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20 Things You Never Learned About Cannabis

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Where do you get your cannabis knowledge from? Here are 20 things they probably didn’t teach you in school.

1. Cannabis is older than Christianity

Christianity emerged during the 1st century CE, while cannabis has been used since 2700 BCE.

2. It was used as an herbal remedy in Ancient Egypt

The ancient Egyptians used cannabis to treat conditions like glaucoma, enemas, and inflammation, but they weren’t the first ones to recognize the medicinal qualities of the plant. In fact, its use as an herbal remedy was widespread throughout Asia and the Middle East too.

3. Bill Gates supports medical cannabis

As do other billionaires like Richard Branson and Ted Turner. In fact, even the late Steve Jobs ate edibles on the regular before founding Apple, according to Pentagon files obtained by Wired.

4. Its medical use was once widespread in the US

The US government used to recognize cannabis for its medicinal qualities, and even listed it in the 1850’s edition of the US Pharmacopoeia. Despite a tightening of regulations on marijuana distribution in 1937, it was still legally prescribed for medical use until 1970.

5. California legalized medical cannabis in 1996

When voters passed Proposition 215 in 1996, California became the first US state to legalize medical cannabis. Since then, 22 states have followed.

6. There are many ways to consume medical cannabis

From vaporizing to consuming it as an edible to applying it topically—there are a number of ways to administer medical cannabis to fit your personal preferences.

7. Snoop Dogg isn’t the only one who smokes every day

Cannabis has some other well-known fans, too, like Dr. Lester Grinspoon, Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Lester set out to prove that cannabis is a harmful drug, but his research actually led him to conclude the opposite. He went on to give his son Danny medical marijuana to help him cope with his cancer treatments. Lester even smoked cannabis with his best friend, Carl Sagan.

8. There are hundreds of strains of cannabis

Different strains of cannabis can have radically different effects. For example, some are great for improving sleep quality, while others are better at relieving pain.

9. Not all cannabis gets you high

THC and CBD are the most well-known cannabinoids found in cannabis. THC will get you high, while CBD won’t, so the more CBD in your cannabis strain, the less high you are likely to become.

10. Medical marijuana comes in different forms

Medical marijuana doesn’t just exist as the dry herb—it can be found in the form of tinctures, edibles, oils, and topical ointments.

11. Cannabis is less addictive than coffee

Surprisingly, multiple studies have actually shown caffeine to be more addictive than marijuana, and alcohol and nicotine beat out both.

12. No one has ever died from overdosing on marijuana

According to the US Drug Enforcement Agency, it would take 1,500 pounds of marijuana consumed within 15 minutes to cause a lethal reaction. That makes it virtually impossible to overdose on cannabis.

13. It’s a promising treatment for childhood epilepsy

Research has shown that CBD-rich cannabis is effective at combating even “treatment-resistant” epilepsy. In a study surveying parents with children suffering from severe childhood epilepsy, 84% reported a reduction in seizure frequency after administering CBD-enriched cannabis.

14. Applying it topically can alleviate chronic pain

In addition to chronic pain relief, the active compounds found in marijuana-derived products (cannabinoids) have been shown to act like an anti-inflammatory agent.

15. The term “marijuana” was coined in the 1900s

Cannabis wasn’t always called “marijuana”. The term originates from the Mexican word “marihuana” and may have been used to encourage anti-immigrant sentiments during the early 20th century. It was during that time that the plant started being associated with political agendas, rather than being recognized for its medicinal use.

16. Legal cannabis is the fastest growing US industry

According to researchers from The ArcView Group, the industry for legal cannabis is growing rapidly and could even surpass the organic food industry if all 50 states decide to legalize it.

17. Hemp seeds are packed with nutritional value

Unlike other strains of cannabis, the seeds of hemp plants contain little to no THC, while still packing a nutritional punch. They’re best eaten raw and are a great source of protein, among other health benefits.

18. The Founding Fathers cultivated hemp

Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp for industrial use—including the making of rope, sail canvases, and clothing.

19. Over 50% of Americans support its legalization

In a recent poll done by CBS, 53% of Americans expressed support in legalizing cannabis. The numbers are even higher when it comes to medical cannabis alone—coming in consistently between 60–80%.

20. Most cannabis users never use other drugs

We’ve all heard the “gateway drug” argument before, but studies have failed to validate this claim—whether it’s applied to the US or to countries like Holland with more liberal cannabis laws.

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Five Ways Cannabis Affects Sleep

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Five Ways Cannabis Affects Sleep

Medical patients often suffer from not sleeping well. We dug into recent studies to see if cannabis improves sleep. Here are five things you should know:

THC boosts melatonin

The psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, THC has been shown to dramatically increase melatonin production, causing a spike up to four thousand times that of baseline levels. Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that regulates circadian rhythm and sleep.

Increase slow-wave sleep

According to the Department of Psychiatry at the University of San Diego, THC increases the third and fourth stages of the sleep cycle, also known as ‘slow-wave sleep’ (SWS). Increased SWS has been linked to an increased reduction of beta-amyloid, the harmful neural protein associated with Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, and other memory loss conditions.

Reduce REM

While cannabis is known for increasing SWS, it also reduces the fifth phase of sleep, commonly known as rapid eye movement (REM). Less REM means having less dreams, but there is yet to be any evidence of negative effects.

Treat sleep apnea

Cannabis’ sleep-inducing properties are an excellent natural remedy for those suffering from sleep apnea. This helps them to fall and stay asleep easier and with less interruption.

Reduce RBD in Parkinson’s Disease

By using a high-CBD cannabis before bed, you can lessen REM Sleep Behavior Disorder (RBD) effects such as tremors, violent movements, and nightmares. High-CBD cannabis has been found to be more effective than Levodopa, a prescription drug commonly prescribed to patients with Parkinson’s and onset-RBD.

More Information

Melatonin and marijuana (Lissoni, P., Resentini, M., and Fraschini, F. “Effects of Tetrahydrocannabinol on Melatonin Secretion in Man.”)
Cannabinoids for medical use (Journal of American Medical Association)
Effect of drugs on sleep (National Center for Biotechnology Information)
THC effects on sleep & sleep during withdrawal (Europe PMC)
How Cannabis can help RBD in Parkinson’s (Vanwinkles.com)

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Grow Medicinal Marijuana At Home With A Grow Box

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Grow Medicinal Marijuana At Home With A Grow Box

Growing your own medicinal marijuana is a liberating experience. You control all the variables. You know exactly what is in the bud you are smoking. grow box is a discreet and easy way to grow marijuana indoors at home, freeing yourself from dependence on both doctor and dispensary.

Gain independence with a grow box

A grow box is like a tiny, camouflaged green house. It is a self-contained unit with soil or hydroponic growing medium, lights, filters and pumps. Just add seeds, electricity and voila! You are growing your own medicinal marijuana.

Choose the right marijuana strain for you

There are two important considerations when choosing a strain of medicinal marijuana to grow yourself:

Your Medical Requirements – Are you looking for a powerful sedative effect to help with your insomnia or a functional day-time smoke to relieve pain and lighten anxiety?

Your Growing Space – Choose small, bushy strains like Indica or hybrid seeds instead of a tall, leggy Sativa. For your first grow an auto-flowering marijuana variety is the best choice because they require very little care or expertise.

Grow enough marijuana to meet your needs

Grow boxes are available in all sizes. Several surveys in the UK, Canada and the US suggest that most medicinal marijuana patients use 1-3 grams per day, or about 2 ½ pounds per year.

Even the tiny PC Grow Box, which holds just two small plants, can produce two pounds of dried bud per year. The compact SuperBox allows you to grow 8 plants at once with annual yields of 7 pounds or more.

Grow your medicinal marijuana under lights

Marijuana grows best under lights that mimic natural sunlight. There are three common types of grow lights used in the cultivation of marijuana:

  • Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs)
  • High Intensity Discharge Lights (HIDs)
  • Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)

Most grow boxes use either CFL or full spectrum LED grow lights. HIDs don’t work well in the enclosed space of a grow box because they get too hot.

While you can grow small amounts of marijuana successfully using CFLs, high quality LED grow lights save electricity and produce the highest yields.

Obtain higher yields using hydroponics

A hydroponic system doesn’t use soil. Growing hydroponic marijuana is not as complex as it may sound.

Many grow boxes come with a simple hydroponic system already set-up. You simply add nutrients, which often come with the grow box, and water. You can even choose to grow marijuana with organic nutrients.

Grow marijuana naturally in soil

Some people prefer to grow marijuana as naturally as possible. The Earth Cab grow box series is one style of grow box designed for soil.

Grow a continuous supply of medicinal marijuana

Once you get started you don’t need new seeds for each growing cycle. You can propagate new marijuana plants by taking cuttings, called clones, of your favorite existing plant.

A dual chamber grow box has a special space for making clones. These grow boxes allow you to produce a constant supply of fresh buds.

Find the perfect grow box for your situation

For the many medicinal growers discretion is essential. Look for a specially designed stealth grow box.

You can also choose a fully automated grow box that allows you to leave town for two weeks and come home to healthy plants.

Use this detailed review of the best grow boxes of 2015 to find the perfect set-up for you.

Grow medicinal marijuana at home with a grow box

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How Edibles Are Made

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How Edibles Are Made

Since there are so many manufacturers throughout the US, cannabis-infused foods are produced in a variety of different ways. Read up on how your favorite edibles are made and learn how to make your own medicinal treats:

They’re usually made with trim

Trim contains the leftover leaf matter from the cannabis flower that growers usually throw away. It’s less potent than bud, but it’s full of trichomes and can be used in large quantities to produce a stronger effect.

Cannabis is decarboxylated

Decarboxylation activates THC and other cannabinoids to result in a more potent product. To achieve this, cannabis needs to be heated either through smoking, vaping, or baking. The flower is typically cooked for a long time over low heat before it’s used to make edibles. Eating raw cannabis won’t have a very strong effect, and it won’t taste good.

Cannabinoids are extracted

Edibles are infused with highly concentrated cannabis extracts. Depending on the extraction method, edibles can contain either tinctures, canna oil, or cannabutter. If you’re wondering how a specific edible was made, ask your budtender or contact the manufacturer.

Canna oil and cannabutter are common

THC is fat soluble, so cannabis is often cooked with oil or butter. When heated, the activated cannabinoids absorb into these ingredients. Check out this recipe for cannabis cooking oil and this one for cannabis-infused butter. Or try making cannabis coconut oil.

Tinctures are used in hard candies

Some edibles don’t go through a baking or cooking process, so tinctures are added instead of flower. Tinctures are liquid cannabis extracts made from a solvent like alcohol, vinegar, or glycerol. Rather than passing through the digestive system like cannabinoids in most edibles, these are absorbed by the body and can result in a quicker effect.

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