Ghostly Ganja: Ten Weed Strains for Halloween Lovers

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Whether you’re toking up before eating your children’s candy, getting high to inspire jack-o-lantern designs or enhancing the visual aspects of The Nightmare Before Christmas (it’s not just a Christmas flick), you’ll find that cannabis can come in handy during Halloween season. And as with pumpkin beers and witches’ brew, there are plenty of scary strains to heighten the spirit.

Below are ten Halloween-friendly strains we’ve recently reviewed, all of which are routinely available in the Denver area. This ghastly mix of OGs, uplifting sativas, melting indicas and more will have you coughing at the moon in no time — and if you’re stuck in a pumpkin patch without a pipe, check out this guide on how to make pipes out of harvest fruits and vegetables. 

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Jazzy Marijuana: Berkeley Music Store Swaps Genre for Ganja

In hopes of generating a little extra cash as brick and mortar music sales continue to wilt, Berkeley’s Amoeba Music announced this week that they’ve received the city council’s blessing to convert their jazz section into Berkeley’s loudest medical marijuana dispensary. Pot Supplants Jazz In a move Louis “Stachmo” Armstrong would no doubt feel conflicted over, the self-described […]
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Marijuana, Cannabis, Ganja, Weed, Grass, Pot, Reefer, or Maryjane: What’s In a Name?

I am periodically amused when we receive an email or phone call at NORML from an enthusiastic, usually young, supporter, advising us he/she has found the missing link to marijuana legalization: come up with a new name for our favorite herb.

That’s right. Some who are new to the issue, when they first discover the racist under-pinning’s of both marijuana prohibition, and the word “marijuana” itself, naively think if we could just stop using the word “marijuana,” and instead use “cannabis” or some other synonym, our opposition would suddenly disappear, and we would have a clear path to legalization.

I wish it were that simple. But it is not the name we use that makes it difficult to legalize marijuana; it is the misinformation left from decades of government anti-marijuana propaganda. We are having to re-educate millions of Americans about marijuana, including especially those in the media and our elected officials.

At NORML we do not follow some stylebook, and we use all kinds of words to describe marijuana at different times. I’m an old-timer so I generally stick with “marijuana,” and  I do not consider it a negative term. It’s the name most Americans use to identify the plant. But others at NORML prefer “cannabis”, and  our political alerts, press releases  and media interviews also frequently include the use of “pot” or “weed” or other popular slang terms for marijuana.

As an aside, it is a little strange that one would write NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, to suggest that we stop using the word “marijuana.” We are proud of the acronym NORML, a double entendre, which is also our registered service mark. We wanted to normalize marijuana smoking when we started the organization in 1970, and NORML seemed like the perfect acronym.

But more importantly, those who feel the term we choose to use in our advocacy is a primary obstacle holding the country back from legalizing marijuana, misunderstand the nature of our opponents.

Those who oppose marijuana legalization, and support prohibition, either have an exaggerated view of the potential dangers from marijuana smoking; or they have decided to oppose legalization for political reasons (e.g., they still identify marijuana smoking with radical, lefty politics).

In either case, using another word in place of marijuana will have absolutely no impact. Those who ignore the science, and believe that marijuana is “the devil’s weed,” will not assume a more rational position, regardless of what we call it. And those who consider marijuana smoking to be anti-establishment behavior will continue to think of marijuana smokers as cultural rebels, even if we call ourselves “cannabis users.” The name is inconsequential.

It’s the level of public support that determines when and where we legalize marijuana. Public attitudes, in a country as large as the US, change slowly, and gradually, over a period of time. Because of the government’s “reefer madness” campaign of the 1930s, 40s and 50s, most older Americans were effectively “brain-washed” (another term from the 50s) into believing that marijuana was dangerous and evil, and would lead to depravity. Thus it is no surprise that when NORML was founded in late 1970, only 12% of the public favored legalizing the drug. It was only by advancing a more rational understanding of marijuana and marijuana smokers over several decades that we eventually began to see higher levels of support for legalization, bringing us to where we are today, with 58% of the country nationwide now favoring an end to prohibition and the establishment of a legally regulated market.

We are finally winning this long struggle, not because we came up with a new term for marijuana; but because we took the time and made the effort to re-educate Americans about the relative safety of marijuana, as well as the important medical uses of the drug. We have finally won the hearts and minds of a majority of the country, who now understand that marijuana prohibition causes far more problems than the use of the drug itself, regardless of what name one prefers to use for marijuana.

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VIDEO: Israel reveals specialized medical marijuana strains

As medical marijuana gains acceptance around the world, Israel is drawing interest from investors for its “botanical high-tech” medical cannabis. A Canadian producer has already entered into a partnership with an Israeli producer, Tikun Olam, for a cannabis variety that helps reduce the seizures of epileptic children, but has been especially grown to remove the “high.”

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VIDEO: Hundreds line up for marijuana seeds

D.C. residents gathered at an Adams Morgan restaurant to receive free marijuana seeds in the country’s largest legal pot giveaway.

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Strain Review: Pineapple Punch Auto by Auto Seeds

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Pineapple Punch automatic is a high quality autoflowering cross of a classic fruity pineapple strain & a powerful grapefruit variety. As the name suggests, Pineapple Punch is a sweet & tropical blend of the exotic, complemented with a thick coating of resinous THC crystals. This superb autoflower delivers vigorous growth for its variety.

Pineapple Punch is an indica dominant plant in stature with reasonably wide fan leaves & dense fat sticky buds.The stone is a typical Indica couch lock, it can be ready in as little as 65 days from seed, but 70 to 80 days are recommended to bring out the full bouquet of flavors. Connoisseurs who enjoy extra flavor in their autoflowering strains will certainly appreciate the outstanding taste that Pineapple Punch has.

Grow: Indoor/Outdoor
Harvest Time: 65 to 80 days from seed
Effects: Indica body buzz

Seed Bank: Auto Seeds
Genetics: Indica/Sativa/Ruderalis
Parents: Pineapple Strain x A Powerful Grapefruit Variety
Height: 50 to 80cm
Photoperiod: Autoflowering
Yield: Medium
THC: High
CBD: N/A
CBG: N/A
CBN: N/A
Flowering Time: N/A
Award Winner: False
Avail. As: Feminized Seeds

Strain Attributes: Autoflower :: Feminized :: High THC

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How To Make Ganja Rich Toke-House Cookies

Its hump day in the hood … and nothing helps getting over that halfway mark in the workweek quite like a nice batch of homemade Toke–House cookies. A delicious chocolate chip cookie chock-full of medicinal benefits. These cannabinoid laced cookies are perfectly suited for this stressed-out 9 to 5’er looking to relax after a long day of work.

INGREDIENTS:

2 1/4 cups All-Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Butter
1/2 ounce Cannabis
3/4 cup Sugar
3/4 cup Brown Sugar, Packed
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 large Eggs
1 3/4 cups Chocolate Chips
1 cup Nuts, Chopped (Optional)

Cooking instructions:

First things first. In order to make these dope Toke-House chocolate chip cookies, we first need to make the Canna-butter in a saucepan by melting the butter over low to medium-low heat. Integrate the chopped marijuana flower into the melted butter. Vigorously mix; should the mixture begin to boil, reduce heat to low. Allow to simmer for a minimum of 30 minutes, decarboxylation takes time so the longer it simmers the better. When butter turns a light green, remove it from heat. Strain the green cannabinoid rich mixture through some cheesecloth. Fold up the material into a bag and squeeze the rest of the canna-butter out of the remaining cannabis and into a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. In the larger bowl, combine the freshly made Canna-butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla until it hits a creamy texture. Toss in the eggs, one at a time, mixing them well after each egg hits the bowl. Slowly mixing in the flour. Throw in the chocolate chips and any other ingredient which might sound appealing like chopped nuts. Utilizing a tablespoon, drop a dab of toke-house dough on a well-greased baking sheet. Fire up the oven, preheating it to 375° and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown. This recipe makes about 5 dozen cookies.

Important caveat:
These cookies are chronic – eat one cook every 30 minutes until you figure out the right dosage for your needs. Be sure to have some real food on hand…as the munchies are sure to set in.

For those that have never made Canna-Butter before, here’s a helpful video on the topic.

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VIDEO: Government Says Banks Can Do Business With Pot Shops

The U.S. Department of Treasury issued new guidelines Friday about how banks can do business with marijuana shops without violating federal laws.

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Kingston, Jamaica airport cops net four ganja busts in six hours


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This should probably be widely known information at this point, but do not try and smuggle pot out of Kingston’s Norman Manley International Airport. After 40 years of being known as the pot capitol of the Caribbean, the police have made it pretty hard to get through one of their largest airports.

Take yesterday, for example, when cops busted four different, unrelated groups of people trying to get ganja out of the country netting a total of 156.4 pounds of compressed buds according to the Jamaica Observer.

It all started around 10 a.m. when a drug dog team “accosted” and searched a man boarding a flight to Barbados after dogs sniffed out his checked bags that had a secret compartment stuffed with about six pounds of sticky. The man and the woman he was with were taken into custody, but their names were not released as per Jamaican law because they had not been formally charged with a crime.

That was only the start of the day. About an hour later the same drug team stopped a cargo truck in a roundabout on airport property. In the back of the truck, cops found 129 pounds of ganja poorly hidden beneath a shipment of yam. Three men were arrested and the truck was seized.

After lunch, security screening at the baggage area uncovered yet another alleged ganja smuggler, this time a bag with 18.6 pounds of pot was found and the man was hauled off the flight and taken to prison.

And then finally, around 2:30 p.m., the pot hounding pigs were called to the luggage of a fourth man checking into a flight to Curacao with about three pounds of pot hidden in a (presumably large) tin of cheese.

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A Chronic Christmas Wish List: Great Gifts For The Ganja Set

Sure, it can be hard to find the perfect Christmas gift for both the discrete and obvious Stoner on your gift list. Regardless of whether or not you bow before the cannabis plant for medicine, or recreational relief from the daily pressures of life – a 420 gift on Christmas day is always welcome.

Perhaps shopping at your local head shop isn’t your thing, understandable. Or maybe you just indecisive and having a hard time coming up with a creative, though useful Stoner gift? I get that too. I hate wasting money on gifts that have no real function.

Relax – we’ve got your back. With Christmas 2013 a mere 21 days away this seemed like a good opportunity to offer up a few Cannabis centric Christmas ideas. Inexpensive, thoughtful and guaranteed to bring a smile to the recipients face.

 

Scissor Scrubber

$ 11.99

Harvest time can be complicated, your stoked you pulled off your crop… But now you have to manicure all of that stinky flower. Resin is great on your Bud, but not so welcome on your manicure scissors. Well, say good-bye to gross gummy blades, sticky rags and sloshy jars — the Scissor Scrubber gets the job done without a big fuss and NO MESS!

The Scissor Scrubber is efficient and portable. Keep your extra pair of snips at the ready while trimming then swap them out with your sticky scissors — you won’t be slowed down by sticky scissors with the Scissor Scrubber on hand.

Sticky scissors waste time! Clean scissors trim faster!

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Marijuana Scissor Scrubbers

 

DAB City Zip Hoodie

$ 44.99

As the chilly weather of winter settles in – and concentrates continue to take over the 420 world – you can now stay warm while showing your allegiance to the legions of concentrate aficionados around the country in this stylish – though not very discrete hodie. Fire up your ‘middle your finger’ in the air style with DAB Clothing’s original DAB City design. Emblazoned on the front with a DAB Clothing logo, and hidden under the hood in back.

Every hoodie is hand printed in Colorado.

Dab City Hoddie

Dab City Hoddie

 Cloud Penz 2.0

$ 79.99

All CLOUD Pen™ 2.O Pens include everything you need for the ultimate in portable vaporization:  all units include 1 pc. Cloud Pen™ complete with a Lithium Ion Battery, 1pc.  Mouthpiece, 1pc.  Atomizer, 1pc.  Wall Adapter, 1pc.  Wired micro USB Charger, 1pc.  User Manual, 1pc.  Skilletools TOOL, and last but not least… 1 sweet Travel Case to discreetly circumnavigate the 420 globe.

CLOUD Pen™ 2.0 Features: Longer Lasting Lithium Ion Battery Life (about 50% stronger). An inverted color of CLOUD Pen™ Button (for more discreet use). Green LED Back-lit button (instead of blue), a new heavy duty atomizer. NEW Micro USB Charger

Cloud Penz

Cloud Penz

 

4:20 Clock – Not Matter What Time Its Is… It’s 4:20

$ 17.49

This clock pretty much describes how I view each and every day…at any given time you’re only five minutes away from 4:20 PM. Decorate any room in your home or office, proudly displaying how you view the 24 hour cycle. Wake, bake, and repeat with our 10 inch wall clock. Black plastic case. Requires 1 AA battery (included).

4:20 Clock

4:20 Clock

 

First to Legalize Long Sleeve Maternity T-Shirt

$ 45.00
Fearless wives, loyal girlfriends or even the Stoner grandma will love this stylishly Long Sleeve Maternity Tee.  It’s just what the doctor ordered. Form-fitting with side ruching to hug curves and gracefully flatter your figure, this custom long sleeve maternity top will be a pregnancy wardrobe favorite. You may want to order more than one; it’s a staple you’ll reach for again and again!

  • Side ruching to accentuate curves
  • 100% Cotton
First to Legalize Long Sleeve Maternity T-Shirt

First to Legalize Long Sleeve Maternity T-Shirt

Gettin’ Chai T-Shirt

$ 27.99

Are you down with the brew crew? If so, you’ll get this shirt. An ultra-soft basic t-shirt offers comfort, durability, while informing the world your down with getting ‘chai’. With a wide range of size choices, men and women of all shapes and sizes the dazed and confused Christmas shopper will find their perfect fit. This t-shirt is not only fashionable at your local synagogue, but will also be greeted with a smile as you join the local smoke circle – also is perfect for those couch locked days lounging around in your sweats or pajamas.

  • 100% preshrunk cotton, Charcoal Grey is 50% cotton/50% polyester
Gettin' Chai T-Shirt

Gettin' Chai T-Shirt

420 Pet Tag

$ 16.99

For the childless couple or the basic animal lover, pets are surrogate children. And who doesn’t want their child to approach the world with a sense of panache and style. This 420 pet tag will put all on notice – this dog is down with medical marijuana, preferably Chem Dawg – of course.  This chic and smart-looking 420 pet tag is a sophisticated rectangular landscape shape that will put the world on notice how you and your pet feel about legalizing marijuana.

  • 1.125″ x 1.43″
  • Collar not included
420 Pet Tag

420 Pet Tag

Just A F@cking Plant Tote Bag

$ 16.99

The message is straightforward and to the point… Marijuana is just a fucking  plant (with the ability to  cure multiple human ailments) – this chronic tote is a 100% cotton canvas bag with plenty of room to carry everything you need when you are on the go. They include a bottom gusset and extra long handles for easy carrying.

  • 10 oz heavyweight natural canvas fabric
  • Full side and bottom gusset
  • 22″ reinforced self-fabric handles
  • Machine washable
  • Measures 15″ x 18″ x 6″
It Just a F@cking Plant

It Just a F@cking Plant

Alcohol Kills Weed Chills Golf Balls

$ 14.99

Looking to spark up a heated conversation within your golf group during your next round of golf? Whip out one of these billboards for sanity, a alcohol kills cannabis chills golf ball, and watch the smiles slowly change into confused perplexity. Guaranteed to provoke conversation, make your mark on the game with these custom 420 golf balls. With a unique design or custom logo, they will stand out on the fairway. With three golf balls to a pack, you’ll look like a pro even if your game’s way over par.

  • 3 novelty balls per pack.
  • Same image on all three
Stoner Golf Balls: Alcohol Kills Cannabis Chills

Stoner Golf Balls: Alcohol Kills Cannabis Chills

Pot Leaf Christmas Stocking

$ 12.00

‘T’was the night before Christmas and all through the house’ not a pothead was moving… they’d all hit the bong and fallen asleep. However, before they fired up their joint and got couch locked, passing out. They managed to hang their pot leaf stocking above the fire with care.

Pot Leaf Stocking

Pot Leaf Stocking

 

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VIDEO: Miley Cyrus is Seen Smoking a Suspicious-Looking Cigarette

Miley Cyrus is photographed smoking a suspicious looking cigarette as she relaxed on the balcony of her hotel in Miami.

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Top ten U.S. politicians who’ve puffed ganja

Recently Colorado Republican firebrand politician (and onetime presidential candidate) Tom Tancredo made headlines for agreeing to smoke marijuana on camera with a Florida-based filmmaker if Colorado’s Amendment 64 was passed. Well, the bill was approved but Tancredo apparently had no intention of following through with his agreement. He says his wife told him that it might be a bad influence on their grandchildren and he has since declined the filmmaker’s offer.

It’s too bad. Not only for Tancredo’s own well-being (the dude clearly needs a joint), but also for his place in history. He could have easily joined the ranks of the top ten politicians who’ve smoked pot, as compiled by our sister paper, the Denver Westword.

Number 10: George W. Bush

Bush 43 finishes tenth because he’s never confirmed that he smoked weed. But there’s evidence to suggest he did in this excerpt from a 2005 BBC article:

Mr Bush has spoken frequently about a drink problem in his youth, which ended with an apparent religious awakening at the age of 40, but he has never admitted taking illegal drugs.

On the tape, however, the future president discusses his refusal to answer questions about whether he took marijuana.

“I wouldn’t answer the marijuana question,” he says.

“You know why? ‘Cause I don’t want some little kid doing what I tried.”

He feared that any such admission might affect his standing if he won the presidency.

“You gotta understand, I want to be president, I want to lead,” he tells Mr Wead.

“Do you want your little kid to say ‘Hey daddy, President Bush tried marijuana, I think I will’?”

Number 9: Michael Bloomberg
The New York City mayor and current warrior in favor of gun control has a marijuana past that exists on a couple of levels, as is clear in this excerpt from his
Wikipedia page.

Bloomberg supports the strict drug laws of New York City. He has stated that he smoked marijuana in the past, and was quoted in a 2001 interview as saying “You bet I did. I enjoyed it.” This led to a reported $ 500,000 advertising campaign by NORML, featuring his image and the quote. Bloomberg stated in a 2002 interview that he regrets the remark and does not believe that marijuana should be decriminalized.

Click over to Westword.com for the rest of the post and the number one political puffer.

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Song GANJA YOGA – Jay W Sharief Bey

Download the Song and spread it www.jamendo.com Cannabis is indigenous to Central and South Asia.[12] Evidence of the inhalation of cannabis smoke can be found in the 3rd millennium BC, as indicated by charred cannabis seeds found in a ritual brazier at an ancient burial site in present day Romania.[8] Cannabis is also known to have been used by the ancient Hindus and Nihang Sikhs of India and Nepal thousands of years ago. The herb was called ganjika in Sanskrit (?????/????? ganja in modern Indic languages).[13][14] The ancient drug soma, mentioned in the Vedas, was sometimes associated with cannabis.[15] Cannabis was also known to the ancient Assyrians, who discovered its psychoactive properties through the Aryans.[16] Using it in some religious ceremonies, they called it qunubu (meaning “way to produce smoke”), a probable origin of the modern word “cannabis”.[17] Cannabis was also introduced by the Aryans to the Scythians and Thracians/Dacians, whose shamans (the kapnobatai—”those who walk on smoke/clouds”) burned cannabis flowers to induce a state of trance.[18] Members of the cult of Dionysus, believed to have originated in Thrace (Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey), are also thought to have inhaled cannabis smoke. In 2003, a leather basket filled with cannabis leaf fragments and seeds was found next to a 2500- to 2800-year-old mummified shaman in the northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China.[19][20] Cannabis sativa from Vienna Dioscurides, 512 AD