Monthly Archives: August 2013

how to use a vaporizerUsing a vaporizer is a lot like learning how to drive a car with a clutch—it can take some time to learn. However, ask the many people who use medical marijuana and who have learned to use a vaporizer and they will tell you that it is well worth the extra time to learn. Using a vaporizer for your medical marijuana use is simple once you know the steps, and here they are:

Step 1: Heat up your vaporizer

The first step is to give the vaporizer the necessary heat in order to operate. For optimum performance, the vaporizer should be allowed to heat for three or four minutes. Usually, the best temperature is between 325 and 365 degrees.

Step 2: Grind the weed

Although this is an optional step, many people have noted that it makes the medical marijuana much easier to vaporize. Usually, anything that is going to be vaporized would be best if it is smaller. In order to do this you might need to get a piece of equipment to use as a grinder, and simply grind the marijuana up after loading it into the grinder. Simply twist it back and forth like any other situation.

Step 3: Put the glass tube into the vaporizer with the marijuana already loaded in

After doing this, rotate the wand and take a long deep breath for ten seconds, inhaling the marijuana into the diaphragm nice and slowly. This will take some practice but after a while you will be an expert at it.

Step 4: Repeat five to ten times

Consult with your doctor for the exact amount, be repeat this process for as long as he recommends. Using a vaporizer will become second nature after understanding this process. Although some may feel like this is too hard, for others a vaporizer can be advantageous because there is less propensity to cough or hack as there is with regular smoking. This is why using a vaporizing apparatus for medical marijuana use can be a wise idea. Enjoy your vaping and get relief from your ailments all at the same time.

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Cannabis has been a big topic in healthcare news recently. Patient benefits, drug interactions with existing medications, and potentially being habit forming are just a few of the topics on the minds of healthcare providers, officials, and patients alike. Researchers are currently undertaking extensive clinical investigations to the benefits of cannabis and how it can be used as a treatment for illnesses as a whole, symptoms, and/or side effects.

Naturally, the findings of the investigations have sparked a greater interest among patients as to how cannabis can be used as a treatment option with their current health condition. Patients that are considering this option should take into consideration a few factors and discuss them with their doctors to find the best solution to their medical needs.

The most basic question would be, “how will this help my condition“? For example, epileptic patients in studies have shown a direct correlation between the use of cannabis and a decrease in the amount of seizures that occur and some cancer patients have found it to be therapeutic to help with pain from chemotherapy.

Patients also want to find out what are the potential side effects of the use of cannabis? If there is a potentially high risk, could taking cannabis in another form reduce those risks but produce the same therapeutic effects as if inhaled from smoke. Additionally, patients should ask their doctor if they have treated other patients with similar conditions and what were the results of the treatment.

Also, taking into consideration age, previous health issues, and stage of condition as well when comparing cases. Patients should inquire about current state guidelines regarding cannabis referrals with their doctors.Some states have a strict guideline as to whether or not it can be used.

Lastly, patients need to ask their doctor about whether this can be a long-term or short-term treatment option in conjunction with or without current medications. Patients should take into consideration these five questions with their doctor when considering cannabis as a treatment option. As it is a developing treatment, it should be handled with doctor supervision and care on the patients part if recommended.

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the best cannabis cookie recipeWith the spread of legalized medical marijuana use, there is a growing need for new ways to administer the drug to alleviate pain. Using cannabis as a cooking ingredient is a safe and natural way to receive the drug’s beneficial properties, and is easy to prepare yourself at home. Use this recipe for delicious cookies as an easy starter guide on how to best use this method.

Start by melting two sticks of butter is a sauce pan. Sprinkle the cannabis into the melted butter, mixing until it is well incorporated. Let this simmer for fifteen minutes on very low heat, taking care that the butter does not scorch. Remove the butter from the heat and let it cool, then strain the butter through a cheese cloth, retaining the butter in a small bowl and discarding the cannabis bits.

In a mixing bowl, combine one cup of white sugar, one cup of flour, one cup of steel cut oats and one cup of brown sugar. Stir these together until all sifted, then add one teaspoon of baking powder and one teaspoon of salt. Next add your wet ingredients, mixing in two eggs, one teaspoon of vanilla extract, and the melted butter. Stir until everything is well combined.

Then add in one cup of chocolate chips and one cup of chopped nuts like walnuts, and give everything one final mix making sure you have a proper cookie dough consistency.

Roll the dough into a log inside some Saran Wrap and place in the fridge to chill. You can freeze the dough for up to six months until you are ready to use. Once it is time to start baking, pre heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a baking sheet with cooking spray or butter. Spoon small circles of the dough onto the baking sheet, making them about one and a half inches in diameter and placing them about one inch apart on the sheet so they do not melt together and form one giant blob.

Place the baking sheet in the oven and allow the cookies to bake for about nine to twelve minutes. Don’t let them get too brown on the top, so keep checking them. Pull the cookies out of the oven and let them cool for about five minutes before sliding them off the baking sheet and placing them on a plate to serve. Enjoy!

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Ghost Kush, or Ghost OG Kush, has become popular on the cannabis scene with a general A meds grade from nearly all of its reviewers. It is an Indica Dom 70/30 type with a geographical location said to derive from the Afghanistan-Pakistan mountains.

It was first introduced in Florida in the early ’90s. It was passed from a member of a popular marijuana site to another individual who then distributed it to select individuals. It caught on with an increased public awareness for its potency, flavor and other favorable characteristics. It is considered a clone-only, one of the premiere cuts known in the world.

Physical Description

The structure is very hairy with an airiness that does not distract from its density. It possesses a crisp, adequately dried texture that when separated by hand leaves a noticeably stickiness. The color is predominantly mint green interspersed with orange. It has dense pockets of trichomes that range from amber to clear with numerous surrounding milky heads. The trim is a little ragged while the leaves remain stout and very fresh-looking. It has all indications of being meticulously refined, having little to no seed content. It contains resin-like droplets affixed to the calyx surfaces at the very tips of the buds.

Aroma and Taste

The aroma is sweet with hints of grenadine and anise, contributing to an overall citrus mix-combination that gives it a tart and tangy aroma reminiscent of a cherry-limeade aftereffect. It is not without a noticeable bite, a blend that would appeal to users of Haze and Trainwreck. Overall, the aroma is not overpowering yet it definitely has a distinction that harkens back to the original Haze and OB lineage.

The flavor does not clash or lessen in characteristics with the aroma, but compliments it surprisingly well. It has the sharpness of the OG lineage that is softened by the floral sweetness of Haze, producing a delectable balance.

The smoking experience is very smooth, unlike some harsher strains that would induce coughing or gagging fits. It retains its flavor well, past the halfway mark of a filled bowl. The ash product contained clean, light gray particles with small white flecks, indicating an excellent flush.

Effects

The effects of Ghost Kush are quite profound, working well on a medicinal application and that of a common social med. Smoking it through a bong could produce some overwhelming feelings of numbness and sedation. With normal cigarette or pipe consumption, it delivers a likable cerebral or light-headed feeling that does not come on with a pounding intensity but more of a mood relaxing feel.

It has the unique ability to energize thought in a positive vein, even producing laughter, yet does not heavily sedate the user to the point of sleep or passing out. The typical buzz is present as well as the facial constriction and slight numbness, but not in an intrusive sense. It can produce a heavy feeling, with the possibility of some hearing and visual distractions, which would be dependent upon the individual tolerances and quantity consumed.

It has a tendency to derail complex thinking, confining the user to solitary and internal stimuli. Fortunately, its potency does not incapacitate or take control—the experience is even, offering a pleasurable mental ride. It has a 2-hour duration for medicinal level applications and 3 to 3.5 hours for general usage.

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If marijuana use is legalized, the disconnect that exists between marijuana users and their doctors would disappear. The disconnect starts the day a marijuana user visits a new physician. The receptionist hands the new patient a medical history form to fill out before the patient sees the doctor.

The form asks about marijuana use or illegal drug use but the new patient has no idea how their affirmative answer will be viewed since they have not met the doctor yet. Once the new patient meets their doctor, they don’t want to change the answer their medical history form so the lie continues and the patient is permanently disconnected from his or her primary care physician.

Anyone who hears that marijuana use may help symptoms of a chronic disease or condition they have will be leery of asking their doctor about marijuana use if marijuana is illegal. That person may start using marijuana, becoming their own doctor, because they are afraid of asking their physician’s opinion. Whether marijuana use helps or hurts the patient is not the issue; the issue is that the person is forced into making a medical decision without medical advice.

If marijuana use were legal for adults, people would be using safer, unaltered marijuana. A person in a state where medical marijuana is legal can safely treat the nausea that accompanies chemotherapy with a legally purchased product. A person living in a state where medical marijuana use is illegal cannot get a prescription so he or she buys illegal marijuana that may have dangerous substances added to it.

Opponents of marijuana’s legalization should also be worried about the doctors to patient disconnect and how the disconnect affects their position. Cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco are legal but harmful to a person’s health.

A person who wants to quit smoking cigarettes is not afraid to ask his or her doctor for help quitting because smoking is legal for adults. A person who wants legitimate medical information about the harmful effects of smoking marijuana because they want to quit will be afraid to discuss an illegal activity with his or her doctor. That person will not get the facts they need to make an informed decision about marijuana use.

Marijuana offers relief to patients with a wide variety of ailments. Marijuana’s most prized medicinal qualities are probably appetite stimulation and pain relief. One big problem, though, is route of administration. Traditionally, marijuana has been smoke in pipes or cigarettes. Modern alternatives include vaporization and synthetic medications. Another great alternative, both low-cost and efficient, is the cannabis tincture.

A tincture is a concentrated extraction of active chemicals. This can entail processes requiring lab equipment and titration, or can be as simple as awater soak. It all depends on the chemical.Cannabis is not water-soluble, and this fact determines the method to produce cannabis tincture. In order to optimally extract active chemicals (known as cannabinoids), a non-polar medium is needed. Pure grain alcohol is definitely the most common choice. A newer option is vegetable glycerin. PGA provides simple, easy results, but is obviously very alcoholic. If you cannot consume alcohol, vegetable glycerin may be a better choice.

Whichever medium you choose, the process is about the same. What you’re trying to do is soak cannabis in the non-polar fluid long enough that all the cannabinoids are released from the plant matter and soaked into the medium.

First, select plant matter to use. Using flowers and trim leaf material will produce high-quality tincture (as would kief). Stems and waste leaves are usable for a lower-quality tincture.

Ground or chop the material into a coarse powder. Choose a sterile, non-plastic container (glass jars work great) and fill it 1/2 to 3/4 full with plant matter. Pour the PGA into the jar until it’s full, then seal it tightly.

Store the tincture in a dark, cool area for a few weeks. If glycerin is used, the process takes closer to two months. Shake it everyday and check the process. The tincture is complete when the plant matter is no longer vivid green but instead a dull dark green or brown. (This color will be similar to cannabis after it is used in a vaporizer.)

Once the cannabis is brown, simply strain off the liquid into another clean glass container. The tincture is done!

Once the tincture is complete, administer it sub-lingually (under the tongue) using a sterile glass dropper. Dose can vary depending on patient, tincture preparation, and cannabis strain. Start with a drop or two.

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medical marijuana signThe idea of using marijuana for medicinal purposes has been an unpopular one. Many see medicinal cannabis as only a front for relaxing drug laws to the sole benefit of recreational users. Those people have not met 6 year-old Charlotte Figi.

Charlotte Figi, who lives with her parents Matt and Paige Figi in Colorado, suffers from an extremely rare genetic disorder known as Dravet Syndrome. An uncommon form of epilepsy, the disorder causes repetitive and severe seizures. Her seizures started when she was 3 months old and increased in frequency and strength until it was not abnormal for young Charlotte to have 20-60 seizures a day, an average of about 300 a week.Her parents tried a myriad of treatments including a strict diet, and various medications, but many of her treatment options resulted in harmful side effects. And none had lasting positive results.

After years of having to watch the violence with which this incurable disease attacked their daughter, Charlotte’s parents had very little hope left. Fearing that their daughter’s life would be short and painful, Matt and Paige searched for any treatment that would help give her the opportunity to flourish.

Colorado voters passed an amendment that required the state to create a medical marijuana registry. Only 8 conditions were approved to use medicinal marijuana, but, fortunately for the Figis, chronic seizures was one of them.

Colorado state law requires two physician signatures before allowing a patient to use medicinal cannabis. Because of this, the Figis had to wade through months of rejections before finding two doctors who, after meeting with them and examining Charlotte, approved the treatment.

For 7 days after beginning the treatment Charlotte was seizure free. This was her longest respite in years from the terrible malady. Continuing her treatment, Charlotte has begun to thrive. Though her seizures have not stopped completely the frequency has dropped from around 1,200 a month to just 2 or 3. Things that her condition rendered nearly impossible, like learning to walk, speak, and even ride a bike, have suddenly become more than a hope for her and her family.

Her treatment requires just a few drops of Cannabis oil prepared into her food daily and the strain used, affectionately named Charlotte’s Web by its cultivators, has a very low level of THC.

For the moment, life in the Figi’s house is much calmer. Charlotte though, will always have Dravat and without proper studies and testing there is no way to know if this treatment will be effective long-term. Hopefully the progress she has shown will serve as a reminder of the potential benefits of medicinal marijuana and will garner more active studies into how this plant may help others.

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With the recent trends of multiple states willing to adhere to much of the population’s requests and wants, Illinois has become the 20th state to legalize medical marijuana. Governor Pat Quinn signed a strict medical marijuana laws packet on Thursday, August 1, 2013, and will be taking effect on January 1st of 2014. During the beginning stages of the establishment of the new laws, a four-year pilot program will be implemented onto 60 dispensaries that will be run by the state, as well as 22 cultivation centers where marijuana will be grown. These state-run dispensaries and cultivation centers be secured under 24-hour surveillance to deter the temptations of the intrusion of thieves.

The new law will enable doctors to prescribe marijuana for medical purposes to patients that are diagnosed with specific illnesses. There are 30 different types of illnesses among the list that will be allowed to be prescribed to medical marijuana, of which are cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis and more. These illnesses along with the others on the list are types of diseases that cause severe pain for the patient, and the effects of marijuana greatly reduces their suffering.The law limits patients to be prescribed to no more than 2.5 ounces every two weeks and they must also maintain regular contact with their medical doctor. Illinois’s marijuana laws are among one of the nation’s strictest, and unlike some of the other states that have legalized the drug, Illinois won’t allow its users to grow marijuana inside their own homes. Perhaps enabling users to grow marijuana inside their own homes may open up temptation for some to distribute the drug illegally. The legally prescribed marijuana users will also be required to submit to fingerprinting and background checks to ensure they are responsible enough to handle the right to consume the drug.

With Illinois being such a large and busy industrial state, it can be safe to assume that other states will also follow in their footsteps to help the population that truly needs it. The hopes of possibly ending the tragic drug war may also become more of a reality with the new found marijuana laws within our own nation.

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