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Top 5 Medical Reasons People Use MMJ

People have many reasons for smoking MMJ.

Ask 5 stoners why they smoke MMJ and you will likely get 5 reasons. There are a lot of factors in life that dictate our actions and few are predictable or unilateral. After all, it’s hard to be an astronaut in the 1600’s or if you happen to be a felon. Not so much if you are in 1970’s Ohio though.
But that shouldn’t stop us from trying to understand why people consume marijuana. It doesn’t matter if you consume flower, concentrates, edibles or use MMJ topically. If you use marijuana medically, this list probably has you on it.
Just remember that this list is in no specific order. If you disagree with the order or think something else should have been on it, call me out in the comments. Let everyone know what I missed and why it belongs there.

  1. Cancer

Approximately 39.6% of all men and women are diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. While many remain benign, a vast majority grow rapidly and resist treatment. Some cancers can kill in a matter of months while others take decades to metastasize.
Research shows that MMJ helps treat certain types of cancer. There is still a long way to go but cannabinoids like THC, CBD and CBN show great promise. Especially in cancers like: breast, brain, liver, melanoma, and leukemia.

  1. Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a condition where your brain misfires and causes a seizure. But unlike popular perception, it doesn’t just come from flashing lights. Seizures may even come on unprovoked, as though out of nowhere and for no reason.
There is no cure for epilepsy and it can affect anyone, even children. There are few options on the market that are truly safe for children. But CBD is one of the few natural alternatives to prescription medications that works.
With 65 million people suffering from epilepsy worldwide, cannabis has a lot of work to do.

  1. Chronic Pain

Life is tough and can leave you in constant pain for many reasons. More than 1.5 billion people suffer from chronic pain worldwide with 50 million of them living in the united states. Healing can take a long time and many common pain killers come with risks of dependency or overdose.
Marijuana isn’t chemically addictive like oxycodone or dangerous in large quantities like aspirin. So as patients heal, they can reduce or eliminate using with no long term side effects. As a bonus, we still have zero confirmed deaths exclusively from consuming too much weed.

  1. Anxiety

Some people need help getting through a situation. Others need help just chilling out in general. This includes those suffering from OCD, panic disorder, phobias, bipolar disorder and many other variants.
For the 18% of the U.S. population suffering from anxiety disorders, medication makes life manageable. But not everyone wants to use Xanax to get the job done. Unlike cigarettes or e-juice, cannabis vapor doesn’t harm lungs or cause cancer.

  1. Depression

About 350 million people have depression. Many prescriptions to treat it come with dangerous side effects or are unsafe for children. While THC may be controversial for teens to have, CBD offers many of the same benefits without the cognitive impairment.
Despite this, the federal status of marijuana keeps it from being prescribed in many cases. As a Schedule 1 Drug, it is legally considered to have no medical value. Many doctors simply refuse to prescribe MMJ for religious reasons or because of corporate policies. But increasing acceptance and legal reform are lowering that number.


10 Most Interesting Females in Cannabis

It’s difficult to consume news media these days without getting a taste of cannabis. In just the past few months, Colorado passed $1 Billion in annual sales faster than any state in history and built schools with the tax revenues; Nevada weathered a battle with alcohol distributors to open REC more quickly and successfully than anyone anticipated; Vermont, New Hampshire and New Jersey are moving forward; California hopes to right its messy REC rollout and create a market as big as all the other states combined … then US Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened to bring the whole house down by rescinding the Cole Memo. Phew!

On the ground, many of the greatest victories in the fight for legalization and opportunity are being won by women. Following are The 10 Most Interesting Women in Cannabis in 2018.

  1. Priscilla Vilchis, CEO of Cali Premium Produce 

Pricilla Vilchis is the CEO of Cali Premium Produce, which focuses on medicinal cannabis products. Premium Produce was chosen from 500 applicants to win 2 cannabis licenses in Nevada (one for cultivation and one for production) which it manages through its 25,000 square foot, $6 million Las Vegas cultivation and laboratory facility. The Company and has also won the same 2 licenses in the Los Angeles city of Lynwood. Queen of the Desert is its flagship brand, a nod to Vilchis who is the youngest female license winner in Nevada and first minority female to win a California license. Previously in her career in healthcare, Vilchis quickly built and grew several multimillion-dollar businesses, and learned first-hand of the devastating effects of opioids, for which she believes Premium Produce products are an effective and less dangerous alternative.

  1. Alexis Bortell, plaintiff in a Federal lawsuit against the US Government

is small but mighty. Now 12-years old, she is one of several plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed against the United States which claims the Controlled Substances Act violates Americans’ fundamental right to travel, as well as the Commerce Clause of the Constitution and the First, Fifth, Ninth and 14th amendments. Alexis suffers from intractable epilepsy so severe that after trying 20 different medications, doctors settled on Felbatol, which is so powerful it includes a “black box warning” – the most serious kind the US Food and Drug Administration will put on a medicine – to flag its extremely dangerous side effects. As a last ditch alternative, her doctors recommended a CBD tincture and THC spray. The medicinal cannabis combination worked, and her seizures have stopped for the past 3 years. Alexis’ family lived in Texas, where cannabis is not legal, and had to move to Colorado to use life-saving cannabis. 

  1. Lori Ajax, the first Chief of the California Bureau of Cannabis Control


Lori Ajax, the “Cannabis Czar of California” was formerly Chief Deputy Director at the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, which helped convince Governor Jerry Brown to appoint her to build the regulatory

infrastructure for the nation’s most populous state. Well, the CBCC certainly ain’t the DMV. Ajax’s challenge is to lead the anticipated multi-billion dollar California industry in which municipalities have the first line of control over licensing. Each California city can legalize or outlaw cannabis businesses, of certain types or all together. Cannabis companies that win local licenses can then apply for state licenses. Several major municipalities missed the January 1 REC opening, but Ajax has remained steadfast and reassuring. She’s done an outstanding job of proactively communicating directly with the industry through personal appearances, speaking and meeting with industry participants at a head spinning number of events. The message is resonating: “We’ll get there together.” 

  1. Ruth Epstein, Financial Advisor and Investor; Founding Partner of BGP Advisors


A few years ago most finance professionals thought it was too edgy to enter the cannabis industry. Ruth Epstein jumped in with both feet – as an investor and as a financial advisor to small companies with big potential. In analyzing cannabis opportunity, she calls on her 10 years as a Goldman Sachs investment banker working on corporate finance and M&A deals for Yahoo, Wired, AutoZone, Dell Computer, Marcus Cable, FAO Schwarz, and Safeway, among many others. In addition to her IPO, high yield debt and private placement work at Goldman, Ruth has raised capital for a hedge fund, successfully sourced and negotiated the acquisition of a media sales company, oh and by the way, funded and produced two feature films. In between appearances at conferences sponsored by ArcView and MedMen who invite her to share her expertise, she serves as interim COO/CFO for Treez, a leading Silicon Valley-based cannabis software company. 

  1. Fiona Ma, CPA, California State Board of Equalization

While running for California State Treasurer in 2018, Fiona Ma, CPA, retains her seat on the State Board of Equalization – the taxing agency for the State of California, where she represents 10 million people in 23 counties. For years before the current crop of politicos decided they might put a toe in the cannabis waters, Ma has publicly championed solutions to the cannabis banking crisis. She gained understanding and perspective on the issue the old-fashioned way – she took dozens of trips to farms in the Emerald Triangle area and listened. What she heard shocked her, and made her realize how many serious issues, from proper reporting and taxing of billions in revenues, to public safety (how will California cannabis businesses – which are unbanked due to federal regulations – safely move the anticipated $1 Billion in cash to pay their taxes on April 15th?), to simply calling 911 when you have a basement full of cannabis? Ma realized the cash/banking conundrum was the linchpin for all these problems. With a B.S. from the Rochester Institute of Technology, an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University, and an MBA from Pepperdine, she’s uniquely qualified to create an innovative solution: a California-only public bank. 

  1. Christine Ianuzzi, Managing Partner, Leading Edge Expos

Many of the women on this list have made a huge impact on our industry in a very short time, and are very visible because of it. Christine Ianuzzi is all about the former, with little of the latter. Which is just fine, because her work is all about your success. Ianuzzi is managing partner of HA Bruno, a family-owned trade show business, which includes Cannabis World Congress & Business Expositions (CWCBExpo) which will draw thousands of cannabis professionals to its Los Angeles, New York City, and Boston events in 2018. Her events are so big and well organized, it’s safe to say a very large number of opportunities in our industry started in or were aided by CWCBE. An electrical engineer by training (she holds a Master’s Degree in Information Systems Technology from Polytechinic University) with management skills (MBA from Baruch College) she built a robust career in broadcasting with ABC, HBO before joining the family business to fill the demand for world-class conferences in the cannabis industry. As she has modestly described herself, “I’m not a cannabis entrepreneur, but I am a trade show entrepreneur that is providing a forum for the legal cannabis business person.” 

  1. Tracy Ryan, Founder and CEO of Canna Kids

When Tracy Ryan’s daughter Sophie was an 8-month old infant, the family received awful news: the baby had a brain tumor. Doctors said a 13-month regimen of chemotherapy was the only option, and that the tumor would never go away. Tracy responded by focusing her prodigious energy on finding effective treatment. She was put in touch put in touch with Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein, who were filming a documentary about how cannabis oils kill cancer in pediatric patients. In combination with the chemotherapy, “… Sophie was put on high-concentrated THC and CBD cannabis oil… After 13 months of chemo and high doses of cannabis oil, Sophie’s brain tumor was about 85 to 90 percent gone.” This success led Tracy to push research further for the benefit of kids like Sophie. She now leads CannaKids, California-based cooperative with a focus on supplying medical cannabis oil to adults and children looking for holistic relief for serious health conditions, specializing in pediatric cancer, autism, epilepsy and beyond. CannaKids works in collaboration with some of the world’s leading cannabinoid researchers, and provides CannaKids’ Honey Gold tinctures “created by a team of PhD scientists that specialize in organic chemistry.” 

  1. Giadha Aguirre de Carcer, Founder and CEO, New Frontier Data.


Giadha de Carcer is the Founder and CEO of New Frontier Data, the foremost big data company in the cannabis industry. An entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience, she has worked in investment banking, defense, technology, and telecommunications, and successfully launched and operated four data-driven ventures including one holding the original patent application behind solutions such as Progressive’s Snapshot and Verizon’s Hum. Half-Italian and half-Cuban, she’s fluent in French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese; and has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations & Trade from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Arts in International Security from Georgetown University. Giadha and her work have been featured through large media outlets and in documentaries and books including Forbes, Fortune, CNBC, Fox News, CNN Money, and “Breaking the Grass Ceiling”, among others. She is also an official member of the Forbes Technology Council. In a recent interview, Giadha revealed her aspiration for the cannabis industry: “One of the most important issues I would love the industry to focus more on is diversity. Not only is it personally close to my heart, but it also represents an unprecedented opportunity in the cannabis industry today … [which] has already provided unique opportunities for women to shatter the proverbial glass ceiling, and born of a movement, it continues to foster equality in a way I have never experienced before.  That said, we must do more and remain vigilant to protect opportunities for minorities, people with disabilities, people different ethnicities and genders… while it might sound like the pop-issue of the moment, data shows that better decision-making and companies are more profitable when they hire for diversity.” 

  1. Kirsten Gillibrand, US Senator (D-NY)

I was going to include Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), for her 2017 efforts to legalize and clean up banking regulations, and for co-authoring a letter to President Trump this week urging him to protect state cannabis rights in the wake of (Attorney General Jeff) Sessions’ rescission of the Cole Memorandum. However, a deeper dive into women who have invested serious political capital political to help support our industry leads us to Kirsten Gillibrand, the Democratic Senator from New York. In March, 2015, Gillibrand co-sponsored The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act (CARERS) which seeks significant reforms in marijuana policy in the U.S. It was the first medical marijuana bill ever to be introduced into the U.S. Senate. In June, 2017, Gillibrand (D-NY) – along with Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rand Paul (R-KY), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Al Franken (D-MN), and Mike Lee (R-UT) – reintroduced the (CARERS) Act as a bipartisan bill that would allow Americans to access medical marijuana in states where it is legal without fear of federal prosecution AND permit doctors with the Department of Veterans Affairs to recommend medical marijuana to veterans to treat serious injuries and chronic conditions.

  1. An-Chi Tsou, Cannabis Consultant

An-Chi Tsou, PhD, made her cannabis bones as Senior Policy Advisor working with Lori Ajax at the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation under the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) where she “developed, analyzed, evaluated, and negotiated state policies and regulations regarding medical cannabis.” To best understand and serve the diverse stakeholders from all corners of the industry, she organized a statewide listening campaign for over 3,300 industry members. These experiences helped her form Tsou Consulting, a public affairs firm that specializes in advocacy, political strategy, regulatory guidance and compliance, policy development and writing, and educational outreach for cannabis and healthcare issues. She earned a BS at Smith College, and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in Bioengineering and Engineering Science.

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The 10 Best Books on Why We Fight for Cannabis

Not kidding: my Facebook feed delivered a video on harvesting scorpion venom for its potential medicinal properties. Close-ups of milking deadly arachnids are as hard to unsee as their absurdity is to unfeel: why would scientists would risk life and limb when overflowing-with-medicinal-potential cannabis plants are common, available, and can’t sting them to death?

I smoothed my thoroughly harshed mellow by replacing the words “scorpion venom” with “cannabis” in my mind. Yet the urge to unravel the cruelties of cannabis’ prohibition now feels more important than ever. To do that, we desperately need to understand how things got so raveled in the first place. Following are The 10 Best Books on Why We Fight for Cannabis.

The Emperor Wears No Clothes, by Jack Herer

Since it was written over 30 years ago by one of the seminal figures in the cannabis legalization revolution (that’s one way to get a strain named after you), The Emperor Wears No Clothes is one of the earliest deep dives into the sordid history of Prohibition dreamed up by the unholy trinity of DuPont/Hearst/Anslinger. The book has sold more than 600,000 copies. In an enduring Finger to The Man, Herer’s family has provided the text of the book for free online.

Jesse Ventura’s Marijuana Manifesto, by Jesse Ventura

Here’s a spike strip across the race track from the guy whose signature movie line was, “I ain’t got time to bleed.” Just last year, former Minnesota Governor, pro wrestler, movie star, and Navy sailor Jesse Ventura delivered his bombastic new addition to the cannabis canon, Jesse Ventura’s Marijuana Manifesto. It’s a full-throated howl for common sense against The War on Drugs. I remain amazed and encouraged when otherwise scary libertarians like Ventura, Roger Stone, Dana Rohrabacher, and Grover Norquist jump into our fight.

Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America

It never ceases to amaze how many qualified advisors recommended making cannabis legal, regulated, and safe, like alcohol, during the pivotal moments of Prohibition. In the 1930’s, Harry Anslinger rejected the advice; in the 1970’s Nixon did the same. In Grass Roots, “historian Emily Dufton tells the remarkable story of marijuana’s crooked path from acceptance to demonization and back again, and of the thousands of grassroots activists who made changing marijuana laws their life’s work.” Books like Dufton’s remind us of who the giants are on whose shoulders we stand.

Cannabinoids and the Brain by Linda A. Parker

Just the other day, a respected publisher told me he had been dubious, years ago, when the cannabis legalization movement aligned behind “medical marijuana”. He’d thought this strategy was insincere and would backfire. He then quickly admitted that the overwhelming evidence of the lifesaving potential of cannabis – see Alexis Bortell, and Rylie Maedler to name just two – had proven him wrong. In case you have doubts of your own, check out Cannabinoids and the Brain published by MIT Press. Which is where one might expect to find a book by the Professor in the Psychology and Collaborative Neuroscience Program and Canada Research Chair in Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Guelph.

Cannabis for Chronic Pain by Dr. Rav Ivker

If I say, “Thirty percent of Americans suffer from chronic pain” you might shrug, so my good friends at WebMD say it more forcefully: 100 million Americans have chronic pain. Two observations here: 1) opioids are often prescribed for chronic pain and 2) over two million Americans are estimated to be dependent on opioids, and an additional 95 million used prescription painkillers in the past year — more than used tobacco (NY Times). But there is hope in cannabis, which has never caused an overdose death in all known history. Dr. Rav Ivker has treated more than 6,000 chronic pain patients with cannabis. His book, Cannabis for Chronic Pain, documents his work. “If you are suffering from arthritis, back pain, migraines, fibromyalgia, menstrual cramps, IBS, Crohn’s Disease, anxiety, depression, or pain from cancer or its treatment, this may be the book for you.”

The Cannabis Manifesto by Steve DeAngelo

Industry experts instantly recognize the braids and dandy fedoras worn by Steve DeAngelo, the CEO of Harborside, an Oakland-based cannabis dispensary business that reportedly makes $50 Million per year. Fewer realize DeAngelo is a front-line advocate for legalization, who fought the US Government when they tried to take it all away, demanding “a courtroom large enough for “every single one of the 220,000 patients who depend on us for health care.” When he won, we all won. His beliefs about cannabis wellness are hard-won and he’s an eloquent spokesman. The Cannabis Manifesto should be on your bookshelf.

Marihuana: The First 12,000 Years by Ernest L. Abel

This book was chosen for the Top 10 Cannabis Books list because of its deep historical dive into the millennia-long relationship of cannabis and humans. The title is based on an archaeological site in Taiwan more than 10,000-years old, which contained evidence of cannabis use in fiber and pottery (the spelling of ‘marihuana’ is obviously a political jibe). Further evidence is found in Africa, the Middle East, India, Europe, and of course, the New World, where farmers were required by law to grow it. It’s critical to understand the depth and breadth of cannabis historical use to humankind. A nice bonus: this book is available for free online.

Smoke Signals by Martin A. Lee

The best writers on controversial subjects make you want to climb the barricades and throw rocks with them. (If you’ve read all the books on this list so far, you’re probably warming up your throwing arm.) When The Man hauls you in, you’ll want Smoke Signals by investigative journalist Martin A. Lee in your pocket. Not only will it make a great pillow, it’s high on attitude, brimming with facts, and presented with the righteous sauce of a true believer. Get it.

Breaking the Grass Ceiling: Women, Weed & Business, by Ashley Picillo and Lauren Devine

In Breaking the Grass Ceiling, Picillo and Devine have compiled 21 biographical stories of “powerful, driven and courageous women who have been instrumental in paving the way into the cannabis industry for many—especially other women.” Subjects include such cannabis luminaries as Giadha Aguirre de Carcer, Diane Fornbacher, Genifer Murray, Dr. Sue Sisley, and Meg Sanders, this book might inspire you to seek, or perhaps become, a person described like Jaime Lewis: a “total powerhouse”, “badass” and “the most sincere of friends”.

The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Cannabis: Concentrated Advice from 25 Cannabis Industry Leaders by Michael Zaytsev

Rounding out the Top 10 Best Books on Why We Fight for Cannabis is an inspirational guide to starting a successful business in the cannabis industry. Because what better way to provide safe and healing products for millions of people, and create jobs and taxes that support communities, than to build a great business? Here you’ll find the wisdom and experience of industry legends like Ethan Nadelmann, Steve DeAngelo (Harborside Dispensaries), Cy Scott (Leafly), Allen Bankier (New York Angels), Charlo Green (“F*ck it, I quit”), Christi Lunsford (founder of Endocannabinoidology), and Scott Greiper (Viridian Capital Advisors). Read, listen, think, act.

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5 Affiliate Programs to Try Out in 2018

It takes more than dollars to win at affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing requires understanding and skill to do well. Many entrepreneurs struggle to earn the kind of paychecks that dreams are made of. To complicate things, the internet is full of predators posing as opportunity.
But finding a good affiliate marketing network doesn’t have to be a roll of the die. By doing plenty of research and looking into the specifics, business owners can find a wealth of good options. Merchants offer different commission rates and script options so you can find one with the perfect setup one or use several.
But the money you can make is always dependent on the traffic you can drive. That means a professional website and some experience running scripts and code are helpful but basic computer skills are a must. Free programs like GIMP and Kompozer go a long way in reducing the cost of producing compelling images and audio for those of us on a budget. Just don’t mislead anyone while providing tons of back-links and relevant information.

Hemp Bombs

Hemp Bombs offers affiliates a CBD affiliate program network with tiered commissions and weekly payouts. Once you get signed up, creating and adding links is simple and easy. You can generate links connecting to any page but the best is the home page. With high overall conversion rates and quick payout, using the network is a great option for anyone in the cannabis industry.

A quick overview:

-20% commissions

– tiered commissions

– varied creatives/links

– some affiliates converting at 50%

– weekly payouts


Got Vape

The Got Vape affiliate program, offers 50% (net) commissions to its affiliates. Instead of tracking the percentage of total sales, Got Vape tracks the profit of each item. They also have a $100 minimum balance payout so it might be a while before the checks start rolling in if you don’t have much traffic. But once things start rolling they the wheels tend to stay in motion.

A quick overview:

-50% commissions

– Tracks profit instead of sale amount.

– $100 minimum balance


Marijuana Vaporizer sells everything you could want for a vaporizer and offer affiliate web masters 20-25% commissions on all sales less postage. There is also an additional 10% referred webmasters commission. High traffic conversion means more profit in your pocket for sending traffic to

A quick overview:

– 20-25% commissions on vape sales

– 10% referred webmasters commission

– High traffic conversion


Farmers Lab SeedsAffiliate Marketing offers a $50 signup bonus to their 25% commission rate. They provide affiliates with special tools to share your link on most social media sites. They have a wide range of static and animated banners so you are sure to find the right fit. And this site has no minimum payout so you will be getting checks every month.

A quick overview:

– 25% commissions

– $50 signup Bonus

-Many ad options

-No minimum payout

– Social Media Tools


Green Cultured offers 60% commissions per enrollment and 365 day cookies. That means you will get credit for the sale even if it takes them a  while to get around to buying it. But the real-time analytics are a real boon that other companies don’t always do. And they also offer special landing pages and custom marketing materials.

A quick overview:

– 60% commissions on gross

– 365 day cookies

-Real-time analytics

-Custom marketing materials


There are a lot of options when it comes to affiliates. Have you tried any of the ones on this list? What were your experiences? Is there a company you think should have been on this list? Let us know in the comment section below and help spread the word.

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20 More Movies To Watch While Stoned

Our previous post, 20 Great Movies to Watch While High, was a such huge hit with readers… I think it’s high time for a new installment.
I’ve tried to cover both new movies and old, big name blockbusters and indie art house flicks. There’s something here for everyone, whether you like comedy, drama, horror, action, suspense, or sci-fi. (Lots of sci-fi. I love me some sci-fi.) I even snuck in a musical and a Disney cartoon.
So sit back, light up, and prepare to be entertained…

  1. Interstellar

This hard sci-fi with a splash of Hollywood is a visual masterpiece. And it happens to be one of the best representations of the outside of a black hole ever created. The story is about an astronaut that is sent to scout for a habitable planet for humanity to colonize.
The creators went out of their way to make it realistic (for certain parts). Astrophysicist Kip Thorne advised on the project and helped get the look and feel of the science right. The perfect pairing for this movie is a hybrid like Space Queen or a more sativa-dominant Galactic Jack.

  1. Requiem for a Dream

Requiem for a Dream follows four individuals and their parallel existences. Their menacing addiction to heroin, cocaine, and diet pills (speed) take over their lives and lead them to make wild decisions. Set in Brooklyn and focusing on Coney Island, the drug fueled film doesn’t flinch from the hard truths of life.

  1. Doctor Strange

This Disney mega production spares no expense when it comes to cast or special effects. The mind-bending visuals are some of the best in the industry and are like tripping with a kaleidoscope. Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance and the deep well of Doctor Strange villains means this comic book hero is certain to make another appearance as Sorcerer Supreme. Until then, we can all enjoy the high production value and nerdy quips of this insanely accurate recreation of an iconic comic book character.

  1. Predestination

Time is a tricky thing and it is easy to slip and get trapped in a paradox. This sci-fi takes a long hard look at the fickle nature of time travel. The interesting plot twists and looping consistencies are awesome while the acting is top notch. It will make you glad you don’t have a time machine.

  1. Looper

What would you do if you found out your boss was trying to kill you? What if your boss was a time travelling mafia boss? This time-bender follows Joe in 2074 as he learns that his boss is trying to ‘close the loop’ on his timeline. Try to keep up as Joe tries to escape something that may have already happened.

  1. Ex Machina

How would you be able to tell if an AI had surpassed human levels of intelligence? This movie will have you questioning the motives and validity of your own experiences in a deeply profound way. There are some disturbing ramifications to the ideas and technologies presented in this sci-fi flick.

  1. American Ultra

The cold war sparked a lot of interest into brainwashing and a special tech referred to as ‘sleeper cell’ technology. The idea is that a person is programmed to perform a task like assassinate someone or become a super soldier. This lighthearted take on the idea is full of big explosions, slick gun-fu, and some cheesy one-liners.

  1. Cloud Atlas

Adapted from the novel of the same name by David Mitchell. This complex storyline weaves through the ages and six distinct moments in time. The all-star cast play different parts in each timeline which really highlights their acting abilities.

  1. Inception

This movie takes the idea of getting into someone’s head and ratchets it up a notch, wraps it in mind-bending visuals and adds just a dash of crazy. You never quite know what is real and what is dream in this movie. The amazing acting only enhances the visuals and action, helping move the story along with personable characters you end up liking.

  1. Memento

How does someone who can’t create new memories try to find justice for the murder of his wife? By leaving himself a series of notes detailing what he learns. The only problem is that he can’t remember what the cryptic and bizarre notes actually mean. Worse yet, he isn’t sure if he can even trust the notes themselves. This mind-bender is sure to keep you guessing.

  1. Across the Universe

This fictional love story is set in the 1960’s smack dab in the middle of the Vietnam War. The world is a tumultuous mixture of anti-war protests, civil rights movements, mental expansion and rock and roll. A mixture of animated and live-action visuals pair with the psychedelic sounds of The Beatles, the film crosses the globe from Ohio to Manhattan and across the pond to Liverpool and beyond so strap in and get ready for some grade A nostalgia.

  1. WALL-E

After humanity destroys the earth and has to evacuate, one little robot is working to clean up the mess. This one is great to watch alone or with younger family members where you can all laugh and tear up together.

  1. Arrival

Aliens have arrived on Earth and are making themselves known by setting down in 12 locations across the planet. But humanity isn’t able to communicate with the Heptapods at all until their strange language gets deciphered. To this end the government recruits a team of experts headed by the brilliant linguistics professor Louise Banks.
Progress is slower than expected and soon the world is on the edge of global war. Madness ensues when the military attempts a preemptive strike against the otherworldly visitors. Louise has to take a chance and try to avert all-out war at any cost.

  1. Wish I Was Here

Aidan Bloom is struggling to be a actor, father and husband at the same time. But the 35 year-old is still trying to find his own identity and purpose in life when he learns he can’t afford his two kids private tuition. Unfortunately, the only public school is on its last legs so Aidan decides to home school them. As he struggles to teach his progeny, Aidan gradually discovers more about himself than he ever thought possible.

  1. Under the Skin

Not all scary things look dangerous at first. This sci-fi take on the succubus has Scarlett Johansson hunting the Scottish countryside. Her victims stand no chance as she draws them into a mysterious alternate dimension before skinning and consuming them. But as the mysterious being continues to feed on humanity, the division between hunter and prey begin to break down.

  1. Coherence

When a strange astronomical event goes down, a small group of friends find themselves experiencing strange events. As evidence builds, the group realizes that something about the way time is working isn’t right. As they discover the nature of the disturbance, they find themselves drifting ever further from being able to fix it.

  1. The Babadook

This horror adds a new monster to the genre pantheon known as the Babadook. The dark atmosphere and gritty visuals add a surreal layer to this imaginative take on the monster that lives within each of us. It uses color to great effect throughout the film which only adds to the disconcerting feeling of the film.
On the edge of severe depression, Amelia and Samuel are a broken family after her husband died. The stressed mother struggles with her sons fear of mosters as she reads to him. When Samual is allowed to pick the story he chooses an odd book called “Mister Babadook”. A monster comes out of a children’s story to terrorize a new widow and her son.

  1. Enter the Void

This movie tackles the idea of life after death with great gusto. The first-person perspective is both personal and alien, as we see the drug fueled city of Tokyo. The unique creativity behind the film helped it make waves when it debuted at the Cannes Film Festival.
Oscar is a drug addict in Tokyo at the end of his luck. After getting shot, Oscar can look down on the world, specifically following his sister. But his out-of-body experience allows him unique perspective. It asks more questions than it answers but it shows the beauty and ugliness of life.

  1. Her

Can you fall in love with a machine? This creative and thought-provoking look at the nature of relationships and artificial intelligence is beautiful crazy. It gets right to the heart of what makes a relationship work.
Theodore is a lonely writer finalizing a divorce. He decides to buy an intelligent operating system that is able to help him in ways nobody else could. But things get weird when Theodore begins falling in love with his operating system.

  1. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

This campy fiction follows famous oceanographer Steve Zissou as he tries to make a documentary after his friend is eaten by a jaguar shark. His goal is to hunt the shark that killed his friend down and make a film about it. To this end he enlists his estranged wife, a journalist and a man who may or may not be his son. Bill Murray brings his legendary comedy style While Wes Anderson directs this thoughtful, strange and funny film.


Weed Reader 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Winter has arrived and so has our holiday gift guide.

Are you still struggling to find something for the cannabis lover in your life? Maybe they already have everything you could think to get them. Rest assured, you aren’t alone. Because of how ubiquitous cannabis use is becoming, there is no single item for every stoner. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find the perfect gift for your loved ones.
We scoured the internet and dispensaries to find out what the most useful gifts available are. After loads of research (and lots of snacks) we think we found the best out there. This holiday gift guide has a products with a range of prices and broad appeal.
Some items in this holiday gift guide are cheap while others are extravagant. We wanted to ensure that everyone could find something that would show a lot of thought and effort to the recipient. We didn’t feature items like papers and lighters since they are kinda impersonal and transitory although some products may come with them.
The best gifts are ones that become part of everyday life for years. So we tried to focus our items on things that will be useful over the long term. You can be sure that the entries on this holiday gift guide will be used for years to come.

So here is our picks to fill out our 2017’s holiday gift guide.

  1. Gaming Weed Tray

holiday gift guideThere are a lot of retro gamers in the cannabis community. If the stoner in your life grew up with a controller in their hands, they are sure to love this kit. The tray is perfect for rolling joints and blunts with product prepared in the Pokeball grinder. And the Nintendo themed lighters will help you smoke ’em all after you are done loading/rolling.

  1. Davinci IQ Dry Herb Vaporizer


The Davinci IQ portable vaporizer provides a new level of customization to the vaporization experience. Using Smart Path technology to provide the exact temperature and timing adjustments means that you can tailor the experience to perfectly fit your needs. The vaporizer also connects through an app to your smartphone for even more customization.
This advanced vaporizer is the ideal gift for the person who loves tech, often outperforming even custom vape setups. But that doesn’t mean it is difficult to use. The intuitive design means that even the techno-challenged can find the perfect vaping experience. The Smart path technology also ensures that every hit is cool and delicious.

  1. Smokebuddy Personal Air Filter

2017 Stoner GiftsThere are a lot of reasons to use a Smokebuddy that don’t involve smoking in your parents house. People in the medical field, trucking and other fields can get into hot water for simply smelling like weed. And many medical patients don’t want to smell like burned weed all day.
The Smokebuddy is wonderfully portable and completely self contained. Simply take a hit like normal before exhaling into the device. The filter absorbs all odors before expunging neutral-smelling air on the other side. This means that there is no signature smell like you get from using dryer sheets or Fabreeze.

  1. Eyce Bong Mold

You know what is great in winter but only gets better as the weather gets warmer? An ice bong made with the Eyce Mold 2.0. This novel approach to cooling smoke is simply amazing. Top the mold off with water, place it somewhere it can freeze, and pop out a frigid bong ready for the coolest hits you have ever had.
The mold is reusable and made of resilient material so you can make a new bong every day of the year. or you can empty the water and pop the piece back in the freezer to use again later. This party piece is especially awesome for patients or enthusiasts who care about flavor and love cold hits.

  1. Giant Bag of Weed Pillow Cover

No holiday gift guide is complete without a big bag of weed. This bag of weed won’t get you kicked out for smell pollution but it might just send you off to dreamland. And this is going to be the cheapest bag of weed you ever bought.
The perfect gift for the open stoner with a love of snugly things, this bag of weed will never run out. It even comes in different strains so you can get just the right one.

  1. Magical Butter Machine

holiday gift guideThe Magical Butter Machine is able to produce commercial quality butter, oil and tinctures easily and reliably. This machine is perfect for the baked baker of the family or patients who don’t like to smoke or vape. Users can make butter, oil and tinctures as potent/flavorful as they want with no extra hassle.
It makes the long, difficult and messy process of creating medical-grade edibles and streamlines it to three steps; fill the tub, turn it on, empty it when done. And the stainless steel construction makes cleanup a breeze.

  1. Goldleaf Strain Tasting Journal

Some cannabis connoisseurs love tracking their usage and the effects of the weed they consume. Breeders also find this a great way to document the changes in their garden over time. But even if your loved one isn’t OCD about keeping records, this gift can help them elevate their smoking experience. Full of graphics and organized to make information easily added and accessed help stoners keep track of what they liked or didn’t.
And if your loved one plans to take a vacation, this journal can help them relate the novel strains, dispensaries and events they find being a tourist. The 2 guided entries keeps things organized in an easy to carry package.

  1. Cannador Humidifier

It doesn’t take long for weed to dry out in the open air. So many stoners try strange and ingenious ways to keep their weed in peak smoking condition. Unfortunately, many of these methods (like adding citrus peel or bread to the bag) introduce molds and fungi that can destroy weed. Not only that, it is almost impossible to keep an eighth at the ideal humidity for smoking.
The Cannador finally makes preserving weed at the perfect humidity possible. This stylish humidifier creates a micro-environment designed to preserve quality and flavor of weed. And the fact that it comes in several sizes means that you can find one to fit any consumers needs.

  1. Growbox

With more and more states legalizing recreational marijuana consumption, the opportunities to grow weed at home continue to improve. And improvements in automation and growing science means that companies can finally provide a plug and grow experience. The Growbox is one of these solutions that works for everyone from novice to commercial growers looking for micro-controlled autonomy.
This complete growing solution has lots of extras that just make life better. The clean aesthetic fits discreetly into homes while providing enough room for one to four plants. Our favorite feature is the secure lock which ensures the plant stays out of the hands of children and roommates.

  1. 5mp Digital Microscope

This digital microscope is the perfect tool for cannabis and photography enthusiasts to get a good look at what they are smoking. Growers love that they can use the device to identify minuscule garden pests without having to squint. The USB connection means that the only limit on image size is your monitor.
The 5 megapixel camera means that individual trichomes show up in vivid detail. The 8 led lights mean the image is always well lit and the 20-200x magnification gives lots of range. No plant structure will remain hidden with this small and easy to move scope that can be used with the included stand or positioned by hand.

Did you find something for yourself or a loved one on this holiday gift guide? Was it a complete whiff? What gifts are you excited about giving or receiving this season? Let us know in the comments below.

Cannabis Cocktail

Cannabis Infused Drinks Are Big Trend

The Many Faces of Cannabis Drinks

Welcome to the future of cannabis drinks! The legalization of marijuana is encouraging many people to create their own products like edibles and drinks. Since cannabis is a billion-dollar cannabis industry, it provides a massive incentive to join in the revolution.

Currently, there are multiple ways to consume cannabis. Before, cannabis was mainly smoked using paper or eaten via brownies or Krispy treats. But now, it can be smoked, vaped, eaten and drank.

In this article, we’ll be covering the different variations of cannabis drinks like coffee, tea, juice and wine. And we mention the companies that worked hard to create the best versions of mainstream beverages like The Fairwinds and Dixie Elixirs.

Here are the top rundowns of the marijuana beverage market.

Coffee, Pop, Tonic and Juice Oh My!

1.      Catapult Coffee Pods

A Keurig compatible coffee pod that has 10 mg of THC and coffee. It was made from a Washington based company. The pods are $10 per piece and currently only available in Washington state. Waking up to the fresh smell of coffee and weed is the new best part of waking up.

2.      Catapult Hot Cocoa

Not everyone is a coffee drinker and that’s ok. The Fairwinds company created Catapult Hot Cocoa mix. They use all natural ingredients and include 10 mg of THC per serving. Their Hot Cocoa packet comes in a resealable bag. If 10 mg seems too much, pour half to give yourself a 5mg dose and save the rest for later.

3.      Legal by Mirth Provisions

During a hot summer day, drinking an infused cold tonic is incredibly refreshing. Legal is a line of cannabis-infused cold tonics. Legal comes in a variety of flavors made from locally grown ingredients. These flavors are cherry, lemon ginger and pomegranate. Each tasty tonic is infused with 20 mg of THC. They are priced at $10-$15 per bottle.

4.      Lift by Dixie Elixirs

Whenever you need a boost of energy to get through the day, try a Lift. This tasty drink is designed to give a boost of energy with the added effect of THC. Within their one shot bottle, Lift is infused with 10 mg of THC. Instead of drinking a redbull, take a shot of Lift instead.

5.      Canna Cola

Finally, a cannabis infused soda pop. These refreshing fizzy drinks come in a variety of flavors like Orange Kush and Grape Ape. After work kick up your feet and grab a cold one.

But Wait, There’s More

6.      Cannabis Quencher

In the mood for a lemonade or a strawberry lemonade? Try Cannabis Quencher. It’s made by The Venice Company Cookie Company in Los Angeles. Each bottle is infused with different amounts of THC and CBD.

For example, their Lemonade Cannabis Quencher Sips offer 25 mg of THC. Their Strawberry Lemonade Cannabis Quencher comes with 200 mg of THC. They also offer CBD and THC combinations as well as just CBD options.

7.      Subtle Tea by The Venice Cookie Company

On a chilly day, sit back and sip on a little green tea. Another product made by The Venice Cookie Company, their tea bags are infused with 40 mg of THC. It tastes like any other green tea, with the added effects of feeling buzzed.

8.      CannaPunch

The CannaPunch juice with pump you up because each bottle is infused with 151 mg of THC! This non-carbonated drink is made from all-natural ingredients and is gluten-free and soy-free. It’s also free of corn syrup and made from the highest quality of Colorado cannabis. Tastes like blue raspberry and pineapple mango. Even though its non-carbonated, it will definitely leave you feeling fizzy.

9.      Zasp

Looking for an all natural drink? Zasp is a cannabis-infused beverage made from organically grown cannabis. It comes in a variety of flavors. These are black-cherry, tangerine, tropical punch and strawberry lemonade. Zasp drinks are now infused with your choice of 30mg, 80mg, 120mg and 240mg amounts of THC.

Cannabis Shots and Wines

10.   Quigley’s Cannabis Shots

The shot that gets you insta-high. Quigley’s is a product from Colorado. In each 2 fl oz contains 10 mg of THC. The 2 fl oz is sold for $6 each. The 50 mg version costs $15. If you buy the 50 mg version, think of it like drinking a shot of alcohol. You’re not supposed to drink the bottle. You fill up a little cup with your dose, site back and enjoy the long lasting insta-high.

11.   Know Label

For the wine and weed connoisseur, this one is for you. Know Label is a cannabis infused wine beverage from California. Rock singer and cancer survivor Melissa Etheridge is the creator of Know Label.

Melissa couldn’t smoke or vape, and edibles weren’t her thing. Her cannabis-wine mix seemed to be the next best way for her to consume. Each bottle comes with an expensive price tag ($140 minimum). But the taste and high is worth every penny.

This is what has developed in just a few years of legalization. Just imagine the drinks that people will be able to come up with in the future. I for one am excited to see what the future holds.

Do you have a favorite cannabis drink? Have you tried any from this list? What do you think of cannabis infused drinks? Please leave a comment down below. Thanks for reading.

Pricey Pot The 6 Most Expensive Weed Strains In The United States

Most Expensive Cannabis Strains in the United States

Cannabis Strain By Price

When people walk into a dispensary, usually they’re looking for some combination of good quality and reasonable prices. Sometimes that can be tough to accomplish, with top shelf flower costing up to $25 per gram. Interestingly, lower income recreational users make up a significant percentage of overall consumers. In 2016, a cannabis research and analytics firm, the Brightfield Group, conducted a study of 1,200 medical cannabis patients in California and found that “low-income users make up nearly a third of marijuana patients, are loyal customers, and tend to use more product per person than higher-income consumers do.” Brightfield defines “lower income” as consumers who are unemployed or making less than $30,000 per year.
So why cover a list of most expensive strains when ⅓ of California’s consumers are low income? Because it’s important to be a savvy consumer, and awareness of market prices is useful in finding the best deal for your dollar. Without further ado, here are the six most expensive strains we could find through WeedMaps strain pricing tool and Google research. These would be good strains to buy when your local shop is having happy hour specials, FTP deals, or Patient Appreciation Days.

1. Girl Scout Cookies – Highest Listed Price $420.00

A hybrid of OG Kush and Durban Poison, Girl Scout Cookies originated in California with sweet and earthy flavors. It is a high THC strain that has won numerous awards. It is said to have a positive effect on nausea, pain, and helps combat appetite loss.

2. OG Kush – Highest Listed Price $400.00

OG Kush is the ubiquitous west coast strain and there are many different phenotypes of this strain. Its predominant scents are of pine and lemon and is known for bringing on heavy relaxation and euphoria. It has been said to be helpful for migraines and ADD by many patients who use this strain.

3. Critical Plus – Highest Listed Price $400.00

Critical Plus was the winner of the first High Life Cup, held in Barcelona. It has limited popularity in the United States and is mostly found in the Pacific Northwest. It is a citrusy strain that will improve mood and offers a mostly heady high.

4. Gorilla Glue #4 – Highest Lited Price $400.00

Considered to be one of the strongest strains of all time, Gorilla Glue #4 is a hybrid whose parents include Chocolate Diesel and Sour Dubb. It was developed by GG Strains and won multiple Cannabis Cups as well as the High Times World Cup in Jamaica. It is incredibly pungent with the smell of a bud capable of filling a room quite easily.

5. Northern Lights – Highest Listed Price $380.00

Unlike some other strains on the list Northern Lights has seemed to be around forever. It first came to prominence as early as 1985 in Holland and is a pure indica that has been a parent of numerous famous hybrids including Super Silver Haze. It has a spicy taste and smell and often has purple coloring.

6. Space Queen– Highest Lited Price $380.00

Rounding out our list is Space Queen, a hybrid developed by BC Growers.  It has a funky smell that might scare off novice users. Like other strains on our list it has a number of phenotypes and is considered to be a very potent strain.

How to Prepare Marijuana Grows for a Hurricane

How to Prepare Marijuana Grows for a Hurricane

Water, water everywhere.

Hurricane Harvey just passed and Irma is making landfall at the moment. So far, there are a total of eight confirmed deaths with whole communities under water. Millions of people in Texas and Louisiana are affected by the devastation left by Harvey. The southern tip of the United States is basically under trillions of gallons of water. And there are more storms to come.
Texas declared a state of emergency as the pumps protecting Houston failed. With over 7 million people in the Houston area (almost a quarter of the entire states population) affected, there is little that isn’t decimated from the storm. Whole communities remain under feet of water as rescue efforts turn into recovery.
The volume of water unleashed over the last few days is unbelievable. Nowhere seems safe from the raging waters as highways become temporary rivers and hills become islands. Millions of people have had to evacuate their homes. Not to mention the thousands of hydroponics stores, private and commercial grow rooms and covert grows that drown in the flood.

It is obvious that the cannabis community is among the many victims of Hurricane Harvey.

For cannabis growers in the Lone Star State and other parts of the continent, these natural phenomena create unprecedented challenges and difficult choices. They could pack up and move their operations or they could batten down the hatches and try to wait out the storm.
Those in a position to move their grows had move fast and quietly. In the brave new world of climate change, superstorms and unchecked urbanization, marijuana growers are on the front lines. They have to find ways to be resilient and adapt to sudden, catastrophic conditions.
There’s no way marijuana growers (or the wider population) can totally prepare for these unprecedented conditions. Hurricanes and other large-scale weather disasters continue to increase in potency and frequency as climate change is ignored. And unless a concerted effort is made on a national level, these kinds of disasters are going to increase in frequency.

Be aware of warning signs and prepare for the worst before it happens.

Cities like Houston have had years of warning that this kind of event would happen but budgets and bureaucracy prevented the city from making appropriate adjustments to mandatory infrastructure. Scientists and city planners predicted that unless the government made major changes in the flood control system, and restricted population growth, it was only a matter of time.
Houstonians are at the mercy of the water and the government at this point. However, some tactics are useful as preventive or reactive strategies when the crap hits the fan. Some of these suggestions require advance planning while others are more reactionary. While not guaranteed to prevent loss, these methods can help indoor marijuana growers avoid total crop failure.

5 Easy Steps to Avoid Total Crop Failure

  1. Study flood maps, alternative travel routes, and other topographic, climatic, and infrastructure issues before you choose a location for your indoor grow room.
  2. Subscribe to premium weather warning services. By monitoring first responder emergency networks, you get early news about potential disasters.
  3. Have a disaster emergency plan in place before a hurricane or other natural disaster hits your area. Plan an exit strategy that maximizes your ability to save seeds, plants and grow gear.
  4. Choose a grow located on high ground, ideally in nearby foothills or mountains. Also avoid areas with dense stands of trees that are prone to fires. Tree clearing and trimming areas sensitive can help secure your location.
  5. Use a multi-story structure for your grow. Put the indoor marijuana garden on a floor above ground level to avoid flooding.

5 Difficult Steps to Avoid Total Crop Failure

  1. Have a portable backup generator on a platform above flood level and wired to provide electricity to your grow room and related equipment.
  2. Have a trustworthy friend in a safe location babysit your plants if your grow room is threatened.
  3. If relocating the grow is out of the question, consider taking clones of the plants before you evacuate. Marijuana clones are much easier to transport and keep alive, even in a hotel room or makeshift shelter for a few days.
  4. If you grow marijuana in pure hydroponics systems such as deep water culture or aeroponics, you can’t move them safely. Only plants growing in a solid root zone media that holds water, oxygen and nutrients (like rockwool, coco coir, soilless mix or soil) can expect to survive being taken out of your grow room.
  5. If you’re unable to move your marijuana plants to a safe location, you need to cut them, bag them, remove them from your house. Dismantle the grow and move equipment to a safe location. You do this to salvage equipment and so you don’t get busted. Remember that during evacuations, government officials have the right to enter any home/structure without permission. If they find a grow op in your house, you’re at their mercy. Homeowners insurance adjustors that visit your home after a natural disaster like Hurricane Harvey will deny your claim if they find grow equipment.

What do you think of the list? Is there anything you would add or take away? Have you been affected by Hurricane Harvey or Irma? What steps have you taken to protect your crop from natural disasters? Let us know in the comments below!

Top 10 Interesting Marijuana Facts

Top 10 Interesting Marijuana Facts

Here are the most interesting marijuana facts I know.

As an avid cannabis consumer, I am always finding new info about weed. Much of the information comes during smoking sessions with friends or interviewees. The hard part is organizing the information into a cohesive thought after the high subsides. But here is my list of interesting marijuana facts. There is no specific order so the tenth entry is just as interesting to me as the first.

  1. It’s physically impossible to overdose on THC

Life is meaningless and death approaches. This realization makes you decide to end it on a high note. You buy 1000 joints and a couple lighters, determined to end it all. Things begin by lighting up the first joint and before you reach the end of your stash, one of two things will happen.
After a few joints, you will either pass out before getting to the end or you will die from carbon monoxide poisoning. The carbon monoxide is created by burning the stems and leaf but would give a pounding headache long before becoming dangerous. The THC and other psychoactive elements have virtually no chance of being the cause of death.
You would need to smoke 40,0000 times the average amount of weed within a few minutes to get a lethal dose. That’s one record even Michael Phelps can’t get close to approaching, much less breaking.

  1. Weed started online commerce

In 1971, Stanford University housed the latest and greatest computer system. The machine was part of a new generation of connected computers. Students at Stanford were able to use a basic e-mail network called Arpanet to effectively send and receive text messages. But the 70’s were a time of reckless abandon, wild ideas, and advancing technologies.
It only took a few months before some inspired soul took the next logical step in networking. Several students used their accounts at the university’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory to buy some weed from a fellow student. This drug deal was the world’s first e-commerce transaction and proved the validity of the concept.

  1. Tupac was smoked

We all have that one friend who would get the mortician high if they were cremated. Tupac was that and a whole lot more. On top of being a master weed smoker, he was an entrepreneur, musician, poet, thug and straight up bad ass. But that didn’t stop a hail of bullets from ending his life prematurely.
After Tupac died, he had one final request of his friends. The crew had some misgivings but eventually decided it was the best way to honor his memory. They mixed his ashes with some of the best weed the world had to offer and smoked it. They can probably still feel the buzz….

  1. Rates of obesity are 33% lower in cannabis users

Potheads are supposed to be craven munchies hounds hell bent on emptying fridges right? Well, science disagrees with that old stereotype. Studies have shown that cannabis cuts the risk of obesity by about a third. They believe the benefit is partly due to how weed helps regulate blood sugars.
The ability to regulate blood-sugars has lead scientists to investigate. Several studies are looking into using marijuana to treat Type 2 Diabetes. Marijuana doesn’t cure diabetes though…

  1. Prohibition costs the US $17.5 billion each year

There are a lot of drugs that the government doesn’t want people getting their hands on. If every drug were legalized today, the U.S. would save $41.3 billion annually. It would also pretty much empty the overpopulated prisons that proliferate the ‘land of the free’.
Other countries have done it with positive results. Portugal managed to cut drug abuse in half less than 10 years after decriminalizing all drugs. America could as well if the head of the Justice Department wasn’t heavily invested in growing the prison population.

  1. California and Colorado bring in over 75% of all cannabis sales

America loves its weed more than ever. Since 1996, 30 states and the District of Columbia have established some form of legalized marijuana. There are seven states that go so far as to allow recreational marijuana.
California and Colorado make up the bulk of the American market. Together they dominate recreational and medical marijuana to the tune of almost $4 billion a year. That is more than all the other states combined…

  1. There are 111 different cannabinoids in cannabis

Cannabinoids are a group of chemicals found in the cannabis plant and in our own bodies. THC and CBD are the most common cannabinoids but there are several versions of each. As the plant goes through its lifecycle, the concentrations and chemical properties of the cannabinoids change.
THC and CBD are the prize children of the cannabinoid world, but they’re not the only compounds in ganja. Cannabinoids like CBN and CBG are known to have their own medicinal effects. Imagine what secrets the other 108 hold…

  1. THC can stay in your system for longer than 27 days

THC binds to fat cells in the body. So the amount of time THC stays in your system mostly depends on your metabolism. Sedentary and obese users retain THC in their bodies for a significantly longer time than thin or active users.
But consumption levels also matter. Some studies show that average sized, regular marijuana users retain THC metabolites in their systems for an average of 27 days. Occasional smokers can expect that number drops to 10 days. But heavy-set, high-use consumers might fail a test over 30 days after consuming.

  1. Marijuana prohibition doesn’t protect kids

In 2011, use of marijuana by teenagers hit a 30-year peak, with one out of every 15 high school students reporting they smoke most days, and for the first time U.S. teens reported smoking more pot than cigarettes. But teenagers don’t smoke any more pot in states where medical marijuana is legal than in ones where it’s not.
Legalization opponents argue that the best way to reduce use by minors is to criminalize and deregulate pot. But evidence shows that decriminalizing marijuana and regulating it actively reduces the rate of abusers. Portugal legalized all drugs and treated addiction as a public health issue. They saw a long-term decrease in overall abuse and underage use.

  1. Marijuana milkshakes are one of the oldest cannabis recipes known to man

Bhang is crafted from the dried leaves and flowering shoots of a female cannabis plant. Most commonly enjoyed as a sorbet (preferably as a thandai drink) or as a snack by adding ghee, sugar and milk. A favorite way to consume it in Delhi is rolled into balls called ‘antas’ (marbles).
It’s difficult to tell when bhang became associated with East Indian festivals. Ancient texts describe the drink as Lord Shiva’s nectar, convoluting and enshrining the origins in mystery older than the gods themselves. Regardless, there must have been compelling reasons for creating the drink and later incorporating it into festivities for thousands of years.

Do you agree with the interesting facts on this list?

Did you know everything on this list? Which interesting marijuana fact is your favorite? What interesting marijuana facts have you heard? Ask your friends if they have any and let us know in the comments below!