor and the D.C. Council from regulating legal marijuana, allowing eager growers and users to jump into the vacuum.

“What you’re seeing in D.C. is that you can’t stop flowing water,” said Stephen D’Angelo, a onetime District pot dealer who founded California’s biggest medical marijuana dispensary. “It’s a bizarre situation. It’s legal for adults to possess and consume marijuana, but there’s no legal way to purchase it.”

Lt. Andrew Struhar of the narcotics division of D.C. police agreed that the ambiguous state of the law has opened the door for boundary-testers. Investigators are aware of the services, he said, and when they deem them illegal, they shut them down.

He cited the closure of a Georgetown art gallery that distributed pot and the arrest of Nicholas “Kushgod” Cunningham, who operated vehicles covered with images of marijuana leaves that authorities said he used to hawk pot products. Cunningham maintained that he gave away brownies in return for financial donations.

“It is a little bit in flux,” Struhar said. “The lack of being able to regulate the sale has a lot of people looking for a gray area.”

But even when businesses are selling a product to justify the delivery of cannabis, he said, they should beware of failing the laugh test. “I don’t think anybody is going to look at a bottle of juice and say it’s worth 50 bucks,” Struhar said.

Eidinger, who recently shifted his focus to protesting U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ promised crackdown on marijuana, fields near-daily calls from locals asking his advice on some way to market weed within the law. Reluctantly, he tells most of them they are going too far.

“These people finding creative ways of getting cannabis into people’s hands are not bad people,” he said. “But a lot of what they’re doing is a legal question mark, at best.”

For some users, the buy-one-get-one-free model has created an excess of merchandise they might not want otherwise. On a recent afternoon, one in-the-know customer after another entered Wash Hydro, an upscale hydroponics shop in Adams Morgan, and went right to the stacks of weed-emblazoned T-shirts. The cashier rung them up, put the receipt in the bag and reached behind the counter for a “free souvenir from the collective.”

One customer emerging from the shop opened his bag and asked, “You want a T-shirt?”

He was a trim retiree in a polo shirt and khaki shorts who gave his name but asked that it not be used. He said he is delighted to have a safer way to buy cannabis than the old black market.

“What can I say, I’m 75 years old and still enjoy using Viagra and marijuana,” he said, climbing into a car for the ride back to his Georgetown garden and an evening of white wine and weed.

The Washington Post’s Perry Stein contributed to this report.

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Published at Mon, 22 May 2017 22:55:41 +0000

Is Vaping Safer Than Smoking?

Is Vaping Safer Than Smoking?

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Is vaping safer than smoking? Pitched as a healthier alternative to smoking tobacco, we unravel the hype and break down the controversy surrounding vaping and vaporizers to evaluate the question: are e-cigarettes really a safe alternative to tobacco?

What are the benefits, risks and controversies surrounding Vaping?

The concept of vaping has rapidly shot to the spotlight over the last few years, and is rapidly becoming a mainstream phenomena. Evolving from a socially acceptable smoking alternative, vaping and vaporizers have now become the epitome of cool for millennials and gadget-enthusiasts alike. As the popularity of vaping intensifies, vaping it has even become a full-fledged competitive sport – ushering in a new era of self-styled YouTube stars, vaping communities, and even fierce competitions! If vaping is so socially acceptable and trend-setting, why are many states and countries gradually banning vaporizers from public places, and even stigmatizing or alienating vapers? Marketed as a healthy cigarette alternative, each week there seems to be a myriad of conflicting reports on the subject. For every positive study there is a negative one on the health effects, dangers and risks of vaping. So we have put our detective glasses on, to produce your e-guide to vaping. We break down the hype, opinions, stigmas and studies to evaluate the question: are e-cigarettes really as healthy as they smell?

Vaping vs Smoking Cigarettes

Why is Smoking Dangerous?

Back in the day, smoking was marketed as the essence of style, grace and even prescribed by doctors to pregnant ladies for positive health benefits. However with the advancement of medicine, science and technology, studies have shown smoking tobacco is highly addictive, containing tar, nicotine, carcinogens as well as plenty of other cancer-causing agents. And that’s just the start, as tobacco contains dangerous chemicals that can cause lethal diseases. The World Health Organization reports that smoking kills around 6 million people per year worldwide. Smoking has slowly become less socially acceptable and in this millennial age of health-obsession, conventional smoking has become socially outlawed and banned in most public places.

Is Vaping a Healthy Alternative?

To answer this question, we had to dive into the archives, as there have been many conflicting reports on the health benefits, dangers and risks involved with vaping. In one monumental study from the UK’s Department of Health, e-cigarettes were found to be 95% safer than traditional cigarettes and therefore a much healthier alternative to tobacco. Another recent scientific study

by Cancer Research UK, showed that after six months, smokers who switched to e-cigarettes had fewer toxins and cancer-causing chemicals in their bodies than tobacco smokers. The report also negated previous studies which suggested vaping is as dangerous as smoking.

However, across the pond in the US, many authorities have taken a negative and cautious view on e-cigarettes. Some studies have shown that vaping is harmful, as vaporizers use e-liquid or e-juice, which contains nicotine. Other reports show e-cigarettes contain toxins, formaldehyde, or even cancer-inducing chemicals. In another twist, other studies have shown that this is only harmful with e-cigarettes been used at high temperatures. In moderate temperatures, there is actually less nicotine and chemicals than cigarettes. The vape is also not lit like a cigarette, so there is no combustion or release of carcinogens. Instead, the user inhales flavoured steam, which is comparatively safer. Others would argue that there still are traces of other chemicals, which one would not otherwise inhale and there are issues with second-hand smoke.

Why do many states have a negative view of vaping?

Despite numerous studies showing that vaping is a cooler, healthier alternative to smoking, vaping is still stigmatized by many and viewed on par with smoking. This is because e-cigarettes and vaporizers still produce “second-hand vapor” and trace-chemicals. People also argue that studies are not conclusive at the moment, as we will only know the long-term effects of vaping in years to come. Since there is still some controversy surrounding vaping, many countries, states and cities have even begun banning vaping in public places.

Conclusion: Vaping Versus Smoking

In a show-down battle between vaping and smoking, vaping would win hands down. In health terms, e-cigarettes and vapes contain less nicotine and other cancer-causing chemical and concoctions than tobacco. Another benefit is the smell, as many e-liquids have a mesmerizing aroma, like sweet vanilla, and do not discolour your fingers or teeth. This means vaping is comparatively more socially acceptable, less offensive and there are less bans and laws about vaping than smoking. Another cool benefit is that vaping has become a fierce competitive sport and “claim to fame”, with a new generation of vaping super-stars and viral videos. Another plus for gadget-enthusiasts is that vapes come in variety of vaporizer models from beginner to pro, with a myriad of trendy accessories, gadgets and kits. You can also find uber-convenient dry herb vaporizers that are compatible with weed, and stealthy vape pens for your wax.

So, while vaping still contains nicotine, and we have to wait to see full the long-term effects, it’s safe to say vaping is comparatively safer than smoking. Vaping also wins hands-down in terms of cool factor, trendiness, and social acceptance.

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Published at Fri, 19 May 2017 04:51:43 +0000

Infused with Chef Hosea Rosenberg: Tuna poke bowl

Infused with Chef Hosea Rosenberg: Tuna poke bowl

Editor’s note: The Cannabist’s debut video recipe series “Infused” with award-winning chef Hosea Rosenberg is sponsored by Binske, purveyors of marijuana-infused cooking oil, honey and chocolate.

Marijuana-Infused Tuna Poke Bowl

Serves: 4

“The Binske spicy chili oil is the secret ingredient to make this extra special.”
–Chef Hosea

Ingredients
2 cups sushi rice, rinsed well in cold water

2 cups water

1 tablespoon sesame oil

2 tablespoons soy sauce

Pinch of salt

1 teaspoon sugar

2 tablespoons mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)

3 tablespoons rice vinegar

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 tablespoons lime juice

1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced

2 teaspoon sriracha sauce

4 servings cannabis-infused chili oil (20mg THC total)–chef Hosea uses Binske Crushed Chile Oil

No. 1 grade ahi tuna, diced

1 ripe avocado, diced

½ English cucumber, diced

2 scallions, sliced very thin

1 jalapeno, sliced very thin

2 tablespoons dried hijiki (a type of seaweed), soaked in cold water and drained

1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted

Instructions
1. Combine rice, water and pinch of salt in small pot. Bring to simmer. Cover and let cook for about 15 minutes, or until done. Remove from heat and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Fluff with fork.

2. Combine tuna, avocado, cucumber and jalapeno in bowl, set aside in refrigerator.

3. Combine sesame oil, soy, salt, sugar, rice wine, rice vinegar, lemon juice, lime juice, ginger, sriracha, and Binske chili oil in bowl. Set aside.

4. Toss tuna, avocado, cucumber and jalapeno with dressing and allow to sit for ten minutes.

5. Divide rice between four serving bowls.

6. Top rice with tuna mixture. Garnish with scallions, hijiki and sesame seeds. Serve immediately.

Chef Hosea Rosenberg prepares a gourmet marijuana-infused tuna poke bowl. (The Cannabist)
Chef Hosea Rosenberg prepares a gourmet marijuana-infused tuna poke bowl. (The Cannabist)

Tips from Chef Hosea
• You must find the freshest fish available for a dish like this. If you can’t find good tuna, salmon is a great substitute.
• Make sure the knife is very sharp before cutting fish or veggies.
• Keep all ingredients cold until using.
• Serve this dish fresh — don’t toss with dressing until you’re ready to eat.

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Published at Fri, 19 May 2017 22:18:29 +0000

The Best Marijuana Beauty Products

The Best Marijuana Beauty Products

By Amber Faust, WikiLeaf.com

Time to consider a new definition for “wake and bake.” Wake up to marijuana beauty products designed to help you look and feel your very best.

Marijuana Beauty ProductsWith it’s anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and moisturizing properties, it’s no wonder people are jumping on the canna beauty product bandwagon! Here are a few of the best products making a splash right now.

These fresh, sensual scents have been designed to give both men and women a luxury fragrance that speaks to the most primal instincts of both sexes.

While the Cannabis Santal boasts a more musky, earthy fragrance, the Cannabis Rose is more floral

Both are lovely cannabis infused scents that will leave you wanting more.

This natural, firm-hold hair pomade features cannabis sativa seeds for moisture and overall hair health. It’s designed for all hair types and can even be used to control frizz, create messy, lived in looks, or even build stylish sleek looks. It has a crisp, clean scent that makes it suitable for everyone.

So, seriously, I can’t offer a better description of this product than it’s ingenious makers have already devised:

Cannabis beauty products “When it comes to protecting your man mane, zero bullshit is allowed.That’s why we created a hemp seed beard balm that is natural and manly. Hand Forged by a bearded mountain man, this balm contains damn fine ingredients for a superior feel. No longer will your beard feel like you’re wearing a sheep on your face. Now it can feel like the magnificent mane it deserves to be. After all, it is well known that a natural and well kept beard makes the ladies come a’callin in droves. It’s science. So balm up that beard, give life a high five and carpe diem!”

If you are looking for a great facial moisturizer that takes advantage of the numerous benefits of cannabis for your skin while maintaining a balance delicate enough for sensitive skin, this is the product for you! It’s winning combination of aloe and cannabis make it perfect for fighting both wrinkles and acne at the same time!

Who knew yummy and weed would marry to create lush, moisturized, enviable skin? Not to mention, a soak with this papaya, pineapple scented soap will help relieve insomnia, stress, pain, and arthritis! The downside? This product is only available to ship in Canada as of right now.

Spent a long day on your feet? Give them new life with this luxurious foot cream made from patented German Extraction Method CBD and rich coconut oil. Simply massage the cream into your foot to increase circulation and relieve pain while providing deep moisture at the same time!

Not only are these product sulfate free, they boast a full spectrum hemp oil that provides luxurious, manageable hair. The CBD helps to seal hair ends and repair damage, resulting in one hell of a mane!

No beauty regimen is complete without a great moisturizer! Apothecanna presents the best cannabis moisturizers have to offer in everyday formula that isn’t overbearing but still luxurious. The amazing part is that this body cream does so much more than moisturize! Just take a look at these key ingredients:

Mandarin – antiseptic, antispasmodic
Cedar – anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent
Geranium – antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory and also antimicrobial
Calendula – analgesic, antibacterial, antiseptic, vulnerary
Sweet Orange – anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic and also mood lifting
Cannabis – antibacterial, anti-inflammatory

cannabis beauty I don’t know about you, but I adore the clean, crisp scent of citrus and mint and this rich body oil takes it to the next level! Rich with hemp seedoil, this oil is a delight for the senses as much as the skin. The smell is intoxicating and the level of nourishment this oil brings to your skin is both refreshing and energizing.

Here we go again with this crisp, clean citrus scent. I can’t get enough of it and if your legs, face, whatever are craving a comfortable, close shave with an invigorating scent, this is the shave soap for you! This trusted soap maker derives its Castile soap from hemp oil, olive oil, and coconut oil to create a moisturizing, rich soap that won’t leave your skin dry and stripped.

Bright, glowing skin start with a great exfoliant. When you combine a gentle exfoliant with the healing and restorative properties of cannabis, you have a winning combination for great skin! This entire line is expertly designed to leverage the healing power of cannabis for luminous, enviable skin.

So, this entire line of beauty products is completely amazeballs but this one, in particular, is a must try!

It combines cinnamon, caffeine,and also cannabis- the three C’s of cellulite crushing!

The smell itself is intoxicating, but this product will have you rethinking your resignation to living with cellulite! Tightening and reviving, this product is the way to go!

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 Fri, 19 May 2017 22:22:43 +0000

Vaping Cannabis or Smoking – Which is Safer?

Vaping Cannabis or Smoking – Which is Safer?

Friday, May 12th, 2017

Vaping cannabis or smoking – which one is safer of better?

Cannabis can be enjoyed in several different ways. It can be smoked, vaped or dabbed. There’s a constant debate happening around the main pros & cons of vaping Mary Jane versus conventional cigarette smoking. Most studies argue that the mere idea of vaping cannabis is losing ground. Nonetheless, there are people who have positive things to say about vaping marijuana. As opposite to smoking pot, vaping it doesn’t harm the lungs; even though the effects are milder, three hits are enough to get you high.

Is vaping cannabis healthier than smoking it?

Vaping is without a doubt healthier than smoking – whether it’s nicotine or cannabis, it doesn’t really matter. Burning the cannabis plant creates tar – just like tobacco – as well as additional carcinogens. Through vaping, it’s just essential plant oil; this happens because the plant doesn’t catch fire. The effects of vaping marijuana comes from the terpenes and cannabinoids oils, meaning that vaporization can have the exact same effects as smoking pot.

However, there’s a main drawback associated with vaping pot. For starters, there are lots of devices out on the market, and many of them are made in China. This means they don’t work properly, and might feature defects. Rumor has it that some may even contain heavy metals or glue which are off-gassed at increased temperatures.

But there are trusted manufacturers out there. It’s very important to stick to the one that makes quality parts. The best vaping pens are made from titanium and ceramic heating elements, which excel in quality are a lot better than those manufactured from glass or steel.

Vaping is discreet

Portable vapes have increased in popularity because they’re more discreet and subtle. When you use a vaporizer, the smoke is barely noticeable, and it doesn’t catch on your clothes, breath, and hair. High-quality vaporizers have a soft smell that instantly dissipates when you exhale. Furthermore, the device is thinner and sleek; it almost looks like a very interesting tech gadget, and some people won’t even tell if a cannabis vaporizer. Another added benefit is that vaping devices are very easy to charge with an USB recharger. You can forget all about taking the time to roll a joint or load a bong.

Different flavors

Since vaping doesn’t involve burning the cannabis plant, the flavor is cleaner and free of that woody and harsh finish we often get when we smoke pot. Some people prefer this nuanced flavor, but this doesn’t mean you should too. Just remember that smoking catches tar and additional chemicals you won’t find when using a vaporizer. As far as flavors are concerned, they vary and often depend on grow skill, plan strain, and more.

It’s no secret that smoking – whether cigarettes or weed – is harmful to the health. Burnt tobacco and pot produce tar and other toxic chemicals that might get straight into your lungs. Vaping on the other hand, is a lot safer because it doesn’t involve burning. This means that the intake of carbon monoxide is reduced, leading to fewer toxic hydrocarbons. Basically, a vaporizer can fill out a need without the side-effects.

Interesting designs & outstanding effects

There are lots of efficient, incredibly appealing vaping pens in the marketplace. Choose the shape and size that best appeals to your personality, and forget all about rolling joints. These cool new devices are very high-tech. To some degree, you might confuse them with the most interesting social device, but with an added twist. You won’t need lighters anymore because vaporizers are recharged by USB.

We can’t guarantee that vaping cannabis is healthy. But it is healthier than smoking cannabis. Vaporizers can be even better, and make you higher without too many puffs. It all depends on how qualitative the device is. We prefer them because they’re flavoured liquids. The pungent flavor of pot doesn’t fade away when vaping, and you only need a few hits to get the desired effect. Now it’s all up to you, although it’s best to thoroughly assess all your options. This way you’ll be able to a make a sensible choice; a choice that might help preserve your health and the health of those around you.

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Published at Fri, 12 May 2017 04:48:32 +0000

Racial Disparity In Marijuana Arrest Rates Increasing, Finds New Study

Racial Disparity In Marijuana Arrest Rates Increasing, Finds New Study

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

African Americans in Virginia are arrested for marijuana possession at more than three times the rates of whites, and this disparity is rising.

This is according to an analysis of statewide arrest data by Virginia Commonwealth University’s Capital News Service. Researchers reviewed 160,000 state and local arrest records from the years 2010 through 2016. They found that blacks were 2.9 times as likely as whites to be arrested for possessing marijuana in 2010, but 3.2 times as likely to be arrested by 2016.

In some counties and towns, such as in Hanover County and in Arlington, Virginia, the black arrest rate was six to eight times that of whites.

The findings are similar to those of a 2015 report, which determined that the number of African Americans arrested in Virginia for marijuana possession offenses increased 106 percent between the years 2003 and 2014. That study concluded that blacks account for nearly half of all marijuana possession arrests, but comprise only 20 percent of the state population.

A separate analysis of Maryland arrest data determined that African Americans accounted for 58 percent of all marijuana possession arrested despite comprising only 30 percent of the state’s population.

A 2016 analysis of California arrest figures concluded that police arrested blacks for marijuana offenses at three and half times the rate of whites. A prior statewide assessment reported that police in 25 of California’s major cities arrested blacks for marijuana possession violations at rates four to twelve times that of caucasians. Similar disparities have been repeatedly reported in other major cities, including New York and Chicago.

A 2013 American Civil Liberties Union study found that nationwide blacks are approximately four times as likely as whites to be arrested for marijuana possession, even though both ethnicities consume the substance at approximately similar rates.

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 Wed, 17 May 2017 00:06:40 +0000

Opioid Addiction Drops Due To The Cannabis Plant?

Opioid Addiction Drops Due To The Cannabis Plant?

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A number of new studies have highlighted the potential of cannabis to serve as a superior alternative to opioids for pain management.

According to a white paper by The Slocum Firm, cannabis relieves pain even as it helps lessen the effects of opioid addiction. One study found that cannabis is 20 times more effective than aspirin as an anti-inflammatory agent. In addition, states that have made medical marijuana legal show an analgesic overdose rate nearly 25 percent lower than the rate in other states.

Research also has found that states with medical marijuana laws in effect for more than six years have reduced their overdose rates by more than a third. On the other hand, states that have attempted to curb opioid abuse without having legalized marijuana showed little progress in reducing death rates from opioid overdoses.

Can cannabis serve as a viable alternative to opioids? Before answering this question, it’s important to understand how the current opioid epidemic developed.

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Opioids: A Problem Long in the Making

For more than 100 years, opioids have been used for a variety of applications, including relief of pain and war injuries, as well as casual use. Today, the drugs are considered a part of typical care following surgeries and for individuals suffering from chronic pain. However, with an opioid epidemic raging, many experts advocate seeking alternatives.

The Centers for Disease Control reports that in 2015, more than 33,000 people died from opioid overdose. Personal injury attorneys with The Slocum Firm, the paper’s authors, note having witnessed many cases of doctors over-prescribing opioid drugs, along with the devastating effects to patients’ health. With overdose rates at their highest levels ever, finding alternatives to opioids should be a priority.

Uses for Opioids

Painkillers constitute the second-largest category of pharmaceutical drugs, trailing only cancer medications. Physicians use opioid drugs for pain caused by surgery, cancer, debilitating diseases, and trauma or injuries. Commonly prescribed opioid medications include hydrocodone, methadone, oxycodone, codeine and fentanyl.

The use of opioids is more widespread than at any time in history. The United States is home to 5 percent of the global population but uses 80 percent of the world’s opioids.

In 2015, U.S. doctors wrote approximately 300 million prescriptions for pain medications. In nearly 100 percent of cases, the doctors wrote prescriptions that extended the usual dosage limit of three days. In a quarter of cases, opioid prescriptions were extended by 27 days.

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A Variety of Side Effects

Opioids come with the risk of addiction and death from overdose. In addition, the drugs can cause a range of unpleasant side effects when used over an extended time period.

Opioid side effects can include:

Long-term use also can cause damage to the liver, vomiting, brain damage and abdominal distention.

In recent years, doctors have reduced prescriptions of opioids by more than 9 percent, but the days of medication for each prescription, along with the total number of prescriptions filled, went up by 8 percent from 2009 to 2013.

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Why Do People Become Addicted?

A 2012 study found that more than 2 million people in the United States have prescription opioid-related substance abuse disorders. Deaths related to opioids other than methadone have risen at a constant pace over a number of years.

What drives the widespread transition from a patient with medical issues including pain to a full-fledged opioid addict? Experts say that changes in the brain are to blame for tolerance, dependence and addiction to opioids.

Addiction takes hold when an individual repeats three behaviors:

  • A compulsion to obtain and consume an opioid drug.
  • Loss of control of the amount of the drug taken.
  • The experience of unpleasant emotional effects when the drug is removed.

The use of opioid drugs triggers the body’s mesolimbic system, which sends signals to the brain to release dopamine — and which results in feelings of extreme pleasure. The brain then associates those good feelings with the use of opioids, and the cycle continues.

Over time, continued use of the drugs at higher doses causes the brain to begin acting normally even when the drugs are present. To continue the pleasant effects, increasing doses are required. Once the drugs have changed an individual’s brain chemistry, symptoms of opiate withdrawal result when the drugs are not available.

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Treating Opioid Addiction

Withdrawing from opioids without assistance is nearly impossible for someone who is addicted. In most cases, professional help is necessary through either medical or psychological therapy.

Psychological therapy includes counseling but no prescription medicine to aid the addict. Instead, patients work with a psychologist who uses therapies like cognitive behavioral and interpersonal. In some cases, patients may attend group therapy sessions. Psychotherapy works best when patients do not have a history of addiction.

In medical therapy, a patient takes medications that lessen the effects of opioid withdrawal. Drugs utilized with opioid addicts include agonists, which activate the opioid receptors to create similar feelings of pleasure. Partial agonists also stimulate the receptors, although not to the same extent as agonists. Antagonists block opioid drugs from activating the receptors.

Naltrexone, buprenorphine and methadone are the drugs most commonly used to combat opioid addiction.

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Marijuana as a Medical Alternative to Opioids

Research continues to confirm the medical benefits of marijuana as more states approve use of the herb for medical purposes. In one study, Harvard University researchers analyzed 28 studies relating to the effectiveness of cannabis against pain. The researchers found significant evidence supporting the use of medical marijuana.

A 2003 study aimed to show a direct relationship between the use of marijuana and relapse with opioid drugs, but the research showed the opposite effect. In fact, abusers of opioid drugs had a 16-percent lower likelihood of relapsing when they had the assistance of marijuana for their recovery. In addition, patients with chronic pain who could legally access marijuana voluntarily reduced their use of opioids by 64 percent.

Lowering Human, Financial Costs of Addiction

Reducing levels of opioid addiction by only 10 percent through the use of marijuana would result in projected savings of $5 billion annually in the United States. In reality, the savings could be much higher.

While the research supporting the use of medical marijuana as a means of abating the opioid epidemic remains speculative and indirect, the results are promising and warrant further study. 

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Published at Mon, 15 May 2017 05:00:00 +0000

New Hampshire Governor to Sign Measure to Decriminalize Marijuana

New Hampshire Governor to Sign Measure to Decriminalize Marijuana

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu says he will sign into law a bill that decriminalizes cannabis.

Once signed into law, House Bill 640 will decriminalize the possession of up to three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana, reducing the charge from an arrestable misdemeanor as it is today, to a simple civil infraction punishable by a fine of $100 for a first or second offense. A third offense within three years of the initial offense will result in a fine of $300, and a fourth offense within three years of the original offense can result in a misdemeanor charge, but no arrest or jail time.

“I want to thank the Legislature for passing common sense marijuana reform,” Governor Chris Sununu (R) said in a statement. “I look forward to signing House Bill 640 into law.”

The proposal was passed by the House of Representatives with a 316 to 38 vote, and passed the Senate with a vote of 17 to 6.

According to polling released last year by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, 72% of New Hampshire adults support decriminalizing or legalizing marijuana.

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 Fri, 12 May 2017 23:11:05 +0000