Author: Ian

Houston Officials Set New Cannabis Tone in Texas

The new year has brought a dramatic change of tone regarding the enforcement of marijuana laws in Texas. Earlier this week, new Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg declared that her office would no longer seek to put small-time cannabis offenders in jail. During her swearing-in ceremony on Monday, she said that “all misdemeanor possession of marijuana cases will be diverted around jail.” Ogg added: “I’ve never felt good about putting marijuana users in the same jail cells as murderers. It’s just not fair, it doesn’t make any sense, and our country is resoundingly against that.” Harris County incorporates...

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How to Train Your Cannabis Plants for Better Yields and Potency

Whether your garden is big or small, outdoors or indoors, training your cannabis plants will greatly increase the quality and yield of your grow. Techniques are divided into two categories: LST (low stress training) and HST (high stress training). LST does not involve directly damaging your plant, while HST involves breaking or removing parts of the plant. The goal of these training techniques is to alter the chemical balances in the plants. If left to grow naturally, cannabis will choose to produce one main cola (the topmost bud) that will reach as high as it can, but this is...

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What is Hash and How Does It Relate to Cannabis?

To understand what hashish is means to realize the duality that exists with the female cannabis Sativa plant. First, there is the physical structure of the plant itself, which is this rich fibrous leafy material complete with essential amino acids and a myriad of benefits. Second, you have the essence of the cannabis plant, otherwise known as trichomes, which are responsible for producing the aromatic terpenes and medicinal cannabinoids that facilitate our therapeutic experiences. Hashish is the moment at which the essence of cannabis (the trichomes) parts ways with the plant material itself. This is achieved when the ripe...

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How to Pack and Smoke a Bowl of Cannabis

There are many ways to smoke cannabis, but none are perhaps as well-known as smoking a bowl. Learning how to pack and smoke a bowl is a quintessential lesson in cannabis consumption that enthusiasts at every end of the spectrum can benefit from. Whether you’re interested in packing a pipe for a personal smoking session or preparing a bowl for a party, understanding these key fundamental principles will surely help you optimize your bowl smoking experience. Exploring the Cannabis Pipe Cannabis smoking contraptions come in all shapes and sizes, but the pipe is arguably the most popular. Adapted from...

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What Does Australia’s Medical Cannabis Legalization Actually Mean for Patients?

Australia’s federal and state governments are in the process of legalizing medical cannabis, currently focused on the drug’s cultivation and manufacture. But what does that mean for those suffering from disease or discomfort that could be relieved or treated by cannabis? How close are Australian patients to enjoying the benefits of these changes? The Special Access Scheme Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) regulates pharmaceuticals in the country, and runs a “special access scheme” for patients. The scheme, which has been in place for decades, is sometimes played as a trump card by the Australian government when it comes to questions...

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Costs of Growing Cannabis at Home vs. Buying Bud at a Dispensary

Cannabis traditionally has been produced on a small scale to evade the law for decades. As a result, many people have connections to someone who has dabbled in cultivation. With the legal market, however, consumers now can purchase an array of products without considering cultivation, much like grocery store produce. Grocery stores are supplied by farms that take care of the cultivation for us and grow a product at a reasonable price. This is, for the most part, also true for cannabis, but let’s take a look at the numbers and see how the finances compare between growing your...

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4 Lessons Alcohol Prohibition Should Teach Us About Cannabis

It’s difficult to predict what the next four years will look like for cannabis users. While President-elect Trump has made a number of contradictory statements on the subject of legalization, his pick for Attorney General, Sen. Jeff Sessions, holds some radical viewpoints, once claiming, “Good people don’t smoke marijuana.” This isn’t the first event of this nature in U.S. history. Producing insurmountable suffering and hardship, the so-called ‘Prohibition Period’ between 1920-1933 – referring to the 13-year ban on alcohol – was largely regarded as a large-scale political failure. Cannabis prohibition has yielded similar consequences, with both events leading to...

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How to Clean and Take Care of a Bong or Bubbler

This article is sponsored by The Dab Lab, a California-based online head shop dedicated to bringing you the best dab rigs, pipes, and glass bongs. Whether you are looking for cheap or heady glass, they’ve got you covered! Bongs and bubblers are great; cleaning them, not so much. Some individuals with more cash than patience will even go so far as to buy a new bong instead of cleaning an old one. Most cannabis consumers won’t take things quite to that extent, but the fact of the matter is that there’s some truth to the dirty-bong-on-the-coffee-table stereotype: after all, depending on your...

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Serbian Cannabis Leader Arrested Ahead of Public Hearing

Life in Serbia, the largest and most populous country to emerge after the breakup of communist Yugoslavia in 1991, can still be a challenge for some. The nation’s drug laws are strict, as made clear recently when a leading cannabis advocate, scheduled to give public testimony on the plant’s therapeutic powers, was jailed before he could make his legalization plea. Patient and activist Dragan Alargić, known by many as the “Balkan cannabis hero,” has been fighting for legalization for several years. When arrested, he was gearing up for what appeared to be a big step forward in Serbian perceptions...

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What is a Grinder and How Do You Use It for Cannabis?

If you’re new to cannabis, you may have a few questions about grinders and how to use one. Grinders can be purchased at almost any smoke store or head shop, or you can order one online from a variety of retail outlets. They can be as simple as a grinding card (like a cheese grater for cannabis) or a more complex multi-chamber device. In this tutorial, we’re going to teach you how to use the most common type of cannabis grinder: a 4-piece grinder with a kief catcher. But first, let’s go over the basics. What is a Grinder and...

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Israel’s Military to Relax Stance on Cannabis for Soldiers

Israel’s military will be relaxing its disciplinary actions against soldiers accused of consuming cannabis while they are on leave, a general in charge of the reform said Wednesday. Offending soldiers will no longer be systematically court-martialed nor receive prison sentences of up to two months, said reserve Maj. Gen. Danny Efroni, the Israeli Defense Force’s former chief military advocate general, according to Times of Israel. The reform would not apply to soldiers who consume cannabis while on duty. Under the changes, soldiers found to have consumed cannabis would need to agree to undergo regular testing to show they are abstaining from consumption. “We...

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Differences in Growing Sativa, Indica and Hybrid Cannabis

A primary joy that comes from growing cannabis yourself is that you get to pick the genetics that interest you. However, not all strains are created equal and depending on the genetics, the plant you want to grow could be a poor choice for your garden. Indicas, sativas, and the many hybrid strains in between all grow differently, take varying times to flower, and produce a different end product. We’ve already covered the main differences in cannabis types, so what’s there to know about growing each? Growing Indica Cannabis Strains Traits of a typical indica cannabis plant: Shorter flowering...

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A People’s History of Cannabis Consumption

This article is sponsored by VaporNation – Your Online Vaporizer Superstore. Save 15% off your entire order at VaporNation with coupon code LEAFLY at checkout. Vaporizers, edibles, and biologically engineered cannabis strains are the norm today. But according to scholars, the journey toward the perfection of cannabis consumption has lasted millennia. From bundles of incense and clay pipes to hand-blown glass pieces and the first ever vaporizer, humankind embarked on a long journey to get to today’s golden age of getting high. The First Cannabis Toke in History (Wikimedia Commons) Ancient peoples likely discovered the psychoactive effects of cannabis by accident...

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Colorado Cannabis Regulators Enter Private Consulting

DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s top cannabis regulators are starting a private consulting business. The marijuana coordinator for Gov. John Hickenlooper and the head of the state’s Marijuana Enforcement Division say they are leaving state government to offer their services to other clients. Andrew Freedman was tapped by Hickenlooper to coordinate administrative agencies that oversee cannabis, from the state Health Department to the Department of Agriculture. Lewis Koski is the deputy senior director of enforcement at the Colorado Department of Revenue. He’s a former head of the state’s Marijuana Enforcement Division, which is responsible for cannabis industry licensing, regulation, and enforcement....

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Cannabis in History: The Journey of the Joint

While humans have been consuming cannabis for thousands of years, it has historically been smoked through a pipe, hookah, or chillum. A relatively new innovation, the humble marijuana cigarette has managed to find its way into the heart of countless cultures around the world. Here’s a brief overview of its rise to fame. When Was the First Joint Consumed Recreationally? The first recorded use of a joint was in Mexico. Though cannabis had been used as a medicine for a long time, it seems that the joint was first used for recreational purposes. It was a pharmacist at University...

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How to Make a Homemade Apple Pipe for Your Cannabis

Have you ever been stuck without a pipe or papers? If you’ve got cannabis and a lighter but no way to smoke it, you should try the time-honored art of creating a homemade bowl from an apple. The apple pipe is a simple solution and a better, more natural alternative than using an aluminum can or another makeshift device. There are endless ways to create functional pipes from any variety of fruits and vegetables. To help you get by next time you’re in a pinch (or if you just like to MacGyver your paraphernalia), here are five quick steps...

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