Friday, December 16, 2016, 14:42 | No Comments »
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A toke a day keeps the doctor away. As if we all didn't know it already, but one injured veteran in Massachusetts is making sure of it by petitioning for veterans to access medical marijuana. Stephen Mandile had been injured in Iraq ten years ago.Since then he's been on opiate painkillers for chronic spine pain and nerve damage until last June, when the state's first marijuana dispensary opened.

Opiates kill

Mandile was standing outside the State House last week with a handmade sign reading "Opiates kill" and "Vets die as we wait Gov. Baker." Mandile says he will stand out there and wait until Governor Charlie Baker meets with him to discuss his information.
Addicted to the pain medication

Mandile was addicted to the pain medication prescribed to him but said, "I never thought I was doing the wrong thing, because I was doing what the doctors told me to do." Even with the powerful pain medications he took, the pain still remained unbearable. Mentally, he was falling apart; he couldn't sleep at night and during the day he would count the hours until his next dose.

Veteran's doctors cannot prescribe marijuana

It even got so bad that Mandile would look at maps to find remote lakes where he wanted to kill himself. In 2014 he tried to overdose on percocets and then his wife called for a change. She asked for him to try something else. The road to change wasn't easy. Veteran's doctors cannot prescribe marijuana, they can only help him get off the opiate drugs.

Two ounces a week

Mandile needed two ounces a week of cannabis to keep the pain at bay and to help him sleep. With the cost of weed, Mandile would use up just about all his monthly benefits to cover that. The prescribed opiate medication was free for Mandile with his veterans' health benefits. That's just another reason why we should all grow our own cure.

Marijuana to veterans

Like good neighbors, Mandile's community has donated (likely illegally) marijuana to veterans. However generous and kind that is, it's not a permanent fix. That's why Mandile is fighting to help veterans with opiate addictions and wants discounted or free medical cannabis for them.

Chronic pain

When you have chronic pain you are basically playing life on "hard mode." So, would smoking weed really help you deal with the pain? According to clinical trial published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal three puffs a day helped people with chronic pain.

THC level

Participants in the trial were randomly assigned to receive cannabis at four different potencies, the highest THC level being 9.4% (which is even lower than the usual level you buy on the street or at dispensaries). They inhaled a single 25 mg dose through a pipe 3 times a day. The conclusion of the trial was that the participants that were given the 9.4% dose had "reduced the intensity of pain, improved sleep and was well tolerated." Mark Ware, M.D., leading the study, says that this shows that cannabis is analgesic and that it clearly has medical value.

Relieve that chronic pain

Now that you have your answer, let's talk about which chronic bud you should be reaching to relieve that chronic pain. White Widow strains strike a good balance in ratio of indica and sativa. It gives you the best of both worlds: an uplifting, yet gentle, buzz that is still pain relieving. Its impressive pain fighting and calming properties come from its terpenes. The terpene that the White Widow strain possesses is Linalool. Calming lavender also contains this terpene.

Pain fighting strain

Northern Lights is another good pain fighting strain. This indica's psychoactive effects will be felt throughout your body as it relaxes your muscles and helps you unwind your mind. You will easily doze off to sleep after a few tokes of this strain.

Big Bud

Another strain to consider that works wonders for pain is Big Bud. It's a hybrid between Skunk and Afghan and it could be just the strain you're craving for. Light up a Big Bud joint not only for your chronic pain but also for your migraines, anxiety, and stress too. Big Bud's high THC level packs a nice little blow to the pain and will help you sleep like a baby.

Opiate pain pill addictions

There is a staggering amount of people with opiate pain pill addictions. Many of these people are just like Mandile in that they were prescribed it to treat their pain, only to become addicted. The death rate for unintentional overdose on opiate pain pills is greater than heroin or cocaine at this moment. I think that speaks a great truth in itself about the gravity of taking prescription drugs. Turning to mother nature should be fundamental in treating pain. Veterans and everyone alike deserves an alternate pain treatment that doesn't come with a death wish.


Friday, December 16, 2016, 12:55 | No Comments »
Hemp is a superhero in the world of plants and many believe it can change the world. Although hemp and marijuana are both Cannabis plants they vary greatly in their THC level. Hemp does not have mind altering abilities. It is a naturally fibrous plant that provides manufacturers with an alternative to environmentally hazardous materials like plastic.

For thousands of years people have been using hemp for diverse purposes like paper, rope, clothing,and canvas. Unfortunately, for the last 70 years this useful plant has become illegal in many countries. Today, it is legal to import hemp products into the USA, but it still remains illegal to grow.
a bioplastic made from industrial hem

Everyone knows about the pollution of our rivers and oceans caused by plastic. Take a look around you and notice every item made from plastic; imagine if it was all made from hemp instead. This could one day be possible using hemp plastic, a bioplastic made from industrial hemp. The possibilities to create a more eco-friendly environment made from hemp are great and vast.

The great thing about hemp plastic is that it is recyclable and can also be 100% biodegradable. Some hemp plastics are not made purely out of hemp but made with infused hemp fibers. When hemp fibers are infused then less plastic, less oil, and ultimately less pollution occurs.

Another benefit that comes with hemp plastics is that it doesn't pose the same health risks that conventional plastics have. I'm talking about the toxicity that plastics give off that cause hormonal problems, cancers, birth defects, and developmental problems.

New innovations and technology in hemp plastics are being used more frequently in the market every year. In fact, nearly 20 kilograms of hemp plastics are being used by certain car manufactures in their car models. Water bottles are also an up-and-coming market for the hemp plastic industry.
make ethanol and methanol using hemp

Another way that hemp is changing the world is that it is being used to create biodiesel and bioethanol. Ethanol is made using things like sugars, starches, grains, forest products, and waste paper. Methanol created by using woody or pulp matter. Processes like gasification, enzymes, and hydrolysis has made it possible to make ethanol and methanol using hemp.

Even though hemp has an array of uses, the use of hemp as fuel could be one of its most important benefits. The world's petroleum reserves won't last forever; it is continually being depleted. Carbon monoxide gets pushed into the atmosphere when petroleum fuel gets burned. This attributes to the greenhouse effect and global warming. This is just another reason to "go green."

The idea of vegetable oils to run diesel engines dates back to more than 100 years ago when Dr. Rudolf Diesel first created a diesel engine that ran on vegetable oil. Hemp biodiesel can also be used to run diesel engines without modifying the engine at all.

Hemp is more environmentally friendly and cost- efficient than some of the other products used to make ethanol and methanol like corn, sugar beet, or palm oil. Hemp not only grows in various climates, it is actually good for the soil, and helps offset the carbon that is created by fossil fuels.
Your car and your wallet loves biodiesels

The benefits of biodiesel are plenty. It is safe to handle due to the fact that it is biodegradable, less toxic than salt, and has a low flashpoint compared to diesel fuel. Just imagine driving down the road with your window down and inhaling the sweet smell of hemp instead of the exhaust smoke from petroleum diesel. Biodiesel doesn't contain any of the sulfur that regular diesel contains; your nose and lungs love that. Your car and your wallet also loves biodiesels due the fact that it is more lubricating than petroleum diesel fuel so the life of your diesel engine increases.

The hemp industry has come a long way from just using hemp for rope and textiles. In the future I'm sure even more uses of hemp will be found. It is a diverse crop we can incorporate vastly in our everyday life that will create a more cost-effective and eco-friendly lifestyle.

Monday, November 7, 2016, 11:41 | No Comments »

If you've been reading my blog posts then you know that many states in America along with other foreign countries like Spain and Italy are becoming more cannabis friendly. Just because some countries are becoming more lenient in their marijuana regulations doesn't mean you should assume the rest of the world is accepting of it (unfortunately). You could wind up in serious trouble if you toke on the wrong corner in the wrong country. Let's take a look at some of the stricter countries that you shouldn't even think about entering with the scent of marijuana on your clothes.

The United Arab Emirates tops the list being one of the most strict countries in regards to marijuana laws. Sure, people may have wondered if those sheikhs are hiding all kinds of things under their thawb (man dress) but be assured that it's probably not a joint as they can get a mandatory sentence of 4 years in prison. If your pothead friend is considering taking a trip to Dubai then be sure to tell him that he should take a few weeks off hitting the bong before he goes. Being caught with it in your urine or blood it is considered "possession" and you can get punished.
5 years and with a hefty fine of thousands and thousands of dollars

Malaysia is another place that you shouldn't light up a doobie. You can find yourself in jail for 5 years and with a hefty fine of thousands and thousands of dollars. If you're caught with 50 grams then you will get a minimum 5 year jail sentence along with a probably lashing- at least 10 strikes. If you so much as plant a cannabis seed you could face life in prison with minimum 6 lashings. Getting caught dealing 200 grams or more cannabis could lead to a sentence of death by hanging; they're not messing around.
Forget about growing cannabis in the Philippines

The Philippines' Dangerous Drugs Act is enough to keep you clean in this country. The first time you're caught lighting up a joint you can be sent to at least 6 months in rehab. If you're still not "cured" according to them and try lighting up again then they dramatically increase the sentence to jail time of 6 to 12 years. Forget about growing cannabis in the Philippines. Planting this great herb could get you a life sentence or death.

This next country also missed the memo of how sweet our buds are. Japanese citizens get a harsh sentence like a 5 year jail sentence with added hard labor, even for just a joint. However, for first time offenders they are looking more at a 6 month sentence. The Japanese public view our precious bud as a something evil. If a foreigner is smoking in their country they will get deported without hope of ever returning.

Indonesia is a popular tourist destination. Bali's chill vibes would get you thinking that cannabis is ok there, but avoid it at all cost. A single joint can land you in an Indonesian jail for up to 4 years. Importing cannabis is no joke there; you could be sentenced to 15 years for that. There's a case involving an Australian that nearly got a death sentence by firing squad. She got a break by only getting 20 years in jail. Strangely, 20 years in prison doesn't sound like much of a break but when compared to getting shot to death it certainly looks a bit brighter.

Thailand may be able to satisfy our taste buds with their delicious cuisines but they lack in the particular buds we want to smoke. All marijuana is illegal in Thailand and carrying just a small amount can already get you in jail. Whether you are buying or selling cannabis you can get sentenced to 3 months to 5 years in prison along with a fine. A heavier penalty is for those that are get caught growing or trafficking marijuana. Although pot isn't tolerated there are stories of some cops being bribed not to turn offenders in. It's not really a risk you want to take though.

Even though the cannabis laws may not be perfect where you live, consider yourself lucky if you don't live in one of these countries with strict cannabis laws. When traveling abroad do your research to see if cannabis is tolerated before lighting up a joint. The last thing you want on your vacation is a jail sentence.

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