Marijuana/weed gets a lot of hype from all angles. Some people think marijuana is some sort of devil plant sent here to plague humanity. Others see it as a miracle plant capable of curing every ailment and fixing every problem. Regardless of where you stand, there are definitely a lot of good reasons to smoke weed. Here are 24 of the best reasons why you should be smoking more weed.
Though politicians wouldn’t admit, artists and musicians have linked their creative brilliance to weed. For many people, the relaxed, less inhibited mental state weed provides lets them tap into new levels of unfettered creativity.
The only challenge when it comes to researching this is that creativity is a difficult thing to measure concretely.
But what we do know is that many of the cannabinoids found in cannabis interact with and stimulate different parts of the brain. This increases the flow of certain hormones and triggers increased activity.
Marijuana can help you sleep better in two important ways.
The first is that it helps people fall asleep. This makes weed a good treatment for insomnia.
But the story doesn’t end there. After you’re asleep, cannabis actually helps you get longer periods of deep sleep.
And since deep sleep is associated with a number of physical and mental health benefits, getting more deep sleep can be a powerful thing.
The researchers who discovered all this also added a little caveat. At the same time that smoking weed helps you fall asleep better and get longer periods of deep sleep, it also decreases the time you spend in the REM phase.
Recently, scientists discovered that men may get slightly more pain relief from smoking weed than women.
But that doesn’t mean it’s not effective for women.
In fact, many women say it helps with menstrual cramps. There are even cannabis products designed specifically for that purpose.
Whether you’ve got an isolated day of pain, or you’re dealing with long-lasting aches, smoking weed can be a great way to feel better. And, unlike many pharmaceutical painkillers, cannabis is natural, safe, and won’t get you addicted.
Here’s why: When you smoke weed, the THC triggers neurotransmitters in your brain.
Some of them are in charge of signaling to your body when you’re hungry and when you’re full. When these neurotransmitters interact with THC, they basically get tricked into thinking you’re always hungry.
The end result is an insatiable appetite. This aspect of marijuana means it could be effective in treating a variety of eating and digestive disorders.
Grow New Brain Cells with Weed
One of the fascinating things we’re learning about cannabis is that it may stimulate the growth of new brain cells.
Right off the bat, this demolishes the stereotypical image of the stupid pothead stoner.
But it also has significant health and medical implications.
So far, researchers think cannabis could be helpful in treating a number of brain disorders.
For example, cannabis helps remove the plaque that leads to Alzheimer’s. And it may help the brain heal from serious trauma and injury.
Marijuana has long been touted as a cure for those who suffer from the medical inability to perceive Pink Floyd music. But in the past few decades, lots of anecdotes have been cropping up which suggest that marijuana might have much more beneficial, actual medical uses. Showing off the medical benefits of cannabis, here are seven examples of marijuana medicine in action that should make even the most hardened skeptics pause.Medical marijuana actually has some health benefits. Naysayers may scoff at this notion, but medicinal marijuana actually helps people more so than traditional drugs. What are health benefits of marijuana? Take a look at some of these stories and you’ll see that pot isn’t as bad as some people may think.
Surprising, right? Isn’t ganja supposed to give you the munchies and make you overeat? Quite the contrary. The National Center of Biotechnology compared a variety of studies and found that smoking reefer is not directly connected to calorie intake. Cannabis users actually have a lower body mass index and smaller waistlines, suggesting that weed can actually help regulate appetite and calorie intake in most individuals.
Research in recent years has shown an amazing connection between marijuana and seizure activity. The Epilepsy Foundation chronicled in early 2017 that medical herb can help control seizures. This is especially good news for controlling more difficult cases such as Dravet syndrome in children and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome in both kids and adults.
This debilitating syndrome can manifest in children as young as 6 years old, and the physical and verbal tics that accompany the nervous system malfunctioning are difficult to control. However, a recent study found that medicinal marijuana helped Tourette patients control their verbal and motor tics. Researchers are calling for more studies to get an even better idea as to how effective cannabis is in treating Tourette syndrome.
Perhaps one of the most impressive findings in recent years is that grass helps fight diabetes. Medical cannabis helps with blood sugar levels and insulin resistance in diabetics. Moreover, marijuana can help diabetics maintain their blood sugar over long periods of time. Pot can also help relieve some of the ailments that accompany diabetes, like chronic pain and eye disorders like glaucoma.
The ingredients in the plant help those who suffer from glaucoma. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images
The practice of smoking weed to help your eyesight dates back to the 1970s. However, it is more of an aid for dealing with glaucoma and not an overall treatment option. Marijuana has been proven to relieve the high pressure put on the eye in glaucoma patients. However, the relief only lasts for a few hours, instead of giving the 24-hour relief that glaucoma patients need. It’s important to talk to your doctor before using medicinal marijuana as a glaucoma aid.
Perhaps the most controversial subject surrounding medicinal cannabis is how it impacts individuals with anxiety and depression. Marijuana can have a positive affect on stabilizing mood and relieve anxiety symptoms, research has found. But as Healthline points out, more studies are being done.
We’ve already discussed that smoking grass can help relieve chronic pain. In recent years, scientists have gone so far as to say marijuana can also be beneficial in helping soothe the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. There are even topical creams spiked with weed that you can rub on your joints to help relieve arthritic pain!
Surely you have heard “marijuana” and “cancer” used in the same sentence before. As the American Cancer Society summarizes, smoking the green stuff helps chemotherapy patients feel less nauseous and need less pain medication. It has also been more recently revealed that cannabis has the power to stop the growth of some cancer cells. Research is still on-going, but health benefits continue to be uncovered.
One of the main reasons I personally medicate with cannabis is to combat insomnia. I’m a card carrying member of the cannabis insomniacs club. Nothing else seems to help quiet my mind and ease me into sleep. Other insomniacs will understand how hard it can be to fall asleep. We can’t just let our heads hit the pillow, count sheep up to 23 and be snoring for 8 hours. There will be 1,000 thoughts rushing through our heads. The carnival kicks into high gear for us in those late hours. Cannabis is a great tool for insomniacs to quiet these crazy mechanizations of the mind.
Cannabis Insomniacs – Goodbye, Sleepless Nights
While I personally use cannabis to medicate for a variety of reasons, I’d say insomnia might just be the biggest reason. I’ve had trouble falling asleep my entire life – my creativity thrives in the hours from midnight until dusk. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it can be detrimental to maintaining healthy sleep patterns. Exercise works in fatiguing the body, and helps the sleep process. But it doesn’t quiet the mind. And that’s what cannabis does for cannabis insomniacs – helps them settle into sleep. As opposed to lying awake for 3 hours, glancing at the clock in 42 minute increments of time. But enough about my personal experience, let’s dive into how cannabis and insomnia interact on a more general basis.
Indica dominant strains prove far more useful for cannabis insomniacs. Sativa leaves one feeling invigorated, enthusiastic, and energized. Indica does just the opposite – it helps users to feel relaxed and stress free. As mentioned in the CBN informational, aged cannabis tends to become a more effective sleep aid as it ages! CBN is five times as sedating as THC. So while some people like to smoke only the freshest of buds, if you’re an insomniac and are seeking relief, you might want to start a secondary jar. Throw a nug or two every time you restock, and let them age. The more they age, the more likely you’ll get a deep sleep. I’m talking puppy sleep.
Cannabis is also documented to work positively with other sleep aids. Melatonin, Valerian Root, and 5-HTP, can be used in tandem with cannabis as an “anti-insomnia stack.” For some, this could be the silver bullet, as restful sleep can be very hard to achieve. Another thing worth noting – smoking or vaporizing cannabis has a quicker effect. An edible will take longer to kick in, but for those who have trouble staying asleep, the long term effects of edibles might help them achieve less restless sleeps.
There are a few drawbacks to be weary of. If you’re an avid dreamer, you’ll likely notice cannabis severely impairs dream recall. So if you’re writing a dream journal or indulging in lucid dreaming – beware. Others cannabis insomniacs may experience a “hangover” the next day. Usually this is due to smoking too much, or pesticide laced buds. Always aim for quality over quantity. If you find yourself with a “cannabis hangover” (which is nothing compared to alcohol hangovers), eat some vitamins and rehydrate. The foggy head will clear up quick with some coffee, too.
Cannabis oil is widely beneficial and is considered as one of the most effective oils for alleviation of certain conditions and illnesses.
Researchers believe there are at least two active chemicals in cannabis that have medicinal applications: cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol. Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, impacts the brain without a high, and tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC, has pain relieving properties.
1. Stress & Anxiety
In a busy modern society, stress has risen to prominence as one of our most substantial health risks. Our ancestors experienced stress in short bursts, in times of excitement or danger, such as while pursuing prey or running from predators. Conversely, we have imposed upon ourselves an almost ever-present form of stress through a combination of many different lifestyle and dietary factors. Conventional prescription medications for chronic stress and anxiety are dangerous, while most natural alternatives are often quite ineffective. Enter, cannabis oil.
A study published in 2013 found that treatment with cannabinoids in the wake of some form of traumatic or stressful experience might help to control a subject’s emotional responses. Researchers discovered that cannabinoids could be effective in minimizing stress receptors in the hippocampus – the part of the brain responsible for these emotional responses.
A more recent review which was published in 2015 observed that cannabis therapies were also effective in reducing stress and restlessness in military veterans who suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
These studies provide promising grounds for the use of cannabis oil in treating stress and anxiety.
For thousands of years, cannabis has been used to treat respiratory ailments in traditional Chinese and Indian cultures. Thanks to its natural anti-inflammatory properties and analgesic effects – including an ability to dilate the bronchial tubes, allowing a better flow of oxygen – cannabis oil might be an effective natural solution for the millions of people worldwide who currently suffer from asthma.
In the 1970s there were several studies carried out which investigated the bronchodilatory impacts of cannabis on people suffering from asthma. Many of the subjects involved showed very positive reactions to the treatment.
3. Heart Health
Cannabis oil contains antioxidant properties that could provide beneficial treatment for heart-related ailments.
Animal studies have demonstrated that treatment with cannabis oil may prevent some cardiovascular diseases, including atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes. A 2014 British research team found that the results of these animal studies were also applicable to human heart conditions. They demonstrated that cannabinoids could cause the blood vessels to relax and dilate which allowed for improved circulation and reduced blood pressure.
4. Pain Relief
One of the most significant traditional uses of the cannabis plant was to ease pain, allowing a more comfortable state for healing. This application extends back thousands of years; however, there is now new evidence that cannabis products can be effective in alleviating discomfort by hindering neural transmissions in the body’s pain pathways. They also have the potential to ease most forms of inflammation, which is why many cancer patients choose to take them while undergoing chemotherapy.
A Canadian study which was published in 2010 demonstrated that cannabis could be used to treat those who were suffering from chronic pain. The study involved 23 adult subjects who were experiencing neuropathic pain as a result of surgery or trauma. Over the 2-week duration, subjects were selected at random and treated with cannabis in 4 different levels of potency. The results demonstrated that when taken 3 times each day, cannabis was able to significantly decrease the severity of pain, as well as improve sleeping patterns.
5. Skin Protection
Cannabis oil can be applied topically to promote healthy skin appearance. When used in this way, the oil can help stimulate the shedding of older skin cells and encourage the growth of new ones to replace them. It can also assist in the production of lipids, which help to combat chronic skin conditions including acne and psoriasis. Additionally, thanks to its ability to reduce stress, cannabis oil can help prevent some types of skin diseases that break out during times of anxiety such as eczema or rosacea.
There is some evidence beginning to emerge from small-scale studies and anecdotal reports that cannabis oil might be effective in preventing seizures and could potentially become a treatment for epilepsy in the future.
Unfortunately, there is not enough evidence at this stage to warrant commercial use for these ailments and reviews of studies published so far have been unable to reach a decisive conclusion.
Cancer is perhaps the most controversial disease in recorded history, with many alternative practitioners claiming that natural cures already exist. Understandably, there is a substantial amount of excitement surrounding the potential for cannabis oil to be used in cancer treatment.
Scientists have discovered that some cannabinoids have a variety of positive effects under laboratory conditions, including:
Triggering the death of cancer cells through apoptosis
Preventing the division of cancer cells
Preventing new blood vessels from becoming tumors
Reducing the risk of cancer cells spreading through the body and penetrating healthy neighboring tissue.
Although it is not yet commercially recognized as a cure, there is strong evidence to suggest that cannabis products can have very positive effects on the healing process for those suffering from cancer.
If the wave of cannabis legalization wasn’t exciting enough for you, it’s also bringing some very cutting-edge changes to the way we enjoy this age-old plant. These days, a question we hear over and over is: “What is dabbing?” and “How are dabs made?”
Simply put, dabbing is the rapid vaporization and inhalation of cannabis concentrate on a hot surface.
Of course, there’s much more to it than that. On the upside, dabbing offers a highly refined cannabis experience, one free from the harsh, bitter and unpleasant flavors of burnt plant matter.
But it’s important to be aware of these concentrates’ high potency: inhaling them as you would cannabis flower—or even the smoke from vape pens—would be an overwhelming experience.
Especially when you’re starting out with dabbing, our rule of thumb is to “start low and go slow.” As we’ll explain in more detail, we advise you to use the minimal amount of concentrate possible. Take your time, savor the rich and detailed strain-specific flavors, and enjoy the experience.
First of all, it’s important to recognize there’s a difference between “vaporization” and “smoking.” The science behind vaporization is that by heating the compounds in cannabis to the point at which they become volatile and inhalable—but not to the point that the plant matter combusts—they release their active cannabinoids but not the harsh, bitter and potentially harmful irritants into your lungs.
Then again, dabbing doesn’t employ cannabis flower at all. The concentrates you’re vaporizing —sometimes called wax, shatter, and BHO, among other names—are created by careful extraction of cannabis flower into a highly refined and potent form. Please note that the type of concentrate is important too. It’s important not to use alcohol-based extracts for dabbing.
Side Effects of Smoking Dabs
It’s important to note that, given the high potency of concentrates (usually between 50 – 80% THC, compared with 10 – 25% for cannabis flower), it’s easy to administer more THC than you intended. While you can’t technically overdose on cannabis, having too much can be a disorienting and unpleasant experience. If you’re new to cannabis, we recommend you start with other, less intense administration methods, such as traditional vaporizers, before trying dabbing.
Dabbing: What Equipment You’ll Need
The equipment used for dabbing isn’t particularly high-tech or complicated, but it is somewhat different than “traditional” pipes. In addition to the cannabis concentrate (remember, no alcohol-based extracts!), a standard setup would include:
Water pipe: Or, as known in some forms as a “bong”
Nail: Not the variety used for carpentry, but a special heating element specifically for this use
Dome: Again, a purpose-made vessel used to trap the vapor before inhalation
Torch: Such as those used for browning foods like crème brûlée
Utensil: “The dabber”—with which to apply the “dab” of cannabis concentrate
Use the torch to heat the nail until it starts to glow red-hot.
Place the dome over the nail to allow it to cool somewhat (you’ll want to ask your budtender about specific times for specific materials).
Lift the dome and, using the dabber, apply a tiny—as in crumb-sized—speck of concentrate to the nail. Inhale slowly as the oil vaporizes.
Exhale and enjoy the experience! (We recommend you stay seated during this entire process as the rush of THC, especially for new users, can be intense.)
Needless to say, there are variations on how to dab wax, such as electronic and “domeless” nails, for one. But the basic idea remains the same.
We’re excited that you’re curious about dabbing, and we want to make the experience as easy and pleasurable as possible. We hope this article was helpful, and we’d love to answer your questions in person next time you stop in!
Dawn Darington is a pioneer in the medical cannabis community. She has spent the last couple of decades dedicated to the Washington State medical movement, healing a multitude of patients with cannabis. With the medical marijuana system on the rocks in Washington State, Dawn’s primary mission now is education.
A couple of months ago, as I was shuffling through education panels during CannaCon in Seattle, I heard a panelist make a claim that instantly grabbed my attention among all the loud, distracting vendors. “I can cure skin cancer with cannabis in 30 days.” This intrigued me so much that I began a journey to track the panelist down. Luckily, a short chase led me to the cannabis freedom fighter, also known as Dawn Darington. Dawn has always been a passionate voice and friendly face in Seattle’s tight-knit cannabis community, and I actually interviewed her for an in-depth patient profile a couple of years ago for my book, As The Grass Grows. When I reached out to see if she would be willing to share her regimen for healing skin cancer with Marijuana.com, she was enthusiastic to share this information and educate people in need all over the world. I sat down and talked with Dawn after a Seattle Cannabis Alliance meeting, and she walked me through How to Cure Skin Cancer in 30 daysor less…
Skin cancer effects over 3.5 million people in the U.S. alone. It’s a stealthy cancer that may not have noticeable symptoms until it has developed into a more serious problem. If you are diagnosed with skin cancer, current western treatment gives you an expensive choice between surgery or radiation. What kind of decision is that? With medical marijuana legal in almost half of the United States, we now have more access than ever to treat skin cancer in a completely natural and healthy way, as hemp oil cures skin cancer.
First, Dawn wanted to make it clear that she’s not a doctor. This regimen is based only on what she has personally experienced by treating medical marijuana patients through her safe access point, Choice Wellness. She also wanted to make it clear for this article that she can’t help you get cannabis or cannabis oil, but “if you can get your hands on it, I will teach out what you need to do for your situation.”
There are two types of cannabis oilhemp seed oil for skin cancer, best cbd for skin cancer) you can use to treat skin cancer, and both can be made at home. Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) is a hot-search topic and if you scroll through Youtube, you’ll see several claims that it has cured some severe cases of skin cancer. However, RSO is traditionally made with isopropyl alcohol, or Naptha, which is a combustible petroleum product found in lighters and napalm. In other words, it’s not the cleanest alcohol solvent on the market, and when we’re trying to eradicate cancer, we want the purest medicine possible. This is where full-extract cannabis oil (FECO) steps in. FECO follows the same steps as RSO, but rather than using iso or naptha, it is made with 190 proof grain alcohol. You can make your own FECO at home by soaking cannabis (preferably high-THC buds) in 190 proof grain alcohol for 30+ days. Some states prohibit the sale of 190 proof alcohol, so in this case you are limited to making RSO. On the opposite end of the spectrum, some states have medical marijuana safe access points where you can purchase cannabis oil and not have to worry about making it yourself.
Western treatment for cancer, such as chemo and radiation, can cause some serious damage that needs to be repaired before cannabis treatment can begin. If you have been subjected to radiation or chemotherapy, Dawn recommends a high-CBD cannabis oil suppository to eradicate all the radiation in your body. This may not be the most pleasant experience, but it’s a necessary step if you have been subjected to radiation, or else the cancer will just keep stubbornly coming back.
Here is Dawn’s basic procedure for curing skin cancer with cannabis oil. Please notice that it doesn’t include dosages because each person’s situation is unique. Since this is a topical application, dosage doesn’t need to be as precise as it does when it is taken orally. Some people feel relaxed after applying the cannabis oil on their skin, but you will not get ‘high’ from this regimen.
Place a drop of Calendula oil on a small piece of gauze. (The Calendula oil helps push the cannabis oil into your skin)
Apply the high-THC cannabis oil directly on your affected skin so that you cover the cancer spot completely with the oil.
Cover the cannabis oil with the calendula-infused gauze and slap the band-aid on top.
Change out and replace every 1-3 days.
In 3-4 weeks, Dawn claims your skin cancer will have disappeared!
Dawn has seen this procedure heal countless skin cancer patients without exposure to destructive procedures such as radiation. Through her patient trials she has found some treatments that don’t work, which I want to go through, briefly. Dawn has experienced that CO2 oil, a more expensive option to RSO or FECO, does not have the same healing effects as alcohol-based extracts. She wasn’t sure why she wasn’t getting the same results until she looked into the chemistry behind CO2 oil production and found that the process actually changes the molecular structure of the THC cells. “Essentially, it’s not pulling the same package off of the plant,” Dawn says. She also warns of the hemp-based CBD products you can find online. Dawn, like many medical marijuana experts, believe wholeheartedly in the entourage effect – meaning the medicinal qualities of marijuana are most powerful when working all together. In other words, CBD alone is not as effective as CBD working together with THC.
Cannabis is a powerful medicine and this is just one example of it’s many healing properties. It’s easy to feel trapped in a corner with the treatment options that western medicine offers but from Dawn’s experience with a little weed, some grain alcohol and a bit of patience, you can eradicate skin cancer with a plant in a safe, natural way.
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If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor, go to the emergency room, or call 911 immediately. Marijuana.com does not recommend or endorse any specific products, procedures, opinions or other information that may be mentioned in this article. This article is provided on an “as is” basis. Reliance on any information provided herein is solely at your own risk.
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If you’re looking to stay mellow and slip into a blissful state of complete relaxation, here are a few indica strains that can help you do that successfully.
If you’re looking for a strain that’s both uplifting and calming, then Blue Widow might be what you’re after. Blue Widow has a sweet, robust aroma that can take on notes of citrus and pine. Look for a coat of long, orange hairs covering the colorful buds.
Blueberry Widow should have a tint of purple or blue, and this indica-dominant strain provides those who use it with a mental, heady sensation. With a higher dose, you’ll find that the heavenly relaxation can lead to drowsiness, so Blueberry Widow is an excellent strain for someone who needs help with insomnia.
This strain is a cross between White Widow and Blueberry, and it will grow taller than most other indica strains. You’ll sometimes find it under the names Blue Venom, White Berry, and Berry White.
CannaSutra’s name is derived from the Karma Sutra, a Sanskrit love guide. It’s an indica-dominant strain made from the parent strains Sensi Star and Reclining Buddha. If you’re looking to heighten your romantic interludes, then this is the strain for you.
CannaSutra hones your senses, lets you stay mentally alert, but provides a mellow experience perfect for daytime consumption.
The flavor is a mixture of incense and sweet hash accents. It will leave you with a peaceful and relaxed feeling while you carry out your day or make love to that special someone.
Tangerine Kush is reminiscent of warm California sunshine, and its name comes from the brilliant orange hair covering its buds as well as its bright citrus flavor. The effects of this strain are short, but it’s quite potent with a fast onset.
It’s ideal for lazy day relaxation as it provides a blissful body high. Tangerine Kush is also felt more in the head than other types of indicas, and it can make users feel uplifted and energized at first. After a short time, the weighty, tranquil sensations take effect.
When you’re searching for a strain to help you feel peaceful and content, Tangerine Kush is worth a shot.
Gelato is a tempting hybrid derived from the parent strains Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies and Sunset Sherbet. It’s native to the Bay Area, and it has a fruity smell common with Cookie family plants. The aroma of the Cookie family is akin to dessert and the plant blooms dark purple with bright orange hairs. You’ll also find a coating of shiny white crystal resin.
The euphoria experienced with Gelato can be hefty and intense, so new users should proceed carefully. Gelato can be enjoyed during the day. You’ll be able to relax deeply, but many people find that their minds stay alert enough to keep their productivity and creativity high.
Aurora Indica delivers a sedating mind calm with heavy body sensations. It’s 90% indica and a cross of Northern Lights and Afghan. If you’re having trouble sleeping, Aurora Indica is a potent strain for treating insomnia. It also helps with pain so, overall, it’s great for helping people relax and get a peaceful night of sleep.
This plant is short, and it produces fat, solid buds that are dusted with an abundant layer of crystal resin. With different growing conditions, different phenotypes develop, and this gives way to diverse bud structures. The aromas associated with this strain range from floral to fruity.
Whether you’re looking for a way to relax or you need help with pain and insomnia, GanjaProps.com is here to help. We’re knowledgeable about our products, from growing to selection, and our goal is to provide every customer with a comfortable, enjoyable shopping experience.
We welcome you to come in and speak with us if you have questions or are ready to begin your journey to better health today.
As marijuana legalization spreads, cannabis is rapidly becoming mainstream, but there’s still enough of a counter-culture vibe left to give cryptocurrency a certain appeal. If you’d like to thumb your nose at “the man” one last time, we’ll give you three great reasons why you should buy cannabis with bitcoins.
Banks won’t play nice with legal cannabis companies. And they don’t always play nice with you
Businesses are rapidly moving towards a cashless society with one notable exception: legal cannabis. According to federal law, these business owners are not entitled to a banka ccount and they can’t take credit or debit cards as payment.
The powers that be even recognize that having large amounts of cash floating around is a major risk to both personal safety and tax compliance, but they’re not doing much to fix the problem. Some dispensaries have installed cashless ATM machines to partially solve this problem, while others are looking to bitcoins.
Bitcoins are open source and not controlled by any one group or nation. So there’s nothing to stop cannabis companies from accepting them, especially as cryptocurrency gains momentum. Everyone from Microsoft and Dell to mom & pops like local coffee shops and pizza joints are beginning to take bitcoins.
Even if the government allows banks to work with cannabis businesses, why should we fork over our money to a greedy industry that’s crushed countless honest dispensary owners? Bitcoins have practically free to use, but credit card companies will tag on processing fees of 15% or more as long as cannabis products are considered high risk, and that cost will more than likely be passed on to us, the final consumer.
Bitcoins promote innovation in the cannabis industry
Weed smokers get a bad rap for being kind of dumb, but that outdated cliché is not even close to reality. Any group that can MacGyver a functional bowl out of a pack of Starburst fruit chews deserves an A+ in creativity. Because of their distinct lack of government control and newness, the option to buy cannabis with Bitcoins appeals to many members of the cannabis community, especially the younger, tech-savvy generation.
Here are two cannabis companies who’ve attracted a lot of attention in the bitcoin world.
Mikko Ohtamaa, founder of eBay-like localbitcoins.com, and his business partner Marshall Hayner have created a new marijuana marketing and delivery start-up called Trees. Not only do they accept bitcoins for anything they sell through their app, they’ll give you 40% off and bring it right to your door.
This service is only available in San Francisco right now, but as legalization spreads, they plan to become a canna-centric version of Uber meets Amazon complete with drone deliveries.
Back in the 80s, we were amazed that the Japanese could buy beer from vending machines, but they don’t have a thing on what’s being placed in dispensaries in Colorado and Washington State. ZaZZZ machines will check your ID, verify your medical marijuana status if needed and accept bitcoins as payment. Then, these babies will chuck out some fine medibles in Colorado or top-shelf bud in Seattle faster than a Snicker’s bar.
We love bitcoins so much that we’ll give you 10% off all our marijuana products you order when you pay with cryptocurrency. Plus we offer 2 free grams of any product ordered by first time customers.
It’s extremely expensive and illegal for cannabis companies to process card payments, because buying weed online is still a bit of a gray area, paying with bitcoins is one of the few completely secure but mostly anonymous methods of online payment.
There are zero worries about identity theft or anyone stealing your credit card number. Plus, no one’s going to tell you that you’re not authorized to make an international payment like credit card companies can and often do.
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It is well known that cannabis can stimulate the appetite, and some people want it guaranteed. So here are five marijuana strains sure get the job done.
As all stoners know, one of the major side effects of smoking marijuana is succumbing to the ravenous nature of the munchies. It is a phenomenon that people tend to have mixed feelings about. Some people hate the amount it makes them eat, while others savour it, and enjoy the feast it brings on. There are even those, for whatever reason, who use it to stimulate an otherwise absent appetite. The thing is, some cannabis strains are better at it than others; so here is how it all works, and five strains that WILL stimulate your appetite and induce the munchies.
APPETITE STIMULATION: A BRIEF LOOK AT HOW CANNABIS CAUSES THE MUNCHIES
There are all kinds of anecdotal and scientific reports suggesting that consuming cannabis stimulates the appetite, but why is this? Well, it all comes down to THC and the way it interacts with the brain.
When THC binds to receptors in the brain, one of the many effects it has is to increase the release of two hunger-related hormones, known as leptin and ghrelin. These in turn stimulates appetite, sending signals throughout the body that it needs more food, even if it doesn’t.
This is a very basic overview, and there are likely to be other factors also involved. However, it should give you an idea of what is going on, and how those struggling eat or maintain a healthy weight may benefit.
5 STRAINS TO STIMULATE APPETITE
As touched upon, some strains seem to be better than other at stimulating the appetite; it is not a case of simply being able to use any old strain for its THC content and expect guaranteed munchies. Instead of debating which strains may or may not cause appetite stimulation, and how much of it is required to get there, here are five strains, which without a doubt, will cause a hunger in your belly:
Critical Kush, as the name suggests, is the coming together of Critical Mass and Hindu Kush, with a bit of Skunk #1 thrown in for good measure. The result is a potent indica dominant strain that never fails to induce the munchies. To top it all off, Critical Kush produces very generous yields of some very aromatic and pungent bud. The THC content is roughly 18%, and has a moderate CBD content to go with it.
Named after the famous cannabis activist and philosopher, Jack Herer is an award-winning strain with a lot of pedigree. She is made from a Haze mixed with a Red Skunk, and has many of the qualities of both. In addition to its potent (20% THC) and uplifting high, Jack Herer is well known among marijuana users for its appetite stimulating abilities – it won’t fail.
This strain of cannabis seeds turns a mystifying shade of purple as it grows and produces some extremely relaxing and flavorful bud (hence the name). With quite a complex background, Lavender is the coming together of Afghani, US, European, Korean, and Hawaiian strains. The result is a laid-back beauty that soothes and relaxes the body. And of course, it is well suited to induce the munchies.
Afghan Kush is a pure indica strain straight from the hillsides of the Hindu Kush Mountains. It doesn’t get more grassroots than this. A hardy, fast-growing, and high yielding plant, Afghan Kush also produces some very strong bud, with a THC content of roughly 21%. This unbridled strength allows it to easily stimulate appetite – but it can also overwhelm the unprepared, so be ready for a couchlock!
Mazar is an award-winning classic that has been around since the 90’s. It was bred from a landrace Afghani strain, mixed with a classic Dutch Skunk. The result is a strain that often borders on 20% THC, and has an unforgettable old-school flavour and high. Among Mazar’s credential is appetite stimulation, which, like with all the above, is pretty much guaranteed.
There are many strains out there that can cause your stomach to rumble, but these five strains are a great starting point to explore from – they WILL cause the munchies. So give them a go and let us know how you get on; or better yet, let us know your favourite strains for awakening the beast in your belly, below. Happy munching!
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Ah, it is Friday night, you had a hard week and you just want to forget your troubles and be happy. You also want to roll into your local weed dispensary and order marijuana like a pro. It doesn’t matter that you’ve never tried marijuana or have little experience, The Fresh Toast has your back. Know that there are multiple ways to consume marijuana, you can eat or drink it, rub it into your skin, vape, smoke and much more. Ask the budtenders at your local dispensary which products have the strains listed and then pick how you want to put it into your body.
The following are 10 strains you can order that should get you happy.
So puff, puff and be merry.
When you need your spirits lifted or you need to let out a good laugh or two, Blue Diesel is your go to. And no, it doesn’t actually taste like gasoline. In fact, this euphoria-inducing sativa strain has hints of blueberry.
If you can say the name three times in a row, you’re a champ. This sativa strain will have you feeling like you’re kicking white sand along some Hawaiian shore, sippin’ piña coladas and possibly getting caught in the rain.
Is the name self-explanatory? If not, let me break it down: Some good ol’ Laughing Buddha is just what you need to be on your A-game. This hybrid strain has earthy aromas that will relax your mind and lighten your world.
Not only does this hybrid strain sound like something Randy Jackson himself would love, but they call it chem for a reason – it’s potent, pungent and will have you giggling like a school girl.
This isn’t a bad name for a strain that’ll have you feeling like a country rock star. Willie Nelson is an indica strain that’s part earthy, part sweet and 100% worth it if you want to achieve ultimate happiness.
But for real, what makes us happier than a rainbow? Nothing. This hybrid strain is packed with tropical and sweet flavors like pineapples and is known for it’s mental high, sans the body high.
Sweet. Flowery. Berry. If you’re into that, this indica strain will give euphoria a new meaning.
While there are so many things that come to mind when we say this strain out loud, we shall refrain. The point is: this sativa strain is perfect for morning and daytimes, Alaskan Thunder Fuck will have you feeling blissful as hell.
25% THC? That’s right. Bubba OG is an indica strain that is strong as hell but perfect for people who need that extra push throughout the day.