Jun 07

The Great Liberal Democrat Cannabis Lie

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.

In the run up to the general election, Tim Farron, who is the leader of the Liberal Democrats, has promised to completely legalise cannabis paving the way for a recreational market within the UK. Sadly this is nothing more than another Lib Dem lie, to be able to go through with such drastic policy change the Lib Dems would have to win a majority in the upcoming election….the current price in the bookies for this is 750/1.

The Lib Dems will do absolutely anything to stay relevant within the current political sphere, they have form for promising young voters things just to secure enough votes to be able to scrape into a coalition with the tories and subsequently go back on everything that they had promised their voters. Last time it was university fees and this time it is the legalisation of cannabis. In reality any vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote for another four years of tory rule and with Theresa May at the helm there is no chance of decriminalisation never mind legalisation. Theresa May recently linked cannabis use to opioid use and hinted that punishment may become stricter for cannabis users in the next four years.

It is also worth noting that the Lib Dems support for cannabis is not all its made out to be, cannabis merely falls into the category of recreational drugs which cause no harm to the user and therefore the Lib Dems believe that every person should have the right to decide weather they do these drugs in their own personal time. They are more pro liberty than pro cannabis, while this isn’t a bad thing I just don’t believe that they have the right intentions or any real chance of actually being in a position to make such a change. Their leader also recently stated that he would not allow his children or want them to smoke cannabis at any stage of their life, this further backs up my point which is that the Lib Dems are the wrong party to vote for if you want any meaningful cannabis reform.

While Labour have not directly supported cannabis legalisation recently, their leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has previously shown his support for medical marijuana. A Labour government may not lead to full legalisation however I can see them being a lot more lenient than the Conservatives in respect to recreational cannabis while I can see them ushering in medical cannabis. Any pothead out there voting for anyone else other than Labour at this general election needs to take a long hard look at themselves.

 

Apr 08

A Look At How Marijuana Can Help Patients Medically

A Look At How Marijuana Can Help Patients Medically

Marijuana has numerous positive effects on health and can aid people suffering from everything from arthritis to cancer – let’s take a look at some of its proven medicinal uses.

  1. Cancer

Marijuana can stop cancer cells from spreading quickly, and in some cases, it can halt them completely. It does this by targeting the Id-1 gene; marijuana turns this gene off. A study at California Pacific Medical Center, in 2007, indicated that CBD can stop cancer from moving throughout the body. Researchers worked with breast cancer cells; these cells had a lot of Id-1. After being given cannabidiol, the results were good. The cells did not spread as quickly and had less Id-1 expression. The American Association for Cancer Research indicates that marijuana can have a positive impact on lung, breast and brain tumors.

 

  1. Arthritis

Cannabis cuts back on inflammation and pain and can lead to better sleep. Those with rheumatoid arthritis, therefore, can benefit from its effects according to Grant Oster from Headshopquarters.com.

Sativex is a pain reliever that has cannabinoid in it. It was given to patients at a few hospitals to see what the impact was. The hospitals noted that those who took the Sativex had much less pain and slept better than those that only received a placebo.

 

  1. Alzheimers

The active ingredient in marijuana is THC. In 2006, the Scripps Research Institute looked at how THC can help Alzheimer’s Disease, and they found that it keeps Alzheimer’s in check. Specifically, amyloid plaques took longer to form, because THC blocked the enzyme that is responsible for them. Amyloid plaques are problematic because they damage brain cells and may lead to Alzheimer’s disease.

 

  1. Anxiety

Harvard University investigated the impact of marijuana on anxiety in 2010. They found that it could cut back on the user’s unease and worry, ultimately leading to a better mood. It could also function as a sedative. However, marijuana needs to be taken in small doses, because if not, it could make anxiety worse and lead to paranoia.

 

  1. Epilepsy

Marijuana can help manage epileptic seizures, according to a study completed in 2003. At Virginia Commonwealth University, Robert J. DeLorenzo took epileptic rats and provided them with synthetic marijuana and marijuana extract. Less than half a day later, their seizures were halted. THC bound the brain cells that deal with relaxation and excitability, thereby impacting seizures. This study was featured in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

 

  1. Multiple Sclerosis

M.S. is associated with muscle spasms and neurological issues; marijuana has a positive impact on those symptoms. The Canadian Medical Association noted one study which indicated that marijuana could help patients with multiple sclerosis feel better. After watching 30 different patients with multiple sclerosis, Jody Cory Bloom found that when other medicine did not work, marijuana could help with pain. This was after the individuals smoked marijuana for several days.

Mar 17

Dab Ninja E-Nail Review

E-nails are a new vaporization device which offer the user constant temperature control when vaporizing their chosen concentrates. One of the most unique things about E-nail dab vaporizer rigs are that they have incorporated the use of modern vaping technology which takes the vaping experience to a whole new level. Vaping dry herbs has given way to an entirely new world of dabbing concentrates, which is a popular vaping method respected by users looking for a cleaner, more efficient and safer way to get high. The E-nails allows vaping enthusiasts to get consistent vaporization at a specific temperature. There are so many vaporizers that fall in the E-nails category, but one of the standout ones is the Dab Ninja E-Nail.

enail dab rig

If you are looking for an amazing and affordable e-nail vaporizer that will give you an incredible vaping experience, then you need to get the Dab Ninja. You won’t have to break the bank to get it and it will undoubtedly leave a great taste in your mouth. It is one of the most effective e-nail vaporizers in the market today. It was designed with compatibility in mind. Just to look at a brief overview of its features, here is what it offers.

Feature Wrap-up

– Reaches Temperature within 30 seconds

– Include a one year warranty

– 990 degrees Fahrenheit Temperature

– Universally Compatible

 

The Dab Ninja is very stylish compared to other e-nails vaporizers. It is very small and can easily fit in your pocket or bag, this unique concept makes it stand out from all the other e-nails on the market. Just make sure that you’ve allowed it to cool down before you try and put it in your pocket. The Ninja dab vaporizer is comprised of  high quality components and has a very solid feel to it. The Dab Ninja’s quality is evident from the moment you open the box, you really cant go wrong with this rig.

Super Portable

The device is very portable, and you can go with it anywhere due to its compact design. Its size makes it an ideal e-nail to use on the go. If portability is one of your main concerns while looking for a dab rig, then this is a fantastic option.

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Thick Vape Clouds

One of the most incredible things that the Dab Ninja offers is the high quality vapor produced by this rig. This little device has some sort of power behind it. You are able to obtain some milky dabs off this unit very easily. If you use temperature settings that range between 710 to 720 degrees Fahrenheit, you will be able to get some very flavorful dabs.

User Friendly Design

The Ninja has one of the most user-friendly designs. It’s very simple to use even for beginners. It only has three buttons which are the power button and other two buttons which are responsible for temperature regulation. Using this e-nail is as simple as plugging it into the wall, turning it on, selecting your favorite temperature, waiting for about 30 seconds for it to heat up and then you are good to go. There are so many different e-nails in the market today and choosing the best e-nail will give you the kind of satisfaction you are looking for. It is important you consider factors like the technology used, ease of use, portability and price. The Dab Ninja is a great e-nail vaporizer and is available at a reasonable price.

Mar 08

The Inner Workings of LED Grow Light

The Inner Workings of LED Grow Light

You’ve seen them on TV screens, clocks, traffic lights, indicator lights on your phone that tell you the battery’s empty… LEDs. You can just as well think of them as teeny tiny light bulbs, only they don’t have a filament (that wire-thingy in the middle).

We could talk ad nauseam about the differences between the LEDs and incandescent lights in general, but as far as indoor growing goes, LEDs blow all other lights out of the water. They run far cooler (though they do need heat sinks), have better power-efficiency and they recreate sunlight much more successfully, which, as you can imagine, is pretty damn important for growing plants. They’re not without flaws, though (higher price pops to mind), and another, more technical issue. However, before we get to that, we need to cover the basics of LEDs – or Light Emitting Diodes.

How Do LED Grow Lights Work?

To answer this question, we first need to know what LEDs are. So, what are diodes? Well, here’s where things get a little bit technical.

Diodes are what the community calls semiconductor devices, meaning they only conduct electricity under certain conditions (keep this in mind for later). Now, ideally, an atom would bond to its neighbor without leaving spare electrons, but we don’t want ideal conditions. That’s why diodes are “doped” (yeah, I know – LED grow lights, Mary Jane, dope) – in other words, impurities are added to the semiconducting material.

There are two ways you can do this – adding electrons (doping germanium crystals with arsenic) or adding “holes” for electrons to go through (doping germanium crystals with indium). These are called an N-type and a P-type material, aka anodes and cathodes for those who paid attention in physics through elementary. Working together, these encourage the electricity to flow through the diode.

In a stasis, all the electrons are busy filling up the holes, and all the holes are filled up, so that the zone between the two materials (N-type and P-type), aka depletion zone, effectively acts as a buffer, or a dead zone, if you will. How to liven up the situation? Easy, just put some voltage through. Now, it’s imperative that the N-type (anode) is connected to the negative end of the electric circuit, and the P-type (cathode) to the positive one.

This is where the magic happens. As the electrons travel through the depletion zone, they become excited and pass through the holes to either lower or higher orbital (energy levels, essentially). These jumps release a form of energy which you might recognize as photons. The rule of thumb here says the greater the jump, the greater the energy, and the greater the energy, the brighter the light.

Now, choosing one semiconductor over the other will dictate the color of the diode. Granted, some types of LEDs, like pink ones, are essentially white with pink plastic around, but they are a small, small minority.

For example (not to get too technical), we get red (also orange and yellow) from aluminum gallium indium phosphide (AlInGaP) with slight changes in composition, while blue, green and white come from indium gallium nitride (InGaN), in case you want to start making one from scratch.

On a more serious note, though, LEDs have a spectrum of colors far superior to that of incandescent or other kinds of light bulbs, which makes them so well suited for indoor growing. They range from near-ultraviolet, through the entire visible spectrum, to infrared and white LEDs. So far, we know for a fact that reds do affect plant growth, but if you feed your plants only the red side of the spectrum, you get stunty growth. On the other hand, blues and greens encourage growth, but they’re virtually useless during blooming when reds come to the fore.

LED Grow Light Reviews – The Top 10 LED Lights for Hydroponics

For an excellent selection of LED lights visit DrGrowPro.

Feb 22

How To Build Your Weed Brand With Social Media

How to Build Your Weed Brand with Social Media

How would you like to make more sales, get more customers, and build brand awareness, without spending any money? You can. All you need to do is use your social media tools.

You may have heard lots of buzz recently about Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. These are three social media tools that are popular for many business owners. You can try these tips to help you get started using them effectively.

  1. Play Around on the Sites

LinkedIn is focused on business, so it’s a good tool for B-to-B. Facebook is a “fun” site and works best for products that have a capacity to develop a fanbase. Twitter can help any business make connections, attract customers, and build a reputation.

  1. Raise Your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn Answers allow users to ask questions that can be answered by anyone on the site. You can respond to the questions that are relevant to your business and industry, which can help you build your expert reputation.

You must make sure the answers you provide are useful. Do not use this as a way to hard sell your services, this will cause you to have a bad reputation.

  1. Join a LinkedIn Group or Start Your Own

Participate in a LinkedIn Group related to your industry. This is a great way to get to know the people that can help you grow your business, make new connections, and become known as an expert.

  1. Create a Facebook Can Page

Your Facebook Business page is different than your personal page. Create a Fan Page so other members can become “Fans” of your business.  Keep things fresh by posting updates about your business. Make sure you include links, videos, and photos.

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  1. With Twitter Think Quality, Not Quantity

Twitter users post “Tweets” these are messages that are up to 140 characters. When you “follow” someone, you will receive their Tweets. You can repost other people’s quotes which is called “retweeting.” You can get started on Twitter by important the people from your e-mail contact list, then follow them.

From that list, you will find new people to follow. Weed out the people whose tweets don’t interest you. Aim for a narrow niche, rather than going for volume. It’s better to have a small group of 200 followers who are passionate about your industry and business than to have 200,000 who don’t.

  1. Use Twitter Tools

It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer volume of Tweets out there. You can find free applications to organize your tweets using http://twitter.com/downloads. I personally use TweetDeck.

  1. The Benefit of a Blog

Blogs are one of the most influential tools you can use. You can start your blog on your website. WordPress is a simple way to build a blog. If that’s too consuming, you can get mentioned on another person’s blog.

Read some of the top industry blogs, and write a comment on posts that are relevant to your business. Bloggers are hungry for new interesting topics, so make sure to keep them updated on your company’s newsworthy events.

  1. Put In Some Time

Social media tools may not cost money, but you will need to invest your time. Plan to devote at least two hours a day to social media, especially in the beginning. If you don’t have the time, appoint a staff member to do it. Many twenty-somethings would be glad to handle this job.

  1. Find Your Favorite Tool

In time, you’ll get a feel for which social media tool is the most effect for your business. Don’t rely on your gut when it comes time to decide which social media site to focus on.

Measure how many clients you’ve landed on LinkedIn, how many customers your Tweets are bringing into your store, how many blog mentions you’ve received, what those Instagram views look like and how many Facebook fans you have. The tool you choose should be the one with the biggest payoff.

  1. Publicize it

Your marketing materials, business card, and website should include the information needed for people to find your blog, fan you on Facebook, follow you on Twitter or connect with you on LinkedIn. Also, make sure to include these links in your email signature.

Jan 09

The Shocking History Behind The US Drug War

Everything You Need To Know About The Failed War On Drugs

The United States has been at war almost continually since 1776. In the past 236 years we have been fighting some type of conflict for 214 years or about 90% of the time. While this statistic refers to military conflicts it gives a good idea of the mentality of The United States and how they approach obstacles that face them. Taking this into account it should come as no surprise to you how they went about trying to tackle America’s drug problem.

The Start Of The US Drug War  (1906 – 1970)

Firstly I want to take a look at when the war on drugs began, drug use became prevalent in America after the civil war ended, at the time the drug of choice was opium. About 15 years later cocaine became incredibly popular and the coca leaf was also used in items such as health drinks and remedies which were readily available to the public. During this time period the use of drugs was part of everyday life, heroin was used to treat respiratory illness and cocaine could be found in Coca-Cola. Doctors were also very irresponsible when it came to prescribing drugs and regularly gave out morphine for minor pain relief. All of these factors combined meant that at the end of the 19th century there were endemic levels of cocaine and opium abuse within the United States.

Attitudes started to change at the beginning of the 20th century, there was a greater understanding of the addictive qualities of these psychotropic drugs and the local governments were worried about the effect it was having on their populous, in an attempt to curtail this abuse they began to prohibit the importation of opium and banned all operating opium dens. This was followed by the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 which required all doctors to accurately label their medicines so that patients knew exactly what they were consuming, it was at this time that we saw a shift in mentality as people were no longer viewing these drugs as harmless remedies for their aches and pains.

failed war on drugs opium dens

An Early Opium Den

The Harrison Narcotics Act, which was passed in 1914, was the start of a 100 year drug war which we are still fighting today. The act prohibited the manufacture and sale of cannabis, heroin, cocaine and morphine. It was aggressively enforced and even doctors who were providing addicts with drugs via maintenance programs were targeted by the government. Doctors across the country argued that providing addicts with drugs was a valid form of treatment however in 1919 The Supreme Court ruled against them in Webb et al. V United States. In the 20 years that followed this ruling over 5000 doctors were jailed or fined under this piece of legislation.

The creation of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics was a huge turning point in regards to US drug policy, this unit was headed up by Harry J. Anslinger who was set to head the agency for the next 32 years and personally shape US drug policy in the coming years. During his time at this agency drugs were increasingly criminalized. The Boggs Act of 1951 is evidence of this, this act amended the Narcotic Drugs Import And Export Act and set mandatory custodial sentences for drug convictions. This act was heavily focused on cracking down on cannabis use, a first time offence for cannabis possession now carried a minimum sentence of 2-10 years in jail along with a fine of up to $20,000.

The Boggs Act was shortly followed by the Narcotics Control Act of 1956 which has been described as “the most punitive and repressive anti-drug legislation ever adopted by Congress”. This act led to mandatory sentences of 20 years for possession of cannabis, this meant that the mandatory minimum sentence for possession of marijuana was actually higher than the mandatory minimum for murder and rape which was 15 years and 10 years respectively. That sentence was only for possession, if you were unlucky enough t get charged with the manufacture of cannabis then the mandatory minimum was a whopping 40 years in jail. Another part of this law stated that anyone was arrested under this act was not able to be given parole or probation and suspended sentences were no longer a thing for drug offenders. The law also stated that the death penalty could be invoked as a form of punishment for anyone who sold drugs such as heroin to a minor, this was to be expected from a man such as Anslinger as he had set out to establish a drug policy which had a heavy focus on enforcement. He went even further and criticized a lot of judges for being too harsh on drug dealers and drug users and called for even longer minimum sentences.

drug propaganda

Early Drug Propaganda

Harry J. Anslinger was also a big believer in the power of propaganda and when he was in charge of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics they used it  as a preventative measure in an attempt to steer people away from drugs. Under Anslingers watchful eye they created multiple ridiculous myths and incredibly far fetched horror stories in an attempt to scare people away from drugs rather than educating them on the matter instead. It seemed as though Anslinger has a personal fixation on marijuana and he went as far as to blame acts of murder and sexual assault on it, he was noted to have said that cannabis had the potential to make people “fly into a delirious rage which would lead to them committing violent crimes”. The fact that Anslinger and his agency went after cannabis so much could be an indicator that there was people above him who wanted cannabis to remain illegal for whatever reason. Anslinger could have recounted heroin horror stories which were not far fetched and would have been better received by the US public however he chose to keep up the bizarre anti marijuana rhetoric which eventually lead to people just not believing anything drug related if it came from an official government source.

In the decade that followed, the 1960’s, it would become evident that Anslingers propaganda war had failed and if anything it had disenfranchised the drug users within the US. Lack of belief in the constant propaganda and the rise of counterculture of college campus’s meant that they was a large increase in the use of marijuana, hippies and the such also started to experiment with other psychedelic drugs such as LSD in an attempt to expand their minds. Another attributing factor to the increasing levels of drug use was the return of US soldiers from Vietnam, many of them returned home with heroin and marijuana addictions as a result of the long drawn out war.

Lyndon B. Johnson was president at the time and he directed his administration to take a different approach to the war on drugs as it was evident that the current system was not working like they wanted it to. In 1966 he passed the Narcotics Addict Rehabilitation Act which stated that drug addiction was in fact a mental illness and compared drug addiction to the concept of alcoholism. Even though they had recognized that drug addiction was a mental illness and should be treated as such they still pursued criminal cases against drug addicts so there was little that actually changed as a result of this act. There was not even an increase in funding for drug addiction treatment however the act did pave the way for federal expenditure of drug rehabilitation programs in the future.

The Modern Drug War (1969+)

In 1969 Richard Nixon was elected as President of the United States, his new and invigorated war on drugs ushered in a new era for US drug policy. It was not until 1971 that Nixon officially declared his war on drugs, he proclaimed “America’s public enemy number one in the United States is drug abuse. In order to fight and defeat this enemy it is necessary to wage a new, all-out offensive.” Nixon decided to wage war against both sides of the drug trade, he fought the supply side in countries such as Mexico even though it has huge economic impact while also attempting to diminish domestic demand. Although he was taking an aggressive approach to his new war on drugs he did take into account the disease view of addiction and as a result of this Nixon initiated the first significant funding of addiction treatment programs the US had ever seen. His investment in treatment can be seen in the incredibly controversial methadone maintenance  program where heroin addicts could get a prescription for methadone in an attempt to wean people off the feared drug. He must have got something though as the methadone maintenance program is still in use in various countries across the world such as the United Kingdom.

Months after this controversial treatment program Nixon addressed Congress and states that “as long as there is a demand, there will always be those willing to take risks to meet the demand”. It is strange that he publicly admitted that all efforts to prohibit drugs were useless as demand could never be diminished due to the drugs addictive qualities and while there was demand there will always be supply, it is just basic economics.

nixons war on weed

Sadly Nixon did not listen to his own advice, his reason for that will become evident later on. Nixon knew he was fighting an unwinnable war however he still plowed headfirst into it and launched a massive overseas crackdown in Mexico in an attempt to pressure the Mexican government to regulate its marijuana growers. This pressure was applied on foreign soil by the DEA who had been created by Richard Nixon in 1973. At the same time the US government spent hundreds of millions of tax payer dollars on securing the borders between the US and Mexico in an attempt to lessen the amount of drugs coming through the porous border. However as a result of stricter border checks trade between the US and Mexico was heavily impacted, Mexican producers would see their crops rot in front of their own eyes as they waited to be waved through the new secure US border checkpoints.

Although their was a huge economic impact his policy did work and the amount of cannabis coming over from Mexico fell drastically, frustratingly for Nixon this was not going to be enough as Columbia stepped up and supplied the US with the cannabis they demanded via new smuggling routes and the US government was powerless to stop them. The US should have realized after this foreign interdiction that this was not going to work, if they did not tackle the domestic demand then smugglers would always find a way to get their products into the United States.

One of Richard Nixon’s top advisers and a key figure in the Watergate scandal said the war on drugs was created as a political tool to fight blacks and hippies. “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people,” former Nixon domestic policy chief John Ehrlichman told Harper’s writer Dan Baum. “You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin. And then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities,” Ehrlichman said. “We could arrest their leaders. raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.” Ehrlichman’s comment is the first time the war on drugs has been plainly characterized as a political assault designed to help Nixon win, and keep, the White House.

President Carter was elected in 1977 and he was a huge advocate for the decriminalization of cannabis as he did not believe that the punishment for possessing a drug should not be more damaging than the drug itself. Although he was voicing support for softer cannabis laws he did not go as far as advocating for the legalization of it. If Nixon couldn’t follow his own sage advice about how interdiction and eradication in source countries was always destined to fail then we cant really blame President Carter for ignoring it either. Just like Nixon, Carter chose to pursue the supply side of the drug war with the majority of funding going towards interdiction and eradication programs on foreign soil.

The dream of decriminalization did not stay around for ever, during Carter’s time in office cocaine use rose sharply in the US with domestic demand going from circa 22 tons to about 120 tons in just a 6 year period. The federal and local governments were worried that marijuana was acting as a feeder drug to cocaine so they decided to back away from the decriminalization plan which was a shame as their was no direct correlation between cannabis and cocaine use during his time in office.

The next notable point in the drugs war occurred when President Reagan gave a speech in 1981. The speech has been compared to one of Nixon’s speeches as Reagan admitted that he knew it was impossible to win the war on drugs by trying to bring down the supply side of the drug trade. Reagan said “It is far more effective if you take the customers away than if you try to take the drugs away from those who want to be customers”. The similarities between the two did not stop with just the speech, just like Nixon had done previously President Reagan decided to ignore his own sage advice and focused on tacking the supply side via interdiction on foreign soil. The numbers suggest that the budget for eradication and interdiction rose from $437 million during Carters presidency to $1.4 billion during the first year of Reagan’s presidency. While he tripled the budget which targeted the supply side he also decided to slash $20 million of funding from programs designed to educate and prevent people from every falling into the trap of psychotropic drugs, rehabilitation programs were also effected by these cuts. While Reagan did focus on the demand side of the drugs trade as well as the supply side he was not very successful. The president decided that he was going to get tough on drug dealers so as a result he launched a program known as the ‘zero tolerance’ program in which punitive measures were the focal point. In 1986 the Anti-Drug Abuse law came into effect which made drug users fully accountable for their own actions and they were penalized accordingly.

bill clinton drug war

The next person to take his place in the oval office was Bill Clinton, he had dropped many hints during his campaign saying that he would take a different approach to the republicans when it came to the US drug war. However this all turned out to be false and for the most part Clinton just continued the Republicans flawed supply side focused drug policy. During Clinton’s 1995 budget an extra $1 billion was allocated for both the supply and demand fronts of the government lead drug war. Clinton also doubled spending on prevention and rehabilitation programs which drew some positive attention from the media at the time, finally it seemed as if someone was taking a sensible approach to America’s drug problem. However soon after this their was a huge increase in the amount of money that was being spent on interdiction and law enforcement which meant that of the $13.2 billion allocated to the drug war approximately $7.8 billion was spent on supply sided efforts which left only $5.4 billion to tackle the demand side of the drug war. There is no doubt that Clinton allocated a lot of money towards tackling the demand side of the drug war however the overall strategy of the government was clearly still targeting the supply side of this unwinnable war.

Although Clinton did little to alter the course of US drug policy he did propose some innovative solutions to the drugs crisis such as the Community Action Programs. However without the support of Congress he not make any meaningful changes in policy. He repeatedly tried to increase spending on the demand side however these attempts where killed by the Republican 104th Congress. It was not just the Republicans to blame as even the Democratic 103rd Congress of the early 1990’s fought against all efforts to shift drug policy towards education, prevention and rehabilitation.

Part 2: US Drug War In The 21st Century (coming soon)

 

 

 

Jan 03

Franco Loja Of Strainhunters Fame Has Died Aged 42

Today is a sad day within the cannabis community. A true legend and pioneer in the cannabis field has passed away. Franco was in the Congo trying to find out if CBD could be used to help treat malaria within the country.

Sadly while filming Franco was diagnosed with malaria and died a few days later in hospital.

For more information check out http://www.greenhouseseeds.nl/franco/

Nov 09

Cannabis Industry Set To Flourish During Trump Presidency

The cannabis industry could be in for a big boom during the Trump presidency as California, Nevada and Massachusetts join an ever growing list of states that have chosen to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes. This coupled with the fact that Trump has previously said that he 100% supports medical marijuana on a federal level, this could mean we are in for a huge change in regards to cannabis legislation in the next four years.

While Trump has previously stated that he would not personally legalize marijuana on a federal level for recreational purposes he did say that he would not meddle in a states affairs if they did choose to go down the path of full blown legalization. This is a huge improvement from the Obama era during which there were frequent raids on dispensaries which broke federal law even though they were complying with their local state laws. This was partly due to the fact that Obama was not able to reign in the out of control DEA, Trump on the other hand has previously stated that he fully opposes the war on drugs as he believes the current strategy involving law enforcement is simply not working well enough. He also sees the potential for huge savings which could be made if the government did not have to continue the war on drugs. This would benefit him greatly as he is going to need all the money he can get his hands on to build this huge wall of his.

 

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Clinton on the other hand has always sat on the fence when it comes to her marijuana policy letting her views be swayed by the will of the people, she herself believes that marijuana should only be used medically in a very small amount of cases but then in a recent attempt to pander to young disenfranchised voters she suggested that she would be willing to remove cannabis from the schedule one category.

But newly released emails reveal a strikingly different “private” position on making cannabis legal. In an onstage Q & A session from 2014, Clinton talked with Xerox CEO Ursula Burns. In that conversation, Hillary used “Wall Street terminology” to express her strong opposition to legal pot. Some suggest this is precisely because of the close ties between Wall St. bankers and Big Pharma. Those companies consider legal marijuana a major threat to their profits.

Burns asked Clinton to respond with “long” or “short” to a series of questions. In this case, “long” means support and “short” means oppose. So when Burns asked, “legalization of pot?” Hillary responded, according to the transcripts, “Short in all senses of the word.”

In other words, in private conversations with major backers, Clinton has taken a strong stance against marijuana legalization which was evidently not overlooked by the voters on election day. Overall Clinton was probably the best candidate to take USA forward however the public chose Donald Trump, if you don’t like it at least you can get stoned legally for the next 4 years to help you cope….

Nov 07

Researchers Believe That Cannabis Improves Night Vision

In 1991, a pharmacologist by the name of M.E. West who worked at the University of the West Indies which was located in Kingston, Jamaica, suggested that the local fisherman who smoked cannabis or consumed it via a cannabis infused white rum were able to see exceptionally well at night which gave them the ability to navigate through the treacherous coral reefs that surrounded the docking area.

After going out with the local fisherman on a nighttime fishing trip M.E. West said “It was impossible to believe that anyone could navigate a boat without compass and without light in such treacherous surroundings,”  “[but] I was then convinced that the man who had taken the rum extract of cannabis had far better night vision than I had, and that a subjective effect was not responsible.”

nightvision

 

Some of the local fishermen told M. E. West that Moroccan fishermen and mountain dwellers experience a similar improvement after smoking hashish, and in 2002, another research team traveled to the Rif mountains in Morocco to investigate further. In order to actually test if cannabis did have a positive effect on night vision they gave a synthetic cannabinoid to one volunteer, and hashish to three more, then used a newly developed piece of kit to measure the sensitivity of their vision in a nighttime environment. Confirming the Jamaican fishermen and M. E.West’s earlier report, they found that cannabis improved night vision in all three of their test subjects. It has also been reported that ‘chavs’ in Liverpool would get stoned before they went stealing crops at night, apparently the night vision makes it a lot easier to kick through doors in a poorly lit environment.

In a study recently published in the journal eLife, a group of researchers offer a potential answer.

To see what marijuana was doing to eye cells, Lois Miraucourt and co-authors decided to test the effect of cannabis to these cells on tadpoles of the African clawed toad (previous research has shown that the retinas of these frogs have cannabinoid receptors).

As Mo Costandi writes in The Guardian, the tadpoles “are transparent and, therefore, amenable to all sorts of experiments that cannot be performed in humans or other lab animals.” That makes it easy to see what exactly is happening in the tadpoles.

Basically, the results showed that retinal ganglion cells, essential inner eye neurons, become more sensitive to light after being exposed to cannabis. The tadpoles themselves showed better ability to distinguish contrast after that exposure as well. When I was younger my mum used to tell me to eat my greens if I wanted to be able to see in the dark, however these studies suggest that all you really need to do is smoke it!

Nov 04

What Its Like To Smoke Weed While On Other Drugs

What Its Like To Smoke Weed While On Other Drugs

I can only speak for drugs I have had experience with, this means that drugs like heroin and crack will not be covered….for now. If you have only just started smoking weed then I would recommend that you just stick to weed for now and master that high before you starting bring other drugs into the equation. I didn’t intentionally set out to mix all of these drugs with cannabis, I just like smoking weed so when I do other drugs I still smoke. Here are my personal experiences with a bit of scientific information of how the specific drugs interact.

MDMA Crystal & Cannabis

Anyone that has ever tried some high quality MDMA will know that it makes smoking anything, even a cigarette, feel absolutely amazing. If you have some fruity strains such as Tangerine Dream and Lemon Haze you will be in heaven while smoking. The only downside is the fact that it is a struggle to roll a respectable joint while on a high dose of MDMA.

An easy way of combining the two drugs is to crush up the MDMA into a fine powder and roll it into your cannabis joint. I would NOT recommend doing this as inhaling MDMA will fuck up your lungs but I have seen a few people do it and seem to enjoy it.

I also feel like cannabis is perfect for taking the edge off while you are “coming up” on the MDMA, will also help calm any anxiety that you may feel from taking the MDMA. Smoking some weed towards the end of your high may also reinvigorate the MDMA high leading to a return of the pleasurable waves associated with MDMA. Cannabis is also going to be your best friend when you are dealing with your “comedown”, which is basically just a hangover from hell so make sure you buy it the day before you do the MDMA so you can relax and recover the day after.

“It was found that recent retrospective studies on cognitive functions in long-term drug abusers point to an additive negative effect on different types of memory, as well as a cannabis-independent decrease in learning and decision-making in MDMA users. Behavioral experiments in rodents and in vitro studies investigating the combined effect of MDMA and cannabinoid agents demonstrate modulator effects of acute co-administration on measures like body temperature, conditioned reinforcement, and presumed neurotoxicity. It is also worth noting that THC can help protect neurons from this MDMA related toxicity.

In conclusion, there are few and somewhat contradictory studies examining the effects of co-use of these drugs on cognitive measures like impulsivity, memory and executive functions or underlying neurobiological alterations, and a shortage of animal studies examining long-term effects of chronic co-administration”.

molly and weed

Acid & Cannabis

These two drugs work perfectly together in my opinion, the cannabis enhances the acid trip an incredible amount. If it is your first time dropping acid then I would definitely recommend waiting until you are coming down from your trip before you start smoking weed. If you smoke while tripping it will make the trip a lot more vivid and the acid will hit you a lot harder, which is ideal for the psychonauts amongst us.

Just like the MDMA high smoking is amazing however you will struggle to roll a spliff if you are tripping too hard, I would advise that you roll a few joints before you drop the acid, you will definitely be thankful later on in the night.

If you feel like you are coming down too early in your trip just try smoking a spliff, the acid high should return in waves. It should also be noted that acid does have a dark side and there is the potential for a bad trip, if you are paranoid about smoking weed while tripping then maybe you should get a bit more experience tripping first as any doubt in your mind can be exploited by the acid during a trip which can last up to 12 hours.

People talk about how amazing it is to listen to music while your stoned however they do not understand truly how good the music can be with the help of a little bit of acid.

smoking cannabis while tripping on acid

Alcohol & Cannabis

People who just drink alcohol probably would not agree with me classing it alongside drugs such as acid and DMT however it is a drug just the same and can fuck you up just as much as anything else on the list, especially when combined with cannabis. The majority of stoners have been in a position where someone around them has ‘whiteyed’ after  smoking while already drunk. For the amateur smoker, smoking while drunk can be very risky.

If you smoke most days then I wouldn’t be too worried about this it is normally a thing that if seen in younger less experienced smokers. Smoking after drinking is definitely still risky for everyone and I would suggest you smoke while drinking or get stoned prior to getting drunk, I have always had a much better night while doing it this way however there is no way I would turn down a joint at the end of the night no matter how drunk I was.

No one likes a hangover so make sure you have some weed around for when you wake up, a spliff in bed is sure to cure any hangover that you may have.

getting drunk while stoned

Cocaine & Cannabis

My opinion on this combination is going to be biased due to my dislike of Cocaine. I have never understood how it justifys its $120 per gram price tag in London, it has always just struck me as a drug for people who dont really like drugs. Why spend this much money on coke which will either give you a minor confidence boost or just sober you up and give you a recognizable buzz when you could get fucked up on acid for 12 hours for $10.

That aside I have coupled both of the drugs many times, similar to the modafinil high it just eliminates the drowsiness and lethargic feeling that accompanies certain indica strains. It gives you that extra energy to do a few things but you will regularly need to redose your cocaine to prevent yourself from coming down. However when you do start coming down I would highly recommend smoking some weed as it will take the edge of the comedown and allow you to get to sleep after a heavy night.

I wouldn’t really go out of my way to try this drug combination as it ranks as one of the worst on this list, there is also a few studies that show their is an increased chance of dangerous heart palpitations when combining cannabis and cocaine.

cocaine and cannabis

DMT & Cannabis

DMT is the strongest psychedelic on this list and should be approached with caution as it makes acid look like childs play. I would be surprised if anyone was able to smoke weed straight after taking a hit of DMT as you are literally transferred into another dimension. I have had trips when I have ended up in a train station made solely from sound waves and another where I was transported straight into a video game so I cant really see there being any time for you to smoke.

To counter this you can roll the DMT into the weed and get high that way however the DMT trip will be nowhere near as vivid as it would be if you smoked it out of a small pipe. Would still recommend this way as the trip is not the only part of the DMT high, even without the trip you will still feel amazing. Some people may want to avoid the vivid trip associated with DMT as not everyone is comfortable with looking down and seeing your whole body is covered in scales because you are now a lizard.

Personally I prefer to just get really stoned first and then smoke the DMT afterwards, I feel like it makes the transition into being a lizard a bit more easier…

trippping on weed

Ketamine & Cannabis

I have always wondered why ketamine was a class C drug in England for so long because when it comes to getting in a bad way ketamine is the go to drug. Maybe the fact that there were no criminal repercussions and that it was only $20 a gram meant that it was very popular with the youth. It has recently been moved into class B and as a result the price has doubled to about $40 a gram which is bad news for wreckheads across the country.

If you want to smoke a spliff after sniffing ket then expect to roll the worst spliff of your life and for it to take an incredible amount of time to roll, make sure you roll a few when you are sober so that ketty you doesn’t have to worry about it. Ketamine doesn’t have the same synergy with cannabis as other drugs such as acid and mushrooms, if you have sniffed a decent amount you will barely notice anything while smoking because the ketamine high is so strong and overpowering.

ket and weed

Valium / Xanax & Cannabis

If you want a good nights sleep that lasts about 14 hours but still leaves you waking up groggy then this is the combination for you. Don’t expect to do anything productive when trying out this combo, if your chosen strain is an indica strain then just expect to be melted into the couch for the foreseeable future.

Using diazepam together with weed may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating. Some people, especially the elderly, may also experience impairment in thinking, judgment, and motor coordination. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with these medications. Also avoid activities requiring mental alertness such as driving or operating hazardous machinery until you know how the medications affect you.

Medical disclaimer out of the way I would definitely suggest this drug combination for anyone just looking for a majorly relaxed day, just make sure you clear your schedule first…

benzos and cannabis

Ecstacy (pill) & Cannabis

Obviously this is going to be very similar to smoking while high on MDMA however I though ecstasy pills deserved their own category as they aren’t always just MDMA as I have found out from first hand experience. As long as the pills are good quality it will be identical to the MDMA high however a  lot of pills are cut with other drugs so the high may not be as clean as you would expect if you are used to doing high quality crystal MDMA.

Speed was always the drug that people said was the main cutting agent for pills so smoking weed is vital to take that jittery edge off that is associated with speed. Your energy levels will be ridiculously high so smoking weed can be very useful in just calming you down and making you relax a bit so you can fully enjoy the high.

I find the comedowns off pills are a lot worse than MDMA so make sure you have a few joints rolled for the morning to aid with your recovery.

pills

Modafinil & Cannabis

Modafinil is a nootropic which is readily available on the internet, it has been likened to the “Limitless Drug” due to its ability to enhance cognition. I had taken this drug without smoking any cannabis and I definitely felt an increase in my motivation and concentration levels so I was curious to see how the high would be when it was paired with cannabis.

I took an above average dose of modafinil and then waited about an hour before I started smoking any weed, the modafinil seemed to intensify the cannabis high and remove any “couch lock” that I was experiencing from my chosen indica strain. I can only imagine that if you smoked a strong sativa while on modafinil you would have an incredible amount of motivation and energy.

Most people pick modafinil as a study aid, if you are one of these people I would base my decision to smoke weed off of what type of work I was doing. Cannabis would be perfect for doing a large amount of creative work as you will have the creative benefits of cannabis alongside the motivational benefits of modafinil. If you have more math based scientific work then I wouldn’t recommend smoking as my mind tends to wander when focusing on these types of tasks.

 

Mushrooms & Cannabis

You cant get much more natural than this combination, if you want to connect to mother nature then clear your schedule and get fucked up on mushrooms and weed. Cannabis seems to majorly enhance the majority of psychedelic drugs mushrooms included which is perfect for anyone looking for a vivid trip. I have found that both cannabis and mushrooms give me the giggles when taken seperatley and the giggles are definitely amplified when you combine the two drugs.

Mushrooms are like acids baby brother, they are a lot more cheerful and friendly whereas acid has a dark side that you risk of encountering whenever you trip. Bad trips are a lot less common when it comes to mushrooms so anyone that is a bit paranoid about smoking weed while on mushrooms shouldn’t worry about the possibility of a bad trip too much. Most of the time I just end up forgetting to smoke any weed while i’m tripping on psychedelics and only decide to start rolling a spliff when I feel like the high is declining. There is too many other things happening in your brain for you to be focused on smoking weed so don’t force it.

mushrooms and cannabis

If you want to get your hands on any of these combinations then I would reccomend checking our guide on how to buy drugs online.

How To Buy Drugs On The Deep Web

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