How to Identify Bad Marijuana

Marijuana can stay fresh and pleasantly potent for a long time, provided that each phase of the growth and harvesting cycles were carried out correctly, and that it has been properly stored while waiting to be used.

Obviously, this doesn’t always happen, and by the time some cannabis reaches the hands of consumers, its shelf life is already nearing the expiration date.

Here are a few ways to identify whether cannabis is going bad

Fragrance indicators

The terpenes, which are the highly aromatic oils in cannabis, can provide a huge clue about its worthiness for consumption.

  • If there is a distinctive aroma emanating from your cannabis, it’s probably still fresh and potent
  • A musty odor or a mildew kind of odor is a strong indicator that you may have to take the loss
  • No smell at all is not a good sign either and probably means you should smoke it right away

Visual indicators

Cannabis that looks fresh and healthy probably is fresh and healthy, whereas undesirable plants don’t look nearly so appealing, and in some cases it may be difficult to tell whether it’s cannabis at all.

  • Marijuana that looks old and dried out and can usually be crushed into a fine powder with no effort
  • Mold on cannabis can usually be spotted because it grows over the trichomes (tiny, mushroom-like shapes on the surface), while appearing to be a white powdery substance which envelops the entire flower
  • It’s also possible for mold to grow beneath the surface, so breaking your flowers apart can help with the identification of sub-surface mold

Feel indicators

One of the best ways to determine cannabis freshness is by pulling apart the identifiable nodes to see whether they are over-compressed.

  • Whether there is moisture content
  • Whether the flower simply falls apart in your fingers

Some moisture is a good thing, but over-compression and disintegration are definitely not.

Audio indicators

It is possible to pick up audio cues from your cannabis, by breaking apart the nugs between your fingers.

  • When flowers have been properly cured and dried, a pronounced ‘snap’ sound can be heard easily: this is a good indicator that there is still plenty of moisture in your cannabis, and it’s still in a smoke-worthy state
  • If you hear a crackly, dry sound between your fingers, and the flowers look brittle or old, it’s a good indication that the cannabis is past its prime and has dried out

Taste indicators

Unfortunately, the taste test cannot be performed without actually smoking the cannabis, so it should definitely not be the first evaluation you you do.

If your cannabis is old or has gone bad, it simply won’t smoke well, and you’ll be well aware of that fact before you have gone very far into smoking.

If your cannabis passes all five tests, hallelujah – sit back and enjoy the evening!
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Marijuana Sales Increase over Holiday Season

Marijuana Sales Increase over Holiday Season

Baker, a marijuana software firm has just released a report showing an increase in sales over the holiday season so far. The increase is shown in marijuana stores, the majority being edibles.

Baker says there is an average of 21% the marijuana sales increase was in states that are legal in medical and recreational cannabis. The data was shown from these states: Colorado, California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington.

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Marijuana Sales Increase over Holiday SeasonIt seems like in these states, instead of buying traditional Christmas cookies or chocolates, marijuana brownies, cannabis cookies, and vaporizers were the highest selling products over the past couple weeks.

Joel Milton, CEO of Baker says “Holiday gift-giving is a perfect example of this once-taboo product making its way into the mainstream retail environment. We have a feeling people will like cannabis gifts a lot more than a traditional box of chocolates.”

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Although there was an increase in sales this year, it doesn’t surpass April 20, the biggest selling day of the year for the cannabis industry.

As more and more states legalize marijuana, we are sure to see an increase year after year in cannabis sales. Read the full article here.

6 Ways to Consume Marijuana Without Smoking It

6 Ways to Consume Marijuana Without Smoking ItEveryone is aware that consuming marijuana by smoking is the most popular method of ingestion, and pretty much the only method you see in the movies.

But these days, there are actually a lot of other ways that cannabis can be enjoyed, and you may want to try some to broaden your own experience. There are also some people that have respiratory problems which requires them to avoid any kind of smoking.

Regardless of your motivation, here are many other ways that you can have a rewarding cannabis experience without smoking.

1. Dabbing

This is a type of flash vaporization whereby concentrated cannabis is dropped on a heated water pipe attachment and then inhaled.

The appeal to this method centers around the tremendous potency of the vapor which results from the concentrate being superheated. It also involves no smoke, and is completely disassociated from the plant itself.

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2. Topicals

These are balms and lotions which have been fused with cannabis, and which are applied to the skin directly.

This application is far more about the relief of inflammation, soreness, or aches and pains, than it is about any kind of euphoric effect. In fact, cannabis topicals are well-known for the capability of treating symptoms without any kind of psychoactive effect on the subject.

3. Edibles

Edibles are probably the second most popular way of ingesting cannabis, and the category also includes drinks infused with cannabis.

This consumption has become wildly popular recently, and it continues to grow, with retail shops marketing everything from infused lemonade to brownies to roasted garlic crackers.

A word to the wise: since edibles take longer to kick in and eventually produce powerful psychoactive effects, it’s best to start slowly and eat or drink a little bit before adding on.

4. Vaporizing

Many people prefer the taste of vaporized cannabis to that gained from smoking it, and of course vapors are much gentler on the lungs and respiratory system.

Some of the more expensive table-top size vaporizers offer a variety of temperature control settings, while still producing high-quality vapor.

There are also the smaller hand-held sizes available for enjoying the experience on the go, so there are suitable vaporizers for pretty much any situation.

5. Ingestible oils

These are cannabis concentrates which can be consumed orally, and which commonly come in plastic applicators or capsules. Either of these types can be added to food or drink, or even consumed directly as is.

Ingestible oils are much like edibles, in that it may take a while for their psychoactive effects to kick in, but when they do, the experience can become very intense.

6. Tinctures

These are infused liquids with cannabis extract included, and they can be consumed by applying them directly under your tongue.

Contrary to either infused foods or ingestible oils, tinctures hit the bloodstream quickly, so their effects are felt almost immediately, and don’t leave you guessing about dosage.

An added bonus: they come in a whole slew of flavors and strengths, so you can be sure to find one that appeals to your taste or your medical needs.


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Avoid These Common Mistakes When Growing Marijuana

Avoid These Common Mistakes When Growing MarijuanaWhen you’re just starting out to grow your own marijuana, there are a lot of pitfalls along the path which might prevent you from achieving the kind of success you’ve been dreaming about.

While marijuana cultivation is something that practically anyone can do successfully, there are also some very common beginner mistakes that most people are unprepared for, and which cause them to mishandle the first few attempts at home growing.

Here are some of the most common rookie mistakes, and how to avoid them.

1. Keep it to yourself

While more and more states are legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational use, it’s still illegal to grow your own cannabis throughout the majority of states in this country.

The more people you talk to about your cannabis-growing enterprise, the more likely someone will blow the whistle on you. Even if the days are over where you might get hauled into jail, when the authorities come down on you, your stash will be confiscated at the very least, and they’ll be keeping an eye on you after.

2. Window-growing doesn’t work

By far the best source of light for plants is the sun, but placing your plants by a window to catch the sunlight simply doesn’t work in the vast majority of cases.

Cannabis plants need more light than the daylight hours provide, and to even catch all that sunlight you’d have to be moving your plants from window to window to follow the path of the sun.

If you’re growing your own marijuana plants indoors, it will be well worth your while to invest in a lighting system that’s consistent and controllable.

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3. Use the right fertilizer and soil

It’s not a good idea to just grab any fertilizer and any kind of soil from your garden store, and assume that it will grow healthy marijuana plants for you.

Choose a fertilizer that’s higher in nitrogen than in phosphorus or potassium, and don’t just use ordinary outdoor soil for your plants – make sure that the soil in your pots has ample fertilizer, and test the pH balance to make sure that it’s close to the middle, at around 7.0.

4. Don’t let plant roots become smothered

Cannabis plants grow very quickly, and they shoot roots down the sides of your pot and to the bottom, a lot faster than you might think.

Once your plants have become established, they should quickly be transferred to larger pots, to give those roots room to grow and spread, otherwise the plants might die.

5. Educate yourself

One of the best things you can do to avoid beginner mistakes is to educate yourself about the cultivation of marijuana.

There’s a vast amount of literature available on the subject, and by absorbing some of this great information, you’ll be much less likely to be surprised by developments with your plants, and you’ll be much better prepared for eventualities.

The more you know about cannabis growing, the more successful you’ll be, and the greater the likelihood that you have strong, healthy cannabis plants, time after time.


How to Flush Your System & Pass Marijuana Tests

Most people who apply for employment with a company nowadays are required to pass a drug test as a condition of employment.

Hiring managers and departments are being required more often by their companies to require candidates to pass marijuana tests because hiring the wrong person can be extremely costly to a firm.

There are some things you can do to get through the drug test, and none of them involve switching vials of urine surreptitiously.

The natural 30-day method

Once you stop smoking marijuana, it will take approximately 30 days for all traces to leave your system. However, if you aren’t in good health, or if you’re well over 200 pounds, that 30 days can be stretched out to much longer.

This natural method involves

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Get regular exercise
  • Stick to a diet that favors greens and fruits rather than meats or junk foods – which tend to linger in the body
  • Drink green or dandelion tea regularly – these help to detoxify the body naturally
  • Abstain from smoking weed during this period

To be sure that you’re clean and ready for testing, you should do a self-test at home.

The quick 3-6 day method

Generally speaking, you won’t have 30 days or longer to flush your body out in preparation for a drug test. If you have as much as a week, there are products available which rapidly detoxify your body to meet the deadline.

There are herbal supplements which accelerate the detox process and flush out your urinary tract much more rapidly than normal, and leave you ready for testing. Some of these are a bit costly, so expect to pay between $50 and $100 if you need to get clean in a hurry – but how badly do you want the job?

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The lightning-fast 24-hour method

When you get a surprise requirement for next-day testing, you don’t have many options – there are no products which permanently cleanse your system of testable toxins.

However, there are products available that can provide you with a 6-hour window of drug-free testing.

These can temporarily clean out the bladder and urinary tract to remove all traces of marijuana, but soon after that, toxins from around the body will return and begin to build up in the bladder once again.

So, if you can time it just right, you can pull off a clean test even if it happens to fall on the very next day – but just to be sure, you should probably self-test so you don’t get caught off guard by results.

Could Marijuana Weaken Heart Muscles?

Some studies have been conducted on the use of marijuana in health related issues.

One being its impact on the heart muscles

Since marijuana can significantly increase or decrease a persons’ stress levels, it’s obvious it will have some impact to a persons’ heart. Marijuana affects each and every person differently, and one of those reasons is the level of THC the strain has.

Marijuana with low THC and high CDB (cannabidiol) are used way more for medical purposes than vice versa, as marijuana with high levels of THC are the strains that will get you “high”.

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There are numerous medical benefits

from ingesting marijuana in some form, from epilepsy to cancer. But those are usually the strains with low THC and high CDB. The recent study performed, was towards the strains with high THC and low CDB levels.

The study was conducted by St. Luke’s University Hospital Network, on patients with high levels of stress and a high stress related heart disease called cardiomyopathy.

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Cardiomyopathy is a disease that affects the heart muscles

Could Marijuana Weaken Heart Muscles?It causes the heart muscles to become enlarged or rigid. Some symptoms are slower heart rates, shortness of breath, fatigue, and similar feelings of a heart attack. The disease is usually caused by high-stress rates, especially after a breakup or stressful life event in a person’s life.

The study showed an increase in cardiomyopathy in young men that use marijuana. Since marijuana is becoming much more available since it’s recreational legalization in many states, the disease is becoming more of a concern for medical professionals.

Currently, there has not been enough research done to learn about the effects marijuana has on many health related issues. Hopefully in the future, as marijuana becomes more widely used recreationally, researchers will have the ability to learn more of the positive and negative effects marijuana has on the body.

How to Grow Hydroponic Cannabis?

Hydroponic cannabis is simply cannabis grown in water that’s rich with the nutrients needed by the plants, and in an inert medium rather than traditional soil. This approach does provide some advantages to growers, which is why you might want to consider it yourself. First of all, you may not have soil available for indoor growing, and that could be costly to bring in artificially. There are also far fewer pest problems to worry about, since most of those are associated with the soil itself.

How to Grow Hydroponic Cannabis?

It’s much easier to exert a controlling influence on the quality of your cannabis when you grow it in water, because you can manage the levels of nutrients going into your inert medium, and you can carefully balance pH of the soil. Many growers find that their hydroponic plants are bigger, healthier, and even have higher potency. On top of all this, your crop will grow faster and in virtually all cases, produce a greater yield.

Step 1 – Get Your Hydroponic System Setup

There are two approaches to setup. You can either buy a complete startup kit that gets you ready for growing immediately and lets you learn the ropes at a slower pace, or you can do it all yourself from the ground up. If you’re doing it yourself, you’ll need a 3-gallon bucket for each plant, enough clay pellets to fill each bucket, one 1.5 Rockwell cube for each bucket, a growing table, a reservoir tank, a large water pump, plastic tubing, an air pump, air stone, drip line, and two drip line emitters per plant.

Next, you need to setup your reservoir with the water pump, air pump, and air stone, at a level below the grow table, so excess water can drain into it, and so water can be pumped to the buckets. The grow table should drain toward the middle, where tubing will conduct water back to the reservoir. The buckets can be filled with clay pellets, and they need to have holes drilled in the bottom which are smaller than the pellets. The tubing will be used to conduct fresh water and nutrients to the plants, and return used water to the reservoir.

Step 2 – Get the Necessary Nutrients

The three main nutrients needed for cannabis growing are nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium, but to ensure a good crop, you’ll also want to purchase smaller amounts of magnesium, sulfur, zinc, boron, copper, calcium, and iron. During the vegetative phase, you must provide a solution rich in nitrogen, and during the flowering phase, it should be a phosphorous-rich solution. It’s better to buy the pre-mixed versions of these nutrients, so that you don’t have to guess about content level.

Step 3 – Growing and Tending

The most important thing to remember about tending is that it will be necessary to prune bottom foliage frequently because of the rapid growth enjoyed by hydroponic cannabis. This allows the all-important top buds to receive more nutrients and gain potency. You’ll also have to be on the lookout for tall-growing plants to break or tip over – trellising can solve this problem nicely, since it provides needed support and trains the growth direction.

Once you get the hang of hydroponic growing, you’ll probably be so pleased with the results, that you’ll never want to try it any other way.

What Causes Red Eyes After Smoking Marijuana?

Ever wonder why so many people’s eyes are bloodshot after smoking marijuana?

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It’s pretty much a dead giveaway they’ve been smoking unless they have also been awake for the last 24 hours and have a standby excuse.

Many people carry some kind of eye product that reduces irritation – especially if after having indulged, are obliged to walk right into a crowd of people who are ‘straight’.
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If this situation sounds familiar to you, you’ve probably also learned the technique of looking at the ground, staring off into the distance, or examining the unusual cloud formations overhead – anything but looking someone right in the eye.

Since some people also suffer from a wee bit of paranoia in such circumstances, there could also be a misconception that everyone in the room notices bloodshot eyes, but what exactly causes it?

Increased blood flow

One of the main reasons for bloodshot eyes after smoking marijuana is that the active ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It actually lowers blood pressure and increases blood flow to the eyes.

Because blood pressure is lowered, the blood vessels and capillaries around the eye dilate, encouraging a greater flow of blood to the eyes. This lessened blood pressure is the same reason that marijuana is often used to treat glaucoma. But for someone trying to hide symptoms of smoking, it can get them busted unless they’re prepared, and have a vial of Visine to get the red out.
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Cannabinoid concentration

It actually isn’t the act of smoking that produces red streaks in the eyes, but rather the concentration of cannabinoids in what was smoked or ingested.

This means that you could eat a marijuana product high in cannabinoids and get flaming red eyes, but you could also smoke something which has a low cannabinoid concentration and be pretty much scott-free of redness.

Allergies could play a part

It’s also possible for some individuals to be allergic to cannabinoids and experience eye redness as a reaction, whether it’s from smoking or having ingested edibles.

However, most people who have this kind of allergic reaction do not experience it strictly in response to cannabinoids, but as a general response to smoking, or to tobacco, or even incense that could be burning in the same room.
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Get the red out

Your best bet to avoid irritation, is to stay at home of course, and just chill out amongst friends or to hang out alone.

If you do have to go out into some kind of social situation, make sure you have some eye drops on hand to reduce the irritation and redness.

Also, make sure to always smoke low-grade strains of marijuana, so your eyes aren’t significantly affected.

Get the Most out of Smoking Cannabis

For a novice who has only heard about the medicinal properties of cannabis, as well as its recreational appeal, it’s worthwhile knowing a few things about smoking it before you actually plunge in, so you can get the most out of the experience.

The process of smoking itself is probably something you will come to all on your own, and you’ll develop a personal style that suits you, but before you’re ready for that, here are a few things to remember.

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There are two major classes of cannabis, Sativa and Indica. They each have very different effects on people who make use of them.

Indica
  • The type that causes you to be drowsy
  • It allows your cares to slip away as you become more mellow
  • It’s terrific for relieving pain and lessening anxiety, if you’re the stressful type
  • It’s also terrific for insomniacs and others who have occasional trouble sleeping
  • Chances are, within just a couple hours of smoking Indica, the Sandman will be beating you to death
Sativa
  • Usually has the effect of awakening creativity
  • It energizes you so that you feel like accomplishing something
  • Sativa is not the kind you want to be smoking right before bedtime

Understand the equipment

If you’re just smoking cannabis in cigarette form, the only real equipment needed is rolling papers. Although, using those would be the subject of another ‘how to’ discussion.

A small water pipe can filter out the more annoying elements of combustion, and it can be easily cleaned with isopropyl alcohol, which cuts through resin like dish liquid cuts grease.

Bongs are probably a bit of an overkill, it can be a pain trying to keep them clean.

Vaporizers do eliminate much of the smell of smoking, and they also cut down on the inhalation of smoke, but on the other hand they also cut down considerably on the intensity and duration of your enjoyment.

Don’t even think about blunts

Even though blunt usage is popular today, it has the alarming side effect of addicting you to nicotine. This is because blunts are marijuana cigarettes rolled up in tobacco-leaf rolling papers, and as everyone should know by now, tobacco is loaded with nicotine.

Apart from this highly undesirable long-term effect, smoking blunts will also have the tendency to kill your taste buds, so you won’t be able to enjoy the aroma of anything else you want to smoke.

It’s okay to get silly!

Everyone has seen characters in movies smoking marijuana and within just a few minutes, becoming outrageously silly and losing all sense of propriety.

Don’t feel guilty about this – it’s 100% natural, and that euphoric effect you feel is pretty much the whole reason for smoking in the first place.

After you become a veteran cannabis smoker, you can show everyone that you’ve left the ranks of the beginners by adopting a pleasant smile instead.

Be ready for paranoia

It happens often enough that as you get well into smoking session, you acquire feelings of paranoia. It’s nothing that would tend to ruin the experience for you, but it does get you looking inward more than you would normally.

It’s fairly common for people to have the sensation of being outside their own bodies, looking down at themselves and reflecting.

Just enjoy the opportunity and go with it


Techniques for Growing Hydroponic Cannabis

Techniques for Growing Hydroponic CannabisHydroponic cannabis are plants grown in something besides soil, with nutrient-rich solutions that provide what the plant needs to grow.

The reason marijuana plants, or any other plants, are grown hydroponically is that growth can be sped up and yields can be increased by directly controlling the volume of nutrients received by the plants.

Small-scale hydroponic operations can be as simple as hand-watering plants which grow in pots containing any inert medium. Much larger operations might have more sophisticated systems, automated to manage irrigation and the flow of nutrition.

Hydroponic marijuana media

Strictly speaking, no medium is really necessary for growing hydroponic cannabis, as long as the plants receive the nutrients they need. Since growing mediums are easily obtained and support root development, most hydroponic operations make use of one or more of the following:

  • Rockwool – probably the most commonly used medium and is made by spinning molten rock into single-filament fibers that hold water well
  • Growstones – a recycled glass product which has tremendous properties for retaining air and water
  • Perlite/vermiculite/pumice – all three of these contain a great deal of air space, and they have the added appeal of being re-usable
  • Coco peat – a by-product of coco husks, which holds 1,000 times more air than natural soil
  • Expanded clay pebbles – super-heated to more than 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, these tiny clay bits retain their heated size and hold air extremely well

Hydroponic growing methods

Having settled on the right medium for your hydroponic growing operation, you then need to select the actual growing method to be used.

  • Aeroponics – this method does not require any growing medium, but instead works by spraying or misting the roots of plants to provide them with needed nutrients
  • Continuous flow solution – by constantly irrigating plants with nutrients, the continuous flow method ensures that individual plants receive nourishment through some kind of setup where roots are supplied with water containing vital ingredients
  • Run-to-waste – a simple hydroponic system has the grower watering a medium either by hand or automated until waste is created in individual pots or containers, then discarded
  • Deep water culture – roots of the cannabis plants are suspended over nutrient-rich water some are even completely out of the water. The very high levels of oxygen in the area directly above the water triggers rapid growth among the plants
  • Flood and drain – a simple cultivation method where trays are used to provide water to plants from below, with plants, either grown in media or not, and wastewater drains away to a main tank for recycling