The 3 varieties of Marijuana

3 varieties of MarijuanaThere are 3 varieties of marijuana generally available, and each of them has their own distinct properties and a different set of effects that will be noticeable by those who partake.

Two of these types, Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa, have been known and used extensively since the 1700’s, and the third type Cannabis Hybrid, has been newly introduced in recent years by fans of the first two types.

3 varieties of Marijuana

Here is what you can expect if you choose to sit down with friends and enjoy a joint or two sometime.

Cannabis Indica

This strain of marijuana had its origins in the Hindu Kush region near Afghanistan, and it has historically been known as a fairly strong variety. Part of the reason for this is that over time, this strain of marijuana plant developed fairly thick coats of resin to protect itself from a climate that was often very harsh, and these resins are the active ingredient in marijuana.

While it has been known by such colorful nicknames as Purple Haze and Northern Lights, the Indica strain tends to have a very mellowing effect on participants, reducing anxieties and tensions, and inspiring serious time on the couch.

Cannabis Sativa

Sativa is nearly a direct opposite of Indica, in the sense that it tends to have energizing effects, and is therefore more frequently used during the daytime as an antidote to depression or fatigue. It is known to enhance creativity in participants, and to promote increased productivity among users. Over the years, Sativa has acquired such colorful nicknames as Sour Diesel and Lemon Haze.

Cannabis Hybrid

As its name would suggest, Cannabis Hybrid is a cross between Indica and Sativa, but in this very broad category, there are literally hundreds of strains of hybrid. This is quite understandable because so many amateur growers have indulged in experimentation with their own particular hybrid strain, to produce just the right combination of effects and ultimately, enjoyment.

Many marijuana enthusiasts have sought to create a strain of product which induces the perfect state of enjoyment, coupled with the most desired level of activity, or lack thereof. By far, the greatest amount of marijuana generally available is some form of Hybrid strain, simply because so many growers have tried their hand at producing it.

Growing Marijuana vs. Buying it

Medical Marijuana, growing weed, Commerical Weed with BudsHave you ever wondered whether it’s worth it to grow your own marijuana or simply buy it without all the fuss? Here we break down the pros and cons of each one.

Pros of Growing It

When you grow your own marijuana, you have the benefit of making superior marijuana under conditions in a controlled environment. You will not run out of your own supply, you’ve learned a new skill not many people know, your cost per ounce decreases significantly, the more you perfect your craft, and you can sell your own weed at a big profit. Buying supplies like seeds from is even more convenient nowadays where online stores make it easy to pick up what you need to grow your business.

Learning the business of growing your own weed is easier than ever, too, through how-to books like Ryan Riley’s Growing Elite Marijuana. Purchasing your own equipment may be a bit of a cash outlay in the beginning but you can quickly recoup that money once production gets going. Start kits can be had for as little as $80. You can buy a bit more, still for cheap money, for a beginner’s equipment set-up for about $300, including duct fans, lighting, fertilizers, timers and soil-less mix, according to the Weedist.

Cons of Growing It

The biggest con to growing your own marijuana is the time commitment in harvesting and caring for the crop. If you love this part and truly look at it as a hobby, then this is not a con for you! You may enjoy the fact that you can browse online sites like to find state-of-the-art hydroponic grow boxes. That being said, another con is the initial cash outlay for all the equipment and supplies, for which you have to make plenty of space within your home or garden.

You can get a starter kit like above and save money, but as soon as you start really getting into the hobby and want to expand, you’re looking at a bigger cash investment for top of the line equipment. However, the biggest money pit in this endeavor will be the electricity you use to run it. A 9,000-watt garden with all the bells and whistles can run you about $700 a month just for the electric bills, according to The Weed Blog. Another con? You have to make time every day to tend to your crop, so going on vacation can be problematic unless you have someone who can drop in each day and take care of the maintenance. The legal aspect can be a con depending on which state you live in, as it’s still illegal in most states to grow your own marijuana.

Pros of Buying It

When you buy marijuana, you have the freedom to buy it when you want it and from whom you want, with the opportunity to shop around if you don’t like someone’s prices. You don’t have to put the time in to grow your own garden. When you want some, you buy some. Simple. You will pay more per ounce this way but the convenience factor may cancel out this price difference for you. With prices falling lower and lower since February’s price of $300, the US Price Index dropped another $11 for a record low of $286 per ounce in March of 2014, according to High Times.

Cons of Buying It

Lack of cost control is a big con of buying marijuana, as you simply pay what the price dictates and that’s that. There is no consistency in terms of quality and quantity, and you never really know what’s in the product you’re buying. You put yourself at risk every time you buy it, as surveillance could become an issue. You have to rely on others to keep your secret and you must meet up with dealers when the time is convenient for them, not necessarily for you. Driving with marijuana in your car also puts you at risk. When there’s a drought on marijuana on your local area, there’s no supply for anyone. If you need marijuana for medicinal purposes, it is legal in many states to buy and use medical marijuana; however, the process of getting a prescription through your doctor and waiting to have it filled from a licensed dispensary can be time consuming and a hassle. And lastly, your dealer very likely could get busted, leaving you without a source.

Staying informed on both sides of the issue is key. Ultimately, whatever you decide will depend on your willingness to devote the time, as well as your budget, your connections and your space.

Give weed as a gift this Christmas – 8 states where it’s legal

If you live in a state that voted for recreationally legal cannabis this year, you have the opportunity to gift marijuana to friends or family this holiday season.

There are now 8 states that have legalized recreational marijuana in this last Novembers elections. These states are

1. Colorado

Colorado’s “personal use” law makes it legal for people over 21 to give up to 1 ounce of marijuana to another person over the age of 21.

2. Massachusetts

Massachusetts recreational marijuana laws are slightly different than Colorado in that they are location sensitive. 21 and over are allowed to have 1 ounce of weed outside of their home.  Although Inside the home, it’s legal for 21 and above to have 10 ounces of marijuana.

3. Nevada

In Nevada, adults 21+ can only give 1 ounce away,  but only after January 1, which is when the law goes into effect.

4. California

California still needs to hand out licenses for selling recreational weed starting January 2018. If you are one of the lucky residents that has a medical marijunaa certificate, you are allowed to give away 1 ounce of dry or less than 8 grams of concentrate.

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5. Maine

In Maine, adults over 21 will be able to possess up to 2.5 oz of recreational marijuana— as soon as legalization takes effect. The exact date, however, is still up in the air.

6. Alaska

You are allowed to give away up to 1 oz of marijuana in Alaska, since February 2015

7. Oregon

You are allowed to give away up to 1 oz of marijuana in Oregon, since February 2015

8. Washington DC

You are allowed to give away up to 2 oz of marijuana in DC, since February 2015

Read the full article from Inverse here!

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$1 Billion Sales in Colorado

Today was an epic day for the cannabis industry in Colorado. Sales reached $1.1 billion from stores profits today according to Colorado’s Department of Revenue.

Last year sales in Colorado hit nearly $1 billion but were just below the mark. This year, profits were up and it is a huge achievement for the state.

Chris Sederberg, a cannabis industry attorney told the Denver Post he thinks sales will continue to grow along with the econimic impact.

Well the year isn’t over yet, there is still a couple weeks left to see sales increase even further.

“We think we’ll see $1.3 billion in sales revenue this year,” Sederberg says “and so the economic impact of this industry — if we’re using the same multiplier from the Marijuana Policy Group’s recent report, which is totally reasonable — it suddenly eclipses a $3 billion economic impact for 2016.”

Read the rest of the article here.