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Online Cultivation Course Wants Your Weed Growing Career to Bloom

Growing cannabis at home is legal in Colorado, but some of the weed we’ve seen harvested from basements should be outlawed. Seeds, pests, mold and larf are all common challenges faced by inexperienced cultivators, and can result in poor smell and taste, as well as waste a lot of time and money most of us don’t have.

Tyler Morley and Jeremy Deale, two commercial cannabis cultivators in Colorado, believe they’ve created an online cannabis curriculum, the Chronic Method, that will help home growers avoid those costly, buzz-killing issues. Similar to the Three a Light method, the course gives growers step-by-step instructions from seed to harvest, and the duo makes pretty bold claims on the strategy’s success rate.

We recently sat down with Morley and Deale to learn more about the Chronic Method, and how growers can maximize their yields.

Westword: How did you each end up becoming cannabis growers?

Tyler Morley: I’m from Virginia, and I grew up in agricultural areas; I was working at golf courses when I was fifteen. Then my cousin moved to Breckenridge in 2009. So I graduated high school, got my associate’s and then got my agricultural degree from Virginia Tech. Two years later, I hit up my cousin to visit him for a ski trip, and that’s where I met one of his colleagues, Nick. I struck up a good relationship with this guy through my cousin over the next few years.

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I kind of wanted to change my life, and didn’t want to be in the golf industry anymore, but I still wanted to stay in agriculture. … Right after Colorado went legal, Nick asked me to come out and work for him. I moved out here in 2015, started at a facility in Aurora that is now called Treehouse, and moved my way up the ladder there. Then I went to Super Farm and was a manager over there and helped their buildouts. I’ve built out and started up some initial facilities here in Denver, and was lucky enough to be on the ground floor. I’ve really loved it ever since.

Jeremy Deale: My introduction to cannabis was through my uncles, who were into a lot of things. But one of them actually grew his own crop in Fort Collins. I was, like, fourteen and on my way up to an Iron Maiden concert the first time I was ever around it. Fort Collins just seemed to be a hot environment in the ’80s and ’90s for cannabis. I played a lot of soccer, so I wasn’t a big smoker, but I was always around it. And, like Tyler, my family is farmers. I grew up with my grandparents, and both of them were farmers.

So in the early 2000s, I’m remodeling kitchens, and one of the guys I’m working with is Pete Williams, the co-founder of Medicine Man. Long story short, my friend and I helped Pete get his start in the cannabis world.

My wife made me leave the industry for four or five years, so I was helping caregivers and home growers get set up around that time. I met Josh Haupt of Three a Light through a mutual friend, and they offered me a job at the beginning, based on my experience. Through my relationship with Pete Williams, I actually set Medicine Man and Three a Light up together [Morley worked there, too]. Then, after the merger, Tyler and I walked into work, and we didn’t have jobs. That’s why we started the Chronic Method.

What made you so confident about this growing process that you wanted to share it with others?

Deale: We know it works, because we worked it for over two years straight. It’s the top production method on the planet right now.

Morley: Back when the black market was at its strongest, it was damaging the recreational market. Not even a year ago, indoor pounds were going for $ 650. People who don’t grow the quantity nor the quality that Three a Light, Medicine Man, Super Farm or Pioneer — the largest producer of cannabis in the world — grows can’t survive, because they don’t have the methodology to produce those pounds for less than $ 600.

This methodology is going to save peoples’ asses on the legal market, and it’s going to save a lot of home growers from headaches and problems in their basements. Jeremy and I have had our hands in over 6,000 pounds of harvest during a 24-month period. When Sweet Leaf was at its full capacity, our 33,000-square-foot facility was outproducing their 100,000-square-foot facility by almost 30 percent. At the end of the day, it’s all numbers, and if the market plummets again, some people might not survive it.

Deale: Most average growers can get a pound and a half to two pounds per light. This method is used to grow three, four or as high as five pounds per light, depending on environment. If you’re not including trim — which is a sellable and usable product — I’ve still seen three or four pounds of flower per light. If you’re trying to make your own medicine as a home grower, those extra pounds could save you from running cycles year-round. It’s a little more expensive up front, but the production pays for itself tenfold.

A lot of reasons that a first-timer wouldn’t try out growing is because they’re afraid the crop will die, get attacked by bugs, or something dumb will happen that they can’t react to. This is a crash course in cannabis that will eliminate those problems.

How does this technique differ if you’re in a basement compared to a large-scale operation?

Deale: The only difference is really space and the number of plants. You can do it with one plant, two plants, 200 plants or 400 plants. The guidelines break it down so there’s no interpretation.

Morley: There are five factors when growing any plant: light, water, air, nutrients and soil. As long as you hit those five things and do everything we say, you can be indoor, commercial, residential or even a greenhouse.

The method applies to outside, too. You’d get close to the same results in a greenhouse or outdoors, but you won’t have the same light intensity. So the production would vary from crop to crop outside, but it’s still the best yield you’d get outside.

In terms of difficulty, what would you compare growing cannabis to? Is it harder to grow than most vegetables or maintaining a small pet?

Deale: If you’re indoors, it’d be the same as growing cucumbers or tomatoes indoors. It does take some time and commitment to maintenance, but like anything else, you get in what you put out.

How much have cannabis growing techniques and equipment changed in the past five years?

Morley: The equipment just keeps getting better. Not a whole lot of methodology is changing, but the equipment really is. A lot of it has to do with lighting: A lot of people think that nutrients is the plant’s food. And it is, but it’s more of a supplement. Photosynthesis and light is how the plant gets real food. Trying to mimic the sun is hard to do, so we’ve seen a lot of lighting companies coming out with full-spectrum tech and the most efficient bulbs to get the most bang for your buck. The equipment is constantly evolving, and it’s something to stay on top of.

Deale: The industry hasn’t been legal long enough for us to really say anything definitive. You can’t tell people that this person is a master grower, because no one has hit the ceiling yet. No one knows what the full potential is. There are some really, really good growers out there, no doubt. Josh Haupt, the Jungle Boys, Pioneer — those are all really good growers who can hit those high numbers.

But methodology is just part of it. Equipment and science keep getting better. We’re looking at soil humidity and leaf surface temperature now. We’re able to see bugs days before the physical eye can see them. The technology that’s in this is changing so much, but I don’t think the way people have grown agriculture overall has changed much. People still grow carrots the same way they did thousands of years ago. It’s pretty much the same, but we just try to accentuate it and keep adding variables to make this equation the best. That’s where our heads were at with the Chronic Method. It literally walks growers through this.


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NYC Sues Flavored Online E-Cigarette Sellers

Oct. 10, 2019 — Twenty-two online sellers of flavored e-cigarettes are being sued by New York City for allegedly targeting young people through social media.

The defendants created “a public nuisance” by selling e-cigarettes to people under 21 even though such sales have been illegal in the city since 2013, according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday, CNN reported.

“Preying on minors and hooking them on a potentially lethal, lifelong nicotine addiction is unconscionable,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “This lawsuit sends a message: we will do whatever it takes to protect our kids and the health of our city.”

Nationwide, state and local governments have taken action to limit children’s access to e-cigarettes, CNN reported.

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Is Online Fitness Training Right for You?

TUESDAY, Oct. 8, 2019 — You say that you can’t get to the gym or afford to hire your own personal trainer, but you want a routine made just for you. It might not be mission impossible after all.

Why not consider online fitness training with your computer, smartphone or tablet, and a workout pro on the other end? There are almost as many of these offerings as there are exercises themselves.

Some websites offer live action, two-way trainer-led workouts with the instructor watching you and able to give corrections. Others offer customized routines that you follow from a video library or with an app. Many will track your progress and update your routine as needed. Some provide monthly consultation phone calls or video chats or feedback when you send in a videotaped workout, and answer your questions via text. As you investigate the choices, check that the trainer is certified by an established fitness organization.

Leading Certifying Fitness Organizations

  • American Council on Exercise
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • American College of Sports Medicine

Ask for references and read comments on social media, not just testimonials posted on the website. Beware of unrealistic promises. Compare the costs from different companies so that you know what you’re getting for your money.

Online training isn’t right for everyone, especially if you’re out of shape or have medical issues. But even then, it could help during the second stage of a fitness plan after getting an in-person assessment and workout routine.

More information

ConsumersAdvocate.org has reviews of many online fitness programs to start your search.

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What Are Some Good Sites Online to Get CBD Topicals?

Although seniors probably comprise the largest anti-marijuana age group, they are beginning to flock towards CBD. The non-intoxicating compound is used to treat medical conditions such as anxiety, chronic pain, Alzheimer’s, and PTSD, among other things. Although studies are encouraging, further research is required to prove the efficacy of the compound.

While oils, tinctures, and edibles are flying off the shelves in Western Europe and North America, CBD topicals are gaining a more significant foothold in the industry. Normally, they come in the form of lotions and creams that you rub on a specific part of the body. Proponents of CBD topicals suggest they get to work quickly, and you could rapidly feel the positive effects. 

How Do You Use CBD Topicals?

According to a 2019 report from the Arthritis Foundation, almost 80% of surveyed arthritis patients had already used CBD or were planning to do so. Of those who used the cannabinoids for arthritis symptoms, 55% chose CBD topicals which they applied to the joints. 

The effectiveness of NSAIDs and OTC pharmaceutical drugs for such conditions is open for debate. However, it is a fact that a significant proportion of people are allergic to these forms of medication. In contrast, some seniors say they apply CBD cream, walk away, and realize that they feel no pain. 

For the most part, applying CBD topicals to the joints twice a day is often sufficient. Individuals with conditions such as psoriasis and eczema also prefer CBD lotions and creams.

Are CBD Topicals Effective?

CBD appears to have science on its side. Creams and lotions could help tackle inflammation or pain at a specific site on the body, such as your joints. They are absorbed through the skin and interact with cells near the surface. The cannabidiol doesn’t enter the bloodstream and isn’t designed to ‘cure’ a systemic problem. However, those who use it often claim a diminished level of pain and inflammation in a specific area.  

Unlike OTC pain relief products, CBD topicals don’t ‘mask’ pain or inflammation. The skin contains a high concentration of cannabinoid receptors, part of the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). These CBD receptors are located throughout the body and are associated with immune function, memory, pain sensation, appetite, and much more.

A study by Philpott, O’Brien, and McDougall, published in the journal Pain in December 2017, looked at CBD’s effectiveness on pain and inflammation in rats. The team discovered that when rats with osteoarthritis received prophylactic treatment with CBD, they experienced a cessation of pain.

As promising as some of the research into CBD’s effects on pain is, recent reviews suggest that further studies are required. With the Farm Bill of 2018 legalizing the growth of industrial hemp in the United States, scientists can finally conduct detailed research into cannabidiol. 

Best Practices for Using CBD Topicals

  • Decide Where to Apply the Cream/Lotion: The actual site of the pain is potentially different from where you think it is. For instance, is it tension in your neck that is causing your migraine, or is it emanating from your head? If you want to use a CBD topical to address general pain, apply it to ‘sore’ spots such as the shoulders, soles of the feet, joints, or temples.

  • Thorough Cleanse the Site: Unless you had a bath or shower five seconds ago, there are bacteria and contaminants on your skin. Clean, and then dry the area where you intend to apply the compound.

  • Apply Liberally: Don’t be afraid to use lots of CBD cream on the site if necessary. Some users add a second or even a third dose! However, we recommend trying a small amount first to see how it affects you. 

  • Clean Your Hands: Wash your hands before AND after applying the CBD topical. Some products have added ingredients such as mint or citrus, which can sting the eyes.

  • Don’t Expect Miracles: Regardless of what you have read about the healing powers of CBD, the cannabinoid affects everyone differently. If you have had crippling arthritis for 15 years, don’t expect CBD to ‘cure’ it! In most cases, users report a reduction in pain; a sensation which takes a while to appear.

Where is the Best Place to Purchase CBD Topicals?

The industry as a whole has a problem with a lack of regulation. It is wise to invest in reputable brands such as Premium Jane?? known for producing high-quality CBD topicals. The best products include organic CBD taken from the raw plant material. Make sure the brand in question has third-party lab reports and a significant online presence with a professional-looking website.

Most sellers offer tubs containing 2-4 ounces of cream or lotion. While it doesn’t seem like a lot, it is normal for a 2-oz container to last over a month! When compared to expensive pharmaceutical products with questionable benefits, CBD topicals suddenly seem like excellent value for money! 

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Is It Safe to Order Your Birth Control Online?

By Amy Norton
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) — In recent years, a growing number of companies have been offering prescriptions for birth control through web-based services and smartphone apps. Now a “secret shopper” study suggests it’s a safe and reliable source for women.

So-called “telecontraception” services have emerged as an alternative to trips to the doctor or local family planning clinic. They allow women to get prescriptions for birth control pills (or contraceptive patches or rings) after completing an online questionnaire, and sometimes having a follow-up call with a health care provider.

The prescription can be picked up at a local pharmacy or delivered by mail.

Many women get contraceptives through their doctor, but the issue of access to birth control has become more pressing as family planning clinics close across the United States.

Advocates argue that these online companies fill a gap, making at least some birth control methods more accessible — particularly to women who live in “contraception deserts” lacking reproductive health clinics. And the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists just recommended in a new statement that all hormonal contraceptives, including rings, shots and patches, be available without a prescription, to help meet that need.

On the other hand, the idea of online health care makes some people uncomfortable, said senior study author Dr. Ateev Mehrotra.

“It’s common for people to say, ‘Really? This couldn’t be high-quality care,'” said Mehrotra, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School.

So his team decided to gauge the quality of online contraception services using a secret shopper approach: They had seven “patients” seek prescriptions for “the Pill” from nine companies that provided the service in the United States as of March 2018.

The patients made a total of 63 visits to the sites, filling out the standard questionnaires. Two companies provided video calls during the visit, and in about one-third of visits there was some kind of follow-up, either a call or text message from a health care provider with the service.

Overall, Mehrotra said, the companies did a good job of screening.

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There were 45 visits in which secret shoppers reported contraindications to using the Pill such as a history of blood clots or migraine with aura. In those cases, the companies followed medical guidelines 93% of the time.

How does that compare with traditional office visits? It’s a bit tricky to judge, according to Mehrotra.

“A limitation of this study is that we didn’t directly compare this with the care these same patients would’ve received at an office visit,” he said.

But, he added, based on past research, that 93% figure may actually be better than in-person care.

If that’s the case, there’s some sense to it, according to Mehrotra: A busy doctor may not always ask all the right questions, while a standardized online questionnaire would be consistent.

Still, the online approach has its shortcomings, Mehrotra added.

One concern is that women who use the services may not be aware of all the contraception options out there. Only two companies in this study offered information about long-acting contraceptives. Those include intrauterine devices (IUDs) and small implants placed under the skin of the arm; they have to be inserted by a doctor or nurse, but they are also the most effective forms of reversible birth control.

Susan Wysocki is a women’s health nurse practitioner and serves as a medical advisor to the American Sexual Health Association.

“One thing these companies could improve upon is information on long-acting reversible contraceptives,” Wysocki said.

She suggested that women who are interested in getting birth control online first do some research on all of their options, for example, through a trustworthy website like Planned Parenthood.

In general, though, women can feel comfortable getting their birth control through these services, according to Wysocki.

“Birth control pills are safe and effective when taken correctly,” she said. “But accessibility is an issue. These [companies] make reliable contraception available from the comfort of your home, and that’s a good thing.”

As for price, the study found that sites ranged widely. Most accepted health insurance, but uninsured customers would pay anywhere from $ 67 to $ 519 for a one-year prescription (including the cost of the visit). The average price tag was $ 313.

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It’s not clear, Mehrotra added, whether any one company is better than others in quality.

The findings were published Sept. 26 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Contraceptives are not the only prescription available online. Consumers can get medications for a number of conditions, from acne to erectile dysfunction. There’s a need for research into the quality of those services, too, Mehrotra said.

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SOURCES: Ateev Mehrotra, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor, health care policy, and medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston; Susan Wysocki, WHNP-BC, medical advisor, American Sexual Health Association, and president, iWomansHealth; Sept. 26, 2019,New England Journal of Medicine

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Posting All Those Selfies Online Could Backfire, Study Finds

By Kayla McKiski
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Aug. 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Posting selfies on social media won’t do you any favors in terms of likability.

A small new study finds that many people take a dim view of others who post a lot of selfies on Instagram.

Researchers at Washington State University conducted an experiment to determine which posts lead to snap judgments about the user’s personality.

The upshot: People who posted lots of selfies were uniformly regarded as less likeable, less successful, less adventurous and more insecure than those who share photos taken by somebody else.

Lead author Christopher Barry, a professor of psychology at WSU, said the findings reveal more about perception than personality.

“Our research indicates that selfies are not necessarily a sign of self-absorption, but there is a chance that others may view us that way based on posting many selfies,” he said.

In the study, 119 college students were asked to rate the Instagram profiles of 30 students from another university.

Those who posted a posed photo taken by someone else — also known as a “posie” — were seen as more likeable, more successful, having greater self-esteem and being more outgoing. Viewers also saw them as having greater potential for being a good friend.

The reverse was true for students who had posted more selfies.

“It may be that posies seem more natural or realistic, that selfies have taken on a negative connotation in pop culture, or that people who post posies are viewed as more sociable,” Barry said. “People who post selfies may be judged as not having others around.”

Selfies that focused on physical appearance, like flexing in the mirror, drew particularly negative reactions. And the older the viewer, the more he or she tended to rate profiles negatively.

“To speculate, I would say that it’s probably a general tendency that we have to judge younger people or the next generation relatively negatively,” Barry said.

The study also found that students who were regarded as highly self-absorbed tended to have a bigger presence on the photo-sharing platform. They had more followers and followed more users.

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Instagram has more than 100 million active users in the United States, and about 1,000 selfies are posted there every second.

Dr. Sudeepta Varma, a psychiatrist and assistant professor of psychiatry at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, reviewed the study and explained the obsession.

“We want to feel like we matter, that we are appreciated [and] validated,” she said. “[We want] confirmation that we are attractive, to boost our confidence and self-esteem, to receive praise from others, generate attention … validate an experience.

“Because if the tree fell and no one was there to Instagram it, did it really happen?” Varma said.

Though the personality traits of selfie posters aren’t known, Varma wonders if the phenomenon reflects an era of self-absorption.

“The question becomes, ‘are we as a society more self-absorbed than before?'” she said. “It’s unclear — maybe we always have been but these tools allow us to express it and take it to the next level.”

For those in search of validation, Varma recommends looking offline, too.

“Engaging in hobbies, spending time with your loved ones, pursuing a passion project [and] giving back to your family or community all build self-esteem in a more permanent and less approval-dependent fashion,” she said.

Barry encourages users to be aware of the twofold nature of the online world.

“We should remember that despite our reasons for posting something, other people may perceive our posts in ways that are not intended,” he said. “The audience is an important part of social media.”

The study was published recently in the Journal of Research in Personality.

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SOURCES: Christopher Barry, Ph.D., professor, psychology, Washington State University, Pullman; Sudeepta Varma, M.D., clinical assistant professor, psychiatry, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York City,Journal of Research in Personality, August 2019

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Best Marketing Ideas for Online Marijuana Dispensaries

More and more states are lifting bans on the production and sale of marijuana, for both medical and recreational reasons. If you have decided to turn your passion for weed into a business, you may not know exactly how to promote your business properly. After all, many people have the same idea as you do. Why would people go to your store over another? Here are the best marketing ideas for online marijuana dispensaries.

1. Have the best product and exclusive products

Many people who enjoy marijuana want the finest product available. There are a lot of really good options out there, so you need to have product that exceeds expectations. Be sure to highlight this product in marketing materials and inside your store. When you do, be sure you let people know why it’s the best.

Next, you need to have something that no one else has. Many times, you can strike a deal with a manufacturer to sell their item exclusively in your store. When you start to grow, you may even try to strike an exclusive deal with a strain promoted by a famous musician or actor.

Marketing starts at the very beginning. The first thing people will see is your name and logo. Make sure these items gran the attention of the potential customer right away. You need to be clear about your product, and you need to be somewhat unique. You may need to go to the professionals to develop a logo that isn’t the same logo people will drive past every day.

3. Utilize social media

This business gives you a great opportunity to utilize social media marketing. Your clientele uses social media heavily, and you have a product that allows you to develop entertaining social media content that might even go viral. Widen your horizons and sign up for a business account on the most popular social media sites. There are plenty of digital assistants that can help you manage all of your social media accounts in one place. Showcase your best products with photos and videos. You can also even post funny memes.

However, it’s important to maintain a certain level of professionalism. Don’t post anything that can get you the wrong type of attention from the wrong type of people. That being said, it’s okay to have a laugh. Be sure to invite people into your store with every post!

4. Have your customers help

People trust friend and family recommendations. Use this to your advantage by asking your most loyal local customers to help support your business by promoting your brand on social media. This will reach people who don’t follow your business yet. People also tend to go to places they see their friends enjoy. You may even consider trading promotion for some product if the person is a significant social media influencer.

5. Loyalty programs

People like to save money. Give people the chance to save money on a product they buy regularly as long as they buy through you. Many stores, such as gas stations and clothing stores, do the same thing, so why can’t a marijuana dispensary do it? Give customers the opportunity to get discounts after they buy a certain amount. The people are sure to come back to take advantage of that offer! You can put a deadline on the offer to ensure that they come back soon.

6. Promote yourself everywhere

Some people only think about work at the office, or dispensary. Don’t take your hat off when you leave for the day. Literally. Get merchandise with your company logo and name on it. Continue to wear this merchandise while you go about your other daily tasks. You can get hats, t-shirts, pens, mugs, and many other items. Always carry business cards with your store’s contact to tell people how to take advantage of your services. Make sure you portray yourself and your business in a positive light while you are wearing your merchandise.

Some people think that marijuana sells itself. However, there are more options than ever today. For that reason, you need to make yourself stand out and reach out to the people. Use these tips, and you’ll watch your business grow just like your plants.

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A Simple Guide for Buying Your Bongs Online

Even the most veteran smokers have to do some digging when buying a new bong. There are so many options to choose from, which is a good thing but also confusing for many. That’s why I decided to write a simple guide on buying a bong online. I have shared all its types and several other things to check before you finalize one.

3 Types of Bongs

All bongs can be divided into three major categories by their style. Each bong has its qualities. Which bong should you buy, depends on your preference.

1.      Beaker Bongs

Beaker Bongs are larger in size and have a broad base to hold water. They are more stable than other bongs. Their smoke is also less dense compared to other types.

2.      Straight Tubes

Every beginner usually starts with Straight Tubes. They offer everything that entices a newbie – dense smoke being top in the list. It requires minimal effort and you can inhale the smoke straight up the tube. But their bases aren’t very reliable. If you are not careful, it tips over because of the small base.

3.      Recyclers

These bongs are complex in built but more efficient than any other. They are mostly used by experienced smokers for concentrates. They have two chamber system and an intake tube to recycle the water. They filter the smoke of water, making it smoother and also cool the vapor in the way.

Things to Consider

There are also a few things to consider other than the style of the bong. Your experience won’t be as efficient if you don’t get them right. Besides, some bongs require extra care and effort but, of course, that effort isn’t for nothing. High maintenance bongs are also more effective and fun.

Add Ons

There is a few add on options with the new bong you buy. They are not necessary but add to experience if you know what you are getting. The following four are the most common add ons.

Percolator: it is used to cool the smoke and make it less harsh.

Ice Pinch: it is used to hold ice which is also used to cool down the smoke.

Ash Catcher: it’s a level of filtration to separate ash from the smoke.

Splashguard: the bong water isn’t clean. Splashguard blocks it from getting into your mouth.

Joint Sizes

Bongs usually come in three different joint sizes. Smallest is 10 mm and you can’t slide down pencil inside it. One is 14.5 mm, and the biggest is 18.8 mm. It will be easier to match with a new one if you get a bong with the same joint sizes; that is, in case you accidentally break a downstem or slide. Big Daddy Smoke has a large variety of bongs to choose from and they have shared complete details of every single one. Make sure you thoroughly read bong’s features; it helps you understand what you are buying.

Cleaning

The bong will occasionally need cleaning once you start using it. It gets filled with tar and smoke stains. It also affects the taste if you don’t clean it. Some bongs are easier to clean while some require effort. The bongs with percolators are difficult and time-consuming, even with only two or three of them. It takes only seconds to clean if there are no percolators in your bong. In the latter case, I recommend you get an ash catcher instead of percolators.

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Chintis Lungren’s Award-Winning ‘Manivald’ Arrives Online Free from NFB

Animation fans around the world can now enjoy Chintis Lundgren’s festival favorite short Manivald for free online. Produced by the NFB, Chintis Lundgreni Animatsioonistuudio and Adriatic Animation, this quirky 2D take on the delicate bonds between parents and children is available in both English and French on NFB.ca, Facebook, YouTube and Vimeo, where it launched as a Staff Pick.

The acclaimed 12-minute short has been selected to screen at more than 100 film festivals and received 20 awards, including a Special International Jury Prize at the Hiroshima International Animation Festival, the Program A Audience Choice Award at the New York City Short Film Festival, and the Award for Best Script at the Ottawa International Animation Festival.

“While going to different festivals with Manivald, I met quite a few mothers who had sons that didn’t want to move out. I hope my film gave them some new and interesting ideas about how to solve that problem! But we should also remember it’s not easy for the guy who comes to fix things, either. In fact, that’s what my newest film (Toomas Beneath the Valley of the Wild Wolves) is all about,” said Lundgren.

Toomas is screening as part of the official selection at the Annecy animation festival (June 10-15).

Synopsis: Manivald, a fox, is turning 33. Overeducated, unemployed and generally uninspired, he lives with his overbearing, retired mother and spends his days learning piano while she makes his coffee and washes his socks. It is an easy life, but not a good one. Their unhealthy co-dependence is about to collapse when the washing machine breaks down and in comes Toomas, a sexy and adventurous wolf repairman, to fix it, and them.

Tinged with typically absurdist Estonian humor and featuring animator Chintis Lundgren’s faulty but loveable anthropomorphic characters, Manivald mixes the surreal and the heartfelt in its timely tale of an emotionally unnourished generation that continue to live with their parents well into their adult lives. The film pokes fun at the loving but sometimes unhealthy ties that bind parents and children, while celebrating the liberties of independence, self-discovery and growth.

Manivald is produced by Chintis Lundgren (Chintis Lundgreni Animatsioonistuudio), Draško Ivezi? (Adriatic Animation) and Jelena Popovi? (NFB). The executive producer is Michael Fukushima, head of the NFB’s Animation Studio in Montreal.

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Girls’ Online Sex Experience May Spur Risk Offline

By Serena Gordon

HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, April 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The types of sexual experiences girls have on the internet can help predict the kinds of risk they face offline, including HIV infections, physically violent relationships and sexual assault, new research suggests.

“Girls are under immense pressure to prove themselves to be sexually ‘hot’ or attractive online,” said the study’s lead author, Megan Maas. She is an assistant professor of human development and family studies at Michigan State University in East Lansing.

And that pressure can lead girls into potentially dangerous situations, Maas noted.

The study looked at almost 300 girls, aged 14 through 16, over a five-year period. About half had previously experienced neglect, physical abuse or sexual abuse. Forty-six percent were white, 44% were black, and the rest were bi-racial, Hispanic or Native American.

Based on the girls’ self-reported experiences, the investigators found that they fell into one of four online sexual experience groups:

  • Online inclusive: These girls are likely involved in different types of online sexual experiences. They may look at internet pornography, talk to strangers about sex, post sexy pictures on social media and send nude photos. They’re also likely to get requests for sexy pictures, sexual comments on their pictures and requests to have sex.
  • Seekers: These girls might view porn, chat with others about sex and post provocative photos, yet they deliberately don’t have sexy profile pictures.
  • Attractors: While they may not actively seek attention, these girls often get it. They may post a provocative profile picture and get comments from strangers about how sexy they are, as well as offers for offline sex or requests for nude photos.
  • Online abstinent: Though these girls may have spent time online, they didn’t appear to have significant online sexual experiences.

Just over half of the girls fell into the online abstinent group. About 20% were online inclusive, 15% were attractors and 13% were seekers, the findings showed.

Girls in the attractor category were more likely than seekers to be sexually assaulted. Maas said it’s not clear why, but it’s possible that attractors may be more naive and vulnerable.

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Seekers were more apt to have a physically violent boyfriend. Maas said researchers couldn’t tell if the online sexual experiences of seekers were consensual or not. It’s possible girls may have been coerced to send nude images or view pornography.

The online inclusive group was more likely than others to report HIV risk behaviors, such as having sex without a condom or using intravenous drugs, the findings showed.

In addition, girls who had been mistreated prior to the study were more likely to experience physical violence and HIV risk.

Maas said it’s not reasonable to think that parents can just get kids to stay offline. But she suggested getting children involved in other activities from an early age.

“For girls, in particular, if they’re less invested in getting attention on social media, they’re way better off. Emphasize those experiences and achievements that aren’t based on looks. When girls are focused on basketball, horseback riding or art or whatever else, they may not be as vulnerable,” she explained.

And, Maas said, kids need to be educated so they can navigate these situations.

“Predators will promise the world to get you to meet them offline. You need to prepare kids for that. And, with peer on peer. Boys need to know if someone has a sexy social media profile or is flirting, it doesn’t mean that’s a guarantee for a sexual experience. There has to be a conversation about consent. We have to hold boys and men accountable for their behavior, too,” she said.

Maas also recommended that parents take away kids’ phones, tablets and other devices at night for sleep and for social protections. She suggested having times during the day — for an hour or two in the evening, for example — where everyone in the family shuts down their devices.

Frederick Scholl, associate teaching professor of cybersecurity at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., reviewed the study. He noted that this study included a significant number of girls who were probably at increased risk because they had been mistreated.

But Scholl agreed with Maas that parents need to set limits.

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“Instead of just saying no to being online, you have to insist that kids get involved in other activities,” he said. “I am concerned that kids are generally online so much of the time.”

Scholl also recommended that everyone upgrade their home technology security. If parents upgrade their internet security, they can set restrictions (such as blocking sites) to limit what kids can do online, he noted.

“Families will spend hundreds of dollars on having good locks on their front door. We also need to spend money to protect our families against the billions of people online,” Scholl said.

In the end, however, no technology can substitute for good parental oversight, he explained.

The study was recently published online in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

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SOURCES: Megan Maas, Ph.D., M.S., assistant professor of human development and family studies, Michigan State University, East Lansing; Frederick Scholl, Ph.D., associate teaching professor of cybersecurity and director, graduate cybersecurity program, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Conn.; Feb. 18, 2019,Journal of Youth and Adolescence, online

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Strengthening Family Ties Through Online Gaming

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 — Video games provide unlimited entertainment, and interactive ones can even help you burn off calories.

But you may not know that playing games — either in person or through shared online networks — can unite family members from many generations in meaningful ways.

Researchers at Concordia University in Montreal found that playing social network games, through Facebook for instance, offers family members a fun, common topic of conversation, and creates shared experiences, even though there’s often no direct communication. That’s just one of dozens of studies that have explored the benefits of family gaming.

One study done at the University of California, Davis, found that the more often family members play video games together, the greater their feelings of family satisfaction and closeness. What’s more, because those with poor inter-family communication benefited more than those who already had good communication, video gaming can be a bridge to better relationships.

Family gaming can easily extend beyond those living in a single household. With more grandparents and other older relatives now using social media to get news about relatives, playing word games and other family-friendly choices can keep the generations better connected because these activities transcend age barriers. Playing can also help connect you to faraway relatives you may not have the chance to get to know in traditional ways.

The Concordia researchers also found that people feel a stronger obligation when playing with family members than with friends, which might further strengthen familial bonds in general.

While video gaming is now becoming a spectator sport rather than a participant activity for many people, it’s good to remember that being actively engaged at least with your family members can have benefits that go well beyond a scoresheet.

More information

Consumer Reports has more on how to play video games with your child.

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News Bytes: Savor ‘Bao’ Online, Blizzard Bakes Up ‘Cookiewatch’, Tripping with Homer & More

Hulu’s 2018 End of Year(Book)
The platform’s users streamed more than 26 million hours of content PER DAY through 2018. Some of the top performers were adult animated series Family Guy, South Park and Bob’s Burgers, while the number one kid-friendly toon was Teen Titans Go!

CALL FOR ENTRIES: TAAFI 2019
The next Toronto Animation Arts Festival International will be held February 15-17, with plans to screen over 100 international films. Organizers are now accepting submissions for competition categories including Best Kids Short, Student Short, International Short and Canadian Short. Deadline is January 14, 2019.

“TAAFI is going to take over Hot Docs Cinema during Canada’s Family Day weekend!” said Barnabas Wornoff, TAAFI Chair. “TAAFI is dedicated to show and celebrate the best animated shorts and features from across the world, to ones made right here in Toronto. It will be a feast for the eyes!”

OIAF 2019 Key Artists Revealed
Organizers of the 43rd Ottawa Int’l Animation Festival (September 23-29, 2019) have announced that the event’s signal film will be created by animator Elizabeth Hobbs (I’m OK), and the poster will be created by Steve Angel of Head Gear Animation.

Man Spends 2 Days Taking LSD and Watching ‘The Simpsons,’ Here’s What He Wrote
We DO NOT recommend this as the best way to enjoy your favorite cartoons. But much like the rogue pioneers of early medicine infecting themselves with crazy diseases, sometimes the world needs a self-destructive maverick to reveal hidden knowledge to the rest of us.

WATCH: Overwatch Holiday Short ‘Cookiewatch’
Blizzard Entertainment’s second-ever stop-motion film follows Tracer on an important Christmas Eve mission: keep naughty Reaper away from the cookies left out for Santa! The short is directed by LAIKA alum Justin Rasch.

WATCH: Pixar’s ‘Bao’ Online for 1 Week
Pixar is making Domee Shi’s acclaimed short about an overbearingly devoted Chinese-American mother available online for one week only (until Dec. 23) following its including in the Academy Awards shortlist. Read more about the film here.

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Award-Winning Short ‘Coin Operated’ Debuts Online

Online audiences now have a chance to watch the inspiring indie CG short Coin Operated, available on YouTube for free!. Written and directed by computer scientist-turned-animator Nicholas Arioli, the five-minute work is a whimsical journey over 70 years in the life of one naive explorer.

Coin Operated was awarded Best Short Animation at the Rhode Island and Pittsburgh film festivals and AT&T Film Awards. It also took Audience Awards at Palm Springs ShortFest, Naples and Brooklyn Film Festival, and was an official selection at AFI, TIFF San Francisco and other notable events.

Read Ramin Zahed’s interview with Arioli to learn more about the film.

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Brothers McLeod’s Sundance-Selected Short ‘Marfa’ Arrives Online

The latest short from Greg and Myles McLeod — a.k.a. The Brothers McLeod — has debuted as a Staff Pick on Vimeo, having made its World Premiere at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. Marfa is an 8-minute animated scrapbook pulling anecdotes, impressions and landmarks from the heart of the small, isolated West Texas city in the high desert.

As the filmmakers put it: “Marfa is a town on the borderlands of Texas and a place out of time. It takes its name from a novel — possibly Dostoevsky, possibly Jules Verne. It’s famous for the famous people who’ve passed through, including James Dean, on location for his last film. But there’s much more to it than that. Strange lights dance in the night sky over the desert. It is also, implausibly, a mecca for lovers of minimalist art. It’s a landscape of lost horses, freaks and food trucks … and then there’s also a giant lemon.”

The film’s inception was a visit by Greg to the Marfa Film Festival several years ago — an epic journey in itself, from Stratford-upon-Avon in England to the Trans-Pecos. Back in Blighty, the brothers tooks Greg’s photos, audio snippets, interviews and footage and crafted it into a film structured on a poem by Myles and utilizing an ink and watercolour hand-animated style. They also worked with longtime collaborator and sound designer Tom Angell.

Learn more about the filmmakers at www.bromc.uk.

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Online History Gives Clues to Heart Ills

By Robert Preidt

HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Online searches about heart disease peak in the winter, a new study says. That’s when deaths from heart disease top out, too.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, and more than 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States every year.

Researchers wondered if online searches for heart information varied seasonally, so they analyzed more than 10 years of Google data. They found that search volumes were 15 percent higher in the winter than in the summer in the United States and nearly 50 percent higher in winter than in summer in Australia.

The analysis also revealed that there are more searches about heart disease in regions of the United States with higher rates of heart disease deaths than in areas with lower rates.

Online search data could help estimate heart disease rates in specific regions, the researchers said.

The study was published Sept. 4 in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

“By showing that seasonal and geographic interest in seeking (heart disease) health information correlates with findings in real-world data, we show that Internet search-query data could potentially provide real-time information on (heart disease) in the community,” lead investigator Dr. Nilay Kumar said in a journal news release. He’s with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Other experts agree.

Internet search engines and social media postings can act like the proverbial “canary in the coal mine” in the early detection of disease trends, Dr. Joseph Murphy and Dr. R. Scott Wright wrote in an accompanying editorial. The cardiologists at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., also said searches and postings will “sing like a canary” in spreading important public health warnings.

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SOURCE:Mayo Clinic Proceedings, news release, Sept. 4, 2018

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