Sleep is something that humans can’t live without, yet it can also be truly elusive. According to the sleep foundation, one in three people suffer from some level of insomnia. Chronic insomnia comes with a laundry list of diseases such as heart disease, stroke, increased obesity, depression, weakened immunity, and it is even linked to Alzheimer’s disease. While there is no shortage of over the counter sleep medications, many prefer a more natural remedy. Cannabis is famous for its calming, pain-relieving, and sedative effects. Among the most beautiful things about the cannabis plant is that it has the ability to lift you up with Sativa strains and calm you down with Indica dominant strains. Many consumers of cannabis use it as a natural alternative to pharmaceutical sleep aids, and for good reason. Among those are people who choose not to dream as a result of PTSD or general night terrors. Regardless of the reasons, cannabis has a profound effect on both the ability to sleep and to dream.
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The question of whether or not cannabis is addictive is one that has been at the forefront of society since the days of Reefer Madness and other anti-cannabis propaganda. The level of villainy placed on marijuana is almost comical in its accuracy. There is nothing comical however in the numerous people who have faced charges for nonviolent marijuana-related crimes. It should go without saying that cannabis is nothing like the horrible drug it was painted to be so many years ago. This beautiful plant continues to help many people treat conditions where other medications have fallen short. As much as it has been proven that cannabis is anything but what a schedule one narcotic represents, there are still those who believe that cannabis is highly addictive. This is a debate that is difficult to tackle because of how people view addiction and habitual behavior, so it isn’t as cut and dry as we would hope.
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The cannabis industry seems like it's been exploding with each state that passes laws that legalize medical or recreational marijuana. This has provided millions of people access to cannabis medicine though marijuana is still federally illegal and considered a schedule one narcotic. To add to the wave of the booming cannabis industry, the 2018 farm bill made industrial hemp federally legal. While these advancements are positive, we are still feeling the growing pains of the slow legalization of hemp and marijuana. The uneven legal landscape paired with the advancing industry have led to confusion regarding the differences between hemp and regulated cannabis.
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Do you ever get to a point in your marijuana journey where you just can’t get enough THC in your system? Maybe you’ve been chasing the experiences you had when you first started smoking. Or maybe the experience of consuming cannabis has just become stale and mundane. We’re talking about tolerance. Tolerance to cannabis can creep up on you and suddenly you feel like you have to consume so much more than you used to, and even then the experience is lackluster. This can be both frustrating and expensive. Do not fret, my stoner friends. With a little willpower and patience, your tolerance can be broken down and the experience of consuming cannabis will be a whole new level of fun.
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It’s July 10th, and seasoned stoners all over the globe are preparing to celebrate the recent holiday of 710. Many cannabis consumers don’t know the importance of 7/10 or even that it is a day of celebration at all. Before 7/10 was embraced by the cannabis community, there was the joke of a woman who walked into the mechanic’s shop asking for a 710 cap. The mechanics were clearly confused and asked what she was talking about. They asked where it was. To which the woman replied, “It’s right on top of the engine. It’s been on every car I’ve had.” They asked how big it was, and she made a circle with her hands about three inches in diameter. After a few minutes of failing to explain the mysterious 710 cap, the woman finally drew it on a piece of paper. She drew a circle with the numbers 710 in the middle. The mechanic on the other side of the counter erupted in laughter because the woman had been referring to the “OIL” cap the entire time. July 10th or 7/10 is a play on OIL upside down and is a cannabis-related holiday devoted to celebrating cannabis oils or concentrates.
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Smoke shops, gas stations, head shops, and countless websites sell synthetic cannabis. This marijuana impostor is prevalent in states where marijuana is still completely illegal. It is primarily consumed by young adults and people who are regularly drug tested. At first glance, this may seem like a legal and safe substitute for real marijuana, but it is anything but safe. Before we get into why synthetic cannabis is dangerous, it's important to differentiate synthetic cannabis from the drug Marinol. Marinol is a FDA approved pharmaceutical drug intended to treat symptoms such as nausea and lack of appetite. It is often prescribed to patients as an alternative to cannabis. Products such as K2 and Spice are the types of products that are not FDA approved and have a list of dangerous and potentially deadly side effects.
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The foundation of cannabis is undoubtedly scientific and the language of modern cannabis has become far more technical in recent years. It can be intimidating to those embarking on their cannabis journey. One of the big buzzwords surrounding cannabis is “trichomes”. The trichome is a crucial part of the pot plant. Some may even argue that it’s the sole reason for growing marijuana in the first place. They are a large part of what makes cannabis pleasing to the eye and the soul. Trichomes may seem complicated based on the multitude of functions that they serve, but these awesome little dudes are fairly simple.