Top smoke tricks for beginners

Top smoke tricks for beginners

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Smoke Tricks

Smoke Tips For Smoke Tricks

People smoke different things for different reasons. But smoke tricks are a whole other side of smoking that is starting to intrigue more and more people. It is so enticing to many smokers that they end up visiting an online head shop and getting ready to learn how to do smoke tricks.

There are all kinds of smoke tricks. But obviously, some are a lot easier than others. As a beginner, you don’t have that skill to determine which is considered a hard trick and which isn’t. So we’re going to help you out on that front. Here, we are going to give you some neat examples of easy smoke tricks that every beginner should learn how to do. These are what is considered the first step in becoming a smoke tricks master, so make sure you mater them carefully as you can’t move upward in ranks until you get down everything there is to perfect about these particular tricks.

Smoke Trick #1  The Ghost Inhale

Smoke Tricks

Smoke Tricks “The Ghost” Inhale

The ghost inhales the number one trick you should know as a smoke tricks artists. Its the very first one you should start practicing as well. It’s a really easy trick which will help you understand the fundamentals of smoke tricks a lot faster.

The trick implies that you puff out a ball of smoke which you then rapidly inhale again. Thus creating the appearance of a ghost being inhaled. It goes by some other names as well such as the mushroom cloud.  To make things easier for you, keep the smoke in your oral cavity for a little bit before gently letting it out. This will help with creating the puffball effect of smoke which can then be easily inhaled or “snapped” back in.

Smoke Trick #2  The dragon

Smoke Tricks “the Dragon” Exhale

This is a pretty cool one that all beginners want to learn, for good reason. Sadly enough, you can’t be a real dragon, but you can surely fool a friend or two with this awesome trick.  In definition, it’s really simple, but in practice, it will take you a bit before you get down the mechanics. The trick revolves around taking a drag without inhaling it. After that, blow it out violently through your nose and both sides of your mouth. This will create a compelling “dragon breath” effect which will make you look vicious.

Smoke Trick #3  The waterfall

This is a little more special because you need a prop to do it. The waterfall revolves around taking a drag, then blowing out the smoke inside a bottle which has frozen water at the bottom. Afterwards, simply turn the bottle upside down and watch as your smoke acts as a heavy curtain which falls gently, like a mysterious waterfall. It’s one of the more elegant tricks you can master, especially so early on.

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Published at Thu, 21 Sep 2017 21:42:08 +0000

Marijuana industry looks to add more women, minorities

Marijuana industry looks to add more women, minorities

The Columbian / Associated Press

Marijuana industry looks to add more women, minorities

WASHINGTON — Compared to a year ago, times may seem tough for those banking on the legalization of marijuana.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has raised “serious questions” about legalization, appears less friendly to the cannabis industry than his predecessor. Even after the District of Columbia permitted recreational use of the drug in 2015, arrests in the city for public use of marijuana are on the rise.

Yet, a panel of speakers who gathered Wednesday at Howard University said entrepreneurs — particularly women and minorities — should not fear what those in the marijuana industry call “the cannabis space.”

“It’s a good business — we’re at the start, it’s brand new,” said Lisa Scott, a former chef who runs Bud Appetit, an edibles company based in D.C. “So many minorities are locked up — white people are getting filthy rich from it.”

The panel, “Minority Leaders in Cannabis,” came together through Women Grow, a national for-profit group founded in Denver in 2014 “as a catalyst for women to influence and succeed in the cannabis industry as the end of marijuana prohibition occurs on a national scale,” according to its website.

Chanda Macias, head of the group’s D.C. chapter and owner of a dispensary in Dupont Circle, said cultivating diversity in the marijuana business is vital.

“We are the leaders — the minority leaders — in cannabis, and we make cannabis look good,” Macias said at the event.

The hurdles to people of color seeking to produce and sell marijuana products are significant, those on the panel said. The war on drugs disproportionately targeted minorities, and criminal histories can complicate applications for dispensary licenses.

Meanwhile, communities destroyed by the crack epidemic are not always eager to welcome a pot business to the block — even though those communities could benefit economically and physically from marijuana products, advocates said.

“Prohibition is built on a racist formula,” said Rachel Knox, a member of a family of doctors in Portland whose practice focuses on cannabis. “The health-care disparity between blacks and whites is large.”

After the election of President Donald Trump, some in the industry worry about the specter of federal action against the marijuana industry. The drug, a federal Schedule 1 controlled substance, has a “high potential for abuse” and “no medically accepted use” in the eyes of the federal government.

“I can’t say I feel comfortable,” Macias said. “As the industry continues to change, less minorities participate because of their fears.”

But according to Marvin Washington, a cannabis investor and former New York Jets defensive lineman, minorities have a historic chance to turn a bad break into a good one.

“We have the opportunity to do this right and make sure the people that suffered when cannabis was in the black market … have the opportunity to participate in the upswing,” he said.

Washington, a plaintiff in a federal lawsuit against the Department of Justice that seeks marijuana legalization, also discounted the possibility that Sessions would somehow re-criminalize marijuana across the nation after legalization in D.C. and elsewhere.

“The genie is out of the bottle,” he said. “I’m not sure how you get it back in.”

As the issue winds its way through the courts, Gia Mor?n, Women Grow’s communications director, said it’s important for a new industry to address diversity early — and avoid the battles that Silicon Valley is fighting over minority representation.

“We are calling it out early,” Morón said. “We’re starting out saying, ‘You’re going to do better.’ … I hope in five years we’re not talking about diversity.”

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Published at Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:53:54 +0000

10 Best Cannabis Strains for Hangovers

10 Best Cannabis Strains for Hangovers

Cannabis Oil Successfully Treats Infant With Epilepsy

Amylea Nunez is the world’s youngest patient who has successfully been treated with cannabis oil. She was born in December 2015 with a rare epileptic condition that caused her to suffer from debilitating, frequent seizures.

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Published at Fri, 22 Sep 2017 05:00:00 +0000

Washington Regulators Seek Public Comment on Legalizing Home Cultivation for All Adults

Washington Regulators Seek Public Comment on Legalizing Home Cultivation for All Adults

By NORML

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) is seeking written public comment and will hold a public hearing on Wed. Oct. 4, 2017 on whether the State should allow home grows of recreational marijuana.

Legislation enacted in 2017 directs the WSLCB to “conduct a study of regulatory options for the legalization of marijuana plant possession and cultivation by recreational marijuana users.” The study must take into account the “Cole Memo,” issued by the United State Department of Justice in 2013, which outlines the federal government’s enforcement priorities in states where medical or recreational marijuana has been legalized or decriminalized. The study and recommendations are due to the Legislature on Dec. 1, 2017

“The agency is actively engaging other states, the public, the industry and stakeholders. We know there are many perspectives to this issue and we want to ensure they are captured for our report and recommendations,” said agency director Rick Garza.

Please enter your information below to contact the WSLCB in support of recreational home grow.

Also, please click here and take a moment to fill out Washington NORML’s survey about home cultivation rights in Washington State.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:26:31 +0000

September 12 Michigan Medical Marihuana Board Meeting: December Closure Date for Existing Businesses Likely

September 12 Michigan Medical Marihuana Board Meeting: December Closure Date for Existing Businesses Likely

September 12 Michigan Medical Marihuana Board Meeting: December Closure Date for Existing Businesses Likely

A few hours before September 12’s widely anticipated Michigan Medical Marihuana Licensing Board meeting, the State’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) released its intended approach to currently operating dispensaries. As we reported, LARA announced that its forthcoming emergency rules will consider continuing marihuana operations after December 15, 2017, to be “a potential impediment to licensure.”

This issue, of course, dominated the Board meeting. LARA’s Director of the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation, Andrew Brisbo, explained to the Board that the Board cannot act by motion to set policy, or to close dispensaries. Rather, per LARA’s discussions with the Michigan Attorney General’s office, policy must be set by rules. Although LARA must consult with the Board on rules, it is LARA that has rulemaking authority. Director Brisbo further explained that the December 15 date was selected after balancing patient needs with the letter of the law, and that tying the date to the opening of the application period made sense.

Board member Don Bailey, who has been the most vocal in advocating that existing dispensaries are not following the law and therefore should not be licensed, expressed concerns. He disagreed with the December 15 date, and also stated that he believes operating without licensure should be an absolute bar to future licensure, not a “potential impediment.” He moved that the Board request LARA to work with the Board to set an earlier date.

After Board Chairman Rick Johnson seconded Member Bailey’s motion, the other Board members voiced several questions. Board member Vivian Pickard asked who should be setting a closure date, and shared her view that it is the judicial system that should be enforcing current law. Board member Nichole Cover echoed the point that the Board is not an enforcement agency, and that criteria should be set through rules with applicants provided due process. And Board member David LaMontaine asked why the Board was even discussing a rule.

After Director Brisbo further explained the relative roles of the Board and LARA, Chairman Johnson withdrew his support for Member Bailey’s motion. This prompted Mr. Bailey to state that, when it comes to voting for licenses, he will vote against anyone who continues to operate past his own previously proposed date of September 15.

The upshot of all of this activity is that potential applicants are left with LARA’s statement that the emergency rules will provide that operation a marihuana business after December 15 will be a “potential impediment” to licensure. This could leave the Board free to consider evidence an applicant might put forward contending that they have indeed been operating within the limitations of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act. Importantly, Director Brisbo made clear that LARA’s emergency rule on currently operating facilities will apply across all license classes. It is not just dispensaries that must pay attention to this rule, but growers, processors, and testing labs as well.  

Whether this is the end of the closure issue remains to be seen. Numerous members of the public argued that, under LARA’s approach, there will be many months between December 15 and when licensed product is available, during which patients may have challenges accessing medical marihuana. Board Member LaFontaine zeroed in on this issue, and seemed receptive to notions of temporary or provisional licenses to bridge the gap. Member LaFontaine, though, also recognized that such an approach would require the Legislature to act.

LARA and the Board are in a difficult position. Current law at the State level does not allow for most of the activity taking place today, and other applicants are abiding by the law and waiting to open. It also appears to us likely that even if there is a December 15 “closure” date, there will be dispensary owners who know that they cannot qualify for licenses—and they will stay open as long as law enforcement does not take action against them. We fully expect this controversy to continue for months, and possibly as long as another year.

Apart from the closure issue, there were other important announcements from LARA. Director Brisbo announced that non-refundable application fees will be in the range from $4,000 to $8,000 per license. After a decision is made to award an applicant a license, the regulatory assessment fee in the range of $10,000-$57,000 will need to be paid before the license is issued. Additionally, LARA announced its selections for members of the public workgroups that will advise LARA on final rules for the industry. If today’s Board meeting is any indication, those of us who have been chosen for those workgroups will be hearing from many passionate members of the public.  

Stay tuned to Dykema’s Cannabis Law Blog for further updates.

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Published at Mon, 11 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Fore 20 Golf Tourney Highlights

Fore 20 Golf Tourney Highlights

Check out the highlights from the Fore 20 Golf Tournament and Cannabis Cup at the Squamish Valley Golf Club right here. In this exclusive video, we follow the expert from Expert Joints Craig Ex on a beautiful day “where there’s not a cloud in the sky- except for the ones he’s puffing on”.

Also watch Freddie “Da Weed King” Pritchard talk to Canada’s very own “Dabbing Granny” Miss Majick about playing golf for the first time, and he also chats with Leslie from Jones Brown, whose company sponsored Hole 8’s $20,000 hole-in-one. Our friend Kush Queen (@mzkushqueen420) also grabs the mic to talk to Jacolby from Gemini Organics and watch as she samples some Jack Herer live resin courtesy of the Gastown Collective.

Craig Ex also bumped into Chris from Remedy Ice Cream as he was trading dabs for his infused ice cream which was perfect for the hot, sunny day, and they take the 420 golf cart for a spin and deliver ice cream to all their fellow golfers.

They pass Hole 17, which is par 5 and 420 yards…. You can’t make this stuff up!

Craig Ex also stops by the Liberty Farm tent where he finds one of his favorite strains of all time- Lindsay OG!

The event ended on an inspiring note with Chad Jackett, from the Cannabis Growers of Canada and Liberty Farms, encouraging the community to come together and stand up for a free system against the government, who is trying to control and monopolize the cannabis industry.

For all that and more, check out the video!


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Published at Sat, 16 Sep 2017 20:27:17 +0000

Delaware Governor Signs Medical Marijuana PTSD Bill

Delaware Governor Signs Medical Marijuana PTSD Bill

Delaware Governor John Carney has signed into law a bill that allows those with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to more easily become medical marijuana patients.

Governor Carney has signed the Bravery Bill into law, allowing those with PTSD to become legal medical marijuana patients if they receive a recommendation from a licensed physician. Before the new law those with PTSD could only get approval for medical marijuana use if they were recommended it by a licensed psychiatrist.

The Bravery Bill was introduced by Senate Majority Leader Margaret Rose Henry, and received strong bipartisan support in both the House of Representatives and Senate.

With the signing of the Bravery Bill, Delaware now joins New Hampshire, Minnesota, New Jersey, Michigan, California, Illinois, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Arizona, Washington, Rhode Island and Oregon as states that allow those with PTSD to legally use medical cannabis.

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, 15 Sep 2017 22:32:07 +0000

Cannabis and Surgery

Cannabis and Surgery

[Editor’s Note: We’d like to welcome back our writer, Julia, who’s currently in recovery after a successful hysterectomy procedure]

It’s a scary thought that more and more of us are having to face these days: What do you do when you can’t take narcotics but you have a major reason to, such as surgery? Cannabis works for me and many others, so, maybe it could work for you too.

Whether you are looking to add to your surgical opiate regimen or replace it altogether, there are some things to consider about surgery and the 72 hours after it; especially if you want to use cannabis.

1. Communication with your Doctors

I am so used to hearing no from my doctors when it comes to cannabis; so, usually, I just don’t ask and do what I want. However, in this circumstance, I communicated clearly about my cannabis intentions from the very beginning and you should too. Even though you risk a disagreement, you will need your doctors support in making sure that the post-op nurses have your cannabis medication ready and waiting.

2. Legality

Acquiring an ACMPR or license for use during and post surgery is extremely valid and few doctors will argue with it. After a 9 year struggle, my surgeon, with obvious discomfort, finally signed my ACMPR. She really didn’t want to until I explained that I could not risk being pulled over and having my medication confiscated if it was all I would take. It only got me a 3 month prescription for 2-3 grams per day but it enabled me to medicate in the hospital.

3. Method of Ingestion

This is one of the most important things to consider because your surgery instructions and cannabis ingestion have to harmonize; if they don’t, your surgeon will likely postpone your date.

Most operations require you to not eat or drink anything for hours beforehand and often have additional bowel instructions. So, what can you take?

Talk to your surgeon about your options. Ask them if a little bit of water to wash down a cannabis capsule would be acceptable because often times, it is. Cannabis suppositories are also fantastic options as long as they do not interfere with the bowel instructions.

4. Quality of Cannabis Product 

I heal faster taking cannabis than I do with using narcotics and I am not alone. When our body is working hard to heal, using a pain reliever that is easy on the system allows us to not waste physical energy filtering toxins. This is the time to ensure the quality and purity of what you ingest and inhale, so that the medicine can do its work without adding stress to a stressed out system. Plus, when you are lying in bed with nothing to do all day, you can really notice the burn in your throat.

5. Type of Cannabis Product 

Will you be allowed to eat anything at all or will you be on a liquid diet? Can you get up to go somewhere to smoke or vape cannabis? Will you have stitches anywhere that need to be treated gently, such as the throat? There are pro’s and con’s to all types of products:

Edibles – Dietary restrictions are the biggest challenge when it comes to using edibles post surgery. Often times, your food intake will be light and monitored on the first day. So, if you want to use an edible, make it something light and easy to eat.

Tinctures – I found this to be a great option for me as it was fast, effective and extremely discreet. I never had to get up and the bottle was small enough to keep tucked beside me in my bed and CannaMed knows how to make it taste mild.

Warning: Rick Simpson Oil or Phoenix Tears are a great option but taste them first (especially if you aren’t allowed anything to wash it down with).

Capsules – If you can take pills and are able to sip water, a capsule will allow you to control the dosing of your cannabis with easy consistency. In most cases, taking capsules wont compromise any dietary restrictions and can be taken right before surgery and immediately after.

Inhalation – As soon as I was out of the hospital, my vape pen was invaluable. Before, I didn’t use it once because I couldn’t get up and I was afraid to cough and rip my stitches.

Suppositories – Right out of surgery, suppositories are one of the best methods of ingestion as it provides strong, lasting relief quite quickly. I couldn’t always rely on a nurse to be there to refill my water immediately if I needed to take a capsule but suppositories don’t need anything to go down…or um…up.

6. Dosing

You need strong doses and its important not to underestimate this. Plan to have way too much and never just enough so that you can increase your dose as needed. Talk to friends and family, as well as your dispensary and make a plan in case you need more medicine. Make sure they know what you like and where to get it so that access is seamless.

During the surgery and within 2 weeks since, I have used:

Cannabis – 

  • 35 suppositories (1000mg each)
  • a 10ml bottle of Hayley’s Comet CBD Tincture
  • a 10ml bottle of Purple Kush Tincture
  • 7 Grams of THC Phoenix Tears (tested at 600mg THC per gram) put into capsules
  • In cannabis concentrates, I have vaped 2 grams of Blue Dream Live Resin, 1 gram of CBD Distillate, 1 gram Sour OG Shatter, 2 Grams THC Distillate and 2 Grams Bubba Kush Wax
  • In bud, I have smoked 5 Grams Blue Dream flower, 5 Grams Diamond Kush, 3 grams of Zeus, 7 grams Mountain Jam, 3 grams of Probiotic Pink Kush and 2 grams of Super Silver Haze

Opiates –

At my firm demand, I did not have ANY opiates or narcotics during the surgery whatsoever; several hours post-op I took:

  • 2 x 15mg Morphine Sulphate Tablets

It is your body and you have a right to it; if you want to avoid a dangerous medication like an opiate and replace it with a safe one such as cannabis, you should have the ability to do so. Just because it is not commonly done does not mean it is not effective; more and more people today are using cannabis to treat moderate to acute pain. Everyone and every situation is different but, cannabis for surgery should be on the table.

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Published at Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:00:45 +0000

Best Vape Under $100 Review: Utillian 420

Best Vape Under $100 Review: Utillian 420

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

In this blog I got a chance to check out a very slick little unit, the Utillian 420. It is a great budget vape coming in at just under $100.

The Utillian 420 features 4 pre-set temperatures, a digital display, and a glass mouthpiece. If you’re looking for a vaporizer on a budget, look no further. It’s a perfect unit for beginners or for those looking for a backup vaporizer.

Function and Form

Using the Utillian 420 is very simple. First, unscrew the glass mouthpiece and load the ceramic heating chamber with your favorite dry herb. The load size can very. It dose not need to be totally packed for a good draw, this was a plus for sure! Once loaded, simply replace the mouthpiece. Then press the multi function button on the unit 5 times. The unit will turn on and you will be vaping in 20 seconds.

To select the proper temperature, you have four choices: 190, 200, 210, 220 degrees celsius.

Simply hold the multi function button for 2 seconds and the digital display will change to the next temperature up.

Once you start vaping, you have 5 minutes to enjoy you herb, This for me was plenty of time to finish a load. After that time the unit will auto shut off.

Battery Life

The battery life was great. I got just under an hour of continuous use before I had to charge it again. the digital display made it very easy to see just how much life was left in the unit.

Charge time is just under 2 hours.

Vapor Quality

I loved the vapor from this unit! Very tasty, smooth. I was able to get some good vape rings going on!

It is a conduction style vaporizer, so that means the herb is heated in ceramic oven that heats the herb to the proper vaping temp. When you draw air thru the hot herb material, the essential oils are vaporized and carried thru the air to the users lungs. When looking thru the used material, there is very even coloring and no burnt herb of any kind. A great little unit for sure!

Want a closer look? check out this video review!

Utillian 420 provided by: TVape.com

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Published at Thu, 14 Sep 2017 05:38:37 +0000

Dutch Treat Marijuana Strain Review

Dutch Treat Marijuana Strain Review

Dutch Treat, a classic strain that’s one of the most popular in the U.S. and across the Amsterdam coffee shop scene, is a distinct and much-loved indica-dominant hybrid.

dutch treatDutch Treat has earned its vaunted reputation by continuing to be one of the most consistent strains on the market. It’s distinctly sweet and piney taste and flavor is thoroughly enjoyable. The high is pleasant and uplifting. It packs a small punch that’s stronger than many sativas, but far less so than a lot of heavy indicas. This makes it a perfect late-night, relaxation type of strain, while also being one you can use during the day without fearing much lethargy.

Not much is known about the true origin of Dutch Treat, though many believe it originated in the Pacific Northwest (particularly Vancouver Island) before making its way to Amsterdam.

Smell and taste:

  • Sweet, almost like slightly burnt sugar
  • Strong pine smell

Effects:

  • Relaxation
  • Creativity
  • Increased appetite
  • Happiness

Reviews:

At the time of publication Dutch Treat has 702 reviews on Leafly with an average score of 4.3 out of 5.

Highlighted quote (from one of the Leafly reviews):

“This heavy cerebral high is perfect for a night time adventure or a long hibernation in a comfortable bed. With earthy, piney, and lemony tones, the exhales comes off very sweet, not a bit of smokeyness, and left my mouth watering and wanting more.

[T]he body and mind high… put me in the perfect mood for a session of music and headphones. This is the best tasting strain I’ve ever had, it did quite literally make my mouth water. Highly recommend this to new and old stoners alike.

Where to find it

If you live in a state where cannabis is legal, Leafly has a strain finder that can use your exact location to find the closet cannabis store or dispensary to you that is currently carrying the Dutch Treat marijuana strain; you can also look for a variety of other strains.

Click here for this strain finder.

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, 13 Sep 2017 21:06:23 +0000