If you’re like most Americans, you probably enjoy cracking a cold one on occasion. But what you might not know, is the hops in your beer and the buds in your bowl are kinda like cousins. Yep, that’s right. Hops and buds have a long history together. A history that makes them kind of like long lost cousins.
Buds and Beers: Long Lost Cousins
The whole connection for these two begins with what we know as terpenes. This is the smell component we’ve mentioned in other pieces. Terpenes give your buds, and your beers, the kind of funky, citrusy, woodsy aroma that we know and love.
Because both of these possess similar, and sometimes the same, terpenes many people have long considered both hops and buds to be similar. But we took the time and did a little research. So basically, when botanists began to classify plants and their familial ties— they did this based on their appearance. Over time, this tactic gave way to DNA analysis. But even after testing, there still was a connection between both of these members of the ‘cannabinaceae’ family.
So really, while they are different– they are also very similar. From the pungent, dank aroma, to the shape and characteristics, all the way down to their molecular structure— these two plants are related by all classifying factors.
But the thing to remember is that these two members are not exclusive. There are other members of the cannabinaceae family, such as hackberries, making this grouping a little wider than just what you’d expect from the namesake.
Also, science and technology is always making improvements. There are new developments every day to change the way we think about things, and I’m sure this grouping is no different— as it has faced change since it’s beginning. Changes that encompassed more than just hops and buds into this family. So stay weary! Keep reading! And only believe what you read for a matter of time.
As we move further into the future, our communities are getting more and more health conscious. From sustainable food choices, to avoiding plastic, there are plenty of ways of going green and being as healthy as possible is endless in todays day and age. But, you might not have considered that there are just as many options for consuming your marijuana in the healthiest way possible.
Going Green: the healthiest forms of consuming your marijuana
When it comes to the healthiest means of consuming your greens, I will offer you two options. The first being edibles and the second being vaporizers.
An edible, for those who aren’t familiar, consists of any food or beverage products with cannabis infusion. What makes this one of the healthiest ways of consumption is that you don’t breathe it in at all. Instead of having to smoke your high, you can eat your high. By doing this, you avoid exposing your lungs to the combustion, the butane, and (if you rolled with tobacco papers) potentially nicotine. All in all, you avoid the one thing that turns most people away and that’s the smoke.
Second of all, there are vaporizers. Now, the big difference between vaporizers and other forms of smoking/consuming is the fact that you don’t have to use any additional form of heat rather than the device itself. A vaporizer works very similar to an oven. Think of how an oven bakes something, it starts at a low heat and gradually increases until the item is finished. With a vaporizer— your marijuana is baking in a very similar fashion. You still get the smoke, but it is lighter and avoids the use of a lighter—therefore, no butane. So, as I said above, both of these methods offer the same end result without any of the yucky stuff.
Quite obviously, the healthiest way of consuming marijuana is to not do it at all. But if you must…
…it is essential to your health to learn how to be smart about it. There are plenty of ways to still get high but also protect your lungs and body. While smoking marijuana has not been proven to cause cancer or any sort of disease, there is no harm in trying to be health conscious about the ways in which you consume it. After all, it is still a form of smoking. So be safe and have fun if you plan on going green in more ways than one!
Synthetic marijuana became popular a few years ago, and its biggest interest group was within younger adults. High school kids, college students, and the likes were going to their local gas stations and picking up packages labeled ‘K2’ or ‘spice’. Little did they know, these products would soon be outlawed due to the nature of their effects….
It all began in a laboratory, where they decided to test out a synthesized version of marijuana to observe the effects and learn about the drug. But in doing this, they created a product that was up to 100 times more potent than your every day marijuana. It didn’t take long for this marijuana lookalike to find its way onto the streets, under the FDA’s radar, and into the lungs of curious kids and adults alike.
But the big problem is that this stuff isn’t like marijuana. The packages themselves even read: ‘not for human consumption’, so what began the craze? Well, for starters, it’s easier to get your hands on than the real stuff.
Local gas stations still carry variations of this drug because the FDA can’t do enough to regulate it. They’ll ban one version and next thing you know, someone has taken or added one ingredient and it’s back on the shelves. Synthetic marijuana is not ideal for the public, it is dangerously potent, and too widely available.
There are hundreds of varieties— all one ingredient away from being the same.
These drugs effect the taker in a severe way, and the worst part is, it’s nothing like marijuana! Although it does look similar, and have the word ‘marijuana’ in its name— it’s far from it. The potency levels, the scary effects, and the toxicity is enough for a lot of people to back away slowly.
But for some, it wasn’t so simple. Two pre-teenage boys in Milwaukee got into of the stuff and wound up in the hospital. Their symptoms included: foaming from the mouth, throwing up mucus, delirious speech, and heavy shaking. Does that sound like what your stash does to you? For lack of better words, hell no.
The main objective here is that you stay weary. Do not trust something for its namesake. Because synthetic marijuana is nothing short of a dangerous game for users.
Chances are if you’re a fan of marijuana, you’re always looking to find new ways of consuming it. One of the most delicious— not to mention, safe, means of consumption is by way of marijuana edibles.
Edibles can be your favorite cakes, cookies, pasta sauce, butter, sweet tea… the list of marijuana-enhanced food possibilities are without limits really. It all starts with a fatty base. THC binds to lipids, or fatty substances, such as oil or butter quite easily. From there, you can use that oil or butter just as you normally would when cooking any dish.
The most widely known form of edibles are brownies, cakes, or cookies. Sweets make for an obvious and easy way to infuse your food, after all, you can have your cake and get high too. But, the possibilities are endless and the recipes are easy to access.
“After all, you can have your cake and get high too.”
You can use mostly any form of THC to add to the butter or oil. The manufacturers will use either concentrates, flower, or even clippings to make their cannabutter/oil. But your every day canna chef at home will most likely use a large amount of flower rather than anything else— mostly because it’s the easiest thing to get your hands on.
The reason edibles and the high you’ll get are different is mainly because there is no combustion. Think about it. Every time you smoke, you use some sort of fire or flame to light it. Which, in turn, introduces some amount of butane and harsh combustion into your lungs.
When it comes to edibles— you’re never having to ‘combust’ those buds in any way. Making it a much more pure form, so to speak, of getting high. Not to mention, the way you infuse your butter or oil also increases the potency of that THC. Making edibles ‘the silent killer’ of the smoking world, which can come on strong and unexpectedly.
Marijuana edibles have rapidly grown in the past few years as big bud business has started to boom. The possibilities have become more and more as experts and smokers alike unite to see what they can do to make your means of getting high a little more innovative.
Marijuana, to those who don’t use it, can be a bit misunderstood. It is a drug, but in some states it is legal, and it is even used as medicine. For those who have stayed away from those magic leaves, there might be a few conceptions you have about what marijuana does, what it is, and how it functions. Following is a list of 5 marijuana myths you might have heard— and believed.
1. The munchies are not real
This is a lie, one of the truest marijuana myths. Ask any distributor for Frito Lay, I guarantee Dorito sales have skyrocketed in Colorado over the last few years. But in all seriousness, marijuana has a unique effect on the hypothalamus. For those of us that aren’t too familiar with brain functions— the hypothalamus is what controls your hunger, libido, and sleep functions, among other things. Marijuana essentially hijacks the hypothalamus and makes it work much harder, which in turn, triggers the ever-classic munchies.
2. All weed produces the same type of high
We have other articles on why this isn’t true (check out our page on Indica vs. Sativa) but at the base of it— there are two main types of marijuana. There are Indica’s, which produce a relaxing and full body high. On the other hand, Sativa’s produce a more cerebral and energizing high. Different strains produce these different types of highs. Not to mention, there are also hybrids. These types of strains can produce a more tailored-to-you high. All in all, there is no way that all marijuana produces one high because there is no one type of marijuana.
3. Synthetic marijuana is a safe alternative
No. No, no, no. A thousand times, no. To understand the dangers of synthetic pot, you have to understand its origin. Synthetic marijuana, such as ‘K2’ was produced in a lab to test the effects of marijuana on the brain. To do this, they made the substance almost 100 times more potent— it causes stroke, vomiting, hallucination, and even psychosis. Synthetic marijuanas are not meant for consumers. Although, they are easy to sell when people are trying to stay on the right side of the law. But buyers beware, this stuff is not your every day substance.
4. You’ll get high eating raw weed
While in a very very minor way, it technically can. But it won’t quite deliver the desired result. If anything, you’ll be left with a very very dry mouth. THC, the chemical compound that gets you high is THC-A before its heated up in some way (for example: lighting it, cooking with it, etc.) So, while there is a trace amount of THC in your plant— you’ll be missing out on the full effect.
5. Smokers are lazy
This isn’t true for a number of reasons. Your country has been led by a former smoker, your computer system was created by a former smoker. Your cell phone? Yep, that too. You are surrounded by people who have found the beauty in knowledge and marijuana at the same time. So, remember that next time someone says that you won’t get too far because of your hobby.
The marijuana history has been nothing short of a roller coaster for farmers, immigrants, and smokers alike. But even if you are a smoker, you might not know the history of how this plant became a household name.
Marijuana history starts way back in 1619 with, what do ya know, hemp farmers! The Virginia Assembly required every farmer to grow hemp in some quantity. Then, it was used as a legal form of tender in a few states. Next, in 1797, along comes our dear old friend George Washington. Washington grew hemp as his primary crops in both Mount Vernon and Monticello. He even got his good friend Jefferson in on the gig. A few more years down the line, in the 1800s, cannabis tinctures became a staple in pharmacies as treatment for the common ailments— headaches, cold, what have ya. That is, until aspirin hits the markets and replaces cannabis tinctures.
Then, fast forward some 100 years, and the FDA comes into play in 1906. This marks the governments first hand in the drug market cookie jar. The FDA begins regulating for the first time. Come 1910, and a large population of Mexican immigrants come to the United States and ‘introduce Americans to recreational marijuana’. This begins the association with immigrants and marijuana— ‘the unknown’ and drugs. This is cause for negative attention and what do you know— three years later, California becomes the first state to make cannabis illegal.
For some years after this, new drug initiatives are founded, regulation is handed out to every state, Reefer Madness comes out to scare all the kids, and the negativity gains ground.
By 1937, President Roosevelt gets involved and signs a Marijuana Tax Law— prohibiting possession without a stamp from the U.S. Treasury. By 1951, distribution was punishable by prison sentence. Then by 1956, it gets really out of hand. In the year 1956, the Narcotics Control Acts passes. The NCA basically says any first time possession is punishable by a MINIMUM two year sentence and a $20,000 fine. That’s a lot of time and green stuff, my friends. Then we keep on going, through the sixties and the beginning of the seventies, there’s an uprise in the smoking community. Hello, it was the seventies. But also, an uprise in marijuana legislation, research, and classification (marijuana becomes a schedule 1 drug in 1970).
By 1972, research on the positive effects of marijuana is underway but Nixon rejects the report, not wanting to admit defeat quite yet. But by this time, some states were already beginning to decriminalize and reduce punishment. Then, what do you know, Oregon becomes the first state to decriminalize in 1973. In 1977, California reduces their penalty for an ounce or less to a misdemeanor. Then, by 1996, California becomes the first state to legalize marijuana. Then Alaska, Oregon, and Washington by 1998. In 2003, the government recognizes the health benefits of marijuana, and through 2011, a slew of states legalize medical. Then by 2012, Washington and Colorado becomes the first to legalize recreational.
And the rest is marijuana history.