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Infusing Yoga with Cannabis – What You Need to Know

Despite cannabis just becoming “legal” in many places, it’s existence dates back more than 10,000 years. Before prohibition began just less than a century ago and still today, cannabis is utilized for many different reasons in a plethora of cultures globally. One of those reasons is for spiritual purposes and enlightenment.
Another ancient practice that is believed to be one component of an overall enlightened lifestyle is yoga. In the publication titled “Yoga Sutras” which was penned roughly 2,000 years ago by an Indian Sage named Patanjali there are references to the utilization of herbs as one of the 5 paths to enlightenment.
Many believe these references are about cannabis. This is due to the history of cannabis in the Indian culture. For example, in India, it’s tradition to honor the deity Shiva with cannabis elixir. India has also referenced cannabis sativa in texts from the Vedic period regarding an intoxicating ritual drink known as Soma.
Today many individuals are choosing to combine the two ancient components in what the masses refer to as Ganja Yoga. Cannabis-infused yoga if you will is, in fact, becoming quite the hit in cities around the world as the movement to legalize the herb once more continues to be victorious.

The Synchronicity of Combining the Cannabis and Yoga

Many people are familiar with the benefits of Yoga and the benefits of cannabis, but are the two better together? According to individuals such as Lu Pancini, a certified yoga instructor that runs The House of Yoga where yogis and consumers can partake in cannabis-infused yoga sessions, and her husband Joey, cannabis could be the key to allowing individuals the ability to “enjoy the full benefits of yoga.”
Here are some of the benefits of combining cannabis and yoga!

  • Cannabis relaxes both the mind and body which in return will allow you to become more mindful and eliminate pain points.
  • Cannabis helps to relieve both pain and anxiety. These are two factors that could otherwise reduce the effectiveness of yoga.
  • It is believed that cannabis consumption even in small doses before a yoga session can help students to become more in-tune with the philosophy that the body, mind, and spirit are one, an essential philosophy of yoga.
  • Cannabis for many also lowers inhibitions allowing students to try poses they may not have tried previously.
  • The practice of yoga tends to help reduce stress and decrease blood pressure. It can also increase metabolism and support your overall immune system. Coincidentally, cannabis can also help with all of these aspects, so it only makes sense that the two would work even better together.

From Ancient Text to Modern Times

One of the earliest texts of spiritual guidance known to man as The Vedas references the use of yoga and cannabis together dating back as far as 2000-1400 BC. The first U.S. pairing of the two in the modern day, however, was in 2009, and the two were brought together by Dee Dussault.
Dee has more than 20 years of experience as a hatha yoga instructor. She is also the author of Ganja Yoga: A Practical Guide to Conscious Relaxation, Soothing Pain Relief, and Enlightened Self-Discovery. This publication provides guidance on how to best incorporate cannabis into your yoga routine.
Speaking of how to incorporate the herb into your yoga practices best, here are a few tips for combining the two for the most elevated and enlightened experience possible.

Tips for Incorporating Cannabis into Your Yoga Routine

When it comes to incorporating cannabis into your yoga routine, there are a few things you will want to remember. One is you know your body better than anyone, and you know what works and what doesn’t. Never deny your self-knowledge. Consume and proceed only as you feel comfortable. It is only then that you will truly be at one and benefit the most from this experience. With this in mind, here are a few other tips for combining cannabis and yoga.

  • Start your routine with a Sativa strain or a Sativa dominant hybrid. These types of strains tend to provide an energetic and uplifting effect. If Sativas are known for making your mind race or increasing your anxiety, it may be best to start with a hybrid. You know your body best. Find what works for you and go with the flow.
  • Indica strains are recommended towards the end and even after your routine as they relax the body and mind. This allows you to remain in a state where you can best reflect on your practices.
  • Ganja yoga isn’t just about smoking cannabis either. In fact, many people who combine the two actually prefer to utilize different consumption methods. Methods such as consuming edibles, infused drinks, and vaping as opposed to or even in combination with smoking.

Do you incorporate cannabis into your yoga routine or have you ever attended a Ganja Yoga type class? If so, we’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below!

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Smoking Vs. Vaporizing…What's the Difference?

Smoking marijuana Vs. Vaporizing marijuana: Depending on one’s experience within the realm of cannabis consumption, some may never have heard of vaporizing.
Vaporizing marijuana is a common technique for consuming marijuana, while at the same time negating many irritating respiratory toxins that exists within the grown marijuana flower and are released when smoked. Conversely, vaporizing cannabis allows one to get at all of the psychoactive ingredients available within that specific strain of marijuana , minus the combustion that ordinarily takes place during consumption.
The basic design of the average marijuana vaporizer is to allow marijuana smokers to inhale the many active Cannabinoids, while at the same time avoiding any of the harmful elements that may exist on that specific flower… although invisible to the naked eye.
While most don’t know it … There is a vast difference in the quality of smoke that one receives when they are vaporizing marijuana vs smoking marijuana. When one smokes a joint, or hits their bong approximately 88% of the combusted smoke gases contain non-cannabinoid elements, most of which do not get you high and provide potential health risks.
Conversely when one is vaporizing marijuana the gases that they are inhaling consists of approximately 95% cannabinoids, otherwise known as the psychoactive ingredients that both calm the mind and soothe the body.


Sources: Themaven and Marijuana.

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Pot Smokers: Why Are They Skinny [INFOGRAPHIC]

Are people who use marijuana thinner than those who don’t? Though scientists can’t say conclusively that smoking pot makes you thin, a recent study shows a correlation between smaller waist circumference and marijuana use. Users not only seem to be thinner, but also somewhat healthier than their non-using counterparts. An exact reason for the trend hasn’t been discovered, but scientists are still intrigued by the results of the study.
More than 4,600 people participated in the study. Waist circumference and other weight-related factors were assessed in those who currently are marijuana users, those who used but don’t anymore, and those who never used. Other studies had found lower prevalence for obesity and diabetes in marijuana users, but this was the first study to also include tests for insulin, glucose and insulin resistance.
When studied, those factors led to some of the most surprising results. As researchers looked at the weight related factor, many significant differences were noted among the participants based on their marijuana usage. BMI, insulin levels, insulin resistance,glucose levels and waist circumference were all lower in current marijuana users when compared to those who used in the past or never had. The results of the study are impressive, but scientists have yet to determine the cause, and whether the results were in fact caused by marijuana use.
It is hoped that further research into the subject will be able to determine whether the differences found by the study are a direct result of marijuana use. If a direct correlation is found, scientists will then look into what exactly about marijuana affects people in this way. The study also notes that with the recent trends toward legalizing marijuana, doctors should be aware of what impact it can have on the body as more and more patients may come in having used it in some capacity.

This infographic and article was originally published on: Dietsinreview.

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Study Shows Cannabis Impairs Memory

Study Shows Cannabis Impairs Memory

A joint study recently released by two Universities recently provides new insight into how cannabis impairs memory. They discovered that habitual use of cannabis impairs memory in lab rats. The scientists dosed rats with the descriptively named WIN 55,212‐2 cannabinoid and they began struggling to identify and remember objects.
Universidade de Lisboa in Portugal and the University of Lancaster in the United Kingdom conducted the study. They looked into the long-term effects of cannabis consumption for new insights into reducing the side effects of cannabis. After analyzing the data, they recently published their results in the Journal of Neurochemistry.
The peer reviewed paper is part of a new wave of research looking into the effects of cannabis. It is part of a larger initiative to uncover the mysteries hidden in cannabinoids and our own bodies. The authors of this study also conducted another that shed light on how cannabis impairs the ability to recall memories.Readers interested in more information can check out their current white paper at onlinelibrary.wiley.com or their previous research at squ.pure.elsevier.com.

Habitual Use May Pose Risk

The study found that rats dosed with WIN 55,212‐2 didn’t recognize objects they had previously seen. But the drug didn’t affect their motor functions or anxiety level. Brain tissue tests also showed structural changes in brain regions important to memory and cognition.
This means that heavy or habitual use can have long-lasting impact on users. Most people understand that cannabis impairs memory. But this is one of the first times that scientists have proven the link between cannabinoids and memory.
The discovery adds to what we know about cannabis interacts with the functional mechanisms in the brain. It also sheds new light on the importance of the serotonin system in processing cannabinoids. This is one more step forward for patients suffering from a variety of diseases that affect memory.

Cannabis isn’t perfect

Despite the claims of hippies and spiritualists, cannabis can provide negative side effects. Not everyone wants to be blazed while using cannabinoids. Many patients prefer CBD instead of THC because it doesn’t produce a noticeable “high”. Finding a way to counteract the high could allow high THC consumption without the normal negatives.
One of the most iconic side effects of cannabis is how it impairs memory. Yet the mechanics of how this happens are complex and difficult to study outside the lab. With so many countries changing their stance of cannabis, researchers are finally able to see what all the fuss is about. The complex nature of cannabinoids means that single cannabinoids interact with a variety of brain systems simultaneously.
The study author Ana Sebastião cited the growing cannabis market and therapeutic use of cannabis as a main consideration as reported by Medical News Today. The author claims we should consider the downsides of therapeutic cannabis use and try to find ways to address them. After all, only understanding the nature of the risks of cannabis use will allow us to take action to avoid or prevent them.

The information in this article is designed to provide helpful information. It is not meant to diagnose or treat any medical condition. These are opinion pieces based on trusted sources.

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New Tariffs Hit Cannabis Vapes Hard

New tariffs hit vapes hard

America is in the middle of a trade war and foreign powers are fighting back with new tariffs. Recently announced tariffs proposed by president Trump are poised to make importing some manufactured goods from China more expensive. But the move sparked political and economic backlash with more tariffs announced in response.
The escalating trade war against China and other countries is about to hit cannabis consumers with higher prices. Modern cannabis consumers increasingly rely on vaping devices, batteries, filters and cartridges. Higher import taxes mean higher prices when checking out at the vape shop.
Heavy vapers could see significantly higher prices in the coming months for consumables manufactured in other countries. But the longer the trade war wages on, the more consumers are going to feel the pinch. Nobody understands this better than Arnaud Dumas de Rauly, the Co-CEO of Blinc Group.

Companies walk a fine line

Dumas de Rauly has a long list of clients looking for vaping hardware. His company sells technologies and products related to vaping nicotine and cannabis. There is also his incubator program that helps develop, research and brand tech for the vape industry.
The vape research, development and branding company Blinc Group CEO recently testified that the policies put in place by the Trump White House will impact consumers. Dumas de Rauly testified as part of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative public hearings. The hearings specifically deal with the new tariffs and their impact on American businesses.
In his testimony, Dumas de Rauly claimed that the proposed tariffs would have consequences beyond simply higher consumer costs. He pointed out that “25% of sales come from cannabis vaping products”. In 2017 Colorado collected $247M in cannabis taxes and the increased cost could lead to decreasing sales and less income for the states.

The cuts go deep

It’s more than just the people making and selling vaporizers that will feel the impact of the new tariffs. Consumers should feel the squeeze every time they go to the shop. But shop owners also need to prepare for increased prices on the supply side and reductions in consumer demand.
Since the tariffs target Chinese imports, anyone who relies on cheap foreign goods to do business is going to feel the pinch. Higher prices and lower demand for everything from carrier services to accounting and cell carriers will put additional strain on the market and could negatively impact consumer confidence. If it doesn’t right itself, the market can get into a death spiral that reduces access to all but the wealthiest.
The full impact of the new tariffs will only become apparent after they go through. A heavy response from China could deepen hostilities, increasing import costs further. It also isn’t clear if this is the limit of sanctions the U.S. and China intend to impose or if more will follow. If relations continue to chill, it could put spell doom for many entrepreneurs and small businesses that rely on vape sales.

The information provided in this article is designed to provide helpful information. It is not meant to diagnose or treat any medical condition. These are opinion pieces based on trusted sources.

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Who Buys Legal Marijuana in America – infographic

New Theory Magazine visualizes the recent sales of legal marijuana in America with the release of the new infographic. How big is the market for legal marijuana in America? A lot bigger than some would have ever imagined. According to Fortune, “a new report by a leading marijuana industry investment and research firm found legal cannabis sales jumped 17%, to $5.4 billion, in 2015 and they will grow by a whopping 25% this year to reach $6.7 billion in total U.S. sales.”
Who are the consumers of legal marijuana?
• The average recreational marijuana consumer is 37 years old, marijuana dispensaries serve customers 21-95
• The average marijuana consumer spends $33 on weed per trip to dispensary
• Weed smokers spent $645 on average in the last year buying pot
• There are more than twice as many men than women in the customer loyalty program
Although Fortune reports that “well-established medical pot markets in states like California still account for much of the country’s legal marijuana sales,” ArcView says that “recreational marijuana sales is expected to help fuel the cannabis market’s soaring growth over the next few years.”
“It projects that adult-use pot sales will account for more than half (53%) of the overall market by 2020,” Fortune explains, adding, “that would represent growth of more than 1,150% for recreational sales over the next four years.”
Infographic courtesy of: newtheory.com

 

Which Drugs Are Most Popular?

Cannabis is by far the most commonly used drug worldwide, according to the latest Global Drug Survey (GDS). Cocaine and MDMA are used to a far lesser extend in comparison. The figures used here do not consider alcohol, tobacco or caffeine, which of course are also heavily used. Also, the GDS seeks out younger respondents more involved in drug use. Their overview therefore concentrates on people likely to use drugs than the general public.
The mean age of the surveyed population in the 28 countries covered was 29.1 years, while 46.7 percent of the respondents were under 25 years of age and 47.6 percent went clubbing at least every 3 months. GDS also asked more men (68 percent) than women (32 percent) for their survey.
Infographic courtesy of: statista

 

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Top 10 Universities for an Elevated Education

Merely talking about cannabis on a college campus used to be something you only did on the down low. Today, however, not only are there campuses where you can legally consume, but there are also colleges and classes specifically focused on cannabis education.
In this article, we will take a look at 10 of the top universities where you can receive an elevated education surrounding this miraculous plant that is becoming widely accepted across the nation and around the world.

THC University

THC University is located in Colorado but offers all classes online for convenience and easy access by students globally. Their current course offerings include Marijuana 101 (an intro to cannabis), Budtender Basics, Terpenes Basics, Grow Basics, Horticulture Specialist, Cannabis Business and Safety Regulations for the state of Colorado and Washington.
Unlimited access to all of their professional courses can be obtained for $50 monthly or as low as $420 for annual access. Most students can complete their certifications within 3-6 months working at their own pace. While students can’t visit a physical campus, their subscription to THC University includes chat support Monday-Friday, resume assistance, access to monthly expert webinars and much more. Learn more or enroll today here!

Northern Michigan University

At the Northern Michigan University, students can partake in the one and only 4-year undergraduate degree that is focused explicitly on medicinal plants such as cannabis. The undergraduate program is known as Medicinal Plant Chemistry, and it offers students the opportunity to receive the training and skills they need for success in the emerging cannabis industry worldwide.
Medicinal Plant Chemistry is a program that gives students the option of choosing between an entrepreneurial track focused on business and accounting or a bio-analytical path that focuses on advanced topics in biology and chemistry. To learn more about this program and it’s requirement check out the NMU website here.

Cannabis Training University

The Cannabis Training University also known as CTU offers various certifications covering all aspects of the emerging cannabis industry. CTU was founded in San Francisco California in 2009. Their headquarters, however, is now located in Denver Colorado, and all courses are offered online.
Their course tracks include certifications in growing, cooking, and trimming cannabis, as well as budtending, business and career certifications, medical cannabis certifications and certification in cannabis laws. They also offer a Master of Marijuana Certification which you can receive online for only $249. The master of marijuana certification includes all 9 of CTU’s certification courses in one! Learn more or enroll today here.

CloverLeaf University

CloverLeaf University was founded in Denver Colorado in 2009 and was the first ever accredited cannabis phytotech university to be licensed, regulated, and approved by the Colorado Department of Higher Education Private Occupational School Board. CloverLeaf University also known as CLU offers classes on campus as well as workshops, live training, online course certifications, and on-site business training.
CLU currently has the approval to provide 25 stand-alone course certifications in addition to five program certifications that are all specifically tailored to the cannabis industry. CLU offers a campus in Denver Colorado but also holds training in various locations around the world. From courses on opening a cannabis business all the way to vendor safety, cannabis laws, cannabis cultivation, budtending, and much more. To see their full course offering check out there 2018 school catalog here.

Oaksterdam University

Oaksterdam University is the United States’ first-ever cannabis college. OU was founded in Oakland California in 2007. The university has formally educated more than 30,000 individuals from around the globe in cannabis specific courses and currently has more than 150 faculty members including leading industry professionals and industry pioneers.
Oaksterdam University offers a wide range of courses for legal and business professionals, cultivators, entrepreneurs, activists, budtenders and many more. Whether you are new to the cannabis scene or have been consuming for decades and possess extensive knowledge of this plant, Oaksterdam University has a course for you! To learn more about their massive course offering or to enroll, check out their website today!

The Trichome Institute

The Trichome Institute which was founded in 2014 has a specialized award-winning curriculum with a focus on the highest standards for education and certifications surrounding the science of cannabis. Their curricula are certified by the Marijuana Enforcement Division as well as the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
The Trichome Institute also offers two different programs that are designed to help to create a higher class of cannabis expert and a standardized quality judging system. This is with the hope that it will bring the industry in line with other consumer goods such as coffee, cheese, and wine. These programs include TAG which is the Trichome Institute’s cannabis quality certification system and the world’s only cannabis sommelier program known as Interpening which is offered exclusively through The Trichome Institute. To learn more or to enroll in one of The Trichome Institutes’ many online courses check out their website today here.

Green CulturED

Green CulturED isn’t precisely a cannabis college, but it is a cannabis e-learning solution 4 anyone and everyone working in the Cannabis sector. Green CulturED was explicitly designed to provide an e-learning solution that would fit the needs of team leads, directors, VPs, business owners, founders, CEOs and employees in the cannabis space. Green CulturED offers streamlined, and personalized online lesson plans designed to help businesses improve the knowledge of their existing teams, automate the training process for onboarding new employees and improve their employee retention.
Some of the learning plans currently offered by Green CulturED include plans for employee onboarding, supervisor training, OSHA compliance, medical training, cannabis cultivation training, training for dispensary text, point-of-sale training, franchisee training and training surrounding chemistry and Analysis of cannabis products. To learn more or enlist the services and solutions offered by Green CulturED check out their website here today.

The Cannabis Career Institute

The Cannabis Career Institute was founded in March of 2009 with a focus on business techniques. They have since created a step by step method and curriculum that incorporates the lifetime experience of experts in many different fields of the cannabis sector. The Cannabis Career Institute offers staff with extensive knowledge in dispensary management, marketing and advertising in the cannabis space, marijuana cultivation, cooking with cannabis as well as the delivery of cannabis in legal states.
CCI offers a plethora of different classes and certifications for cannabis professionals. Their courses include focuses on cannabis business, cannabis cultivation management, budtending, running marijuana dispensaries, cannabis consulting, concentrate processing, and much more. To learn more about the CCI or how to partake in their courses check out their website today!

The University of Vermont

Cannabis is medicine, and that is why it may come as no surprise to many that one of the oldest universities in the United States is offering a cannabis certification program under the umbrella of its College of Medicine. The University of Vermont which was founded in 1791 is considered to have one of the best colleges of medicine in the country. In recent years they have begun to offer the Cannabis Science and Medicine certificate program.
This program covers a variety of topics including but not limited to the history of cannabis and cannabis laws all the way to plant biology, the biological effects of cannabis on the body, pharmacology, clinical research and production of cannabis. To learn more about how you can enroll in the UVM Cannabis Science and Medicine certificate program or to learn more about the program itself check out the University of Vermont website here.

The University of Washington

The University of Washington currently offers a training program for health professionals looking to increase their knowledge of medicinal cannabis. The program provides 1 module with a specific focus on how medicinal cannabis should be recommended while the other module focuses on Washington state cannabis law and specific medicinal uses of cannabis.
The University of Washington which many consider to be one of the leading research universities worldwide offers this program through its Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute. To learn more about this program or to enroll today visit the University of Washington’s website here.

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Up in Legal Smoke: Canada’s Marijuana Mess (infographic)

Some people view marijuana as a dangerous drug, while others see it as harmless fun. There is a number of countries that accept marijuana for medical purposes, but the majority still have strict laws against its usage. Such conflicting opinions can bring a lot of confusion in a society. This infographic by omqlaw.ca takes a look at the marijuana topic is perceived in Canada’s legal systems. Even though it is an illegal substance, it seems that some aspects of the law are enforced differently.
Infographic courtesy of: omqlaw.ca