Author: Ian

The 5 Easiest Cannabis Strains to Grow for Beginners

All cannabis strains are not created equal. Because of this, it’s important for novice growers to consider which strains might be best as they develop their skills in the garden. Some strains exhibit better resilience to drought, mold, disease, and insects. Others require less nutrients than others. As a beginner grower, it’s best to steer towards genetics that are more forgiving and easier to find while still offering high yields and a quality product. But where to start? These five strains are known to demand less than some of their pickier, more finicky ancestors, and they tend to be...

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Here’s the First Batch of California Cannabis Bills in 2017

With Proposition 64 the law of the land and adult-use cannabis stores expected to open in a year or so, California lawmakers are now introducing legislation to tinker with the state’s current cannabis laws. The bills already introduced in Sacramento include measures that would allow police to test a driver’s saliva for recent cannabis consumption, restrict advertising for cannabis businesses, explicitly prohibit advertising to children, and outlaw consumption while operating a motor vehicle. Here’s a brief overview of the bills currently making their way around Sacramento. (Thanks to Don Duncan, California director of Americans for Safe Access and a...

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7 Tips for Making Your Own Homemade Pipes and Bongs

If you’re a frequent cannabis consumer, odds are you’ve found yourself fiending for some flower but sans a smoking device. Cue the homemade pipe or bong. The most famous of this breed include the apple pipe and water bottle gravity bong, but the scope of what’s possible is limited only by imagination – and luckily, cannabis consumers are creative folks. Some devices are artistic masterworks, while others barely get the job done, but in the sage words of one Leafly follower on Facebook, “If it works, it ain’t stupid.” Below, we’ve gathered a few tips and hacks from the...

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What is THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)?

Most people know that THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical compound in cannabis responsible for a euphoric high. But what more is there to know about cannabis’ primary psychoactive component? Whether the question comes as a newbie to the cannabis world or an experienced consumer who would like to know a bit more about the most famous of cannabinoids, THC has likely been synonymous with cannabis in your mind for as long as you’ve known about the plant. Let’s dig a little deeper into what THC is and how it works. THC is a Cannabinoid, but What’s a Cannabinoid?...

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From Vermont to Texas, State Lawmakers Eye Legalization Measures in 2017

As lawmakers across the country return to state capitols to kick off this year’s legislative session, many have cannabis on the brain—even in states that historically have been opposed to legalization. It’s increasingly is a bipartisan issue, and as attitudes change, more and more elected officials are taking it up as their own. Citing everything from medical necessity to criminal justice to tax revenue, lawmakers are preparing to push for reforms in South Carolina, Vermont, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Texas. As the year stretches on, other states are likely to follow suit. Twenty-nine states now allow cannabis for medical or adult...

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Organic vs. Chemical Cannabis Fertilizers for Your Grow

Cannabis plants are resilient and resourceful. However, much like any other living organism, cannabis plants need nutrients. Also known as fertilizers, nutrients can be either organic or inorganic (chemical). Before chemical fertilizers, traditional farming practices required you to keep the soil healthy and rich in nutrients by either using nitrogen fixers such as leguminous plants (e.g. beans, peas) as cover crops or by spreading manure. These were the basic methods used for centuries to keep gardens productive. Then along came a new style of modern day farming. It was shaped in 1840 with a publication, Chemistry in Its Application...

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Despite Growing Demand, Dutch Health Insurers Dropping Cannabis Coverage

One of the biggest health insurance companies in the Netherlands announced last month that it will stop covering the costs of medical cannabis. The announcement, which comes at a time of increasing use of medical cannabis in the country, has sparked sharp criticism among patients. A spokesperson for the Zilveren Kruis insurance company has said reimbursement for medical cannabis “can no longer be justified because in recent scientific research the effects of medicinal cannabis have not been demonstrated.” The research the company refers to is a 2015 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association that concluded that...

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What Influences Degradation of THC and Other Cannabinoids?

Cannabis is perishable, meaning that at some point your prized bag of fresh flowers is going to punch out its time card and expire. What was once a vibrant green, fresh-smelling sack of cannabis buds will eventually all but lose those pungent aromas as well as that vibrant hue. Furthermore, your fluffy buds will at some point crisp up and dry out, leaving you with a pretty dismal product. Such is the nature of degradation, and your cannabis must play by the same rules as any other harvested crop. Fortunately, the factors that influence the degradation of cured cannabis...

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We’re Watching the Jeff Sessions Confirmation Hearings So You Don’t Have To

When President-elect Donald Trump nominated US Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama to be the next attorney general, the institutional outcry came nearly immediately. The New York Times editorial board called the pick “an insult to justice.” The NAACP declared him unfit to be the nation’s chief law enforcement officer. And it wasn’t just civil rights leaders—civil libertarians expressed a few fears of their own.  There were immediate fears also raised by those who advocate for cannabis legalization as well as those who count themselves among the 122,814 Americans who work in the legal cannabis industry. The Obama administration allowed the adult-use laws...

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How to Store Cannabis Oil, Edibles, and Other Products

Here’s a fun fact for you: a properly made, well stored cannabis tincture has a practically indefinite shelf life. If left undisturbed in an ideal environment, a tincture can last years with little to no degradation whatsoever. On the other hand, even the most expertly crafted cannabis-infused brownie stored under ideal conditions is going to render itself inedible in much less time. Cannabis-infused products can have vastly differing shelf lives depending on their preparation methods, ingredients used, intended uses, and storage conditions. Where all cannabinoids withstand degradation under similar conditions, many times, infusions involve more volatile and, in some...

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Fines for Cannabis in Illinois to Vary Widely Across the State

MARSHALL, Ill. (AP) — More communities in Illinois are adopting their own penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana now that the state has eliminated the possibility of jail time. The law passed last year says people caught with 10 grams or less of the drug will be issued citations carrying a fine of $100 to $200, the Tribune-Star reported. Possession of such an amount was previously a misdemeanor carrying up to six months in jail and fines of up to $1,500. “Some (communities) are seeing this as an opportunity to get the revenue instead of giving it to the...

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Odor Control Tips for Your Indoor Cannabis Grow Room

As much fun as starting your indoor cannabis garden can be, having a home perpetually filled with the smell of fresh flowers can be a serious inconvenience, if not to you than perhaps your neighbors. Although smells from a micro-sized, one plant closet garden is much easier to manage than a larger grow tent holding several flowering plants, either scenario can produce pesky odors that will permeate an entire home if left unattended. Fortunately, there are a range of techniques that can be implemented to mitigate this odiferous opportunity which can be implemented in any sized indoor grow. If used...

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How Portable Vaporizers Work

This article is sponsored by PAX Labs. With over one million devices sold, PAX premium loose leaf and oil vaporizers apply advanced technology and intuitive design for an unforgettable vapor experience. The function of a portable vaporizer is to provide a simple, easily transportable vehicle for on-the-go consumption of loose leaf or concentrate material. As culture has progressed, vaporizer technology has helped revolutionize many facets of consumption, and today, vaporization is one of the easiest, safest, and most versatile ways to consume. This can be attributed to many major advancements in vaporizer technology over the past few years. To understand the cutting-edge...

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The Art of Extraction, Part 4: Rosin Extraction

This article is sponsored by Smoke Cartel, an online retailer and head shop made up of a close-knit team of glass lovers dedicated to making sure you get the best possible smoking gear. Cannabis oil, hash oil, dabs, wax, shatter, BHO, and rosin: cannabis concentrates take on many forms and seem to have about a thousand names. There’s a strong argument to be made about why concentrates might be the future of cannabis, but few are familiar with how these concentrates are crafted. Join host Roxy Striar as she travels the country to learn about the science (and art)...

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Two-Thirds of Police Say Cannabis Laws Should Be Relaxed, Survey Says

More than two-thirds of police officers say cannabis consumption should be legal for either medical or adult use, according to a Pew Research Center survey of nearly 8,000 law enforcement officers. The survey, which polled law enforcement nationally, found that 32 percent of police officers feel cannabis should be legal for both adult and medical use. An additional 37 percent said cannabis should be legal for medicinal consumption only. Less than a third of police—30 percent—said cannabis shouldn’t be legalized at all. Pew’s results also revealed a generational divide among cops, with officers under 35 more likely to support...

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Bud Rot: How to Deal with This Cannabis Plant Mold

It doesn’t get much worse than walking into your garden or drying room to find mold developing on your plants and buds. Mold is something gardeners must always be aware of as the spores are virtually everywhere. Because mold is always ready to strike, it’s important to know how to prevent its development in the first place. There are multiple types of mold that can infect your plant. The two most common are bud rot (botrytis cinerea) and powdery mildew. This tutorial will focus on dealing with bud rot, but if your current bane is powdery mildew, learn how to...

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