Grow Marijuana Indoors

Growing marijuana indoors is a very convenient and cost-effective proposition because, over period of time, it will save you a ton of money. It’s a very hardy, quick-growing plant that only takes around four months to go from seed to a mature plant, and it doesn’t even require ideal growing conditions. Chances are even a first attempt at growing will be successful.

The best place to grow is indoors

It’s much safer to grow indoors, because it can be hidden from public view, and it’s not dependent on external weather conditions. The best place to set up would be in a small room like a closet, a shed, a garage, a cellar, or an attic – any enclosed area which no one else has access to. The area selected must have a source of electricity, and some kind of venting system to supply fresh air and exhaust used air.

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Growing requirements

The equipment needed for growing indoors includes standard hydroponic parts

  • A good source of light
    • Use High-Pressure Sodium (HPS) lamps, because they produce a good supply of light with very little electricity and they’re inexpensive. If HPS lamps are unavailable, LED grow lights can also be used, although these are a lot more expensive. Fresh air is important, because if the growing area is not well ventilated, it will have a tendency to develop insects, which can reduce your harvest.
  • A reliable fan
    • Getting rid of old air inside is a good idea so there isn’t a powerful smell accumulating in the growing space, and a carbon filter will help immensely with this. The simple combination of a fan and a charcoal filter is all that’s really needed to remove the strong smell.
  • Fertilizer
  • Fabric pots
  • Seed germinations
  • Potting mix
  • And optionally, a grow tent

The last item is extremely useful for keeping the light contained and concentrated, so it helps the process considerably.

The last requirement is, of course, great cannabis seeds, which can be ordered online from several discreet vendors overseas.

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Grow Marijuana IndoorsGrowing your plants

  • Germinate the seeds – start with between 10 and 20, embedded in peat pellets. Only feminized seeds (those which parties female plants) will actually produce marijuana, so male plants must be discarded later. Within 3 to 7 days, plants will sprout, after which lighting must be provided for 18 hours a day, with six hours of off-time, keeping the plants moist at all times.
  • Transfer to pots – When the roots can be seen growing outside of the peat pellet, transfer the whole peat pellet with plant into a pot filled with potting soil, and water lightly.
  • Water the plant – Young plants need water once a week, mature plants once a day – just water when the soil is dry
  • Switch to flowering mode – after 3-1/2 weeks, the plants will switch to flowering phase and begin to make seeds, and then the light source should be dropped down to about 12 hours a day
  • Eliminate males – after four weeks of flowering, the first buds will appear on all the plants, but the females will have whitish-looking hairs and the males will have hanging balls. These have to be eliminated because they will pollinate the females and drastically reduce your yield.
  • Fertilize regularly – with regular watering and fertilizing, the plants will ripen in 2 to 3 months, and there isn’t much else to do except let them grow.
  • Harvest – use scissors to cut away all the leaves from the buds and discard them, since they have no active ingredients. Trim the buds – and enjoy!


Marijuana Infused Wine?

I’m sure the thought if infusing Marijuana in lots of different foods and drinks are pretty abundant, but what about wine?

LA Times posted an article recently about how Lisa Molyneux, a long time Marijuana advocate and dispensary owner from Santa Cruz, has decided to do make this infusion happen. She is pairing up with Louisa Sawyer Lindquist, owner of Verdad Wines in Santa Maria to try this new infusion.

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Apparently, the thought arose while camping together in Yosemite Valley back in 2010. This infusion is called Canna Vine. High-grade Marijuana fused with biodynamic farmed grapes.

The new “Green Wine” is also getting a lot of hype from celebrities like Chelsea Handler and Melissa Etheridge. These new bottles are ranging from $120-$400 so you better be ready to fork up the big bucks for the infusion.

Read the full articles from LA Times here!

Medical Marijuana on High Blood Pressure

Medical Marijuana on High Blood PressureMany people have the mistaken notion that cancer is the number one killer of men and women in America, but this is simply not true.

The real culprit and the number one threat to good health to all adults in the United States is actually cardiovascular disease. And the main contributor to cardiovascular disease is high blood pressure.

The importance of managing your blood pressure cannot be overstated

If your heart is working too hard in when going about your normal activities, it will be under significant strain most of that time, and that’s when heart attacks develop.

The really dangerous thing about high blood pressure is that there are no real visible signs of it. You can look and feel just fine, and can carry out all your daily activities without noticing any real difference.

Behind the scenes, however, a person with high blood pressure might have his heart working so hard, that it’s generally only a matter of time before it fails under the prolonged strain.

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Here’s how medical marijuana can help

Medical marijuana has been shown to help control high blood pressure to take the stress off your heart.

People who use medical marijuana almost universally experience lower levels of stress. They enjoy deeper, more prolonged sleep at night, which leads to a more restful and relaxed state the following day.

Patients who have experienced chronic pain in their lives also report that medical marijuana relieves many of these symptoms for hours. They are able to enjoy a fair amount of pain-free time and a more contented outlook on life.

Medical marijuana’s impact

Because medical marijuana has demonstrated an impact, it has consistently been shown to lower high blood pressure.

This is not to say that marijuana cures high blood pressure – but it can manage the symptoms that contribute to high blood pressure.

Of course, the effectiveness of marijuana on high blood pressure does vary from case to case. It is rarely so effective that you can completely do away with blood pressure medications.

Still, in virtually every case where it’s been used to counteract high blood pressure, it has been shown to be effective.

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Using Cannabis to Alleviate Migraine Symptoms

Using Cannabis to Alleviate Migraine SymptomsApproximately 40 million people in the U.S. suffer from at least occasional bouts with migraine headaches, and it’s never pleasant when it happens. There can be days of sensitivity, loss of sleep at night, loss of appetite, and general disinterest in any kind of activity. Nothing seems more appealing than to just go to bed, and hope to wake up pain-free.
While there are various medications on the market which can reduce some of the symptoms associated with migraine headaches, it’s always hit-or-miss with individuals, whether any of them have much effect or not. Now there is another possibility for migraine-sufferers – medical marijuana. In a poll recently conducted, here are some of the cannabis products most often cited by patients as being effective for treatment.

Verra Wellness Nasal Mist

Not only does this product provide potent relief from even the most debilitating migraine symptoms, it also includes Vitamin E, which promotes bio-availability, and speeds relief throughout the body. This Nasal Mist is marketed with three different ratios of THC to CBD, those being 10:1, 1:1, and 1:100, so you can take your pick of healing medications.

FabCBD’s CBD Chews

These chews will satisfy your craving for something a little sweet, while also quelling the pain you’re experiencing from migraines. A full 19% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C is included in these chew tablets, along with 25 mg of cannabis which is grown organically and infused into the medicinal formula. Many people from the survey indicated that they indulged themselves and took multiple chews when bothered by a migraine episode.

Papa & Barkley’s Releaf Balm

This topical contains a powerful healing agent, with a full 400 mg of cannabinoids, and a 3:1 ratio of THC to CBD. When you’re bothered by particularly potent migraine issues, this balm might be one of the best products you can use to get back on an even keel. Those individuals who want to avoid ingesting anything for relief, have this option available, which is applied externally for maximum relief.

Apothecanna’s Relieving Body Oil

This is another externally-applied medication, and is gently rubbed into the temples for fast relief. It’s packed with a number of soothing components, including peppermint, clove, juniper, as well as some other botanicals that are all active agents in pain relief and relaxation. Containing a number of anti-inflammatory properties, this body oil provides a cooling, calming effect for the migraine-sufferer.

Ojai Energetic’s Super CBD Tincture

This tincture has won awards for its effectiveness in combating migraine attacks, and it is grown organically in an environment which is completely free of pests, herbicides, and anything else which might compromise its efficacy. Because it has extremely high bio-availability, it provides the fastest relief possible for headache sufferers. In less than 60 seconds, the pain-fighting formula is absorbed into the body and begins working its magic to provide full relief for patients bothered by migraines.

Reduce Your Energy Bill Growing Marijuana

Medical Marijuana, Cannabis Manufacturing Equipment, marijuana legal statesGrowing marijuana can be a rewarding practice, sure. But man does it take up a lot of electricity! Don’t let your rising enMedical Marijuana, Cannabis Manufacturing Equipment, marijuana legal statesergy bills get you down. There are ways you can reduce your energy bill through a few simple changes to your routine, as well as the right equipment. Here are some tips to combat the rising cost of running your business or hobby.

Low-energy Equipment for Growing Marijuana

Equipment that takes up less energy than standard equipment is where you’ll see your biggest savings. Because your fans, heaters and other equipment may have to be in use for 24 hour cycles, it’s important that you choose low energy options here. You may spend a little more outright, but the savings you will find in electricity consumption will more than make up for this through the coming months and years. Low-energy models also have another advantage: less power taxing the area’s power transformers, which could pose a real problem if you’re running a big operation in a small space.

Bulbs

Everyone has their preference between HID and LED lights. However, if you’re looking to cut costs, it’s best to go with LED. Switch to LED bulbs instead of HID, which will lower your electrical usage and reduction efforts, according to 420 Magazine. Invest in some digital or electronic dimmable ballasts, which will allow you to cut down on the wattage of your ballast and lights when not actually needed. LED lights are preferred among many growers because they can last much longer than traditional bulbs, lasting up to 50,000 to 100,000 hours of use as opposed to 20,000, says Plantozoid. Consequently, you’ll save the most cash on electricity during your plants’ vegetative growth cycle, as they don’t need intense light per se, just steady light over many hours.

Solar Ventilation

Quite simply, it can get very expensive to grow marijuana indoors. That’s why some farmers are turning to solar growing technology for ventilation. The use of artificial lights indoors and ventilation systems can sap your energy bill faster than you can say cannabis. Why not harness the large amounts of energy from the sun? It’s free and you can say up to 90 percent on your electricity bills by using a solar greenhouse, according to The Verge. If you’re going to grow indoors, though, in a traditional setting, you’ll need exhaust fans and controllers to keep the air flowing. Choose low energy models that are efficient and will save you money.

Slash the cost of using electricity for your marijuana growing operations and you’ll be able to spend your money on more important things like supplies.

New York State Accepts PTSD as Medical Cannabis Qualifying Condition

On Veterans’ Day 2017, Governor Andrew Cuomo celebrated the day by demonstrating the state’s support and appreciation for the service provided by military veterans from New York. Among other bills that he signed into law that day, he authorized a bill allowing post traumatic stress disorder as a qualifying condition for treatment with medical marijuana in the state. According to Governor Cuomo, “Our veterans risked their lives in order to defend the ideals and principles that this nation was founded upon, and it is our duty to do everything we can to support them when they return home.”

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Legislation which had gone through both houses of the State Legislature earlier in 2017 made it clear that there was bipartisan support for the measure, and that making it the law of the land would be a foregone conclusion. The measure passed the Assembly in May by a count of 131-8, and in June it passed through the Senate by a count of 50-13. It is thought that approximately 20,000 New York state residents would qualify for medical marijuana on PTSD grounds, since the bill also includes police officers and survivors of domestic violence, crimes, and severe accidents.

Sign of Medical Marijuana’s Effectiveness

Passage of the bill is seen as an acknowledgment of how effective medical marijuana can be in the treatment of a wide variety of medical conditions, with PTSD being the latest in New York. The head of the New York State Council of Veterans Organizations, Mr. Bob Becker, applauded the Governor for the approval, noting that this would make medical cannabis one more tool in the arsenal which could be used to combat the effects of post traumatic stress. Without this legal approval, it has been conjectured that many suffering veterans would have had to turn to the illicit black market to obtain cannabis for relief of PTSD symptoms.

This approval makes New York state the 28th in the U.S. to recognize PTSD as a condition which qualifies a person for medical cannabis, leaving only Alaska among the 29 states allowing medical marijuana, as the lone state to not recognize PTSD as a qualifying condition. However, approval in Alaska is not really necessary, since the state has already legalized adult use marijuana, so anyone who wants to buy cannabis as an adult is free to do so legally.

How Medical Marijuana Helps PTSD Patients

Those who suffer from PTSD often experience symptoms ranging from anxiety, insomnia, and hyperactivity, to an inability to cope with ordinary day-to-day activities of life. The profound stress associated with either a single event or prolonged exposure to multiple events causing psychological trauma, can appear long after the sources of stress have been removed, and these symptoms must then be managed in order for the patient to have some level of quality of life. A federally sanctioned study is currently underway to research the effects that smoking cannabis has on managing PTSD symptoms, to add to the body of available information on the effectiveness of medical marijuana.

What’s Coming in 2018 for California’s Legalized Cannabis Industry

Consumers and businesses now have a look ahead into what it will be like in California next year, when the state’s legalized cannabis industry takes the next giant step forward. The industry is expected to have a value in the neighborhood of $7 billion, making it one of the biggest commercial industries in the state, but you shouldn’t expect everything to be in place right during that first minute of January 1st, 2018. Anyone who has been hoping to usher in the New Year by enjoying some recreational cannabis at the stroke of midnight, might be well advised to have a fallback plan ready.

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Will you be able to buy Cannabis on January 1st?

In most California cities, cannabis will not be available for sale on the first day of January. State officials have probably not been as prompt as they could have been, and it was only recently that regulations were even issued regarding legalization. A representative from the California Bureau of License Control confirms that licenses will be issued as of January 1st, but that doesn’t mean that sales will be possible on that date.

The fact is that before a grower or retail outlet can even apply for a state license, it must have a local permit, meaning from the city of residence – and cities are still struggling to get ready for the changeover. There are also varying legal views for local governments, and some of these will not allow legalized cannabis activity of any kind, for instance all of Kern County. Two local areas that do expect to be ready are the city of San Diego and Palm Springs, so if you’re looking for a place to be early in January, one of those two might be a good choice.

Off to a Slow Start 

Expect most areas of the state to get off to a fairly slow start in the legalized cannabis business. The state understands that everything will not be in place on Day 1, and has therefore indicated a willingness to tolerate some degree of non-compliance with listed regulations, while various entities work toward compliance, and toward establishing their businesses on a sound footing. For instance, businesses which have applied for licenses but have not yet received them, will not be prohibited from conducting business in the interim.

It is expected that distribution components will not be fully implemented until well into 2018, because all the logistics of getting cannabis from field to testing lab to retail outlet have simply not been worked out yet. In fact, it is very likely that bottlenecks will occur until there is time to evaluate the entire statewide distribution network, and relieve areas of high stress.

A Big Question

One of the biggest questions related to legalization is what will happen to the booming black market for cannabis, when sales become legal in 2018. State officials are optimistic that most of the black market growers and sellers will join in on the legalized industry, but others aren’t so sure. One big hangup to this would be the potential rate of taxation. If the state taxes cannabis sales at a very high rate – and some are talking about 45% – that could be enough to turn off black market entrepreneurs, and cause them to eschew legalization in favor of their own, more lucrative operations.

How to Find Great Hiding Places for Your Cannabis Stash

It’s not so much that you really need to hide your cannabis stash these days, since it has certainly gotten a much better reputation than at any time in the past, but you may want to keep it squirreled out of sight, just to avoid conversations with less enlightened individuals than yourself. That being the case, think about some of these ingenious hide-in-plain-sight ideas for keeping your cannabis stash under wraps.

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Stash Underwear

Some of the newest underwear these days actually has a small pocket where you can conceal your cannabis, and keep it close by at all times for safe keeping. You’ll never have to worry about someone finding it in your bedroom or hidden in a desk somewhere, because you’ll be able to feel it close to your skin, just by thinking of it.

Lipstick Pipe

Women need a place to conceal things too, and this is absolutely perfect. To the untrained eye, this ingenious little device looks exactly like a tube of your favorite lip gloss, but it has a hollow space inside where you can hold something much better than highlights for your lips. 

The Cigarette One-Hitter

This thing looks just like a cigarette until you get pretty close to it – then it looks like a device which might conceal something – which it is. You can roll up one of your favorite cannabis cigarettes and carry it in this one-hitter container, with no one being the wiser.

Smuggler Belt

This just might be the most popular item on the list for concealing several cigarettes in the lining, and retrieving them before you discard your pants for the night. One of the best characteristics about the Smuggler Belt is that it stays tightly wrapped around you all night, until you’re ready to start partying with someone.

Golf Combo Pack

Believe it or not, Golf Combo Packs are sold in stores where cannabis products are offered to the public, and these can be the perfect concealment for your cannabis stash. You get one small cube that looks like it can hold a single golf ball, and a taller rectangular container which has the room to hold about 3-4 tees. Together, you might not be able to get a hole in one these two, but at least you’ll enjoy the heck out of being wherever you are on the golf course.

What Makes Medical Cannabis Dispensaries Successful?

Investors eager to cash in on the booming cannabis market are sometimes disappointed to find that despite their enormous general popularity, not all medical dispensaries achieve the same kind of success. Some investors have been left wondering why dispensaries which are geographically close may not experience a decent level of success, and simply don’t provide financial return. This article will explore some of the reasons that one medical cannabis program will succeed while another one may fail, and how investors can predict the difference between the two scenarios.Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

Legal restrictions

The biggest factor by far are the legal restrictions which apply within a given state, and how they affect the composition and sale of medical cannabis products. You might be surprised to learn that 48 of the 50 states have at least some kind of law on the books regarding medical cannabis, even though it’s currently only legal in 29 of those states, plus the District of Columbia. It’s what’s written into those state laws that has an enormous impact on whether or not a given cannabis dispensary will be successful.

Key issues under the law 

The first, and most important question, addressed by state cannabis laws is whether or not commercial sales are to be legal. If not, then no medical dispensary will succeed within that state. Next is whether or not the law allows for full-strength THC in cannabis products. Since THC is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis which produces euphoria-like feelings, the actual content in legally sold cannabis is important to many buyers. 

Another very important question revolves around qualifying conditions for medical cannabis. If chronic pain is accepted as a qualifying condition for medical cannabis, then dispensaries are likely to be more successful, since chronic pain is the number one most prevalent condition used by patients. When more serious medical conditions are required to qualify for the program, enrollment is generally considerably lower.

The other major issue regarding legal restrictions is how many dispensaries or distribution points will be available to patients in any given location. When there are many dispensaries throughout a state, they all tend to do well, as is the case in Arizona, Oregon, Washington, etc. If dispensaries are relatively rare, as in the state of Minnesota (which has only two), both are likely to be financial busts, because most patients cannot get to them.

Best predictors of success

The best formula for success within a state is having all those legal factors above operating in favor of medical cannabis. The states where medical cannabis dispensaries are enjoying tremendous success are all those states which permit commercial sales, allow full-strength THC content, permit chronic pain as a qualifying condition, and have numerous distribution points. In short, medical cannabis dispensaries will enjoy the greatest success in those states where the law imposes the fewest restrictions on sales and on qualifying conditions.

Ex-Surgeon General Urges Federal Government to Legalize Cannabis

A new group called the Doctors for Cannabis Regulation has been formed, and is comprised of a number of respected physicians who are currently urging the federal government to legalize cannabis, and to become involved in its regulation. Former Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders, as well as the former head of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Wesley Clark, are lending their time, effort, and professional credibility to the movement. They feel that the benefits of medical cannabis have been amply demonstrated, and that it’s time for the government to remove restrictions which have tended to inhibit research and medical usage.

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In a remarkable paper published online in the American Journal of Public Health, the new group called on the country’s most powerful advocacy organizations, e.g. the American Medical Association, to throw their full weight behind medical cannabis, and push for broad legalization. This paper marks the very first time that any major medical publication has run a pro-cannabis article authored by highly prominent physicians. 

Contents of the paper

The first point stressed in the paper is that the federal government should become involved in all phases of marijuana production, testing, distribution, and sales, and that all commercially sold product should be accurately labeled, relative to THC and CBD content, inclusion of other ingredients, and dosage instructions. 

The next issue made abundantly clear in the paper is a call to all medical groups to participate in lobbying Congress, because such medical groups made up of knowledgeable physicians are best qualified to advise lawmakers about the medical properties of cannabis. Language in the article urges physicians to take the leap into the 21st century, and acknowledge the tremendous benefits demonstrated by medical cannabis, and to abandon the tired, grossly inaccurate thinking of the 1930’s which acted to prohibit marijuana.

An end to cannabis prohibition is powerfully advocated as well, since as the authors make clear, even children know that medical cannabis can be very effective in treating many kinds of conditions. And in ending the prohibition on cannabis, the authors call for federal government to impose taxes which can raise money for extensive new research, education, and regulatory efforts. 

Time for change

If the paper can be summed up in a single thought, it’s that the time for change regarding legalization of cannabis is now. The leader of Doctors for Cannabis Regulation, David Nathan, says “The unjust prohibition of marijuana has done more damage to public health than has marijuana itself. The prohibition of alcohol was a success compared with our war on marijuana.”

Dr. Nathan is not only the board president of this new group, but is also a well-respected psychiatrist based in New Jersey, and he voices the opinion of the group in saying, “Fundamentally, prohibition was always a bad idea.” Hopefully, other medical groups called upon in this ground-breaking publication are listening, and will add their support to the movement.