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Well, what a roller coaster ride this was! Eleven days after the midterm election, Arizona's medical marijuana measure, known as Proposition 203, has officially passed by a margin of more than 4,300 votes.
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What's the difference between Indica And Sativa?
The main difference between Indica and Sativa is in the leaves. Sativa leaves are much smaller and thinner then Indica leaves. Sativa marijuana plants are mostly outdoor plants which takes a longer time to grow and harvest. The taste is more pure and mellow compared to the indoor cultivated marijuana plants.
Indica Cannabaceae family. A putative species of the genus Cannabis, it is typically distinguished from Cannabis sativa. Schultes described indica as relatively short, conical, and densely branched, whereas Sativa was described as tall and laxly branched. Anderson described Indica plants as having short, broad leaflets whereas those of the Sativa species were characterized as relatively long and narrow. Cannabis Indica plants conforming to Schulte's and Anderson's descriptions may have originated from the Hindu Kush mountain range. Because of the often harsh and variable (extremely cold winters, and warm summers) climate of those parts, Indica is well-suited for cultivation in temperate climates.
Broad-leafed Cannabis Indica plants in India, Afghanistan and Pakistan are traditionally cultivated for the production of hashish. Pharmacologically, Indica landraces tend to have a higher cannabidiol (CBD) content than Sativa strains. Most commercially available Indica strains have been selected for low levels of CBD (which is not psychoactive), with some users reporting more of a "stoned" feeling and less of a "high" from indica when compared to Sativa. The cannabis Indica high is often referred to as a "body buzz" and has beneficial properties such as pain relief in addition to being an effective treatment for insomnia and an anxiolytic, as opposed to Sativa's more common reports of a "spacey" and mental inebriation, and even, albeit rarely, comprising hallucinations. Differences in the terpenoid content of the essential oil may account for some of these differences in effect.
Common Indica strains for recreational or medicinal use include Kush and Northern Lights. A recent genetic analysis included both the narrow-leaflet and wide-leaflet drug "biotypes" under Indica, as well as southern and eastern Asian hemp (fiber / seed) landraces and wild Himalayan populations.
Chronic marijuana is a plant for the new age. Developed to be stronger, shinier crystals, and tastier than any other plant. The indica highs are most often described as a pleasant body buzz. Indicas are great for relaxation, stress relief, and for an overall sense of calm and serenity. Marijuana indicas are also very effective for overall body pain relief, and often used in the treatment of insomnia. They are the late - evening choice of many smokers as an all - night sleep aid. A few pure indica strains are very potent in THC, and will cause the "couch lock" effect, enabling the smoker to simply sit still and enjoy the experience of the smoke.
Sativa Cannabis sativa is an annual herbaceous plant in the Cannabaceae family. Humans have cultivated this herb throughout recorded history as a source of industrial fiber, seed oil, food, drugs and medicine. Each part of the plant is harvested differently, depending on the purpose of its use.
Its seed, chiefly used as caged-bird feed, is a valuable source of protein. The flowers (and to a lesser extent the leaves, stems, and seeds) contain psychoactive and physiologically active chemical compounds known as cannabinoids that are consumed for recreational, medicinal, and spiritual purposes. When so used, preparations of flowers (marijuana) and leaves and preparations derived from resinous extract (hashish) are consumed by smoking, vaporizing and oral ingestion. Historically, tinctures, teas, and ointments have also been common preparations. The sativa high is often characterized as uplifting and energetic. The effects of a sativa marijuana are mostly cerebral. They give a feeling of optimism and well - being, as well as providing a good measure of pain relief for certain symptoms. A few pure sativa's are also very high in THC content. They are known to have a quite spacey, or hallucinogenic, effect. Sativa's are a good choice for daytime smoking.
Medical Marijuana and Insurance Companies
Given the newness of the Arizona Medical Marijuana program, there are many outstanding questions that eligible patients may have. One of the most prevalent questions remains whether a patient can bill his or her insurance company for the marijuana itself.
Several major insurance providers operating in Arizona including Aetna, Humana, Cigna and Health Net have not commented about whether or not they will cover medical marijuana. The reason, at least according to Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Arizona is that it’s not FDA approved.
On a federal level, marijuana is ranked as a schedule 1 drug, even though more than dozen states permit the use of medical marijuana. The status of cannabis would have to be changed to a schedule 2 drug in order for insurance companies to be willing to cover it. This issue is not exclusive to Arizona, however. It’s an issue to all states in the US that permit the use of medical marijuana for eligible patients.
For now at least, patients are forced to pay for the full cost of medical marijuana out of their own pockets, and only certain methods of payments are accepted.
While patients are not presently able to bill their insurance companies, the growing statewide sentiment on this issue may help to push through legislation that changes current policies regarding this topic.
More than a dozen states allow their residents to smoke marijuana if they’ve been diagnosed with certain health conditions. Even so, major health insurers don’t treat it like a prescription drug and won’t pay for patients to buy it.
Marijuana is cleared for medical use in 15 states including Arizona, California, Colorado, Michigan and New Jersey and the District of Columbia. As of April 2011, there were 10 states with pending legislation that would legalize medical marijuana, including Illinois, Massachusetts, New York and North Carolina.
Still, not one major health insurer covers medical marijuana,and there’s no indication that it will happen anytime soon. That’s because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not given its seal of approval to medical marijuana.
POST - TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORER
Session 1 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Session 2 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.
Many people who go through traumatic events have difficulty adjusting and coping for a while. But with time and taking care of yourself, such traumatic reactions usually get better. In some cases, though, the symptoms can get worse or last for months or even years. Sometimes they may completely shake up your life. In a case such as this, you may have post-traumatic stress disorder.
Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms typically start within three months of a traumatic event. In a small number of cases, though, PTSD symptoms may not appear until years after the event.
Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms are generally grouped into three types: intrusive memories, avoidance and numbing, and increased anxiety or emotional arousal (hyper arousal).
Symptoms of intrusive memories may include: Flashbacks, or reliving the traumatic event for minutes or even days at a time Upsetting dreams about the traumatic event
Symptoms of avoidance and emotional numbing may include: Trying to avoid thinking or talking about the traumatic event Feeling emotionally numb Avoiding activities you once enjoyed Hopelessness about the future Memory problems Trouble concentrating Difficulty maintaining close relationships
Symptoms of anxiety and increased emotional arousal may include: Irritability or anger Overwhelming guilt or shame Self-destructive behavior, such as drinking too much Trouble sleeping Being easily startled or frightened Hearing or seeing things that aren't there
Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms can come and go. You may have more post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms when things are stressful in general, or when you run into reminders of what you went through. You may hear a car backfire and relive combat experiences, for instance. Or you may see a report on the news about a rape and feel overcome by memories of your own assault.
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This is a poison! If your going to popular gatherings other than a trusted caregiver or dispensary you are most likely getting duped. The unfortunate fact is that you don't know what your getting. Sure the medicine looks great and you like that tight nug, you just may have purchased a deadly chemical called PACLOBUTRAZOL.
Ask the vendor if regulators were used such as: Top Load, Bush Master, Gravity, Flower Master or Phosphoload. If you smoke or ingest this dangerous chemical you have just added to your illness. These products are used by growers to enhance the flowers looks and tightness of the bud, also it makes the bud heavier when weighed, congratulations you just got ripped off. This contributes nothing to you and plenty to the vendor. Only the dispensary's and "some caregivers" make sure you are getting a natural product without any chemicals or regulators.
Unfortunately there are no rules in place to require proof of what you are buying. Demand that the vendor provide you with verification (testing analysis) of the product.
There are plenty of products containing this chemical and being given to YOU, the patient without any concern to your protection. Once again the all mighty dollar has extended its greedy hand and put your health at the back of the line.
Clones are another iffy purchase. If you really don't know what your looking for your clone purchase will most likely not make it to maturity. You need a very strong magnifier to see the parasites on a clone. They will reside underneath the leaf not on top and are not visible to the naked eye. BE INFORMED BE AWARE
Be pro active, hold the seller or organization accountable - if possible have your medicine tested or call for test results from the vendor before donation or the purchase of raffle tickets. What is the THC content and the CBD content. The same goes with edibles. Find out what your eating! Make sure your edible has the ingredients listed and a way to contact the seller if something is not right or you get sick. Use common sense when visiting these gatherings, question everything and if you buy make sure you get the vendor information and start being pro active with your health.
CLICK BELOW TO READ ABOUT POISONS USED TO GROW AND ENHANCE WHAT YOU ARE SMOKING. EDUCATION IS YOUR BEST FRIEND IN THIS INSTANCE. BE PRO ACTIVE IN YOUR MEDICLAL MARIJUNA COMMUNITY.
Marijuana stocks could be absolutely huge in 2013, as efforts to legalize the drug in more states continue. Already, marijuana possession and recreational use has been made legal in two states (Colorado and Washington) since the beginning of November 2012, and numerous senators, organizations and voters in many other states are also strongly in favor of the legalization of marijuana.
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Gravity is poison and venders have been selling it to the marijuana growing community for years and have been getting away with it.
We now know that Gravity is in fact a PGR called Paclobutrazol. This chemical retards internode length and reduces maturation time significantly. When used on marijuana, this results in tighter flowering tops that can be harvested earlier. This has made Gravity an attractive fertilizer additive to many unsuspecting growers.
While Phosphoload may contain “powerful earth elements” it also includes; 17,800ppm Daminozide and 20.6ppm Paclobutrazol. These two dangerous chemicals are not approved for crops intended for human consumption, and should never be used for growing medicine. Still want that super tight nug?
The tight nug is perfectly alright if its natural to the plant...you will have no smell though depending on the strain, don't be confused about medicine that has no smell, it is most likely organic. Adding a regulator to your growing plant to make it heavier for profit is not good for patients. Example: Skunk #1 grown indoor or outdoor organically or hydroponically will always smell like skunk. Have you thought about ingesting medicine that uses regulators in your edibles? We have.
Products known to contain Paclobutrazol and Daminozide have been banned for sale in California and Oregon but are still readily available through Internet distributors, and who knows how much is still in the hands of marijuana growers. In truth this regional ban will have very little effect on the availability if these PGRs. The good news for users of medical cannabis is that companies now offer testing for these dangerous chemicals. Know your caregiver and what he/she is offering you. Ask Questions about your medicine! Ask Question about your edible!
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→ Pharmacology ← Although the main psychoactive chemical compound in Cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the plant is known to contain about sixty cannabinoids; however, most of these "minor" cannabinoids are only produced in trace amounts. Besides THC, another cannabinoid produced in high concentrations by some plants is cannabidiol (CBD), which is not psychoactive but has recently been shown to block the effect of THC in the nervous system. Differences in the chemical composition of Cannabis varieties may produce different effects in humans. Synthetic THC, called dronabinol, does not contain CBD, CBN, or other cannabinoids, which is one reason why its pharmacological effects may differ significantly from those of natural Cannabis preparations.