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What is the difference between a Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid?

Indica and Sativa are the two main varieties of the cannabis plant used as medicine. There are many strains that are crosses of those two varieties. Within each of those varieties and crosses there are a huge number of individual strains, each with a different cannabinoid profile and effect. According to anecdotal evidence, the Indica strains are a relaxant, effective for anxiety, pain, nausea, appetite stimulation, sleep, muscle spasms and tremors, among other symptoms. The Sativa strains are more of a stimulant, effective in appetite stimulation, relieving depression, migraines, pain and nausea.

Indicas originally come from the hash producing countries of the world like Afghanistan, Morocco, and Tibet. Indica buds will be thick and dense, with flavors and aromas ranging from pungent skunk to spicy and fruity. Indicas generally create a body high that is relaxing and medicinal. Indica has higher CBD than THC equals a much heavier, sleepy type of high, that is good for a variety of medical problems.

Sativas originally come from Colombia, Mexico, Thailand and Southeast Asia. They have flavors that range from earthy to sweet and fruity. Sativas have a higher THC than CBD count which equals a more cerebral, soaring type of high. Sativas have a energetic high which can stimulate brain activity and may even produce hallucinations. They can be very beneficial for people with depression and anxiety.

Hybridsare created to retain certain desired characteristics from Indica and Sativa plants. By altering the ratio of sativa and indica influences, growers can breed hybrids for a certain high, flavor, and aroma. Most marijuana varieties available today are hybrids as they bring together the best of both Indica and Sativa marijuana characteristics. Hybrids are created by crossing and breeding different strains to create a new hybrid strain.

What is THC?

Tetrahydrocannabinol, THC is the main psychoactive substance found in the Cannabis plant. THC has an extremely low toxicity and the amount that enters the body through the consumption of cannabis plants poses no lethal limit. Clinical study observations have revealed therapeutically useful effects. It belongs to a unique class of compounds called cannabinoids. Despite being the most recognized ingredient in marijuana, THC is just one of many compounds in the plant with many known medical uses. THC and CBD are the two cannabinoids usually found in the highest concentrations.

THC has proven to have a number of positive effects on brain cells. It is considered a neuroprotectant, which protects brain cells from damage caused by inflammation and oxidative stress. Scientists have shown that THC can support the growth of new brain cells through a process known as neurogenesis. Anandamide, is one of a few cannabinoids produced in various parts of the body, including the brain. THC and anandamide act on pathways in the body known as cannabinoid receptors. In the brain, anandamide works to regulate  mood, sleep, memory and appetite. Cannabinoid receptors are concentrated in certain areas of the brain associated with thinking, memory, pleasure, coordination and time perception. THC stimulates cells in the brain to release dopamine which creates euphoria.

THC has a wide range of medical benefits it is commonly reported to relieve pain, nausea, depression, and among many other things. There are marked differences in the knowledge on the medical uses of cannabis and cannabinoids in different diseases. In a study with patients with Alzheimer’s disease where the primary issue was an appetite-stimulating effect of THC. In these patient’s appetite and body weight increased, where disturbing behavior decreased. Other recent investigations have shown that THC in low doses is an effective antiemetic. MS patients have found benefits of reduction of tremors after the administration of THC. Patients with epilepsy or other anticonvulsant activity has also found benefits from THC. Many of the uses for marijuana include nausea, vomiting, anorexia, spasticity, movement disorders, pain, glaucoma, asthma, psychiatric, autoimmune diseases, and miscellaneous syndromes.


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What is CBD?

Cannabidiol or CBD is cannabis compound that has many important medical benefits. CBD is one of the more than 85 compounds found in cannabis that belong to a class of molecules called cannabinoids. All though marijuana may make some people feel stoned, CBD in fact counteracts the psycho activity of THC giving the user a healing but non lethargic effect. CBD has a chemically significant advantage as a medicine, since it comes with minimal side effects. Both CBD and THC present no risk of lethal overdose.

It makes an attractive treatment option for patients seeking anti-inflammatory, anti-pain, anti-anxiety, antiemetic, anticonvulsant, anti-oxidant, and anti-psychotic effects. CBD also acts as a potential treatment for a wide range of conditions including arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, antibiotic-resistant infections, and epilepsy. CBD has been established for use in neurological disorders due to its neuroprotective and neurogenic effects. Its anti-cancer properties are currently being tested by many academic research centers around the world. CBD looks very promising for conditions that are difficult to treat such as Crohn’s disease , PTSD, multiple sclerosis, and the latest study found Dravet’s Syndrome to be benefited.

Strains that are grown with high CBD can offer patients with large dose consumption a way to ingest the cannabinoids at a dose that once can still remain functional. All though initially thought that cannabinoids main function was to counter the psychoactive effects of THC, it seems with more evidence to show that medically CBD is a very effective in the treatment of many medical conditions. People are seeking where to get CBD and how to use it for its highest benefit. CBD products are now accessible to medical users through our dispensary. On the menu you’ll find a new advanced product with cannabinoids that many people are exploring. The use of CBD-rich cannabis cream has many important medical benefits for users.

What is Butane Hash  Oil  (BHO)?

Butane hash oil is extracting honey oil out of the marijuana plant and these cannabis concentrates approach 70 to 90 percent THC. They get you really medicated. Concentrates can be consumed via a small portable vaporizer that resembles an e-cigarette. This delivery-system is a little more incognito than smoking weed in terms of dealing with law enforcement.

Concentrates covers all of the forms: honey oil, wax, shatter, etc. Dabs are what you do when you smoke concentrates with a nail or dome and a dabber. Hash oils are hash that has been made by using a solvent (usually either butane or CO2) to dissolve the THC out of the cannabis plant matter. This process is referred to as critical super fluid extraction. There are two main ways of super fluid extraction methods: butane hash oil (also known as BHO) and then there is CO2 cannabis oil. For extraction, you use CO2 as a gas or a liquid and pressurize it to the “Super Critical” state where it pulls the cannabis oils, waxes and other materials out of the marijuana plant. When you run Super Critical fluid extraction via CO2, you destroy microbial bacteria, mildews and molds so it is a little cleaner than butane extracted hash oil (BHO). Kief is unprocessed trichomes usually tumbled off of the marijuana, or cannabis plant material. That is where you get the most concentrated THC. They look like shiny green crystals but you can take kief and apply high pressure or a low amount of heat it will change to more of a putty substance. This is hash. Typical Hash, meaning the brick black kind is usually known as bubble hash. Bubble Hash is the lowest form of hash.

Kief – The trichomes that fall off the plant. Generally people like to sprinkle a little kief in a packed bowl on top of some marijuana nugs. Hash Oil – My personal favorite. Hash Oil is a liquid form of THC and is usually made with an alcohol base. Since THC becomes it’s most concentrates in oil form, the THC levels can usually be pretty high for oils, without the price being out of reach. CO2 has oil tends to be a little more expensive because it is cleaner and the equipment needed for CO2 super critical extraction is pretty expensive and requires a little biochemistry know how.

How to Apply Hash Oil – Hash oil, you just dab a little on a smoking device and smoke it.

What are Dabs?

Dabs are a way of smoking weed concentrates and there are different forms of concentrates. Dabs is just a word for any kind of concentrates excluding hash, Wax, and oil, and shatter. There are various forms of concentrates, or concentrated active content that is derived from the buds and or leafs. There are also many extraction methods for extracting all the THC, THCA, CBD other cannabinoids out of the marijuana plant. The big difference between all of these forms of cannabis concentrates are mainly in the form of the concentrates are how they were extracted from the cannabis plant and to what degree they were refined. Wax versus oil refers to the consistency of the concentrate and how they were extracted. Shatter and honey oil tend to be a little more concentrated.

Dabs, wax, earwax, honey, honey oil, shatter all refers to Butane Hash Oil or Co2 extracted hash oil. They are a strong THC high. If it is gooey then it is an oil and if it appears to resemble earwax then the concentrate is generally referred to as a wax. If it is solid and shiny/glassy, that is referred to as shatter. The term dab is also a little more palatable than the other names concentrated hash oil goes by, like earwax or shatter.

The main difference is that oil is generally a little less refined, or extracted differently, meaning it was only heat purged (but tech. this could make it shatter) while wax was likely heat purged and then vacuum purged to further increase the quality of the concentrate. Cannabis Oil appears to be more solid brown to yellow to black oil and wax tends to be more of a light amber gold color. Wax and oil are forms of concentrated THC. Dabs referring to dabbing, a specific method of smoking concentrates, but can sometimes mean gooey oils like BHO, because those are the form of concentrate that’s typically used for dabs. Dabs are a method of consuming concentrated THC.

Dabs were known historically as the term of taking a piece of metal resembling a large nail is held at the end of a curved glass pipe then heated until glowing with a lighter or kitchen torch; applying a small ‘dab’ of the thick marijuana hash oil (greasy and thicker than cold honey) is placed on the end of a thin glass rod and then touched to the hot nail. The smoker inhales the instantly vaporized concentrate through the glass bong or pipe and gets you seriously stoned.

Weed oil, also known as “honey oil” comes from a potentially dangerous extraction process of turning marijuana plants into oil via super critical fluid extraction processes involving either usually Co2 or butane (also known as BHO).


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Becoming an OMMP (Oregon Medical Marijuana) Patient

In order to apply for your card you will need to visit a Medical Doctor (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) licensed in the State of Oregon to complete the Attending Physician’s Statement (APS). OMMP must receive the APS within 90 days of the date your doctor signed the form in order for it to be valid. Complete the application form signed by the Patient. With your paperwork include a valid state or federally issued photographic ID for each person listed on the application form as well as the appropriate application fee. In order to make sure your application is completed quickly one must make sure to complete all required portions of the application. It takes approximately 30 days to receive your card once you mail it in for completed applications. Incomplete Letters will be sent to those who have missing application material to complete and return within 14 days.

A patient may grow for themselves or designate an individual 18 years or older to act their grower. The OMMP conducts a criminal background check on all designated growers. If a grower has been convicted of felony, check OMMP regulations to see if that person is prohibited from growing marijuana for a patient. If you are growing your own medical marijuana or are designating another person to grow medical marijuana for you, then you are required to provide the OMMP with the grow site address. Grow sites must be a physical address located in Oregon. You must tell the OMMP in 30 days  if you change your mailing address, add or remove a caregiver, grower, or change to your grow site address.

OMMP allows for 18 seedlings with a length to be less than 12″ in height and diameter, with no flowers or buds. Oregon rules allow for 6 plants greater than 12″ in height or diameter with flowers and buds. The patient, caregiver, or grower may possess or transport up to 24oz of usable marijuana. Oregon law specifies the medical cannabis must not be used in public view or in a public place. You may not be under the influence of medical marijuana while driving. When transporting medicine you are required to carry and present your registry card to the police if requested. To learn more about the Oregon Medical Marijuana program check out their website at: https://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/ChronicDisease/MedicalMarijuanaProgram/Pages/index.aspx

What are the different effects from marijuana with Indica vs. Cannabis Strains?

There are two different kinds of marijuana strains. Indica has a heavy, sedative effect that leaves the body feeling almost numb and relaxed. The sort of glued to the couch playing play station day, kind of high. Sativa, being the opposite in a sort of way by making the user feel energized, motivated, yet still having a light headed, hazy feeling lingering around the eyes. Overall it leaves the patient in a happy upbeat mood.

There are generally five differences in comparing Indica and Sativa strains. Those are size, effect, flavor, flowing time and yield. Each of these categories depends on the strain. It can be hybrid which is a mix of both indica and sativa strains into one plant, thus mixing the effects the user feels. Sativa strains will almost always generally grow taller than indica strains. The Sativa plants can grow anywhere from six feet and up while indica strains tend to stay around three feet. Indicas tends to be bushier whereas Sativas will reach towards the light. The effects of both strains are incredible when grown in the correct conditions. Sativa strains tend to be my favorite in comparison to an Indica or Hybrids buds during the day time.

Different strains of weed can vary within their own category giving off multiple, wonderful effects. Indicas are a nice quality strain when the user is seeking a night time, calming type of high. They tend to give off a universal effect however they tends to be heavy, sedative effect. It makes the user feeling numb and relaxed. Almost like someone pulled a plug out of the bottom of your foot draining away all your worries, making a nap a perfect afternoon activity.

The flavors of both strains can create a wonderful mix, known as a Hybrid. It’s always a good time when your able to seek several tastes from the time you smell a fresh bud, to the last moment of exhaling a nice drag of your favorite strains. Sativas can have incredible fruity smells while complementing the effects when exhaling the smoke. Indicas can also have fruity exotic smells but more popular are the Kush strains which are highly sought after since they have such wonderful flavors and tastes. Kush strains are especially popular producing many strains that have been combined to make Hybrid’s.

Sativa’s and Indic’s flowering times are different. Sativas can take a long time to finish growing in order to produce buds. They can go on as long as twenty weeks, while Indicas tend to be done between eight and ten weeks. The final stage is called the yield. Generally Indicas will have a higher yield than Sativa’s. Indicas will be dense and have clumped like buds. Sativa strains, like sour diesel, will be a tall longer stringy type of buds. Both are capable of producing a large yield when conditions are ideal. Enjoy smoking!

How to Select the Right Cannabis Concentrates

Concentrates are a stronger concentrated form of marijuana. There are many forms of cannabis concentrates. They have quickly grown into some of the most popular ways to smoke your cannabis. Including the system we use to extract the concentrates and smoke it. It takes a seasoned user to be able to handle the intense high that comes with smoking concentrates.

Concentrates come in several different forms. Some of the most common are shatter, butter, wax, kief, hash, and oil. All these concentrates are reduced forms of marijuana extracts that are incredibly potent. Each has similar, but different properties.

Shatter is smooth, clear, and solid. It is the most potent form of extract because it uses a second extraction process that removes fats, lipids and waxes. This can leave a product with eighty percent THC levels. However with this process the shatter it will lose terpenes in the process, which causes it to lose some of its taste. Butter will retain more terpenes along with more flavors. Butters texture can have a whipped creamy consistency almost like warm wax with a golden brown shade color. Its THC content can be around the seventy percent range. It is pliable but if touched will become a caramel like mess all over your fingers. Oil tends to be the least refined out of the most common concentrates. It’s a gooey sticky liquid that is usually dark in color like molasses. Some other names for this oil can be honey oil or butane hash. These can retain a very flavorful taste. The THC content tends to be the least of the concentrates, usually around thirty percent or less depending on the method of extraction.

Each method uses a different substance to make the cannabis extracts. Butane, CO2, and isopropyl alcohol are the most common methods of extracting concentrates today. There are different smoking utensils that are used in the smoking of these concentrates. Hot plates nail rigs, and vapor pens are common. The hit from smoking any one of these products will be very enjoyable in the best of ways, happy smoking everyone!

How to Consume Marijuana with smoking method?

Over the past years marijuana has become a very important medicine for people seeking relief and pleasure for many different reasons. So now that marijuana has gotten to a forefront point of being smoked, vaporized, ingested and absorbed through the skin it’s important to retain the skills necessary in order to take the correct amounts and in the correct manners. For example, you wouldn’t want to smoke your edibles. This article will cover the best ways for you to enjoy your medicine as best you can.

The most common manner in which marijuana is used is through smoking it. Whether it be through a pipe, bong, bubbler, hookah, blunt or joint. All of these methods require the user to apply a flame to the marijuana at some point creating smoke that is hot; this can be rough on one’s lungs. For some patients their ailments require that they ingest their cannabis is another way so that not to do damage ones already weak lungs or fraying body. Some people prefer to use a water-filtration piece like a hookah, bong, bubbler, or water pipe. These items filter the hot smoke through water (up to several times) before it travels into the users lungs. The process reduces the temperature of the smoke by making it less damaging to the body and the user; while still giving the same effect.

Vaporizers have grown in popularity with the popular development of oils and extracts. This has allowed for amazing tastes to be produced while still giving the user an incredible high. Vaporizers work by using a heating element to heat the oils to the point of turning to vapor rather than applying direct flame. This produces a less antagonizing blow to the lungs. When you ingest marijuana it usually is in the form of an edible. This can be baked goods with marijuana/hash or oils in the baked goods themselves. You would usually come across things like brownies, cookies, chocolates, cakes, and a variety of other decadents. However edibles are great to the taste, one must be careful on intake or may ingest more than liked. One would want to absorb marijuana through their skin to obtain a therapeutic as well as euphoric effect. Many skin cancer patients find topical ointments to have a healing effect. Skin creams are also in high demand for their pain relieving symptoms and are fairly easy to make at home. Check out a great topical product called CBD Healing Cream. http://www.cbdhealingcream.com/ However you decide to take your marijuana, chances are it’s going to be enjoyable. If symptom relief is what you are seeking then carefully consider which application to apply your medicine and you may just be surprised with the amazing results!

How to Buy Your Marijuana and What to Expect!

There are several ways you acquire your marijuana. Now depending on what your local and state laws are you can buy by your marijuana in several ways. It may be as easy as going to your local marijuana clinic or local grower. Other ways of acquiring marijuana is through a dealer. Often times this means that your local or state laws do not approve of medical or recreational marijuana use. As of the start of 2015 there are twenty states that have legalized marijuana for medical use. These states are: Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Montana, Alaska, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut and Hawaii. There are only four states that have legalized or about to legalize marijuana use for recreational use: Washington, Oregon, Colorado and Alaska.

Now if it’s your first time going to a marijuana clinic there are several important things to know. First off, you’re a patient and the staff behind the counter is there to help you select the best product for your ailment. In recreational states the use does not need to be a medical reason in which many people seek a bud that has a certain high one is looking for. Just by speaking with the employees of the club they can explain to you what each product they sell is most useful for. Generally clubs sell marijuana in certain quantities. For example, One gram which is 1.0 grams will generally cost you around $10-$25 dollars. An eighth which is 3.5 grams will generally cost about $35-$65. A quarter ounce which is 7.0 grams generally runs $80-$120. Half ounce which is 14 grams goes for $100-$160. A full ounce which is 28 grams can be upwards of $360 dollars plus. If you are going to a local dealer where it is an under the table transaction so to speak the details may vary depending on your relationship with the dealer. They may only sell in certain quantities, qualities, or even dollar amounts.

Another great service that is becoming more available these days is delivery services. Some deliveries will come direct to your door if you have an up to date medical prescription. They can deliver your marijuana in as little as one hour. Another service being offered to those with a current recommendation is an overnight delivery service that delivers medicine to patient’s door steps. CaliCannabisExpress is a dispensary in California that offers this service: http://www.calicannabisexpress.com. Again, ask for the advice of the employees as to what the right medicine would be for you. Generally speaking they should be knowledgeable in the products they sell as well as pointing you in a positive direction. These deliveries service are a great way for you to order your medicine in a safe and secure method. This is a great relief for those stuck at home due to their medical conditions or for those not wanting to travel to get there medicine. Don’t forget to tip your delivery man/woman! Enjoy everyone!

How to acquire your medical prescription in California

If you live in California like me, acquiring a medical prescription to smoke marijuana is relatively easy. You must get a doctor’s appointment for a recommendation for an ailment that requires the use of medical marijuana. The ailments can be anything from cancer to lack of appetite. All depends on what you and your doctor come to as a decision. Once your decision is decided between you and your doctor he or she will give you a medical recommendation (verbal and in writing) which will be your ticket into acquiring your medical cannabis card. There is also one step further than a medical recommendation and that is a California cannabis card but you must apply in person at California Department of Public Health in Sacramento.

A patient that is only looking for the doctor recommendation, the rest of the process is rather simple. Now that you have your recommendation your doctor will print out a recommendation letter that you must carry on you when you go to cannabis clubs to buy your prescriptions, when you get stopped by the police, or questioned about your medical marijuana use. You will need to have photo identification and proof of residency before your doctor will issue you your card. Make sure you bring the proper identification and paperwork to your doctor’s appointment.

Generally a medical recommendation will last for twelve months (1 year) and then you will need a re-evaluation of your condition from a medical doctor at that time. Each doctor can choose how much a recommendation will cost. Always check with the doctor before you go in order to have the appropriate funds. Depending on your city you live it will generally cost $80 to $160 for first time clients. Renewals are generally cheaper, especially if you stay with the same doctor. However in places like Venice Beach’s Boardwalk there are places that hand out flyers in order to try to draw you in with very low prices (say $40) to acquire your recommendation. These places are somewhat sketchy and some clubs may not allow you to use those doctors recommendations to purchase marijuana. If you have the choice go to a good-standing long time doctor and not the quickie recommendation places that have neon signs and promoters outside their doors. Real doctors have enough to do they won’t need to draw you in with cheap tactics. Get the right doctor and then get the good stuff!!!

Staying Legal in California and Other Medical Marijuana States

There are many rules when it comes to staying within the legal parameters of the law when dealing with medical marijuana in California and other medicinal states. California became one of the first medical marijuana states on November 6th, 1996. This act removed state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession, and cultivation of marijuana by patients who possess a recommendation from their physician that he or she would benefit from medical marijuana. Patients who qualify have a debilitating illness in which the medical use of marijuana has been deemed appropriate by a physician.

Some of the medical conditions that qualify a patient for the use of medical marijuana are as follows: aids, anorexia, arthritis, cancer, chronic pain, glaucoma, migraines, muscle spasms, multiple sclerosis, seizures, epilepsy, and severe nausea.  There are many other symptoms that would are beneficial from the use of medical cannabis. The conditions listed above are the only state approved illnesses that will legally qualify a person for a state approved card in California. Each state has different medical conditions that will qualify a patient. Patients should check with their local states for a complete list. Other symptoms that would benefit from the use of marijuana are a need for increased appetite, sleeping disorders, anxiety, depression, and IBS.

Possession of medical marijuana can sometimes be a questionable offense. For example patients having a California state approved card will certainly have fewer problems in association with the legality of medical marijuana. The California law states that patients may have in their possession 8 dried ounces of marijuana flowers and buds or 6 mature cannabis plants. The California law also allows for 12 immature plants in the place of 6 mature plants. Each state has specific laws based on possession of medical marijuana. Patients should check with their state in regards to the legality of possession.

There are many rules that patients must follow when obtaining their medical marijuana card based on the state that one resides. Specific rules within California require that patients are not to consume marijuana within one thousand feet of school property. Other rules state that you may not open or consume cannabis within fifty feet of a dispensary. Crossing state lines with medical marijuana is a big no-no in the sense of legality. Some patients with multiple residencies may apply in multiple states for their medical marijuana card. It’s important to remember that a patient with an out of state recommendation will not legally be allowed to carry marijuana to others state. Another important rule to remember is that patients are not allowed to sell their product to other patients in most medical marijuana states.  Some states do not allow for people without medical marijuana recommendations to consume cannabis. All though there are a few states such as Washington and Colorado that have recreational laws in with consumers do not need a medical recommendation. Oregon is soon to be the next recreational state starting in July 2015. As times changes, so do the rules, be sure to keep up on all laws based on where you reside to keep you safe as possible.

Stoner Manners…..Puff, Puff Pass

Ok guys, there are a few rules to abide by when having a sesh with your hommies. Same if you find yourself hosting make sure to clean the bong, don’t babysit, and puff, puff pass. Assuming we have some first timers reading this as well I’ll start from the beginning. First off you’ve been invited to join a group of new buddies who all smoke together. It’s sort of like a dinner party you want to bring something to consume such as weed or hash. You may also need to bring or have on hand is a way to consume your product such as a pipe or papers. It’s like asking if should bring wine glasses or a bottle of wine to a dinner party? You know the answer. This is a great gesture to your new friends since your showing that you aren’t coming to the table empty handed and you are more likely to be invited back again for another session.

So you’re in a general group setting getting ready to smoke out’ we’ll just say for the sake of knowledge a few of the most common ways you will be smoking within a group. There is a bong which is a glass piece that filters the smoke through water to cool the smoke before it enters your lungs. A bubbler is a smaller version of a bong, but still uses water to cool the smoke. A pipe which is the simplest and uses no water filtration can be harsher on the lungs like a joint or blunt. A blunt or a joint, which is very common when you’re not in a sit down style session, is a wrap that you use to roll the marijuana like a cigarette and smoke it. A session equals smoking with your friends.

If you are being passed the bong or pipe and you’re ready to smoke make sure you ask how it works. Often time’s newbies don’t know about the carb which is an air inlet hole. Also you may want to ask if it’s a snap, bowl packed solely for you, or a group bowl. It’s important to be conscious of how many people are left in the rotation so everyone gets a fair hit out of the bowl. Lastly if you are passing the piece after the bowl is finished or cashed, it’s always courteous to make sure you do not “pass your trash” which means clearing the bowl of left over ash. If you are being passed a blunt or a joint it’s “puff, puff pass” meaning take two drags off the blunt/joint and then immediately pass the joint to your left and which is the usual direction to pass in a circle where people are smoking together. It’s important that it doesn’t continue burning without someone smoking it. Lastly always thank someone for smoking you out and when you can, return the favor.

The How-To Benefits of Smoking Marijuana

Well, well, well where to begin. I grew up smoking marijuana at a young age. Since then there has been many things that have changed with the way people smoke. Not only has the quality of marijuana changed, but the process in which I choose to ingest it has well over the years. Back when I first started smoking marijuana the quality was not the great. Its known also today as Mexico brick-pack weed. Very light, if any trimming has been done. The texture its all pressed together with seeds, stems, and sticks alike. Its smell was not to strong but if I had to describe it I would say a pungent, sour, dirty type of smell. Not exactly what you want in your pipe that is if you can help it.

Nowadays, the marijuana is at an all-time phenomenal high in quality, looks, smells and tastes. In regards that smoking a high quality strain such as SFV (San Fernando Valley Kush) when its grown correctly is euphoric as smoking a high quality extract like hash or oil. At a younger age I use to smoke as much as possible to try “get as high as possible” when really you can only get “so” high. Usually it would get to a point where I would just fall asleep after smoking as much as I could not truly actually getting the maximum benefits that marijuana has to offer. For example, treating aliments or just plain recreational use had limited benefits back then, than the weed that is offered now of days.

Today it’s a different story. I use each bowl to its maximum potential. I prefer to grind up my weed to create an even burn across my hit. This allows me to hold in the smoke for as long as possible in order to let the HTC enter my blood stream. Since marijuana has gotten exponentially better over the years it takes far less product than it did back in the day to create the same high effect. What also creates different effects is also dependent of what type of device you choose to smoke with. Pipes are more direct hits and you can really taste every aspect of your marijuana, whereas bongs come with more of a huge smooth hit to your lungs. Both by all means will give you the full effect of being stoned. You will usually get a nice aftertaste from strain today, depending on how clean you keep your bong. A vaporizer will always give you a nice taste. However make sure you research the best temperatures and ways to vaporize your smoke. There are many benefits to the way weed is grown and smoke today.


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