Marijuana facts

Marijuana Myths, Facts VS. Fiction

Support for marijuana legalization is at an all-time high across the United States of America for the first time in decades. Americans are waking up and realizing that the war on drugs or the attempted eradication of the cannabis plant was a war based on lies. With almost 5,000 years of recorded medicinal history and having zero deaths linked directly to cannabis ever marijuana just may be the safest medicine on the planet.
We are going to take a look at some of the common myths associated with marijuana and weigh out fact vs. fiction about marijuana. What you will find is a barrage of lies that have been blasted to the public by the United States government for over eight decades. For every lie, they spew out I am going to give you the facts and the links supporting these facts. There’s only so long that people can be lied to before they realize it. When people realize they’ve been lied to they tend to get pissed off. One of the most common misconceptions about cannabis is that it is not a medicine.
Myth, the government, has marijuana listed as a schedule 1 drug meaning it has no medicinal value at all.

  • Fact, the U.S government, has given Americans marijuana as medicine for years now. Truth, Elvy Musikka, of Eugene Oregon has received regular monthly marijuana from the US government to help treat her glaucoma.
  • Fact, the United States Department of Health has owned the patent for medical marijuana since filing on April 21st, 1999.
  • Fact, more than half the United States has medical marijuana laws, and four states have retail or recreational marijuana laws. This means that 24 States in our country believe marijuana is a medicine.

Other horrible rumors have been spread about marijuana by those who are supposed to be in influential positions. The 40th United States President Ronald Reagan can be accredited with helping to facilitate the lies about cannabis. The former president of the United States was quoted saying this.
“I now have absolute proof that smoking even one marijuana cigarette is equal in brain damage to being on Bikini Island during an H-bomb blast.”
Myth, marijuana is bad for you and will ruin your health.

Another lie about marijuana is that it is a dangerous and deadly drug. This is a lie that has been spread about marijuana since prohibition began back in 1937 with the signing of the MJ Tax Act. The attempted eradication of this incredible plant was an attempt at keeping people sick and dependent on resources that were only temporary. The truth about cannabis is that it really can save the planet. From food to fuel, cloths, building materials, to medicine and environmental reclamation, cannabis can save the planet.
With over half of the U.S having legal medical marijuana laws in place, I say it’s a safe bet to say the facts are in on marijuana and those facts are exposing those who have lied to us for decades.

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Marijuana Laws Around the Globe

It seems that every day there is a new state or country that is making headlines for legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana. With laws changing all the time it is hard to stay up to date on where cannabis is legal and where it is not. Let’s take a trip around the world and review the laws surrounding marijuana in countries around the globe at this time.

Countries with Full Legalization

Uruguay became the first country to fully legalize the consumption, possession, and cultivation of cannabis for personal use in 2013. A regulated market for distribution is expected to eventually be implemented. Uruguay is the only country at this time will full legalization that we are aware of it. States in the U.S. including Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Alaska, and the nation’s capital Washington D.C. have also legalized cannabis for recreational and medical use under certain stipulations.

Where Cannabis is Decriminalized

There are 15 states in the United States that have decriminalized the possession of cannabis for personal consumption, not counting those where minimal cities or counties have adopted decriminalization measures. The amount of cannabis that is decriminalized in each state varies. The possession of 28 grams (1 Ounce) is decriminalized for personal use in California, Delaware, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Rhode Island, Vermont and Nevada. Please see below for restrictions in other states.

  • Connecticut– 1/2 Ounce – 14 Grams
  • Maine – 2.5 Ounces- 70 Grams
  • Maryland– 10 Grams
  • Minnesota– 42.5 Grams
  • Mississippi– 30 Grams
  • North Carolina– 1/2 Ounce- 14 Grams
  • New York– 25 Grams
  • Ohio– 100 Grams

The following countries have decriminalized the possession of cannabis for personal use as well. You can find the legally allotted amount allowed in each country listed below.

  • Austria – 5 Grams
  • Belgium– 3 Grams
  • Columbia– 22 Grams
  • Czech Republic– 15 Grams
  • Ecuador– 10 Grams
  • Greece– 1/2 Gram or 2 Joints
  • Netherlands– 6 Grams for Consumption in a Coffee Shop
  • Peru– 8 Grams
  • Russia– 6 Grams
  • Ukraine– 5 Grams
  • Virgin Islands– 28 Grams / 1 Ounce

Decriminalized Countries- Undefined

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Cambodia
  • Chili
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Portugal
  • Switzerland

Countries Where Cannabis is Only Legal or Decriminalized for Medical Purposes

Puerto Rico, Israel, Serbia, Macedonia, Italy, Columbia, Australia and 25 states in the United States have legalized or decriminalized cannabis for medical purposes only. In these countries/states, you must often qualify for medical marijuana patient status based upon a severe or terminal illness that has shown to be untreatable by pharmaceuticals and traditional treatment options.

Countries Where Cannabis is Highly Illegal Still

Unfortunately, there are many places around the world that still have draconian laws in place when it comes to marijuana for personal or medical consumption including states in the United States. Getting caught with cannabis in any of those states or the following countries can still land you in jail or possibly even prison.
Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia, Bulgaria, People’s Republic of China, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fairland, France, Greenland, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zimbabwe.
As you can see the cannabis laws in countries around the world are as diverse as the strains of cannabis available today. We can’t wait for day to report that prohibition has come to an end worldwide!
 

20 Popular Twitter Accounts in the Cannabis Industry

Social media seems to be the center of the world these days. It is how many people share their opinions, viewpoints, and passions with the world. Social media is also heavily utilized by businesses in many different industries today. The ever growing cannabis industry is no exception to this trend. There are thousands of Twitter accounts linked to businesses and individuals in the cannabis industry and culture. Let’s take a look at 20 of the top cannabis related Twitter accounts that are active today.
@SnoopDogg 17 Million Followers- Snoop Dogg is a cannabis consumer, activist, and business owner known to be very open about his marijuana usage and often tweets entertaining and informative information surrounding the culture.
@HIGH_TIMES_Mag 676K Followers – High Times Magazine is one of the biggest names in marijuana media. High Times regularly tweets articles from their publication as well as information from other sources.
@THEMMExchange 414K Followers- The Medical Marijuana Exchange tweets informative posts surrounding the cannabis culture and industry, all day every day!
@TommyChong 407K Followers – When you think cannabis you probably think Cheech and Chong so it only makes sense that Tommy Chong himself has one of the most popular cannabis centric Twitter profiles active today.
@norml 257K Followers – The National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws is one of the most well-known organization fighting to end prohibition. Follow NORML for educational and up to date information surrounding the movement.
@CannabisCulture 227K Followers – Cannabis Culture magazine based out of Canada has been a big name in the cannabis culture for decades. They regularly tweet information surrounding the cannabis culture in Canada and around the world.
@MassRoots 194K Followers- MassRoots is a cannabis centric social media platform where users can connect and share marijuana related posts without fear. MassRoots regularly tweets beautiful pictures of marijuana and concentrates as well as information pertaining to the cannabis community and industry.
@MarijuanaPolicy 163K Followers- The Marijuana Policy Project is the organization behind many of the successful marijuana markets currently operating in the United States. Follow the MPP for up to date information surrounding the cannabis industry and movement to further legalization across the US.
@IAmSoBaked 163K Followers- Stay Blazin aka THCVibes420 is a Twitter account bringing you entertaining videos, pictures, and more all surrounding the herb we love!
@JoinGreenRush 104KK Followers- Shop local cannabis online. Apply for your medical marijuana card in minutes and enjoy.
@weedmaps 86.6K Followers – Weedmaps is a platform to help consumers located providers in the industry. Check out their Twitter feed for informative and entertaining tweets!
@Leafly 70K Followers – Leafly has quickly become the go to source when it comes to information pertaining to specific cannabis products. They regularly tweet strain related information, and other educational posts.
@Cannabist 32K Followers- Informs and connects the world of medical cannabis.
@HempLifeGlobal 61K Followers- The Cannabist is a big name in cannabis media that often tweets about the industry and culture while educating the masses.
@JodieEmery 41K Followers- Jodie Emery is a well-known cannabis activist in Canada and her Twitter feed will keep you up to date on everything you need to know about the cannabis industry and culture in Canada.
@RadicalRuss 21.5K Followers- Russ Bellville hosts a daily podcast where he educates the world to the truths of cannabis and the current happenings in the movement. Check out his Twitter feed to be enlightened!
@womengrow 24K Followers- Women Grow is a collective of industry professionals, mainly women, that tweet information you need to know about this ever growing industry and culture.
@JointheMajority 17.6K Followers Marijuana Majority represents the majority of the country and world that wishes for the prohibition to be ended once and for all. Their Twitter feed is packed full of grassroots event information, education surrounding marijuana laws, and more.
@greenflwrmedia 29K Followers- Green Flower Media is looking to remove the stigma associated with cannabis and they are helping to do so through sharing informative, up to date and factual tweets with the world.
@whaxyapp 11K Followers- Whaxy connects you with cannabis! Check out their Twitter feed for recipes, dispensary and product reviews, informative articles, entertainment and more!
As you can see there are many popular names in this list as well as some that you may not have heard of unless you are emerged in the industry. Whether you are a business owner in the cannabis industry, a medical marijuana patient or a recreational/retail consumer of cannabis you should check out these Twitter accounts today.

Marijuana Edibles

7 Great Places to Purchase Marijuana Edibles in the U.S.

Currently, 25 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana in some form, although only four states—including Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska, along with the District of Columbia—allow recreational marijuana use.
If you’re 21 or older and live in an area where marijuana use is legal, then you may be interested in edibles. Edibles are a healthier alternative to smoking, and although it takes longer for the high to hit, their effects last longer. This includes the pain relief quality, which make edibles a preferred choice for medical patients. Recreational users will also reap the same benefits. If you’re interested in trying marijuana edibles, start at one of these places in the U.S. where you can purchase edibles.

Starbuds

Starbuds is a 2015 Hightimes Cannabis Cup Winner in the Best Sativa category and currently has six locations around Colorado with more opening soon. Visit Denver, Aurora, Louisville, or Pueblo to explore their in-stock items. They carry favorites like Cheeba Chews as well as other tasty treats like gummies, chocolate bars, and mints.

Denver Relief

Denver Relief is a dispensary located in the heart of Denver, CO that caters to medical patients and recreational cannabis users. With their wide selection of edibles, you’re sure to find something that will suit your needs, whether you’re seeking a high dosage, low dosage, something sweet, or something discrete. They carry edibles from reputable manufacturers like Mountain Medicine, Cheeba Chews, Incredibles, and Sweet Mary Jane.

Natures Herb and Wellness Center

Natures Herb and Wellness Center currently has three locations across Colorado, including one in Garden City, one in Log Lane Village, and one in Denver. Their facility boasts award-winning strains, and they pride themselves in being a one-stop shop for everything cannabis. Edibles here range from tasty brownies and blondies to sweet taffy and candies. Wash it all down with a drink, whether you’re looking for pain relief or a recreational high.

Skywalker Delights

Skywalker Delights is the perfect place to stop if you’re looking for all natural, organic edibles. With locations in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California, and Hawaii, there are many opportunities to enjoy Skywalker Delights whether you’re looking for stress relief or pain relief. Their products are fresh baked daily with premium organic ingredients and medical grade cannabis. Products are gluten-free, non-GMO, and vegan. Start by trying the delectable macaroon delights, which are made with Ghirardelli chocolate. Sea salt caramels, cannabis bites, cookies, and brownies are also available.

Sweet Leaf Cannabis

If you’re in the Springfield, OR area, consider stopping by Sweet Leaf Cannabis. They feature a wide selection of products, with over 40 different strains of flower. Choose from THC and CBD options. Edibles include tasty treats like brownies, cookies, and chocolates.

Cannabend

Cannabend is based out of Bend, OR and caters to both medical and recreational marijuana users. This registered dispensary ensures its products are of top quality by putting them through laboratory testing before placing them on their shelves. Cannabend’s menu consists of beverages, brownies, caramel popcorn, chews, fudge, and much more, so you’re sure to find a tasty treat that will satisfy your sweet tooth and your cannabis needs. Their inventory is constantly changing, so check online before you go to see what’s currently available, or feel free to give them a call to see what’s in stock for the day.

Club Sky High

Portland, OR is home to the marijuana dispensary Club Sky High, which is open to public visitors ages 21 and above. This dispensary uses strains grown and tested locally in Oregon to ensure customers receive a quality product, whether they’re buying seeds or edibles. Try gummies or a chocolate treat, or test out their mixed nuts and snack mixes. You’ll also find taffy, lozenges, and many other treats and edibles for medical or recreational use.
These locations are just the beginning. Expect to see more retailers offering edibles for recreational and medical use soon as more states legalize marijuana and more retailers obtain licenses. If you plan to visit one of the locations above, make sure you’re aware of your state’s laws regarding the possession and selling of marijuana before you buy. Which one of these locations do you think you’ll visit first?
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Recipe: Hot Buttery Cannabiscuits

Dough makes 8-12 biscuits, depending on size. Serving size is 1 or 2 biscuits.

INGREDIENTS

1 3/4 GF flour
1 packet quick rise yeast
1 1/2 cups hot water or hot milk (130-160F)
4 tbs cannabis oil, solid, cut into chunks like butter
1 tsp olive oil + more to grease
1 tsp salt
2-3 tbs guar gum
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbs coconut sugar + 1 or 2 tbs coconut sugar

Any herbs like:
basil
parsley
dill
rosemary
garlic
chili powder

parchment
cling film
baking pan
mixing bowl

DIRECTIONS

1. In 1 1/2 cups of hot water or milk, sprinkle 1 tbs sugar and packet of yeast. If it’s activated/live yeast, the mix should begin to bubble and foam a layer over the liquid. Let sit undisturbed for at least 5 minutes, so that the yeast can activate. If nothing happens, you might have a bunk packet– though, sometimes I’ve had luck with microwaving what I thought was dead yeast for a few seconds, and it activated just fine.

2. While the yeast does its thing, mix GF flour with your salt, baking powder, guar gum, sugar, and any herbs or spice you want thrown in in a large mixing bowl. I really like nutritional yeast, garlic, and rosemary, but sometimes I’ll do a sweetbread with nutmeg, cinnamon, and more sugar.

3. Drizzle in olive oil and pour in yeast mixture, once it’s good and foamy. Using a rubber or silicone spatula to mix the dough has always worked out well for me. I’ve never made this recipe in a stand or electric mixer, so go for that if it’s simpler. Incorporate wet with dry until a dough starts to form.

4. Cut in chunks of cannabis oil, continuing to stir and gently press dough into shape. Add flour in small amounts with guar gum if dough is too sticky or won’t hold together (it should, since we’re using active yeast).

5. When you can form the dough into a relatively smooth ball, you’re golden. Rub a small amount of olive oil all over the dough, just enough to lightly coat it, then cover bowl with cling film. Leave dough to rise in a warm place (a super easy way to make one is to turn on your oven to 350– but only for a few seconds! This will create a space warm enough to proof the dough but not hot enough to bake it) for at least an hour.

6. After your dough has risen, take off the cling film and line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean-up. Grease VERY lightly with olive oil. Set your oven to 350F (and leave it there this time). In whatever shape you want, add rows of dough blobs to the pan, evenly spaced until the pan is filled. The biscuits will rise a little more but not by much; the main idea is, give them enough room to cook.

7. Your oven rack should be set a notch above the middle. Pastries/breads cook best there, without burning either end. Bake biscuits for 25-30 mins, until golden brown. To make sure this is achieved, brush biscuits with melted vegan butter at the 10 and 20 minute mark.   

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