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All you should know about using marijuana for treating anxiety

Carissa Stevens

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All you should know about using marijuana for treating anxiety

The use of cannabis around the globe is increasing each new day as more and more people are getting into consuming it. The reason for having a higher number of people getting into marijuana is because of the various health benefits that the plant cannabinoid has proved to help with.

But is marijuana not illegal? Depending on where you come from in some states it is legal while it is illegal in other States. Countries such as Canada and the United States of America have legalized cannabis for medicinal and recreational uses only.

However, there are still more states that are having the bills to legalize cannabis at hand, hopefully, the bills shall be passed through their legislative houses.

Can marijuana help to alleviate your anxiety disorders? Yes, however, there is sparse research on this topic, but there are numerous people who have turned to marijuana with hopes that the cannabinoid will alleviate their anxiety disorders. However, some others suffer from General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) but all the same, marijuana has shown great hope to them.

New scientific reports and anecdotal reports have shown that through its interaction with the human endocannabinoid system (ECS) marijuana creates a calming experience that alleviates signs and symptoms of anxiety for Many people, however, not permanently. To mean that it is a short term effect.

Growing marijuana

Marijuana can either be grown indoors or outdoors. When planting marijuana, cannabis growers usually go for high THC cannabis seeds to have a result of plants that have higher level of THC in their buds. However, when growing marijuana for the first time it is usually advised that you go with auto-flowering cannabis seeds since they are time-saving as they don’t require you to take much time looking at them. Also, they work best because you don’t have to get worried about the amount of light that they receive since they automatically start flowering after reaching a given age.

Also, when growing the marijuana it is advisable to choose a medium that will serve your plants with all the required nutrients. Usually, most marijuana growers choose to use soil since it is the cheapest medium that is available. 

After your plants are mature, then you harvest them and sell them to the consumers and large-scale sellers for consumption and trading. The most important aspect when growing your marijuana plants is the quality of the seeds that you choose to grow and also the strain.

Using marijuana for self-medication

Taking/consuming a substance to address a medical disorder, symptom, or problem is known as self-medication. Using it for self-medication is common among many people. However, the process of self-medication brings about an immediate relief that has uncomfortable symptoms, thus, resulting in reinforcement of its use.

Does using marijuana for self-medication have any problems? Yes, as much as it is becoming acceptable, there is little knowledge about the efficacy of the drug in addressing particular medical conditions and also it’s long term effects.

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What are the potential benefits and risks of marijuana?

Like any other substance, when consumed into the body, it reacts with the human Endocannabinoid system to bring about both benefits and side effects. Let’s see what each (benefits and side effects) has for us.

The benefits of marijuana

Scientists around the world have started carrying out various experiments on the effects of marijuana on anxiety. The outcome is that there are short-term benefits that are related to it.

A publication by the Washington state university indicates that smoking cannabis can help alleviate self-reported depression levels, stress, and anxiety only for a short term period.

However, the continuous use of cannabis does not lead to permanent/long term reduction of the named symptoms. Also, in some other people, marijuana may increase depression with time.

Risks associated with marijuana

There are many effects that may be experienced apart from getting one high. The feelings of highness felt after consuming or ingesting marijuana is because of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the chemical compound that is responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana. Here are some of the effects that are associated with long term use;

Psychological dependence on the drug

The major problem that is associated with using it as a tool to combat your symptoms is that you become psychologically dependent on the substance.

Increase in symptoms

THC can lead to an increase in heart rate. If you are suffering from anxiety then it may cause you to feel more anxious than before. Also, too much consumption of this substance may make you feel scared.

Marijuana may cause escalating need

Long term use of it can make you become more tolerant to it.  That mean that as you continue to use marijuana, the more you will be requiring to feel the same “high” just like before.

Are there alternatives to marijuana?

Some folks do not like being associated with it because of the feeling of high caused by THC, and also because of the regular drug test at their workplace like the sportsmen.

Therefore, if you happen to be one of them and you are suffering from anxiety then here are the alternatives to addressing it apart from using marijuana;

  • Therapy- working with your doctor to come up with a plan of treatment that will see you cope with your anxiety without the extended use of it. It can also be learned from counseling and self-help books.
  • Cannabidiol (CBD) oil – an extract of the marijuana plant that is dispersed under the tongue using a dropper. CBD does not contain THC and will not cause the same mind-altering effects as its cousin THC.

Take away

Symptoms of anxiety can be treated. Studies have shown that psychotherapy and medication work the best for most individuals. However, there is a need for research for the long-term effects of self-medication using marijuana. Also, even though it has got benefits associated with it for treating anxiety. It is usually good to inform your physician about the step you have taken.

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A Quick and Simple Way to Clean your Glass Bong

Jordan Webber

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If you’ve ever taken a toke from your glass bong and thought to yourself, “hmmm, maybe the glass should be a little clearer…” then there is a good possibility that it’s time to give your piece and good ole’ fashioned deep cleaning! After all, many good glass bongs are a decent financial investment, so you’ll want to preserve the look and function for as long as possible. Not only is an overused bong not great to look at, but it can also be less than healthy to use if it’s super dirty. 

Let’s now discuss when you know your bong needs cleaning.

When is it Time to Clean your Glass Bong?

One of the most convenient features of a glass bong is that it is pretty easy to visually see when it is due for a cleaning. A dirty bong can have a foul smell tarnishing your CBD/hemp flower or cannabis flower’s flavor. Check for a ring of “gunk” near where the waterline is, and if that build-up is significant, it’s time to clean your bong. Mold and bacteria can mix with remnants of weed or resin and create a pretty nasty looking and tasting bong. Many budtenders and glass bong enthusiasts say that a good rule of thumb on when to clean your bong is at least once a week. This obviously depends on how frequently you use your bong. If you can clean your glass bong after every 4-5 uses, this is another solid rule of thumb to follow. Keep your bong and your lungs in pristine condition by keeping them free and clear of any excess build-up.

What is the Best Way to Clean your Glass Bong?

Many experts stick with the most logical and straightforward way to clean a bong; rubbing alcohol and salt. Since most homes worldwide have these two items, it’s also one of the most convenient ways. Glass bong experts from Australia have even mentioned that they use these common ingredients to clean their pieces. You can also use specific solutions made by pipe cleaning companies, but many do contain harsh chemicals that can damage your glass bong and not the best for the environment.

Start by taking out any removable parts such as the mouthpiece and pipe and then pour the alcohol into the bong and add some coarse salt (2-3 tablespoons should be plenty) such as rock salt or kosher salt. The salt acts as an abrasive scrubbing agent for when you shake your glass bong. Do this for 3-5 minutes, and then pour out the liquid. You may want to add more salt at the midway point as much of the course salt could be dissolved within a minute or two.

In conclusion, we recommend taking a simple and environmentally friendly approach to cleaning your glass bong. There are many ways to go about cleaning your bong, but why not keep it simple and use common ingredients from around your home to do the trick. The method above is simple and easy yet very effective for keeping that glass bong looking and functioning just how it did the first time you used it.

Happy spring cleaning!

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Are CBD Franchises the Next Big Thing?

Learn why business operators are turning to a franchise model to bring CBD across the U.S. as it gains momentum and credibility in the plant-based wellness space.

Stacey Wellington

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We live in a world that’s quickly accepting the idea of the hemp plant as homeopathic medicine. As such, we’re seeing an influx of people turning to CBD as a way to combat anxiety, depression, minor pain, sleep disorders, and many others. With so many people realizing a need for CBD and wanting to purchase it, there may be a place for your entrepreneurial spirit in the form of opening a CBD franchise. 

But before those dollar signs spring into your eyes and you start spending imaginary profits, let’s take a look at why a CBD franchise may be right for you, as well as the legality of opening one and other factors. 

CBD Franchise Landscape

If you’ve ever wanted to own a business but you’re not quite sure where to start, perhaps it’s time you considered owning a CBD franchise. This option is relatively inexpensive to start up, comes with an integrated support system, and features products that increase in popularity every day. It’s also a chance to share your vast knowledge of CBD with those who need it the most. Several brands are now advocating the idea of CBD franchises, most notably Elevated Wellness. 

Elevated Wellness offers a step-by-step guide on how to start a franchise and provides a specialized team to help determine if you’re the right person for the job. Other sites that offer franchise options are Your CBD Store, CBD Authority, and CBD American Shaman. All of these CBD franchisors are located throughout the country, allowing you to join a network of qualified individuals to help set you up for success. 

Legalities Behind a CBD Franchise

There is much misinformation on what CBD is and how it is derived from the cannabis plant. The 2018 Farm Bill helped classify products that contain less than 0.3% THC as legal for sale, but there are still other laws that vary with each state (i.e., some states dictate that CBD gummies must be shaped in squares to distinguish from other candy-type gummies). There are other laws that you may not even be aware of, causing you to break a law you don’t even know exists. Being a part of CBD franchise can help avoid that by offering guidance and legal advice and offering some form of liability protection. Some franchises help franchisees operate online sites and require a percentage of each product sold as payment. 

Even though CBD is legal on a federal level, you will still need to confirm that CBD is legal for resale in your state (i.e., Nebraska and Idaho only allow 0% THC CBD to be sold). You must also confirm the type of CBD that is allowed to be sold. More specifically, if any CBD is sourced from marijuana, you must ensure that your state allows the sale of such products. Your CBD franchisor will be able to help you understand if your state permits the sale and distribution of such products. 

Other CBD Franchise Considerations

We mentioned some of the reasons to open a CBD franchise in the opening paragraph. One of the biggest reasons to open a CBD franchise is the low start-up costs. Elevated Wellness offers a step-by-step guide into starting your own franchise, as well as initial pricing: the initial franchise fee is $25,000, and the minimum estimated cost is around $79,000 (which includes the franchise fee). 

Another reason to open a franchise is the integrated network of support. Instead of starting a business from scratch, you can build off an established customer base and reputable brand, with details on how to run your franchise the most effectively. You don’t have to figure out what brand your customers will want, and most importantly, you can offer your knowledge to help people understand what they really need. Your knowledge of CBD can encourage people to frequent your store and understand their health needs in a homeopathic way. No matter where you’re located, you have an opportunity to reach people with the healing power of CBD, and your location may be more easily accessible to those who travel further to get to a place that sells CBD. 

Lastly, CBD products continue to grow in popularity as more people discover their use in the mental health and wellness space. Those dealing with anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, minor pain, and other health issues can find comfort and solace in their daily lives. Being part of a growing industry can offer security and entrepreneurship for those who want to make a difference and turn a profit. 

Final Thoughts

Opening a CBD franchise may open doors of opportunity you never thought possible. You have a chance to make a difference in the world and run your own business. The idea of opening and running a business is both exciting and daunting, but you don’t have to do it alone with a franchise. There are many ways to explore your entrepreneurial side; if you think owning a CBD franchise is for you, make sure to check out Elevated Wellness and their in-depth guidance on starting your own franchise today! 

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A List of the Best Hash-Making Books

Daniel King

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Books to read by the Fireplace

Making your own hash and cannabis extracts can be a rewarding hobby, and new ice-water-hash innovations by companies like PurePressure are making this hobby even more accessible for the regular canna-sseur. But where do you start if you’ve never transformed herb into hashish before? 

To help you get started with DIY hash, here’s a list of hash-making books with recipes you can try at home.

The Cannabis Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to Cultivation & Consumption of Medical Marijuana by Jorge Cervantes, 2015

This is the Bible of quality cannabis and one of the top hash-making books you’ll want to have. Written by one of the leading names in weed, The Cannabis Encyclopedia covers everything from selecting a variety and preparing your growing space to making medicinal extracts at home. 

In 596 captivating pages, you will find an abundance of high-quality photography and computer illustrations, easy-to-understand content, and a detailed index at the back of the book. 

While The Cannabis Encyclopedia covers myriad topics, it’s a great place to start if you’re just learning about things like dry sift vs. bubble hash, the role of kief in hash-making, and how to achieve 5- and 6-star full-melt hash without a lot of expensive equipment. 

The Cannabis Encyclopedia is available at Amazon, Bookshop.org, eBay, and Barnes & Noble.

Cannabis Alchemy: Art of Modern Hashmaking by Miller, Gold, & Smith, 1993

When you’re ready for a bit of fun, the revised version of the 1974 cult classic Cannabis Alchemy: Art of Modern Hashmaking provides an entertaining blast from the past. In 109 pages, the authors (all medical doctors) present detailed information about the chemistry of cannabis along with information for making the most potent extracts. 

This popular hash-making book features clear, easy-to-follow diagrams and explains methods that have largely been forgotten today — making it a true gem among hash-making books. The extraction methods explained in the book do require some specialized equipment but promise rewards for those prepared to have a go.

Cannabis Alchemy is available at Amazon and Scribd.com

Beyond Buds, Next Generation: Marijuana Concentrates and Cannabis Infusions by Ed Rosenthal, 2018

A much more recent publication, Beyond Buds offers a comprehensive overview of traditional and modern techniques — including hash-making, dabbing, resin extraction, CO2 extraction, and vaping. In 320 pages, Ed Rosenthal takes the reader through the latest cutting-edge techniques and recipes that you can use at home.

Beyond Buds isn’t a perfect guide. The book recommends some fairly expensive equipment and highlights several specific brands in promotional ways. However, if you’re new to hash-making or extracts in general, the book offers some excellent, practical tips laid out in an easy-to-read format. 

Beyond Buds is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and EdRosenthal.com

Other Recommended Books

These three hash-making books are the best of the best if you’re seeking a comprehensive overview of cannabis, cooking, and the preparation of potent concentrates like hash. However, if you’d like to expand your collection further, here are a few more titles to consider:

  • Beyond Cannabis Extracts: The Handbook to DIY Concentrates, Hash and Original Methods for Marijuana Extracts 1st Edition by Aaron Hammond, 2017,  Amazon
  • HASHISH! 2nd ed. By Robert Connell Clarke, 1998, Amazon
  • Bong Appétit: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Weed [A Cookbook] by the editors of MUNCHIES, 2018, Amazon

With marijuana laws becoming more lenient, there has never been a better time to explore the wonders of hashish and cannabis concentrates. These books will get you off to a great start with making your own hashish at home and savoring the best of bud. Bon appétit!

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