A beginner’s guide to growing a single cannabis plant

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If your new year’s resolution was to grow your own weed this year then starting warming up your green thumbs!  Growing cannabis doesn’t have to be a daunting and scary task to start. You don’t have to begin with a mega big grow room, nor do you need to spend big bucks just to get started.  Many beginners simply want to try out their green thumb with one plant to see if they’re any good at it. 

There are many pros to growing your own weed instead of just buying it.  You will know exactly what you are smoking and how the plant was treated.  You will know if it has any chemical residue on it and the quality of the plant. Any grower will tell you, smoking the bud you grew yourself has a particular satisfaction to it that you cannot get with purchased bud.

Growing just one plant is a great way to start. This way you can put all your attention and efforts into one plant so the chance of it succeeding is higher. Security is also better if you grow only one plant. A nosy neighbor or friend is unlikely to notice one plant instead of a whole room full. ...

The Best Cannabis events to attend in 2017

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It is a new year so that means that there’s a whole year full of cannabis events to look forward to. Now is the time to mark your calendar so that you don’t miss the best cannabis gatherings, expos, and events. As the marijuana industry is booming more and more cannabis events are created. I guarantee there is one out there perfect for you. There are events for beginners that are just learning to grow and events for the most seasoned growers that enjoy sharing tricks of the trade. Whether you’re into edibles, vaping, or dabbing, there will be an event somewhere just for you. Let’s take a look at some of the best cannabis events happening this year around the world.

Start packing your suitcases because from February 17th-19th Canapa Mundi will take place in Rome, Italy. This cannabis fair will showcase the biodiversity of cannabis and how it can be an ingredient in diverse sectors. This means that you will get to experience how cannabis can be eaten, worn, used in construction, as a biofuel, just to name a few. Italian and foreign companies come together to provide workshops, consultations, information, and games. 

Spannabis is Spain’s biggest cannabis event

While you’re in Europe you might as well head to Spannabis in Barcelona from March 10-12. Spannabis is Spain’s biggest cannabis event. They’ve got international speakers to inform you on the latest cannabis information. Countries from all over the world come to showcase what they’ve got. This includes diverse products made from hemp. Exhibitors participating in this event are cultivators, chemical engineering and biotechnology firms, fiber processors, industrial packaging companies, biofuel researchers, nursery and greenhouse managers, paper manufacturers, clothing fiber manufacturers, and many more. Don’t be bummed out if you can’t make it during March to Spannabis as there will be another one in Madrid later this year on the 13th-15th October. ...

Cannabis Highlights of 2016

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The new year is upon us and if 2017 is anything like 2016 in the cannabis world then big changes will come. There were ups and downs, but undoubtedly more people have been talking about cannabis than ever before. Let’s take a look at some of 2016’s biggest highlights and let downs. 

2016 started off pretty good as the first cannabis dispensaries opened in New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act just about 2 years ago which allows qualifying patients to use cannabis to alleviate symptoms. Smokeable and edible marijuana are still prohibited. This leaves patients to having access only to cannabis in the form of tinctures, concentrate for vaporization, or orally ingestible capsules.

On a lower note, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) reminded us that marijuana is still illegal on a federal level when they added a question to Form 4473, the Firearms Transaction Record. This question specifically asks if the buyer consumes marijuana. Even if a person lives in a state that has legalized cannabis for either medical or recreational use, federal law prohibits cannabis users from buying firearms. This puts our fellow smokers in a bad position in which they cannot utilize the Second Amendment or they must lie about consuming cannabis.

Cannabis had a place in ancient religions

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This day in age you won’t find religion and marijuana in the same sentence. Unless, you are talking about the First Church of Cannabis in Indiana, yes, it truly exists. However, this doesn’t mean that cannabis wasn’t welcome in religion once upon a time. 

Let’s go back to some of its earliest origins in China. Around the 28th century B.C. cannabis was a symbol of power over evil. In the emperor Shen Nung’s pharmacopeia it was called the “liberator of sin.” In the 5th century B.C. a Chinese Taoist priest wrote that cannabis along with Ginseng was used to set forward time in order to reveal future events. Taoists added cannabis to their incense burners in the 1st century A.D. They believed the effects produced were highly regarded as a way to achieve immortality. Cannabis consumption in Taoism was reserved only for religious officials and not with ordinary people. Which is probably one of the biggest perks I’ve ever heard of when becoming a religious official. 

Another Asian country with a history of cannabis in religion is Japan.  In ancient Japan hemp was used in ceremonial rights and for purification purposes. Shinto priests used a gohei, a short stick with hemp fibers attached to create purity along with sacred space. According to this Japanese religion evil and purity cannot coexist alongside each other, therefore, they would wave the gohei and the evil spirit inside a place or person would be driven away. During formal and religious ceremonies clothes made from hemp were worn because of its association with purity.

Why cannabis gives you red eyes and the giggles

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This holiday season when you’re smoking like a chimney, your eyes are as red as Rudolph’s red nose, and you’ve got the giggles and start to sound like Santa Claus-ho ho ho- then you know you’ve got some good bud. Every smoker at one time or another has had a toking experience where they end up with bloodshot eyes and cheeks that hurt from laughing so much.  This is no coincidence but tell-tale signs that you’ve got THC in your system. There is a perfectly good and scientific explanation as to why smoking weed does this to you.

Besides red eyes selling you out that you just had a smoking session, it’s not all a bad thing to have red eyes. It doesn’t necessary mean your eyes are irritated.  Sure there are some people that are allergic to smoke and that causes red eyes and discomfort, but it doesn’t explain why you can eat a space cake and end up with red eyes. Some people are just generally more prone to getting red eyes and strains will cause them to become more red than others.

The main reason that causes the reddening of eyes after smoking is also the main reason why cannabis is known as a treatment for glaucoma.  Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes deteriorating vision with time. The cause of glaucoma is related to increased pressure in the eye, or intraocular pressure (IOP). When you consume THC it lowers blood pressure, thus causing blood vessels and capillaries to dilate. The ocular capillaries dilate so it increases the flow of blood to the eyes and reduces intraocular pressure. This is how THC helps glaucoma patients. However, it is this increased blood flow to the eyes is what causes the redness. ...