OREGON MARIJUANA REGULATION

Wednesday , July 23rd, 2014 | Posted By: Bud S. Moker, Th.C.

OREGON MARIJUANA REGULATION

For immediate release — July 23, 2014
Contact: Allison Tivnon, marketing manager: 503-200-5066

 

OREGON MARIJUANA REGULATION:

First year of sales would generate $38.5 million in tax revenue

Tax money would go to schools, police, drug treatment and mental health

 

A comprehensive analysis released today by ECONorthwest, has found that marijuana regulation in Oregon would generate $38.5 million in excise tax revenue in the first full fiscal year of 2017. In the first biennium (2017-19), it would generate $78.7 million.

The study specifically examines regulated sales of marijuana under the “Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act” that Oregonians are expected to vote on in November 2014.

According to the analysis, most of the marijuana would be bought at retail outlets; however, 3.22 percent of the marijuana consumed would be grown at home as outlined in the Act.

The analysis is narrow, only investigating the direct fiscal impacts generated through the excise tax. The report does not examine the operational impact of the courts, police or jails.

Under the measure, 40 percent of the tax revenue collected would go to schools; 35 percent would go to state and local police; and 25 percent would go to drug treatment, prevention and mental health programs.

According to the Seattle Times, in the first 10 days of marijuana sales in Washington, the state has taken in $318,000 in excise taxes.

A graphic representation of the findings, executive summary and full report are available on ECONorthwest’s website.

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HOW TO AVOID A DUI-D IN COLORADO

Friday , July 18th, 2014 | Posted By: Bud S. Moker, Th.C.

AVOID A DUI-D IN COLORADO

Guest Post By: Jay Tiftickjian

HOW TO AVOID A DUI-D IN COLORADO

Since becoming the first state to legalize marijuana for recreational use six months ago, Colorado has benefitted greatly from changes to its drug laws. Colorado residents and visitors are on track to consume 130 metric tons of the drug in 2014, and taxes on the sale of marijuana may generate as much as $70 million in revenue for the state. Crime rates in Denver are down 10 percent overall, the tourism industry is booming, and marijuana-related businesses are creating new jobs.

With all the good news about marijuana law reform efforts, it’s easy to forget that there can still be legal consequences for using marijuana in Colorado. Some of the most serious are criminal charges called driving under the influence of drugs (“DUI-D”) and driving while ability impaired (“DWAI”). This post will discuss drugged driving law in Colorado and how marijuana users can avoid being accused of DUI-D or DWAI.

Photo courtesy of: http://guardianlv.com

COLORADO MARIJUANA LAWS: THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS

Under Colorado law, it only takes a trace amount of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, to put someone over the legal limit. If a blood test of a driver shows five or more nanograms of THC per milliliter, he or she is considered to be impaired. Unlike with alcohol, which has a very apparent impact on driving ability, it may be hard to tell whether it is safe for someone who has used marijuana to get behind the wheel. Because it’s not known how exactly how much marijuana it takes to reach the legal limit or how long marijuana remains in the bloodstream, both recreational and medicinal users must take certain precautions to stay on the right side of the law.

ETIQUETTE OF AVOIDING A DUI-D

It is important to understand that even if you last consumed cannabis days ago and no longer feel impaired, THC can linger in your system. After any noticeable effects of marijuana wear off, you should wait as long as possible before operating a vehicle. Make sure that there are no obvious problems with your vehicle like a broken taillight or an expired license plate that could lead to you being pulled over. Never drive with a marijuana-related bumper sticker. Do not drive if you smell like marijuana. Consider showering, or use deodorant or perfume, if anyone around you has smoked recently. The scent of marijuana can contribute to the probable cause to give a police officer reason to test your blood.

Be extremely cautious when transporting any amount of marijuana or marijuana-infused products. Avoid driving with pipes, bongs, vaporizers, and other marijuana paraphernalia. If an officer pulls you over and sees any of these items in plain sight, he or she may search your car to make sure that you have no more than one ounce of marijuana in your possession as allowed by Colorado law. Having marijuana on your person or in your vehicle draws attention to the fact that you might be driving under the influence of THC.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

If you are pulled over, try to stay calm and remember that you have certain rights. Comply with the officer’s requests to see your driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance, but know that you and your passengers have the right to remain silent. Never consent to a search of your car or give an officer permission to look in your trunk. An officer may try to perform what is known as a Drug Recognition Evaluation, which is similar to a field sobriety test, while you are pulled over. This is voluntary and you are not required to complete the evaluation. But know that if you are arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana, Colorado law requires that you submit to a blood test. This test typically must be conducted within two hours of when you last drove. While under arrest, continue to exercise your right to remain silent, and don’t talk to police officers until a lawyer is present.

WORST CASE SCENARIO

In the unfortunate event that you are charged with DUI-D or DWAI in Colorado, an experienced DUI defense attorney may be able to help. A lawyer can determine whether your constitutional and statutory rights were respected by law enforcement officers, and will search for flaws in the administration of the Drug Recognition Evaluation and/or blood test that can affect the credibility of the prosecution’s case against you. With the right legal representation, it is possible to be acquitted of Colorado DUI-D or DWAI charges.

Author Jay Tiftickjian is a Colorado criminal defense attorney and expert on marijuana law. You can learn more about DUI-D charges and defenses by visiting www.criminallawdenver.com

 

 

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SMOKING SUBSCRIPTION BOXES

Friday , July 11th, 2014 | Posted By: Bud S. Moker, Th.C.

DELVE INTO SMOKING SUBSCRIPTION BOXES

Guest Post By: Stink Sack

Even in places where medical marijuana has been legalized – states such as Colorado, California, Rhode Island, Hawaii and New York – getting your hands on supplies like weed baggies, airtight bags, and odor proof bags can be a hassle. Regardless of where you live, it’s highly unlikely that there are as many marijuana supply stores as there are pizzerias.

Virtual supply companies are making it easier to get supplies like vaporizers, rolling paper, baggies, and other smoking accessories without leaving the comfort of your home. You may have heard about a viable workaround, better known as smoking subscription boxes. Subscription box companies ship fun products to your door for a small monthly fee. Some have also started shipping airtight bags and odor proof bags that conceal pet droppings, keep makeup fresh, and take the smell out of used baby diapers. The biggest question is: which smoking subscription box is right for you?

Major subscription box companies include The Hot Box, Kush Cargo, BurnBox, 420

Goody Box, and Cannabox. Fans of Wiz Khalifa might prefer Kush Cargo. Limited edition Wiz Khalifa rolling papers and rolling trays are part of the Kush Cargo product line. One common feature that these box companies offer is the chance to receive supplies on a regular basis at reduced prices. You also have to select the duration of time for which you would like to receive the box supplies, which may impact price.

 

WHAT MAJOR SUBSCRIPTION BOXES OFFER

It’s important to note that price, while important, isn’t the only point to consider when looking for a smoking subscription box. To save you time, we’ve checked out offerings from top companies and shared the results with you below.

The Hot Box – Offers a monthly membership. Has a stock of more than 420 products and 710 accessories. Box types are Green, Gold and Platinum, with prices starting at $25 per month and moving up to $120 for six months. Seven to 10 products are shipped to members on the 23rd of each month.

Kush Cargo – Has three cargo or subscription boxes: OG, Dab and Combo Box. Prices start at $18 and go up to $36 per box. Giveaways and prizes are offered to members. Email, name, age and password are needed to join. Kush Cargo also asks members to share their Instagram handle when they sign up. Shipments go out on the 15th of the month. The first payment is required on the day you join.

Burn Box – You get the chance to choose the types of products and accessories that are included in your smoking subscription box. Super Burnbox, Stay Glassy and Keep it Rollin are the three box types at Burn Box. Prices start at $18 and go up to $28. Monthly and one year subscriptions are available. Products and accessories ship on the 1st day of each month.

420 Goody Box – Before you enter the site and sign up for a subscription, you have to confirm that you’re at least 18 years old. At their official website, 420 Goody Box says that the value of its subscription products ranges from $40 to $75. There’s one month, three month and six month subscription plans. Prices start at $27.13 per month, with shipping and handling included, and go up to $150.78 for six months. Anywhere from five to eight different products are shipped out to members each month.

Cannabox – This is another company that requires you to confirm that you’re at least 18 years old before you can enter the site. In addition to receiving five to eight products each month, members can also win a free subscription box. At Cannabox, you can choose between a monthly, three-month or six-month plan. Prices for the plans start at $19.88 a month and build up to $136.98 for a six-month subscription. Depending on when you sign up, your subscription will go out on the 20th day of the current or following month. For example, if you sign up by the 17th day of the month, your subscription will go out on the 20th day of the month you sign up in.

 

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

Memberships with these companies generally renew automatically unless you cancel your subscription. That being said, don’t be surprised if the number of companies offering smoking subscription boxes that ship out products like weed baggies, rolling paper, airtight bags and odor proof bags increases as more states begin to legalize medical and recreational marijuana. At that point, you might have to perform another comparison, checking to make sure that you are getting the best value for your money. As with household, automotive and beauty products, you want quality; purchased products should live up to their marketed promises. Keep your eyes on new products that hit the market. Continue to price compare and pay attention to companies that show their appreciation for their customers by giving them freebies, steep discounts and loyalty rewards.

 

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SNOOP DOGG G PEN DRY HERBAL VAPORIZER

Monday , July 7th, 2014 | Posted By: Bud S. Moker, Th.C.

Products: Snoop Dogg G Pen Dry Herbal Vaporizer
Items Provided by: Vape Club

Stoner Score: 5 out of 5 pot leaves!

 

SELLER’S PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

We are very pleased to announce that we have upgraded our offering to the dry herb aroma therapists out there and have replaced the Vapourmax 1 with the all new Snoop Dogg G Pen.

Designed by Snoop himself and produced by Grenco Science, the G-Pen has received outstanding feedback and rave reviews around the globe it is one of the highest rated dry herb vaporizers available, and at such a low price it is unbeatable value.

The G-Pen is as stealthy as they come and is easily concealed in a pocket or small bag, making it perfect for when you are on the move or just don’t want to overburden yourself with too much to carry.

The Kit Includes:

    • 1 x G-Pen Battery
    • 1 x G-Pen Herbal tank
    • 1 x UK Wall Adaptor
    • 1 x Wired USB Charger
    • 2 x Screw Cap Mini Glass Storage Jars
    • 3 x G-Pen Cleaning Tips
    • 1 x G-Pen Credit Card Herb Grinder
    • 1 x Cleaning Brush
    • 1 x G-Pen Tool

 

SMOKING WITH STYLE REVIEW

I am just getting the best products to review lately! The Snoop Dogg G Pen lists for £29.99 ($51.38 as of the posting of this blog) and it is an amazing value. I tried it over the weekend on five separate occasions and it worked flawlessly each time.

A few of the coolest features are not even listed in the product description:

  1. The metal band on the vape pen is engraved with Snoop Dogg’s signature.
  2. The design on the pen itself is actually a map of Long Beach (where Snoop grew into his fame and fortune).
  3. If you click the button 5 times quickly, it locks/unlocks the pen so it won’t accidentally fire up in your pocket.

For the vaporizer enthusiasts, it should be noted that the Snoop Dogg G Pen actually touches the dry herb and heating element together. Because of this design, you should expect to do equal parts “vaporizing” and “smoking” with this G-Pen.

BUD SAYS: As much as I hate to give another stellar review, the Snoop Dogg G Pen exceeded my expectations and earned its ’5-leaf’ status.

Toke to ya soon,

Bud S. Moker, Th.C.

 

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STEALTH PANTS MARIJUANA REVIEW

Tuesday , June 24th, 2014 | Posted By: Bud S. Moker, Th.C.

Products: STEALTH PANTS
Items Provided by: StealthPants.com

Stoner Score: 5 out of 5 pot leaves!

 

SELLER’S PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

The Ultimate Secret Pocket

What if there as a way you could protect your stash 24/7? Now there is… Stealth Pants – Secret Pocket Underwear!

Stealth Pants are pants (boxer shorts) that have been modified to include a secret pocket on the inside, perfect for stashing your private goods.

If you’re going on a night out, going to a festival, or going travelling, Stealth Pants can store small items in the secret pocket.

Perfect for times when your goods need to be hidden, or you just don’t have any pockets.

What can they be used for?

They can be used to stash anything you like, Money, Phone, ID, Jewelry and more. Remember the pocket is small, so don’t be too outrageous.

How much do they cost?

1 pair of Stealth Pants is currently £9.99 on special offer. Or, save huge on our 3-Pack Deal for just £24.99.  You can also buy a Stealth Pants T-shirt for just £14.99.

 

SMOKING WITH STYLE REVIEW

Stealth Pants are a great idea; Boxer shorts that can hold your stash… whatever that stash may be. The pocket is rather larger than I expected and has an elastic band allowing it to easily conform to different shapes. I would not suggest stuffing the pocket too full however, because some security guards like to get really friendly.

Another note is that these boxers DO NOT hide the smell of your stash so that part is on you to figure out. However, so long as nobody is going to touch your junk, your stash should remain safe.

I’m giving Stash Pants, 5 out of 5 marijuana leaves because they live up to their name. They are pants (underpants) that allow for a hidden stash. The quality of the material is really good and, other than a tag on the outside that says “SP”, there is no indication that these shorts are any different than a regular store brand.

If you are in the market for such an item, I give my recommendation to Stash Pants.

 

BUD SAYS: I don’t always wear underwear, but when I do, I wear Stealth Pants.

Toke to ya soon,

Bud S. Moker, Th.C.

 

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THE STATE OF MARIJUANA

Tuesday , June 10th, 2014 | Posted By: Bud S. Moker, Th.C.

THE STATE OF MARIJUANA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

State of Marijuana Flyer

June 4, 2014. Los Angeles, CA –

The State of Marijuana is the premier professional marijuana event in Los Angeles that brings you exclusive conversations and insight on the current and future state of the marijuana industry. This event will cover elements ranging from research, to ‘ganjaprenuers’ and business, to digital media and entertainment. It will be held in Hollywood, CA on Saturday, July 26th from 1pm to 9pm and will feature key figures such as Justin Hartfield, Co-Founder of Weedmaps.com and Dale Sky Jones, Executive Chancellor of Oaksterdam University.

This budding industry represents a multi-billion dollar opportunity across the black market, medical sector and marijuana for adult use. Today, there is legalization for medical marijuana in 21 states, 2 of which have legalized cannabis for recreational use. It is estimated that 4 more states – New York, Nevada, Oregon and California – will have a full legalization proposal, if not already passed, by 2016. By 2017, we will begin to see black market sales recede.

The marijuana market today is worth an estimated $50-$75 billion. With legalization allowing for open consumption, we will see a spike in market value to approximately $175 billion in online services, direct sales, ancillary merchandise and international sales.

This increase in market value could open the floodgates for new jobs and create multiple revenue streams for the nation. Although multiple states are currently in the process of legalizing medical marijuana, it will remain illegal on the federal level. And while traditional banks and credit unions have shut their doors to investors, this has created an opportune time for entrepreneurs and innovators to fill in the void.

With leaders from advocacy groups, businesses and academia, this event will host an in-depth conversation on the implications of the nation’s evolving perspectives on Cannabis and what the future will hold for the controversial herb. Be a part of this influential event to learn more about this sector and secure a foothold in the progression of the industry.

Confirmed speakers include:

Bianca Barnhill, Spark the Conversation
David Bearman, American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine
Chris Conrad, Safe Access Now
Isaac Dietrich, Mass Roots
Addison DeMoura, SteepHill Halent
Don Duncan, Americans for Safe Access
Chris Fichtner, Cannibinomics
Joe Hunter, advisor to Fmr. New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson
Justin Hartfield, Weedmaps
Diane Goldstein, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
Dale Sky Jones, Oaksterdam University
Sarah Lovering, Marijuana Policy Project
Lynne Lyman, Drug Policy Alliance
Jahan Marcu, Green Standard Diagnostics
Kristin Nevedal, Emerald Growers Association
Aaron Smith, National Cannabis Industry Association
Angel Stanz, BG Medtech
Lanny Swerdlow, Brownie Mary Club
Lindsey Ward, The Science of Weed

To learn more about the event and to buy your tickets visit:
http://www.eventbrite.com/affiliate-register?eid=11613330785&affid=69867063.

Visit our facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/events/231240147084644/.

Contact Information:
alan@stateofmarijuana.com

 

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SMOKING DMT EXPERIENCE

Monday , April 14th, 2014 | Posted By: Bud S. Moker, Th.C.

SMOKING DMT: EXPERIENCE BEYOND DESCRIPTION

Guest post by: C. H. Ronic

This past weekend I decided to try DMT for the first time. Because these types of hyperspace experiences are difficult to describe, I will break down my personal experience into categories:

 

BEFORE BREAKINGTHROUGH

Before my breakthrough DMT experience, I tried smaller doses twice as was recommended on so many other DMT posts. During the very first experience, I took only one medium hit and sat back on a couch. Instantly my body felt heavy (with a strong tingling sensation) and my vision turned from sharp edges to wavy lines. This type of body feeling can sometimes be associated with mushrooms, but in this case it came on almost instantly and increased rapidly until I was sure I was going to breakthrough. Since it was not my intention to breakthrough, and because I was alone, I began to think, “Oh no, I’m going too far.” And then I would counteract that thought by thinking, “Well, it’s too late to turn back now.” Then, after going back and forth between those two thoughts for 10 seconds or so I decided that I would try NOT to breakthrough by keeping my eyes open, but that I would accept whatever happened. So, I kept my eyes open and watched the interior of my house wave back and forth. The waves and the tingling subsided gently until everything reverted to normal.

During my second DMT experience weeks later, I was much more prepared and decided to try a medium dose before going for the gusto. This time, I had a “babysitter” (friend) nearby to take the pipe from me and to check on my every minute or so. During this second experience I went a little deeper than the first and was fairly certain that I would not breakthrough. Although the visions and feelings were more intense, I was in a safe place and was open to whatever the DMT experience could bring. This time, when I closed my eyes, I was able to see the chrysanthemum pattern that is talked about and depicted so often in artist renderings. [Approximate imagery below curtesy of http://images.wisegeek.com/stain-glass.jpg]. There was no doubt about what I was seeing and I explained it afterwards as a 3-D hallucination. The colorful and rotating pattern started above me, but had “arms” that were reaching down for me. Rather than a pattern superimposed upon reality, it was moving as if from its own energy source… its own reality. As I came down from this second, more intense experience, I was unsure if I would attempt to breakthrough to hyperspace or not. So, having heard that you should wait an hour between sessions, I noted the time and spent the next hour trying to act as normal as possible, while I mentally debated what my next step would be.

 

BREAKTHROUGH INTO DMT HYPERSPACE

About an hour and 10 minutes after my second experience, I decided that it was time to go all in. I called over my friend to help me (should I need assistance with the third hit) and I sat down on the couch. After the first inhalation, I could feel the familiar effects taking hold of me. Upon the second hit, I was already losing myself to the heavy body feelings and colorful patterns. Just before the third hit, I looked up at my buddy as if to say “Here we go!” and put the pipe to my lips. He encouraged me by saying, “You got this Dude.” Then I handed him the pipe and lighter, rested my head back and began the launch sequence.

Right away, I saw the chrysanthemum pattern again. This time, instead of arms reaching for me, the entire pattern moved from above me, to right in front of me and then enveloped me completely. I cannot recall the specifics of the pattern, but I seem to me to have been a pattern within a patter within yet another pattern. The above image is not mine, but it was the closest I could find. Here are things that I CAN recall.

Alien voices – I could hear strange voices talking around me, probably about me, possibly to me, but I was undoubtedly too wrapped up in my visions to see them… or they didn’t want to be seen.

Echoes – Every minute or so, my buddy would come to check on me. As he did, I could hear his approaching footsteps loudly, harshly and with an Echo effect. For every one footstep he made, I could hear a trailing echo of 5-8 footsteps in rapid succession.

Reality – For most of the DMT experience, I was aware of both the “real” world and the DMT world. The first time my buddy approached, I heard him and did not respond physically. The second time, I smiled in appreciation. (When I smiled in reality the DMT trip also got much more pleasant, so I kept the simle for the remainder of the trip.) The third time my buddy approached, I was already on my way down and I managed a little hand wave. Also, throughout the DMT trip I could hear my buddy and the owner of the house whisper to each other and I could hear the dog whining and barking outside. For the most part, the voices my ears heard (my friends) and the voices my head heard (the aliens) were totally distinct from one another… although I did question myself a couple times.

Cards – During one part of the DMT experience, I felt like I was in a deck of cards being shuffled. It was sort of exhilarating and not altogether unpleasant. Sort of like a roller coaster.

Talking to Myself – Unlink other substances which alter your personality, DMT seems to leave your regular thought pattern untouched. During the peak of my experience, I remember what Terrence McKenna had said about not being awed by the visuals and I repeated this to myself as sort of a mantra to try and get the most out of the experience. My brain seemed to be functioning normally, it’s just that everything I was experiencing was out of the ordinary. I could react in “normal” ways to the sights and sounds, but I didn’t know how to act toward what I was experiencing. Instead, I tried my best just to remain a witness to the experience.

Heart Arrhythmia – Throughout most of the experience, the only negative aspect was what felt like an irregular heartbeat. I cannot be certain that the beating of my heart was doing anything out of the ordinary, but it sure felt like it was. The only reference I have was from a time I used to take creatine phosphate for body building. Whenever I was on that supplement, I would notice my heart “skip” a beat every so often. If a regular heartbeat is thought to go, “Ba boom, Ba boom,” then my irregular beat would go, “Ba boom, Ba…………. BOOM.” I had even gone so far as to see a doctor about this back then and have my heart monitored for 48 hours or so: The results showed nothing out of the ordinary. However I could stop and start the creatine-induced arrhythmia by stopping and starting the supplement, so I determined the cause through self-experimentation. OK, so what out DMT? During my DMT experience, I started noticing that same Arrhythmia and it was pulling me from enjoying my otherwise awesome experience. In fact, it was the ONLY negative. (Not true, the dog barking and whining was pretty annoying too.) On DMT, as compared with creatine, I felt my heart do this irregular beat four or five times and then about eight times in rapid succession. (Ba…………. BOOM… BOOM… BOOM… BOOM… BOOM… BOOM… BOOM… BOOM). I can only hope that I was imagining the entire sensation and that the beats I heard were due to the same echo as heard in my friend’s footsteps.

 

COMING DOWN

As I began to come down from the experience, I first noticed that I had a body again. Before that point, it was more like a vivid dream. My spirit was 100% intact, but I wasn’t aware that I had a body so to speak. I guess you could say, quite frankly, that DMT causes an out of body experience of sorts. As far as I know, I didn’t move a muscle until I began to come down. At that point, I felt a little tension in my knees and straightened them out. I felt that the presence on the other side was saying “good bye” to me and it was a gentle and easy merge back into my better-known reality.

 

CONCLUSION

While it’s hard to say exactly what I saw, my DMT experience was filled with strange and brightly colored fractals in constant motion. To the best of my knowledge, I would have to guess that this is the pattern from which our reality is shaped. We see, hear, taste, touch and smell portions of this underlying pattern, but are usually unaware that there is anything deeper. However, I had sort of set my mind on this conclusion before smoking DMT, so I’m a little biased. Would I do it again? I would say FOR SURE except for that heart issue I mentioned above. Taking everything into account, I’ll have to say, more than likely.

 

AFTERTHOUGHT

I’ve read many instances of people having a difficult time with smoking enough to breakthrough, but I had no such experience. Each time I tried to reach a certain level, I would measure out the DMT, smoke it and… poof! However, after my breakthrough, my friend was persuaded to try just a little. He tried it three different times within 10 minutes and barely felt anything at all. Our assumption is that because he is a heavy marijuana smoker who does not have healthiest diet, the experience at that level was almost completely lost on him. On the other side of that coin, I practice a lifestyle which presently restricts the use of alcohol, caffeine, fast food, prescription meds, et cetera and includes daily yoga and meditation. This would make some sense as I know that those who use ritualistic ayahuasca are asked to adhere to a strict diet which is very similar to what I just mentioned. Because of this, I recommend a healthy and spiritual lifestyle to all… whether or not you do DMT is up to you.  :)

 

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SHOULD CANNABIS BE LEGALISED IN THE UK

Friday , April 11th, 2014 | Posted By: Bud S. Moker, Th.C.

CANNABIS LEGALISATION IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

Guest post by: Jack @ Cannabis Seeds

 

Should cannabis be legalised in the UK?

The topic of cannabis legalisation is one unopened can of worms which has many politicians and lawmakers across the UK squirming in their seats: After all, following the successful implementation of reforms across the USA and Uruguay, a steadily increasing number of individuals within the general populace would agree that the benefits most definitely appear to outweigh the disadvantages.

A recent infographic posted on our Sensi Seeds based website really made us stop and think about the potentially huge impact which legalisation of the herb could make on British society…

 

CANNABIS AS A CASH-CROP

70% of the UK’s land area is currently devoted to agriculture – but despite the highly developed nature of this island’s farming resources, farming is, sadly, an industry in decline…

- Less than 60% of the UK’s food supply actually originates from British soil.

- The amount of people employed in the agricultural sector has fallen by over 30% since the mid-nineties.

- Low potential for turning a profit and high entry costs make farming an undesirable undertaking for many.

In such a climate, some innovative farmers are turning to alternative crops to diversify and improve the sustainability of their enterprise: Cannabis, it is hoped by many, could prove to be just the crop to revitalise a dwindling sector, create new jobs and generate billions for the UK economy: And this isn’t just a bunch of smoke-blowing either…

 

TAKE COLORADO, FOR INSTANCE

- In a few short months following the legalisation of marijuana in Colorado, crime has fallen significantly across a number of key categories.

- Marijuana sales in Colorado are projected to reach $1 billion in the first year of legalisation alone.

- From plant biologists to phytochemists, store managers to sales representatives, a huge number of job openings have now been made available in Colorado.

This is only scratching the surface: If the UK can join the ranks of more liberal locales across the globe and make a positive change toward legalising cannabis, the benefits are expected to be profoundly felt by all, thanks to a number of far-reaching benefits:

- Tax revenue in the UK from licencing cannabis could raise anywhere between £400 million and a staggering £900 million.

- With legalised cannabis, the UK could save up to £300 million on policing and criminal justice costs.

- Cannabis legalisation has the potential to reduce the UK government deficit by up to £1.25 billion: This would give the fastest growing G7 economy (as of 2014) an even greater boost which can only be a benefit for future generations, going forward.

 

PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR LEGALISATION IS IN THE GREEN

The stats collated in our infographic show us that:

- Over half of the British public support the legalisation of cannabis production

- 70% of Conservative and 69% of Labour supporters would be in favour of a review of all cannabis policy options.

- Currently, around 2 million people regularly smoke cannabis in the UK.

These details paint the picture of a society which is ready to ask some challenging questions about where it stands with regards to cannabis legalisation: One thing is for certain – The UK government will be under increased pressure to make reforms as more and more information mounts up and other, more liberal nations begin to set the pace on the journey toward a greener, more bountiful future.

 

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EFFECTS OF MARIJUANA ON SPIRITUALITY

Thursday , April 3rd, 2014 | Posted By: Bud S. Moker, Th.C.

SPIRITUALITY, CONSCIOUNESS AND REALITY

Guest post by Emily Syane

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EFFECTS OF MARIJUANA ON SPIRITUALITY

Spirituality, consciousness, and reality are topics that many smokers like to explore. Many smokers know that cannabis works depending on your intention. You need to make a decision before you start smoking on what you want the effect to be. For example, if you want to ease your pain or relax and de-stress, then that’s what cannabis will do for you. If you take it before you eat so you will have a better appetite, then that’s what it will do. Quality of the bud, the amount you take, and many other factors come into play as well, but of course intention is still a major factor. Now, when you want to use it for spirituality and meditation you can help use it to help you as well.

You can use cannabis to help with your meditation and relaxation exercise, but this herb can also help with what people call the energy body and help you expand your consciousness. For hundreds and thousands of years, this plant has been known as the sacred herb, precisely because of its use in religion and spirituality. According to Vedic Literature (which dates back to 7000 years ago) chakras are the energy portals of the body. This is both for the physical and energy body or the spirit. There are 7 chakras in the body, running down along your spine, from the top of your head all the way to the base, going through the throat, heart, and stomach. It is said that when you smoke cannabis that you open up this chakras, allowing energy (or chi) to come in and help us become more open psychologically as well. It allows you to connect with other people better, as well as God and nature. However, again, you have to consciously make this decision. When you take a puff, focus on the feelings in your heart. Look back to the times when you have come in contact with others and how your moods affect each other.  So, as you continue to puff, imagine your chakras opening up and your feelings expanding. Start from the top of your head to the base of your spine, imagining them getting bigger one my one. Start small, imagine your chakra opening up inch my inch, bigger and bigger until you touch other people’s chakras. Think of your intentions. That you want to feel a connection to everyone in the room and everyone on earth, God, nature, whoever. Focus on the consciousness of your soul. State your intention. You want to be aligned with nature, other people. You may even want to think that this will be a permanent connection

When you do use cannabis for religious purposes, just be warned about drug tests. If you are required to take drug tests, then you may want to find another way to reach spiritual bliss or find a way to pass these tests. If you want to know how to pass hair follicle test, there are ways to do it, but it’s not easy. In fact, the knowledge of how to pass hair follicle test is almost secret, but you should seek advice from medical professionals to know more.

 

ABOUT CONTRIBUTOR:

Emily Syane is a health blogger and customer service representative for LA based body Detoxification Company. She loves to write a blog about life, career, and anything about new research. You can read her informative blogs on hair follicle testing facts at www.passahairdrugtestadvice.com

 

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HOW THC CAN POTENTIALLY SOLVE HIV/AIDS

Friday , March 21st, 2014 | Posted By: Bud S. Moker, Th.C.

HOW THC CAN POTENTIALLY SOLVE HIV/AIDS

Guest post by Danny @ http://rsoheals.com.au.

Today, there is growing interest regarding just what marijuana can do to our health. In the US, there were cases that made headlines regarding marijuana’s curative effects to the worst cases of epilepsy. These are some of the reasons why cannabis is now under the microscope to examine what it can really do. There are researchers who are now interested specifically regarding what cannabis treatment can do in order to help those with HIV/AIDS.

HIV/AIDS, according to the World Health Organization, is affecting 34 million worldwide. Also, it is worth mentioniong that there was a recorded 1.7 million people who died worldwide due to HIV/AIDS related diseases. Though there are a number of preventive measures that the UN has been making, it is clear that a cure is still much needed.

 

CANNABIS AND HIV TREATMENT

According to a new research conducted in Louisiana, they have found out that THC shows a strong potential in treating HIV. With a group of infected primates, they provided medical THC doeses for 17 months. Based on their findings, those receiving THC showed less significant damage than the group that didn’t get such treatment. The signs of HIV were also significantly reduced.

This is not the first time where THC has intrigued researchers in regards to what it can do to stop the retrovirus’ progression. In 2011, there was a similar study that dwelled on the same topic of cannabinoid administration. In this study, scientists tested THC administration on primates affected with SIV. One month after the treatment using THC, the researchers were surprised to find that chronic cannabinoid administration did not exacerbate the immune dysfunction.

 

WHAT THIS COULD MEAN

These studies can be pointing towards disease modulation. Today, highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) is being administered in order to stop the replication and the progression of HIV. This includes three or more drugs. If not for HAART today, more people would have been affected with AIDS. The problem with HAART is that it has been associated with bone problems as well as arrhythmia and even breathing problems.

 

HOW DOES THC WORK?

THC works by targeting the CB2 receptors in the brain. In turn, the CB2 receptor activates the immune system, in particular areas such as the spleen and gastrointestinal tract. Now, what makes CB2 receptor a good sign for the researchers? CB1 receptor has been known to produce psychoactive effects. CB2, according to research, reacts positively in producing only the therapeutic aspects of THC. For instance, it has the ability to reduce swelling and alleviate pain.

What THC does is to bring healthy bacterial cells that block the virus from leaking through the cell walls. To make the explanation simpler, what THC does is to bring back the friendly bacteria taken out by the virus. This study however, is still not yet totally accepted as a means of stopping HIV. According to critics like Dr. Leslie Walker of Seattle Children’s Hospital, the benefits that THC has on the gastrointestinal lining may not be the same elsewhere in preventing infections.

 

APPLICABLE TO HUMANS?

Since all the tests mentioned above were done on animals, the question now is if there will come a time when these tests will be done on human beings. These studies are still new and may need a couple more years before being brought to human testing.

 

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