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Marijuana Lessons for Canada: Usa Vs Portugal Vs Netherlands #infographic

Many people are campaigning for marijuana legalization around the world. But from the legal point of view, what will that look like? Should people be allowed to smoke weed anywhere, or should there be certain restrictions? Can one grow weed at home? What falls under a criminal offence? Currently, Canada is faced with such questions. Their government has promised some sort of marijuana legalization, but it is still not clear what that will look like. With the purpose of contributing to the debate, this infographic compares marijuana legalization laws in three countries that can be used as a model: the USA, Netherlands and Portugal.

This analysis will, without a doubt, be interesting to non-Canadians as well, because it shows different approaches that these countries have to marijuana legalization. While some countries allow consuming a personal amount of this substance, others view it as an addiction issue. Again, growing weed at home is not without limitations. There are restrictions on the number of plants that can be grown and how they are looked after. All this shows that we are still far from a perfect legal model. Maybe Canada will lead in this process. In any case, when you read the following infographic, you will certainly look at the marijuana issue with different eyes.
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Seeing Green Reaping The Benefits Of Regulated Marijuana #Infographic

The topic of marijuana legalization is nothing new, but the conversation has shifted in recent years, as laws relax in various states throughout the U.S.
Taking a more journalistic approach to join the conversation, the folks at Digit sought to examine shifting public opinion, new taxation policies, and how global economies function under legal marijuana status.
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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.


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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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.”
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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.
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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 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.
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The States Where It's Legal To Smoke Marijuana

At the beginning of July, Vermont became the ninth U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana and adults are permitted to possess up to 1 ounce of the drug as well as two mature and four immature plants. Vermont joins other states including California, Massachusetts, Maine, and Nevada where votes were passed to green light recreational marijuana in late 2016. That doubled the number of states where lighting up was permitted with Colorado, Alaska, Washington and Oregon all previously legalizing the green stuff. In terms of consumption, California has a massive market for recreational marijuana, larger than Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska combined.
Infographic courtesy of: statista