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What exactly is Weed Wax and Shatter?

Cannabis Extracts/ Concentrates

Things have changed regarding marijuana since I started toking in the 70’s. Nowadays there is lingo such as Shatter, Wax, Honeycomb, Crumble, Sap, Budder, Pull-and-Snap, Taffy, Dabbing, Vaping and others, WTF? These are just some of the slang words that cannabis extracts or concentrates have earned through their popularity in recent years. Marijuana concentrates are a complicated issue in the ever-expanding weed marketplace nowadays.

For those of you who are new to the concentrates game, a cannabis extract is any oil that concentrates weed’s cannabinoids like THC and CBD. These concentrates are extremely potent (they typically hover around 75% but can allegedly go as high as 90% ) and are also extremely difficult to heat up. Concentrates are the product of  cannabinoid extraction processes using a solvent such as butane. The goal of concentrates is to eliminate all plant matter and extract the resin from the plant matter. Concentrates are made by mixing cannabis plant matter with a solvent. Then, the solution is usually strained and purged to remove all plant matter and any dangerous solvents from the product. Once the extract is purged of the solvent, usually butane, you’ll generally have a shatter-like oil. Agitating the oil through various methods makes this into a wax. It can be a dangerous process since flammables are used, so leave it to the professionals my friends.

Shatter

Shatter is the product of butane hash oil extraction. It’s achieved through skillful purging of the butane and cannabis solution, often employing the use of a vacuum. The product is a clear, often yellow or orange hue. It’s very malleable, almost like taffy.

Shatter, with its beautiful amber glass transparency has a reputation for being the purest and cleanest type of extract. But translucence isn’t necessarily the tell-tale sign of quality – the consistency and texture of oil comes down to different factors entirely. The reason shatter comes out clear has to do with the molecules which, if left undisturbed, form a glass-like appearance. Heat, moisture, and high terpene contents can also affect the texture, turning oils into a runnier substance that resembles sap (hence the commonly used nickname “sap). Oils with a consistency that falls somewhere between glassy shatter and viscous sap is often referred to as “pull-and-snap or taffy”

Weed Wax

Wax is also the product of a butane hash oil extraction. It’s often the product of a failed shatter extract, as there are still residual fats, lipids, and possibly butane left due to improper purging techniques. Weed Wax refers to the softer, opaque oils that have lost their transparency after extraction. Unlike those of transparent oils, the molecules of weed wax crystallize as a result of agitation, often through whipping the oil into a more stable consistency. Light can’t travel through irregular molecular densities, and that refraction leaves us with a solid, non-transparent oil.

Just as transparent oils span between shatter and sap, wax can also take on different consistencies based on heat, moisture, and the texture of the oil before it is purged (the process in which residual solvents are removed from the product). Runny oils with more  moisture tend to form gooey waxes often called “Budder,” while the harder ones are likely to take on a soft, brittle texture known as “crumble” or “honeycomb.” The term “wax” can be used to describe all of these softer, solid textures.

Shatter can turn to wax

Sometimes shatter will ‘wax-up after being stored over a period of time. The agitation that turns shatter to wax is occurring either because of residual solvent trying to evaporate or because of terpenes trying to evaporate. Shatter is slightly unstable and tends to degrade into budder over time. THCA molecules tend to crystallize by coming together, but the viscous nature of the oil slows this down. Still, it eventually happens to a lot of shatter at room temperature or higher. Refrigeration is key for preserving extracts, but it needs to be done right. Improper handling upon thawing can lead to the introduction of moisture and quick  degradation of all your product.

There’s a reason cannabis extraction is now as big a part of competitive Cannabis Cups as flowers; the knowledge and care that goes into extracting oils is as complicated as the art of growing the plants they are derived from. Every step of the extraction process demands a balance of art and science, beginning with the selection of starting material and ending with the purging and storage process.

Dabbing, Vaping and more

There are many ways to consume concentrates. There are many options. It can be overwhelming to someone who just wants to give it a go, especially when it comes to purchasing equipment costing $100-plus. Also, not all ways of consuming concentrates are created equal, they all have their pros and cons for different types of users.

Vaporizing

Vaporizing is one of the healthiest methods for inhaling marijuana concentrates. You can vaporize almost any form of concentrate. Many kinds of vaporizers are sold online and at head  shops. Vaporizers are specifically manufactured to heat THC to the optimal vaporization point so you can experience the purest high without unnecessary waste or toxins.

Dabbing

Dabbing is quickly becoming one of the most popular methods for consuming marijuana concentrates. Special ‘dab rigs‘ provide all of the required attachments you will need to “dab” with. You can also purchase bong and water pipe attachments at most head shops that replace the bowl with a “skillet” or “hash nail.” To dab, heat up the skillet using a torch, drop the concentrate onto the heated glass surface and then inhale the smoke through the chambers of the bong or rig. Dabbing burns concentrate at temperatures very close to THC’s vaporization point — making dabs one of the healthier smoking methods. However, dabbing often results in a very intense high, so we recommend only those who are veterans with marijuana to try this specific method.

Bowls

You can find concentrate bowl attachments for ‘bongs and ‘bubblers in most head shops or online. Place the extract at the bottom of the concentrate bowl and then heat it using a stick, known as a glass wand, which vaporizes the concentrate upon contact. Glass wands are just one form of the burning tools used for smoking concentrate out of bowls. Other heating methods fail to vaporize efficiently, which causes combustion and carcinogenic smoke. These alternatives include soldering irons, butane lighters and hemp wicks. While hemp wicks don’t vaporize, they can help you avoid the harmful chemicals released from butane lighters.

This simplified explanation of oil consistencies and how to consume them is only a scratch on the surface of this product cannabis extracts, and it’s exciting to imagine how much further science and technology will carry its potential.

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Mail Order Marijuana- Don’t get ripped off online!

Ordering Weed online? Then be sure to read the following before ordering marijuana online.

For over a decade, Canadians have been able to order particularly potent strains of marijuana, hashish, and other cannabis products online and have them shipped via snail mail in Canada.

Several Canadian websites are known for delivering high-quality cannabis straight to the consumer. The ordering process is straightforward. You pay via Online Banking Email Interac money transfer. It is shipped via Xpresspost courier, Canada post, you will be emailed the tracking number, trackable, no signature required, product is vacuum packed, no odor, no telling return address, no one will know what you got from Vancouver. You will know the delivery date. If you so desire, your package can be delivered to a local post office outlet for pickup.

In the USA, with D.C. and four states having legalized marijuana for recreational use, more civilized ways to get weed are finally emerging. However, for those who don’t live within “legalized” borders, buying weed online is the next safest route.

Stay away from buying pot online through classified sites like Craigslist due to possible scams. You should really beware buying anything on the internet from a not reputable source. And realize that there is an added element when you are buying marijuana online. You can get ripped off,

I know that it’s tough when you can’t find marijuana. I can understand that it’s tempting to try out one of the people online to see if they are legit or not. But remember, there are bad people out there on the internet that are scamming people using all kinds of stories. Using promises to provide marijuana is just one of the latest scams. These are the same people that are pretending to be princes from Nigeria, or a long lost relative from Europe.

So, in Canada for instance, how do several, reputable online suppliers, in business for many years, distribute marijuana in a country where recreational use is still illegal? The answer lies in the structure of Canada’s medical marijuana program.

Thousands of Canadian medical marijuana users are legally eligible to order marijuana from federally-licensed growers online. The weed is then carefully packaged and shipped to recipients via Canada Post or private courier systems. Prescription cannabis must be shipped according to certain standards, therefore online mail order weed companies ship their products in the same manner to recreational users. With so much marijuana being shipped across the country, and there is a lot, it would be easy for ‘contraband’ packages to sneak in amid ‘legitimate’ packages.

In business for many years without a problem, one of the first Canadian online sellers to recreational users states,
We are a legitimate business whose goal is to provide high-quality products and good customer service. We have an excellent reputation for being trustworthy and reliable. We believe that marijuana should be made available to all Canadians in a safe and responsible way….Our goal is to provide a service for personal use only…We believe in the legalization of marijuana and ending the stupid war on drugs… We are discreet in our shipping and operations, we do not seek publicity, and we advertise mainly through word of mouth. So far, Canadian police have had higher priorities than going after us. However, there is certainly a risk involved for us in doing this. We have never had a customer suffer a legal problem due to ordering from us. However, marijuana is still illegal in Canada, and there is always some potential risk. You can do your part by advocating among your friends and relatives an acceptance of marijuana. When the time comes to vote it would be nice if we were organized and supported one another”.

Another Online Marijuana vender says,
We believe that marijuana should be made legal (and it will soon) and so do the majority of Canadians who have suffered from this ongoing witch hunt for the last 60 years. It should be your sovereign right to possess a plant that naturally grows on planet earth as long as you do not harm others….If you are not yet a repeat customer, you might be thinking…Is this real? It must be a scam. well…we are very real and here to help you and your friends acquire the finest bud, food, hash, and other products that might be difficult to find in your local city or town in Canada. Remember that some cities in Canada are very tolerant of pot….”

Always order from a reputable source.

Why would my friends go back to buying weed from people on the street or friends who usually have one kind of weed to sell, and the count might be low, quality sucks, and forget about variety of Grade AAA strains and products such as shatter, wax, extracts and hash. Mail Order is now the best option. http://buyweedonline.ca/ Free shipping with coupon code – ‘72162’ at checkout. McChronalds is the best, if you care to know.

Weed can be very, very destructive, to young minds!

Weed is very bad for teens.

The more weed that teens consume at a younger age, the more problems they tend to have later in life. Adolescence is a sensitive time for brain development, if a teen introduces use of marijuana at that point in their life, it could very well have serious consequences for their ability to problem solve, for their memory and for critical thinking in general and those consequences are permanent, and irreversible.. Teenagers who smoke weed damage their brains for LIFE and may be more likely to develop such mental illness’s such as schizophrenia!

Why? Because the brain is still forming during teenage and young-adult years. The tissue itself is still developing connections between brain regions and producing the cells that process information. Neurodevelopment is particularly active during childhood and adolescence. Regular use of weed during that time has been linked to permanent problems with memory, learning, perception, impulse control, and more. It is true that a very clear relationship between teenage pot use and decreased cognitive function and mental health is demonstrated across the scientific community. Researchers say that marijuana is particularly dangerous for a group of teens who have a genetic susceptibility to the mental health disorder schizophrenia – and it could be the trigger for it.

What Kind of Research Has Been Done? Lots.

http://schizophreniabulletin.oxfordjournals.org/search?fulltext=Cannabis-Related+Working+Memory+Deficits+and+Associated+Subcortical+Morphological+Differences+in+Healthy+Individuals+and+Schizophrenia+Subjects&submit=yes&x=16&y=8

The study in the link above, which appeared in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin, sought to distinguish the effects of daily marijuana use on the adolescent brain from the effects of schizophrenia on the deep regions of the brain that are necessary for working memory. Schizophrenia is a very disruptive illness on working memory, and a kid using weed regularly, produced many similar effects on the brain to schizophrenia. Researchers found that teens who smoked a lot of weed had abnormal changes in their brain structures related to working memory — a predictor of weak academic performance and impaired everyday functioning — and that they did poorly on memory-related tasks. The scientists noted that these effects were still apparent two years after their subjects had stopped using marijuana.

While the study focused on heavy marijuana users — specifically, those who indulged daily for about three years — one of its most crucial findings related not to the amount of weed an adolescent smoked, but when he or she started: The earlier the drug was taken up, the worse the effects on the brain.

Marijuana is the ideal compound to screw up everything for a kid, If they are into athletics, a chess player, on the debating team or an artist, you need working memory, and marijuana hurts the brain circuitry in that area if it is still developing, permanently.

Researchers at Duke University concluded a study a couple of years ago of more than 1,000 people from the time they were born until they reached the age of 38. Studies were performed periodically throughout their lives, and were carefully controlled to ensure test subjects did not have any other drug or alcohol addictions or psychological disorders, and were not high at the time of the test. They found that those who used pot more than once weekly before age 18 displayed more severely impaired intelligence, slower reaction times, shorter attention spans, and poorer listening skills than those who began using marijuana after age 18. https://today.duke.edu/2012/08/potiq

The Lancet Psychiatry‘ reported the following statistics on teens who smoked marijuana daily …
60% less likely to complete high school than those who never use.
60% less likely to graduate college.
18 times more likely to become dependent on marijuana.
8 times more likely to use other hard illegal drugs in the future.
7 times more likely to attempt suicide.
http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366%2814%2970307-4/abstract

It’s not just daily use. According to the researchers behind the study, teens who used cannabis just monthly were also at risk of underachievement.

According to a recent study at the University of Maryland Medical Center, published in the Neuropsychopharmacology, the study’s senior author Asaf Keller, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology, “Previous research has shown that children who started using marijuana before the age of 16 are at greater risk of permanent cognitive deficits, and have a significantly higher incidence of psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia. There likely is a genetic susceptibility, and then you add marijuana during adolescence and it becomes the trigger.”
“Adolescence is the critical period during which marijuana use can be damaging,” says the study’s lead author, Dr Sylvina Mullins Raver, Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology,
The scientists began by examining cortical oscillations in mice. Cortical oscillations are patterns of the activity of neurons in the brain and are believed to underlie the brain’s various functions. These oscillations are very abnormal in schizophrenia and in other psychiatric disorders. The scientists exposed young mice to very low doses of the active ingredient in marijuana for 20 days, and then allowed them to return to their siblings and develop normally.
“In the adult mice exposed to marijuana ingredients in adolescence, we found that cortical oscillations were grossly altered, and they exhibited impaired cognitive abilities,” says Dr. Raver. “We also found impaired cognitive behavioral performance in those mice. The striking finding is that, even though the mice were exposed to very low drug doses, and only for a brief period during adolescence, their brain abnormalities persisted into adulthood.”

The scientists repeated the experiment, this time administering marijuana ingredients to adult mice that had never been exposed to the drug before. Their cortical oscillations and ability to perform cognitive behavioral tasks remained normal, indicating that it was only drug exposure during the critical period of adolescence that impaired cognition through this mechanism. The researchers took the next step in their studies, trying to pinpoint the mechanisms underlying these changes and the time period in which they occur.

We looked at the different regions of the brain,” says Dr. Keller. “The back of the brain develops first, and the frontal parts of the brain develop during adolescence. We found that the frontal cortex is much more affected by the drugs during adolescence. This is the area of the brain that controls executive functions such as planning and impulse control. It is also the area most affected in schizophrenia.”

Dr. Keller’s team believes that the results have indications for humans as well. They will continue to study the underlying mechanisms that cause these changes in cortical oscillations. “The purpose of studying these mechanisms is to see whether we can reverse these effects,” says Dr. Keller. “We are hoping we will learn more about schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders, which are complicated conditions. These cognitive symptoms are not affected by medication, but they might be affected by controlling these cortical oscillations.”

Many groups of scientists have studied the brains of teenagers, too. Compared to those who never used pot, the tissue in the brains of young pot users has been shown to exhibit structural changes. Specifically, the white matter (the cells in our brains that connect different areas) is more porous in subjects that began regularly using pot at a young age, a physical state associated with slower mental processing. Gray matter (the cells in the brain responsible for processing information) showed changes in shape and size, alterations that are associated with executive dysfunction, mood issues, and poor memory. In addition, the brains of teenagers who are heavy pot users have lower blood flow, develop abnormal neuron connections, and show inefficient brain activation patterns. All of these physical features are associated with poor memory, attention, impulse control, organization, and time management.

Teenagers who use weed daily have increased rates of depression, anxiety, and psychosis later in life. (Psychosis means someone has lost connection with reality—i.e., they see and/or hear things that don’t exist.), psychosis and heavy pot use in adolescence are linked.

Teens and Dopamine

For the same reason weed makes adults feel good: It releases dopamine into the brain. When you get high, dopamine signals tell your neurons that it feels good and you should do it again. Dopamine does the same thing when you have sex, listen to music you enjoy, or eat junk food. Dopamine is part of the pleasure/reward system in the brain, which is actively developing until adulthood; messing with it during adolescence can cause damage. Decreased dopamine signals in teenage pot smokers’ brains have been observed after prolonged use, meaning getting high becomes more difficult. In other words, the more weed a teen smokes now, the less happy weed will make him or her over time. And without weed, definitely unhappy, for his dopamine levels are low, permanently. It takes the joy of life away. This can make teenagers who use heavily more prone to depression, anxiety, addiction and even suicide..
So What About Adult Weed Users?

After the brain has finished developing, it is not vulnerable since neurodevelopment is basically complete. Toking up at a young age has a different effect on the brain than toking up as an adult. So have no worries, all is good.

McChronalds very strict policy – 21 years and over only- Let me tell you about Ron…

Let me tell you just a few things about Ron, the CEO, CFO, COO, GM, Quality control officer, Chief Buyer, bookkeeper, Picker, packer, shipper man of many hats. He is a very, very busy man (Honestly, he needs a vacation, bad), he had a disaster a few months back, leaving him short staffed (Also feeling betrayal), to say the least. Now, one of the things that sets McChronalds apart from the competition, is the initial phone call you must have with him, personally. One of the major reason’s for the call is to make sure you are at least 21, due diligence, and he has his ways of knowing, from what you say, or answer. You can’t con the man, you can’t fuck around with a guy who has gone through ‘the school of hard knocks’, and has been around the block several times. HE WILL KNOW YOU ARE UNDER 21, PERIOD, in a second. Woe is he the punk who tried to con Ron on the phone, I can almost hear his wrath now, berating the kid, telling him why, from authority, the truths about weed and his young mind. He doesn’t have to take all that extra time on the phone weeding out the brain damaged punks when he is running shorthanded a very busy, challenging business that is  very customer service oriented requiring same day shipping on all orders. He can make a lot more money by turning a blind eye, no vetting call, no registration required, yes, cash is OK.

Now you know why he also has the policy of never shipping to college or university residence’s, those immature, morally fucked up places at times, with most students being under 21. Yep, he wont be part of fucking up a college kids head up for life either. Ron won’t ship to a school address for the same reason as the phone call. Why? Because he cares, it isn’t about the money with him, the business is his passion, he wants to do the right thing, period. He don’t want to be even partially responsible for fucking some kids brains up for life, for money.

Now, all I will say about the competition out there, well, check out their sites, no registration, they take cash, no phone call. What does that tell you my friends? Who is the honorable one, who do you want to do business with.

Ron will never short count you, in fact, weigh your order, I will admit I have a couple of times scaled it, only because by eye, I saw there was extra, and there was. After almost 40 years buying weed, I can eyeball a good 1/4 oz count or a short count. That’s Ron. Any problem you might have, he will rectify it, plus some. The weed; It is what it is, and nothing else, guaranteed. The other sites, they sell B-grade and even C-grade, wtf? Only AAA+ with Ron.

Many others seem to realize that Ron is a busy man, I hear it in the forums when you are understanding why Ron might be a little late on a phone call or email, or whatever, Most of you are understanding and have been cool, you are all good people. Emailing and Phone calls are difficult at times when you are the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, General Manager, Chief Buyer, Quality Assurance officer, Human Resources, Picker, Packer, Shipper, HR manager and 15 more hats and training 2 people to boot, running McChronalds, basically solo. My friends, that’s what sets McChronalds apart from the others. This is why I ask you my friends, to be loyal, to make that 2nd or 5th order because it says to Ron, Thank You bro, for being there for me, for being honorable.

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I think that parents have an obligation — to be even more pointed with our children by saying to them: “If you’re tempted to smoke weed, please hold off as long as you possibly can. Your beautiful brain is still developing.”

The Miracle That is Weed

The Miraculous Nature of Weed

The cannabis plant contains compounds that  have a wide range of medicinal applications throughout the body. Cannabis has a profound influence on the human body.  How can one herb help so many different conditions in so many ways? How can it provide both the ability to relieve symptoms and also have the ability to treat and cure? How can it be so safe while offering such powerful effects?

Cancer, Crohn’s disease, Epilepsy, Chronic Pain, Multiple Sclerosis, Sleep Disorders, Tourette’s syndrome, Eczema, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, Anorexia, Glaucoma, Arthritis, PMS, Anxiety Disorders, Autism, Asthma, Cerebral Palsy, Constipation, Sleep Apnea, Headaches (Cluster, Migraine, Tension), Viral Hepatitis, Cystic Fibrosis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Severe Nausea, PTSD, Senile Dementia, Emphysema, Gastritis, and this is just to name a few,  I could name at the very least another 100+ ailments that marijuana helps in one way or another. All of these conditions have different causes, different physiologic states, and vastly different symptoms, all over the body. This one herb and its variety of therapeutic compounds seem to affect every aspect of our bodies and minds, whether we be male or female, young or old, American or Asian or whatever race, wherever we live in the world, how is this possible? All of the ailments with symptoms or ailments that can be treated if not cured with marijuana, we are just touching the tip of the iceberg on what we know about this weed and what immense good it can do for humanity, and it’s potential is quite profound, utterly amazing, if not miraculous. There is so much more this humble weed can do for us, that as of yet to be discovered. This herb that has been for so long stigmatized, regarded as worthy of disgrace and great disapproval, condemned, all by false information, only to be found that the herb of God’s approval, can benefit mankind in ways we can only dream of, and the following is why weed is the miracle plant.

The Endocannabinoid System

The search to answer these valid questions has led scientists to the discovery of a previously unknown system in our bodies, what has become the most important system of the health and healing of every human and almost every animal: The Endocannabinoid System. To understand the Endocannabinoid System is to understand the miraculous nature of weed. Truth be told, our bodies and minds were designed to use pot. Using synthetic pharmaceutical drugs has been the wrong approach in so many cases, causing more harm than good.

Homeostasis

The endogenous cannabinoid system, named after the plant that led to its discovery, is perhaps the most important system in our body involved in establishing and maintaining human health. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, tissues, glands, nervous system and immune cells. In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: Homeostasis, the maintenance of a stable healthy internal environment despite changes in the outside environment, a system in which differences are regulated so that conditions remain at an optimum healthy level within our bodies and minds.

Autophagy

Cannabinoids promote homeostasis at every level of biological life. Here is just one example: Autophagy, a normal process in the body that deals with the destruction of unhealthy cells is controlled by the cannabinoid system. While this process keeps normal cells alive, it has a deadly effect on unhealthy cells such as malignant tumor cells, Cancer cells, causing them to consume themselves in a programmed cellular suicide. The death of cancer cells, of course, promotes homeostasis and survival at the level of the entire organism. I am confidant marijuana will soon be our long awaited cure for Cancer.

Endocannabinoids and Cannabinoids

Endocannabinoids and cannabinoids are also found at the cross roads of the body’s various systems, allowing communication and coordination between different cell types.

A bridge between body and mind

The endocannabinoid system, with its complicated actions in our immune system, nervous system, and all of the body’s organs, is literally a bridge between body and mind. By understanding this system we begin to see how states of mind and consciousness can also promote health or disease. A healthy mind and soul promotes a healthy body.

In addition to regulating our internal and cellular homeostasis, cannabinoids influence a person’s relationship with the external environment. Socially, the administration of cannabinoids clearly alters human behavior, often promoting sharing, humor, and creativity. By mediating neurogenesis (the creation of new brain cells), neuronal plasticity (the reorganization of neural pathways in the brain), and learning, cannabinoids may directly influence a person’s open-mindedness and ability to move beyond limiting patterns of thought and behavior from past situations. Changing these old patterns is an important part of health in our quickly changing environment.

What Are Cannabinoid Receptors?

All mammals, as well as other species, share the endocannabinoid system as an essential part of life. Scientists estimate that the endocannabinoid system started evolving in primitive animals over 600 million years ago. While it may seem we know a lot about cannabinoids, the estimated twenty thousand plus scientific articles written to date on cannabinoids have just begun to shed light on the subject.

Cannabinoid receptors are present throughout the body and are more numerous than any other receptor system. When cannabinoid receptors are stimulated, a variety of processes begin. Researchers have identified two cannabinoid receptors: CB1, mostly present in the nervous system, connective tissues, gonads, glands, and organs; and CB2, mostly found in the immune system. Many tissues contain both CB1 and CB2 receptors, each linked to a different action. Researchers speculate there may be a third cannabinoid receptor waiting to be discovered. These cannabinoid receptors in our bodies can also be stimulated by the cannabinoids in marijuana. They are basically the same substance as what is produced naturally in the body, and this is why I say we were designed to smoke, ingest weed. We were made for pot. We need weed.

Endocannabinoids and Phytocannabinoids

Endocannabinoids are the substances our bodies naturally make to stimulate these receptors. Phytocannabinoids are the substances in marijuana plants that also stimulate these same cannabinoid receptors. THC is the most famous of these substances, but other cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabinol (CBN) are gaining the interest of researchers due to a variety of healing properties. Most phytocannabinoids have been isolated from the sativa strain of weed. And there are many, many more cannabinoids in weed to be researched and find how they might be benificial to our bodies also. Phytocannabinoids can replace depleted endocannabinoids in our bodies, Cannabinoids in marijuana act on the body by signaling the body to make more endocannabinoids and build more cannabinoid receptors, assisting in healing us and keeping us healthy.

Understanding Free Radicals and Antioxidants

Interestingly, the cannabis plant also uses THC and other cannabinoids to promote its own health and prevent disease. Cannabinoids have antioxidant properties that protect the leaves and flowering structures from the harmful effects of the sun – cannabinoids neutralize the harmful free radicals generated by UV rays, protecting the cells. In humans, free radicals cause aging, cancer, disease, and impaired healing. Antioxidants found in plants have long been promoted as natural supplements to prevent free radical harm. In recent years, there has been a great deal of attention toward the field of free radical chemistry. A balance between free radicals and antioxidants is necessary for proper bodily functioning. If free radicals overwhelm the body’s ability to regulate them, they will trigger a number of human diseases. The search for effective, nontoxic natural compounds with antioxidative activity has been intensified in recent years, and researchers are finding it, in weed. Cannabinoids in weed have natural antioxidant properties that prevent free radical harm. Less free radical harm equals less disease. Free radicals and antioxidants have become commonly used terms in modern discussions of disease mechanisms, and marijuana are now part of these discussions. In controlling free radicals, we can not only control cancer and other diseases, but aging as well.

Cannabis, The Endocannabinoid System, And Good Health

As we continue to sort through the emerging science of cannabis and cannabinoids, one thing remains clear: a functional cannabinoid system is essential for health. From conception in our mother’s uterus, to nursing and growth, to responding to injuries, endocannabinoids help us survive in a quickly changing and increasingly hostile environment. Can an individual enhance his/her cannabinoid system by taking supplemental cannabis? Beyond treating symptoms, beyond even curing disease, can cannabis help us prevent disease and promote health by stimulating an ancient system that is hard-wired into all of our bodies? The answer is YES. Research has shown that small doses of cannabinoids from cannabis can signal the body to make more endocannabinoids and build more cannabinoid receptors. This is why many first-time cannabis users don’t feel an effect, but by their second or third time using the herb they have built more cannabinoid receptors and are ready to respond. On a personal note, when I started smoking herb almost 40 years ago, I never got a buzz, everyone else seemed to catch a buzz, but not me, it was only after regular use did I start getting a buzz on, now I know why. More receptors increase a person’s sensitivity to cannabinoids; smaller doses have larger effects, and the individual has an enhanced baseline of endocannabinoid activity. I believe that small, regular doses of cannabis might act as a tonic to our most central physiologic healing system.

Many physicians might laugh at the thought of prescribing a ‘weed’ as medicine, a plant substance, and they are outright mortified by the idea of smoking a medicine. Our medical system is more comfortable with single, isolated synthetic substances that can be swallowed or injected. Unlike synthetic drugs, marijuana may contain over one hundred different cannabinoids, including THC, which all work together to produce better medical effects and less side effects than THC alone. While cannabis is safe and works well when smoked, many people prefer to avoid respiratory irritation and instead use a vaporizer, tincture, or topical salve. Scientific and patient testimonials both indicate that herbal cannabis has superior medical qualities to synthetic cannabinoids.

Thomas Edison, the prophet

In 1902 Thomas Edison said, “There were never so many able, active minds at work on the problems of disease as now, and all their discoveries are tending toward the simple truth that you can’t improve on nature.” Cannabinoid research has proven this statement is still valid.

So, is it possible that the marijuana plant we have been told by authorities for so many decades to be dangerous, addictive, and of no medicinal value, if not bordering on being evil, a drug still illegal federally in the USA as a schedule one drug, on par with cocaine and heroin, could become the most useful medicine in the history of mankind which can treat the widest variety of human diseases and ailments, be used to actually prevent and cure diseases, and ultimately a substance that will shield us, protect us from our own polluted, increasingly toxic, carcinogenic, poisonous environment? YES. This was well known in ancient India, China, and Tibet, and now, we ourselves are now becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of marijuana by modern western science. Of course, we need more human-based research studying the effectiveness of cannabis, despite the American DEA’s best efforts to discourage marijuana-related research.

Most doctors know shit about medicine

Does your doctor understand the benefits of marijuana? Can he or she advise you in proper medicinal administration? Likely not. Despite the two largest U.S. physician associations (American Medical Association and American College of Physicians) calling for more research, the U.S. Congress prohibiting federal interference in states’ medical cannabis programs, a 5,000 year history of safe therapeutic use, and a huge amount of published research, most doctors know little or nothing about marijuana.

This is all changing now, because the public is demanding it. People want safe, natural and inexpensive treatments that stimulate our bodies’ ability to self-heal and help our population improve its quality of life. Cannabis is one such solution. We are living at a time of profound change in how we look at marijuana, scientific evidence proves the medical use of cannabis and cannabinoids. Weed is a miracle plant that can only benefit mankind. Bud is all good. We have come along way since ‘Reefer Madness’.

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Cannabis is an “Exit Drug”, not a “Gateway Drug”

Drug problem decreases significantly where weed is legal

As a growing number of U.S. states reform their marijuana laws, new data emerges about the consequences of those reforms. According to a recent study, not only has the sky not fallen in states with legal marijuana, but these states have actually seen their drug problem decrease significantly.

A new study by the University of British Columbia and University of Victoria ( http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/dar.12323/abstract ) suggest that more people are using marijuana as a substitute for prescription drugs and alcohol because it’s less addictive. According to the authors of the study, it is the largest survey of medical cannabis patients to date and highlights its potential health benefits.

Majority of medical marijuana users using pot instead of pills

One of the authors is UBC Okanagan Associate Professor Zach Walsh, who says a majority of medical marijuana users are using pot as a substitute for pills. “Our study shows that more than 80 per cent of medicinal cannabis users reported substituting cannabis for prescription drugs including opiate pain killers,” says Walsh, “We need to compare the risks and benefits of using other substances, such as opiates or alcohol, to the risks and benefits of cannabis use to estimate the real public health consequences of cannabis use,” says Walsh. “Looking at cannabis use in isolation paints an incomplete picture.”

Medical marijuana users are substituting booze, cocaine and meth for Weed

The study also reveals that drinkers are putting down the bottle and picking up a joint instead. More than half of the study’s 470 respondents reported substituting alcohol with cannabis, while a third of respondents prefer using cannabis instead of hard drugs like cocaine and crystal meth.

The authors say the study’s findings demystify the notion that marijuana is a gateway drug. These findings highlight the potential of cannabis to be an ‘exit drug’ to addiction rather than a gateway drug,

“If you want to make informed choices about pain control, I think use of cannabis is a right that every Canadian should have,” says Walsh. “It’s been proven to be much less harmful and addictive than opiates or substances like alcohol.”

American States with medical pot see nearly 25 percent fewer fatal prescription drug overdoses

“In the 23 U.S. states where medical marijuana has been legalized, deaths from opioid overdoses have decreased by almost 25 percent”. Opioid mortality is such a tremendously significant health crisis now, we have to do something and figure out what’s going on.The efforts states currently make to combat these deaths, like prescription monitoring programs, have been relatively ineffectual. Everything being done is having no effect, except for in the states that have implemented medical marijuana laws, If legalizing medical marijuana does help tackle the problem of painkiller deaths, that will be very significant, as thus far it is the only way to combat this crisis.

A new study reveals that states where medical marijuana is legal experience around one-quarter fewer deaths from prescription drug overdoses, signaling perhaps a small victory for proponents of pot’s alleged pain-alleviating powers. According to the study published in the latest installment of JAMA Internal Medicine    (http://archinte.jamanetwork.comarticle.aspx?articleid=1898878 ) , the 13 states in America that have legalized the use of medical marijuana for patients with valid prescriptions see a 24.8 percent lower annual opioid overdose rate that those where weed can’t legally be offered to treat ailments. Of those who die from prescription opioid overdoses, 60 percent have a legitimate prescription from a single doctor.

Dr. Marcus A. Bachhuber of the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center writes in the study that “States that implemented medical marijuana laws appear to have lower annual opioid analgesic overdoses death rates (both from prescription pain killers and illicit drugs such as heroin) than states without such laws,”…..“Prescriptions for opioid painkillers for chronic pain have increased in the United States and so have overdose deaths. However, less attention has been focused on how the availability of alternative non opioid treatment, such as medical marijuana, may affect overdose rates,”.

Now after reviewing overdose rates across the US from 1999 through 2010, Dr. Bachhuber and his colleagues determined that states with legal weed witness fewer overdoses, “As our awareness of the addiction and overdose risks associated with use of opioid painkillers such as Oxycontin and Vicodin grows, individuals with chronic pain and their medical providers may be opting to treat pain entirely or in part with medical marijuana, in states where this is legal,” Colleen L. Barry, PhD, a senior author of the study, said in a statement.

Prescription painkiller abuse an “epidemic.”

The study, organized by researchers from the RAND Corporation and the University of California-Irvine ( http://www.nber.org/papers/w21345 ), found that “in the years following legalization, states that legalized marijuana had experienced significant reductions in fatal overdoses and addiction treatment center admissions relating to opioid abuse,” but only in states which allow for legal dispensing of marijuana for medical purposes. Opioids, such as morphine, are opium-derived drugs commonly prescribed as painkillers, and their use is a growing health concern in the United States, as the drugs are known for their addictive potential and can be deadly if overdosed. For the past 15 years, Americans have been using more of these drugs, causing the number of overdose deaths to skyrocket. Prescription painkillers are highly addictive and deadly — they killed more than 16,000 people in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest numbers. In the U.S., drug overdoses kill more people than suicide, guns or car crashes. The CDC now calls prescription painkiller abuse an “epidemic.”

States with legal medical marijuana had overall lower rates of opioid-related deaths

Compared to states without medical marijuana, these states tended to have lower rates of substance abuse admissions as well as fewer deaths caused by opioid-induced overdose. The study also found that while drug-related harm was noticeably lower in states which allow for marijuana dispensaries, there was no significant difference in states that did not. They found that the presence of marijuana dispensaries was associated with a 15 to 35 percent decrease in substance abuse admissions. Opiate overdose deaths decreased by a similar amount. “Our findings suggest that providing broader access to medical marijuana may have the potential benefit of reducing abuse of highly addictive painkillers,” the researchers conclude.

Weed can reduce the drug epidemic

This research proves weed can reduce the drug problem by providing access to marijuana. The study’s findings highlight that for these improvements to take place, the law must not only legalize the use of cannabis-based medicines, but also make these remedies accessible to patients who need them, including people suffering from chronic pain.

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