Ways To Legally Save Money When Buying Marijuana Products

Marijuana products have gone increasingly popular since its legalization. Many people have now started using cannabis products both for medical and recreational purposes. However, as demand rises, the supply is still limited. As it’s still in its infancy stage, there aren’t many dispensaries yet that are legally selling these products. This accounts for the hefty price tag that these products often come along with.

Just like shopping for any other good or commodity, there are ways to save money. You don’t have to burn a hole in your pocket for you to afford these products. Here’s how:

1. Follow A List

This first tip applies whether you’re shopping online or at a brick-and-mortar dispensary. It pays to have a shopping list and stick to this. When you visit a website or a store, you may be dumbfounded by the numerous options that you’re going to face. Without a list, you may end up shopping for more than you originally intended. It’s as if the items on display are screaming at you to please buy them. With a list, you’re more able to stick to your budget.

2. Shop Only When You Need To

It’s easier said than done to say that you have to shop when you need to. But, when you’re able to do this, you’ll see changes in your shopping habits. Only shop for marijuana products when you absolutely need to. Especially so if this is something that you use for a medical purpose. When you’re almost running out of stock, that’s when it’s time for you to purchase. That way, you’re limiting your purchases only with the marijuana products that you need, no matter how tempting it might be to buy the whole aisle.

3. Only Bring The Cash That You Need

This tip applies if you’re buying marijuana products from a physical shop. Leave your credit card at home. Only bring the cash that you absolutely need. That way, there’s no way that you can afford to spend more than you had initially intended to. You can’t spend money that you don’t have. Especially with more accounts debunking the negative myths relating to marijuana products, the variety of products on display are getting more numerous. Bringing only the amount that you need helps you stay within your budget.

4. Take Advantage Of Promo Codes

Promo codes are available almost everywhere. And these promo codes apply both to online purchases and those from physical shops. As there are promo codes for nearly anything that you need, you can also use one for marijuana purchases. You can find these promo codes almost everywhere, such as from magazines, online websites such as https://www.gopromocodes.com/stores/eaze, TV advertisements, and newspaper classifieds.

Everyone loves a good discount, and if you have a code to match, then it’s undoubtedly your lucky shopping day. Just remember also to use your promo codes wisely. Don’t be tempted to spend even more just because you’re getting a good discount. Other shoppers also make the mistake of buying marijuana products that they don’t need only because it’s on a discount. It’s best to use your promo codes for those products that you know you’ll need and use.

Marijuana Products5. Shop With A Calculator

When you shop for groceries or clothing items, is it not that you also make a tally on your calculator as to your running total? The same principle should apply the moment that you walk in a dispensary. You never know what products you’re going to find and it can be very tempting to buy many. Even those that you don’t necessarily need.

With a calculator, you’re able to keep track of your total. You know your limit, and you know when it’s time to stop adding items to your cart. This helps you to stay within the budget that you intended for this marijuana shopping trip.

6. Compare Prices

Dispensaries around your locality may also have varying prices. Naturally, some are going to be more expensive than others. And, just because an item is cheaper, it doesn’t mean that it’s of inferior quality. The price difference could be a result of a more expensive store rental, a pricier supplier, and even an inherently pricier locality. When you can find a cheaper marijuana product, don’t be afraid to go for it. Just make sure that you’re buying from a reputable source and not one that you’re skeptical about the moment you walk in. Take the time to compare prices before you make a final purchase. That way, you’re allowing yourself the opportunity to have the best deals possible.

Conclusion

Shopping for marijuana products is still quite an expensive task at the moment. As the market continues to increase in demand, it’s also expected that soon enough, the supply will stabilize as well. But, that’s only yet a goal. At present, you’ll still have to make do with finding ways to save money while buying marijuana products legally. Especially if you swear by these products, you can start applying these tips. Your pocket will thank you for doing so.

Shane Dwyer
Author: Shane Dwyer
Shane Dwyer is a cannabis advocate who isn’t afraid to tell the world about it! You can find his views, rants, and tips published regularly at The 420 Times.

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Ways To Celebrate Halloween Responsibly With Cannabis

Halloween is a spooky fun time of year, filled with fun events, themed parties, and CANDY. But the fog machine doesn’t have to be the only thing clouding up your living room this season. Cannabis, when used responsibly, can be the perfect addition to this year’s festivities.

This guide, brought to you by Hemper and their Halloween Inspired Smoking Box, will help you get your creative juices flowing with ideas for incorporating cannabis into All Hallows Eve.

1. Host A Costume Party

The best parties are always those that have an underlying theme for guests to follow. Whether it’s a black and white required theme, a masquerade, or even a get together inspired by Disney, themed parties are extra fun when it comes to showing off your creativity.

So this Halloween, why not try hosting a costume party? But not just any costume party… a cannabis inspired themed party! Tell your friends to come dressed as anything or anyone that involves cannabis, and see what kind of cool ideas stop by! Whether they show up as Snoop Dog or a giant pumpkin bong, a cannabis inspired costume party will be the highlight of your year!

Alternatively, you could host a non-cannabis inspired party and simply incorporate cannabis into the festivities. For example, make “Trick or Treats” such as cookies or brownies, with a twist.

Label them as “Trick” (weed-infused), or Treat (regular non-cannabis treat for non-users and designated drivers).

2. Movie Night

Halloween is a great night for a movie marathon! From comedic Halloween themed movies to traditional slasher films. Especially if you’re not typically a fan of scary movies, cannabis can ease fears and let you enjoy movies that you wouldn’t typically have the guts to watch.

Mellow out this season and toke up with your favorite strains guaranteed to help you enjoy, responsibly from the comfort of your own home…just don’t forget the snacks. Want to spice things up even more? Consider checking out Hemper’s October Hemper Box, filled with Halloween themed smoking tools and accessories, including a “Jack the Ripper Bong”!

3. Cannabis Arts And Crafts Night

It’s always more fun to smoke out of something that you made yourself. Well, maybe not always, but Halloween is the perfect time to challenge your creative skills and see who can make the best DIY bong or pipe!

Not into making a bong? Take this opportunity to make decorations for the season to hang up around the house or outdoors. From plastic milk carton skeletons to scary props, you’ll find countless “how to” videos online…just don’t use sharp tools or powered devices when high ok? Remember, fake blood is fun and creepy, real blood is downright scary. The last thing you want is to spend the night in the Emergency Room. Enjoy responsibly.

4. Halloween Game Night

Who doesn’t like a good game night? Many of us grew up playing games with friends and siblings, only to have graduated to drinking games in college and beyond.

But what about cannabis games?

Think of it as drinking games, but with a twist. Replace the shots of alcohol with hits of your favorite herb, and challenge your friends to a game of Never Have I Ever, Poker, Weed Jenga, Rock Band, or even an old school game like Pin The Tail On The Donkey! Cannabis will make any Halloween game into a burst of giggles and fun.

Just remember, moderation is still key and advised. So plan accordingly and make sure participants are staying within limits they are comfortable.

5. Cannabis Dice

Speaking of games, why not try a game of cannabis dice? The best part is, you don’t need to use any special kind of dice! Although, the more sides it has, the more fun the game will be. Split a piece of paper into 2 columns.

In the left column, make a numbered list of spooky dares, and in the right column, make a list of things you have to do while performing the dare. For example, scare a friend in the tune of a song. The loser has to take a hit until the winner says stop!

6. Nature’s Candy Cooking

If you like to bake, why not have a nature’s candy Halloween themed party? You can either invite your friends for a giant cannabis cook-off, or simply tell them to bring their own Halloween cannabis infused desserts, and see which one you like best!

Consider setting up blind taste tests, voting, and awards for the most unique, best tasting, best decorated, and other categories. The only limit is your creativity.

7. Carve A Cannabis Pumpkin

Step up your pumpkin carving skills and make your own pumpkin dab rig! Choose a nice, round pumpkin, and start by carving it out like you normally would do when carving a pumpkin. Next, scoop out the seeds, push the pumpkin stem through 2 opposite sides of the pumpkin, pour in some water, and kick off your Halloween with a pumpkin dab!

The best part about carving a cannabis pumpkin is that your October Hemper Box comes with all the things you need to complete your pumpkin rig! You can also check out their head shop to find many more smoking accessories.

Smoke Up this Halloween and Enjoy

We hope you enjoyed this Halloween guide on how to incorporate cannabis responsibly into your holiday festivities. Don’t be shy about sharing any ideas you have with us, we’d love to hear what you have in mind.

Shane Dwyer
Author: Shane Dwyer
Shane Dwyer is a cannabis advocate who isn’t afraid to tell the world about it! You can find his views, rants, and tips published regularly at The 420 Times.

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6 Ways How Legal Marijuana Has Affected Nevada

To say that there has been a lot of controversies as regards the legalization of marijuana in many states within the US is an understatement. 

That is not to say that the debate is no longer in play, especially for a sate like Nevada with so many dispensaries in las vegas.

As if the city that is already famed for it’s extravagant casinos and luxurious hotels that are styled with a theme of class and unapologetic splendour, doesn’t have enough on her plate to deal with.

But what are all these rouses really about? There is no straight answer to that, but we do know is that hard facts are leaning to more advantages for the government and the people of Nevada. And here are the reasons why……!

Lesser Consumption of Cannabis by Kids and Adolescents

The use of psychoactive drugs has been a tradition that has been practised since the earliest recorded history, both for medicinal and recreational purposes and it isn’t necessarily a bad thing. 

But when it comes to kids and teenagers using any type of psychoactive substance, it can be a danger, as their brains are not fully developed and as a result, might suffer detrimental impacts arising from consistent use.

That is where the legalization of cannabis plays a huge role. How? Well just let’s take a look at the facts from just one county in Nevada—Washoe county.

In the years 2015 and 2016, about 514 students were outrightly suspended or expelled from school (mind you, these were high-school kids). 

Coming further up to 2016 through 2017 (when marijuana was legalized in Nevada), 397 students within the same county were also either suspended or kicked out of school for the illegal possession of cannabis.

From those statistics above we can see a decline in the number of students that had issues because of cannabis.

Sales Prospects

Going by the financial estimate of sales as regards the retail cannabis market in Nevada in the year 2017, in which over one hundred million dollars was estimated to be made, in sales alone.

But surprisingly, the actual data of sales attained in the year 2017 in the state of Nevada was in the range of two to two hundred and fifty million dollars.  

So judging by the actual sales figure in 2017, it was estimated that sales are going to reach a record high of one billion dollars by 2025.

We all know the benefit of that much sales and what it is going to do for the state’s Gross Domestic Product earnings and her economy.

Tourist Attraction

Like we said earlier, Nevada already has a lot of side attractions (such as the las vegas strip, museums, easy marriages,—-just to name a few—-) which makes her a huge tourist attraction.

But with all these already existing tourist attractions in place, and with the introduction of cannabis as a legal drug and with so many marijuana dispensaries, the number of people trooping in there on a daily basis has tripled, thereby creating not only employment for citizens on Nevada but also a substantial income for them.

Tax Revenue

It is only natural that the government should tax the cannabis industry like every other industry. But perhaps the most shocking thing about the cannabis industry in Nevada is that it exceeded the expected tax margin by 40% within the first year it was legalized.

The tax return within the first year was seventy million dollars. And then In the early months of 2018, the tax returns exceed the whole revenue generated for tax in the year 2017. That is just an indication of the untapped potential embedded in the production, distribution, and sales of marijuana.

Community Support

With the amount of income generated within the cannabis industry and judging by how lucrative it has been. It has not only made investors and the state rich but also has put both government and large corporations involved in the marijuana business in a generous disposition.

Nye county allocated roughly about two million dollars from the cannabis industry revenue to handicapped communities.

While Clark County (which is where Las Vegas is situated), on the other hand, voted in favour of allocating one million, eight hundred thousand dollars towards combatting homelessness and treating those with critical medical conditions.

As if that is not enough, Clark county also went ahead to make arrangements for seventy-six new beds at the Shannon West Homeless Youth Centre in Southern Nevada, alongside another sixty new beds as part of a program called rapid rehousing—which is meant for persons with very critical health challenges that have just been discharged from the hospital.

Lastly – Protection of Job Applicant

It is a known fact that many organizations and companies do carry out some form of medical tests (either via blood, urine, hair, saliva) in order to ascertain the presence of any narcotics as part of their employment process.

But with the legalization of cannabis, accompanying laws have also been passed against denying any job applicant based on the fact that some traces of marijuana were found in their system.

Prior to the legalization of cannabis, workers were rejected solely for the fact that traces of marijuana were found in their system. But the reserve is the case now, not only are people more eligible to work but also there are some laws protecting an individual in the workplace with exceptions to firefighters and people operating moving vehicles or machines, or people in a role that might constitute a risk to other people’s safety.

Shane Dwyer
Author: Shane Dwyer
Shane Dwyer is a cannabis advocate who isn’t afraid to tell the world about it! You can find his views, rants, and tips published regularly at The 420 Times.

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5 Common Ways To Consume Cannabis

Cannabis is a very controversial plant which is found in many parts of Southeast Asia. Discovered in the early 19th century, the plant became popular because of its medical benefits. It is also known as marijuana and is legal in the US, though illegal in many parts of the world. Earlier people would boil and its leaves and chew them, but now cannabis is consumed in many different ways.

In this article we will guide you through 5 different ways in which cannabis is consumed. Keep in mind cannabis is very expensive which is why people continue to grow it even in their homes. Some of the common ways to consume cannabis are:

1.  Flower

The oldest cannabis plant remains popular. Instead of vaping, many people continue to consume cannabis flower. Though manufacturers have all other ways of selling traditional cannabis marijuana continues to remain in sales. You will be surprised to know the sales of legal marijuana exceeded $ 1 billion this year in January which shows that the market for this plant is very stagnant. If it hadn’t been for traditional marijuana, makers would have never earned higher revenues.

2.  Pre-rolled Joints

This is another very common form in which cannabis is consumed. The stats show pre-rolled joints sales exceeded $ 185 million early in January this year. If you have seen them, you must know people smoke them, and some even prefer to consume crushed cannabis plant which is very difficult to take in. If you are an occasional smoker, a pre-rolled joint is an ideal way for you to consume cannabis. If you are interested in growing cannabis at home you must see how people use greenhouses for growing plants at home with much care.

3.  Dropper

You must have seen cannabis being consumed in the form of chocolates, coffee, wax and other products but now it is commonly consumed in a dropper. With cannabis droppers, people can consume the plant directly via mouth. Though it is a bit risky, people like to take bold risks and chances. Furthermore, cannabis droppers are also easily accessible which is why people choose to consume them. The sales of cannabis dropper crossed $ 68 million from January to July this year.

4.  Cannabis Gummies

Sounds bizarre? This is true, though. Cannabis gummies are edible and are consumed by many people globally. This who prefer to take mild doses of marijuana, choose to carry these gummies with them even during travel. Cannabis gummies have very little content of cannabis oil and provide mild buzz to the body when consumed. People who are struck with anxiety and depression often consume them.

5.  Vape Cartridges

When it comes to vape cartridges, BDS draws a line between generic vaporizers and those which are available online. Vaping is a very common form of consuming cannabis. The vape pen consists of tiny amount of cannabis oil which is smoked by people. The modern vape pens have flavorings which instigate more people to try it. The sales of vape cartridges crossed $ 476 million by June of this year which shows the industry is thriving.

Conclusion

There are many other ways in which cannabis is consumed today. The above-mentioned ones are cliché options.

Shane Dwyer
Author: Shane Dwyer
Shane Dwyer is a cannabis advocate who isn’t afraid to tell the world about it! You can find his views, rants, and tips published regularly at The 420 Times.

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5 Ways Men Can Take Charge of Their Health

SUNDAY, June 23, 2019 — Many men need to do a better job of looking after their health, and it only takes a few simple steps, experts say.

“It’s common for men to avoid going to the doctor until there’s a serious health concern,” said Dr. James Heckman, a primary care physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. “Staying healthy may just be a matter of changing habits.”

Those habits start with regular doctor visits.

“Seeing your doctor regularly means that you have a baseline for important screenings,” Heckman said in a medical center news release. “This includes everything from cholesterol to cancer screenings and osteoporosis.”

Then, make sure you’re eating right. A diet low in fat and high in fruits and vegetables can help lower the risk of certain cancers, including prostate cancer.

“For good prostate health, eat your fruits and veggies,” Dr. Aria Olumi, chief of urologic surgery at Beth Israel, said in the news release.

Don’t smoke. Along with harming your heart and lungs, smoking is linked with roughly half of all bladder cancers.

“Bladder cancer risk factors like age, gender, race and family history can’t be controlled,” Olumi said. “But quitting smoking can definitely lower your risk.”

Get enough sleep. That means at least seven hours a night.

And remember that mental health is connected to physical health. Protect it. Mental illness affects both men and women, but men may be less likely to talk about their feelings and get help.

“Mental health symptoms often appear to be physical issues — like a racing heart, tightening chest, ongoing headaches or digestive issues,” Heckman said. “Talking to a professional or a loved one about stress or other challenges can be very helpful.”

More information

The U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has more on men’s health.

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Posted: June 2019

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Five Ways to Maximize Cannabis When Stuck at Home

Now that the bomb cyclone has hit, we hope you’re stocked up on food — and cannabis. Since cannabis delivery is still illegal in Colorado (though a new bill might change that), your Postmates driver can’t just add a few pre-rolls to your ramen order. You’re going to need to get clever.

Here are five ways to stretch your THC as far as possible on a cold, snowy day. Godspeed, friends.

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Peanut butter is a quick, easy host to cannabinoids.

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Makeshift Edibles
Single-serving edibles can be made fast and with relative ease, as long as you’re not a stickler for taste. Taking the time to infuse butter or cooking oils will maximize potency and give you better flavor and texture, but that’s difficult when you’re low on herb. So try adding cannabis to a peanut butter sandwich or whip up a few cups of medicated hot chocolate: Either is effectively infused with less than a gram.

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Thanks, Greg. I’m going to smoke the sh*t out of this.

Waterfalls
Like a gravity bong, but smaller. Waterfalls definitely aren’t the healthiest way to toke, but they’re an extremely efficient use of small amounts of cannabis, and easy to make.

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First, push a downstem bowl or tool socket through the top of a plastic bottle cap (20-ounce Gatorade bottles work the best), then burn a small hole at the bottom of the bottle. Pack the bowl, fill the bottle up with water (while plugging the hole at the bottom) and put the bottle cap on. Simultaneously light the flower while releasing your finger from the hole, and suck up the smoke in the bottle.

Go light here. These hits are strong.

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If you had this much kief, you wouldn’t be reading this.

Gut the Grinder
Seems obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many people never use their kief. Even if there’s only enough to top two or three bowls, that can make a huge difference — and your lungs will agree. And don’t just scoop the surface, either. Really get in there as you scrape those crevices.

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Joint roaches save the day when mobility is an issue.

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Roach Raiding
I know we’ve warned against this in the past, but if you’re at the point of making waterfalls, it’s also time to stop turning up your nose at hitting a roach or two. If you have enough roaches to rip apart and roll into a generation joint, all the better. Just be careful of blunt roaches, unless you like the flavor of ash and tobacco.

Reclaim from your dab rig can be recycled for more dabs or edibles.

Reclaim from your dab rig can be recycled for more dabs or edibles.

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Reclaim and Re-Vape
Concentrate reclaim and vaporized buds can provide cannabinoid relief when you’re desperate. Avoid scraping the tar off your glassware, if possible, and don’t vape anything dark or too roasted; stick with the golden or light-brown buds. Will they taste good? No. Will they crackle and burn your throat more than usual? Probably. But they’re still a better option than getting tar globs all over your fingers.

You can also use reclaim and vaporized buds to make edibles at home. Just follow the rules above, or get a little more picky if you have enough.


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Smoked, Vaped, Eaten: Teens Use Pot in Many Ways

By Amy Norton

HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Sept. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — American teens are partaking of pot in any way they can, from smoking to vaping to eating marijuana edibles, new research shows.

The study, of Los Angeles-area high school students, found that about one-third had ever used marijuana. And most of them had used it in more than one way.

Smoking was most popular, but many kids also took the drug via “edibles” or “vaping” — where cannabis aerosol is inhaled, smoke-free, with the help of electronic cigarettes.

There are a few reasons the findings are concerning, said senior researcher Adam Leventhal, a professor at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, in Los Angeles.

Smoking has traditionally deterred some kids from trying marijuana,” Leventhal said. “They don’t like the way it tastes, or the way it burns their throat.”

In contrast, he said, kids may be readily attracted to the “alternative” ways of using the drug — like gummy bears spiked with cannabis extracts, or via vaping liquids that are flavored like bubblegum.

Leventhal pointed to another potential worry: If teens are using multiple forms of marijuana — and having greater exposure to its active ingredient — could that increase the odds of chronic, problem use?

Past studies have found that teenagers who use marijuana are at greater risk of marijuana use disorders in adulthood, Leventhal said. Some research has also suggested they may have somewhat lower IQ scores or poorer memory and attention.

It’s not clear, though, whether using multiple types of marijuana might exacerbate any effects, according to Leventhal.

The findings were based on a survey of nearly 3,200 10th graders at 10 Los Angeles-area schools.

Overall, 34 percent said they’d ever used marijuana. Smoking was the most popular method, but almost 62 percent had taken the drug in at least two forms.

About 8 percent of all kids who’d used marijuana had tried all three methods the survey asked about: smoking, vaping and edibles.

The findings were published online Sept. 28 in the journal JAMA Network Open.

Continued

The study leaves some unanswered questions, according to Joseph Palamar, an associate professor of population health at NYU Langone Health, in New York City.

Palamar noted that the survey was done before California legalized recreational marijuana — and it’s not clear whether and how that might relate to teenagers’ use of different products.

“It would be interesting to see how use of different products shifts over time as policy changes,” said Palamar, who was not involved in the research.

Similarly, it’s not clear whether the patterns seen at LA high schools reflect other areas of the country, he added.

Both researchers said similar surveys in other states would be useful — particularly as the trend toward legalization grows.

Recreational use is not legal for minors. But, Leventhal explained, legalization may give some kids the impression marijuana is harmless.

That is not the case, however. Palamar cautioned on edibles, in particular, since it’s easy for kids to ingest large amounts of the drug.

“A lot of people eat too much, especially when the effects take time to kick in,” Palamar said. “If you eat too much, there’s no turning back and you’re stuck with the full effects — unlike smoking weed, where users can at least titrate their doses.”

The bad news for parents, Leventhal said, is that it’s harder to tell when their kids are using edibles or vaping, versus smoking pot.

“With smoking, you can smell it. Or you might find the bag of weed,” he pointed out. “But gummy bears with cannabis extracts look like gummy bears.”

Palamar agreed. “Parents and teachers can no longer rely on the ‘smell test.'”

Leventhal suggested that parents talk to their kids about marijuana use in all its forms — including the fact that edibles and vaping should not be presumed “safe.”

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SOURCES: Adam Leventhal, Ph.D., professor, preventive medicine and psychology, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles; Joseph Palamar, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate professor, population health, NYU Langone Health, New York City; Sept. 28, 2018,JAMA Network Open, online

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Smoked, Vaped, Eaten: U.S. Teens Use Pot in Many Ways

FRIDAY, Sept. 28, 2018 — American teens are partaking of pot in any way they can, from smoking to vaping to eating marijuana edibles, new research shows.

The study, of Los Angeles-area high school students, found that about one-third had ever used marijuana. And most of them had used it in more than one way.

Smoking was most popular, but many kids also took the drug via “edibles” or “vaping” — where cannabis aerosol is inhaled, smoke-free, with the help of electronic cigarettes.

There are a few reasons the findings are concerning, said senior researcher Adam Leventhal, a professor at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, in Los Angeles.

“Smoking has traditionally deterred some kids from trying marijuana,” Leventhal said. “They don’t like the way it tastes, or the way it burns their throat.”

In contrast, he said, kids may be readily attracted to the “alternative” ways of using the drug — like gummy bears spiked with cannabis extracts, or via vaping liquids that are flavored like bubblegum.

Leventhal pointed to another potential worry: If teens are using multiple forms of marijuana — and having greater exposure to its active ingredient — could that increase the odds of chronic, problem use?

Past studies have found that teenagers who use marijuana are at greater risk of marijuana use disorders in adulthood, Leventhal said. Some research has also suggested they may have somewhat lower IQ scores or poorer memory and attention.

It’s not clear, though, whether using multiple types of marijuana might exacerbate any effects, according to Leventhal.

The findings were based on a survey of nearly 3,200 10th graders at 10 Los Angeles-area schools.

Overall, 34 percent said they’d ever used marijuana. Smoking was the most popular method, but almost 62 percent had taken the drug in at least two forms.

About 8 percent of all kids who’d used marijuana had tried all three methods the survey asked about: smoking, vaping and edibles.

The findings were published online Sept. 28 in the journal JAMA Network Open.

The study leaves some unanswered questions, according to Joseph Palamar, an associate professor of population health at NYU Langone Health, in New York City.

Palamar noted that the survey was done before California legalized recreational marijuana — and it’s not clear whether and how that might relate to teenagers’ use of different products.

“It would be interesting to see how use of different products shifts over time as policy changes,” said Palamar, who was not involved in the research.

Similarly, it’s not clear whether the patterns seen at LA high schools reflect other areas of the country, he added.

Both researchers said similar surveys in other states would be useful — particularly as the trend toward legalization grows.

Recreational use is not legal for minors. But, Leventhal explained, legalization may give some kids the impression marijuana is harmless.

That is not the case, however. Palamar cautioned on edibles, in particular, since it’s easy for kids to ingest large amounts of the drug.

“A lot of people eat too much, especially when the effects take time to kick in,” Palamar said. “If you eat too much, there’s no turning back and you’re stuck with the full effects — unlike smoking weed, where users can at least titrate their doses.”

The bad news for parents, Leventhal said, is that it’s harder to tell when their kids are using edibles or vaping, versus smoking pot.

“With smoking, you can smell it. Or you might find the bag of weed,” he pointed out. “But gummy bears with cannabis extracts look like gummy bears.”

Palamar agreed. “Parents and teachers can no longer rely on the ‘smell test.'”

Leventhal suggested that parents talk to their kids about marijuana use in all its forms — including the fact that edibles and vaping should not be presumed “safe.”

More information

For facts on marijuana geared for teenagers, visit the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse.

© 2018 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Posted: September 2018

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Asthma-Obesity Link May Cut Both Ways

FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 — Doctors have long known that obesity increases the risk for developing asthma, but new research suggests the opposite also may be true.

Scientists in Spain found that people with asthma are at greater risk for obesity, particularly those who develop the condition as adults and those diagnosed with asthma without allergies.

“We already know that obesity can be a trigger for asthma, perhaps via a physiological, metabolic or inflammatory change. Until now, there has been very little research on whether the reverse is true, whether asthma can lead to obesity,” said Dr. Subhabrata Moitra. He is a European Respiratory Society research fellow at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health.

“In this study, we have enough people and we have followed them for long enough to observe the relationship between these two conditions,” Moitra said in a society news release.

The researchers analyzed data on more than 8,600 people from 12 countries included in the European Community Respiratory Health Survey. None of the participants was obese when the survey began.

Those who ever had an asthma attack, woke up due to shortness of breath or were taking asthma medications were classified as having asthma. The researchers followed up with each participant after 10 years and again at 20 years.

After taking other risk factors into consideration — such as age, gender and level of physical activity — the investigators found that about 10 percent of those who had asthma when the study began were obese 10 years later. The same was true for only about 8 percent of those who didn’t initially have asthma.

“Our findings suggest the relationship between the two conditions is more complicated than we previously realized,” Moitra said. “It’s important that we do more work to pick this apart. For example, we do not know why having asthma increases the risk of developing obesity or whether different asthma treatments have any effect on this risk.”

According to Guy Brusselle, chair of the European Respiratory Society Science Council, “This research is an important step in helping us untangle the relationship between obesity and asthma, but it also raises new questions about why the two are linked and what can be done to help patients.”

The findings are scheduled for presentation Sunday at the European Respiratory Society International Congress, in Paris. Research presented at such meetings should be considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about asthma and obesity.

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Posted: September 2018

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4 Ways to Protect Your Child From Allergic Reactions at School

SUNDAY, Aug. 19, 2018 — If your child has a food allergy, safety prevention belongs at the top of your back-to-school checklist.

“Ensuring that parents and school personnel are all on the same page as far as preventing exposures and treating symptoms is critical to keeping food-allergic children safe,” said Dr. B.J. Lanser, director of the Pediatric Food Allergy Program at National Jewish Health in Denver.

“In severe cases, a child doesn’t even have to eat a food to have life-threatening anaphylaxis. Just sitting next to a student who has food they’re allergic to can trigger a reaction,” he noted in a news release.

One child in 13 — or about two in every classroom — has a food allergy, Lanser said.

He offers four tips to keep your allergic child safe:

  • Talk to school officials: Parents should meet with teachers, principals, nurses and cafeteria staffers to learn how the school manages food allergies. “Meeting with school personnel allows parents to ask questions and inform staff members about their child’s specific needs. It also helps put a parent’s mind at ease to see these precautionary measures for themselves,” Lanser said.
  • Write it down: Ask your allergist to help you create a written plan that includes your contact information and details about your child’s food allergy, including ways to prevent accidental exposures and how to recognize and treat symptoms of an allergic reaction. “It should be on file with the school, and everyone who comes in contact with that child throughout the day should have a copy,” Lanser said.
  • Post photos: Tape a photo of your child to the classroom wall along with information on their allergies to alert anyone who goes into the room. You can also post one on your child’s desk. “If there is a substitute or another parent that visits the classroom, they may not be aware of a student’s food allergies,” Lanser said. “Posting a photo is a quick and easy reference for anyone who does not have that child’s action plan.”
  • Pack safe snacks: Pack allergen-free snacks so your child doesn’t feel left out if someone brings in a treat for the class.

Every student with a food allergy should have emergency medications readily available, including oral antihistamines and an epinephrine autoinjector, Lanser said.

More information

The American Academy of Pediatrics has more on food allergies.

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Posted: August 2018

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This Weed In News: Missouri Marijuana Measures Can Go 3 Ways; Georgia’s Next Governor May Expand Medical Access; North Dakota To Vote on Legalization

This Weed in News is Monterey Bud’s weekly column offering his thoughts on the crucial stories of the week. Each Saturday, Monterey Bud recaps the news and tells us why he cares — and why we should, too. The anticipation of greater legalization spread dramatically during the week ending Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. A Missouri […]
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Quick Fixes: 3 Ways to Combat Food Cravings

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 — If you think your inability to control food cravings is all in your head, you’re right. Losing weight is about more than cutting calories — you also have to resist food urges.

And while behavior modification is a successful long-term tool, sometimes you need a quick fix.

If everyone craved broccoli, there wouldn’t be a problem. But the most common cravings are for foods high in fat, sugar and salt, like cookies, chips, pizza and pastries. Cravings usually involve vivid images and thoughts of how delicious the food looks, and how good it tastes and smells.

One way to counter these cravings in a snap is with mental imagery, a technique that curbs the urge “here and now.” Simply focus on a non-food image you find appealing. It can be a rainbow or a beach, or your favorite golf course if golf is your passion. You can even carry photos in your wallet or load them into your cellphone so they’re always handy.

Another way to re-direct your attention is with an activity that requires hand-eye coordination, like doing a puzzle or playing a game on your smartphone or computer.

Finally, counter real-time aromas of food with another scent you like. Take a whiff of your favorite perfume or rub a drop of scented oil on your wrist. You can even carry a purse-sized vial with you.

While these techniques can’t stop food cravings from happening, they can diffuse them as they pop up, and you can use them anytime and anywhere.

More information

The Uniformed Services University has suggestions for using imagery to improve all aspects of well-being.

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Posted: August 2018

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Five Ways to Become a More Eco-Friendly Stoner

Using cannabis isn’t considered much of an environmental danger, but there are still ways we can improve consumption as legalization becomes more mainstream. As reports of illegal cannabis grows in national parks harming the environment and the legal industry’s thirst for renewable energy continue to surface, it’s becoming clear that both consumers and cannabis-industry reps will have to push together for better environmental stoner habits.

To help make sure your cannabis carbon footprint is nothing more than the smoke you’re blowing in the air, here are five ways to be a more eco-friendly stoner.

Plastic bottles can collect fast.

Plastic bottles can collect fast.

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Recycle those weed bottles
One underrated benefit of legalized cannabis is no longer having to house your newly bought buds in sandwich bags, cellophane or old prescription pill bottles (which is breaking the law, technically), all of which let air and light in too easily and fill landfills. The majority of dispensaries use recyclable plastic bottles, however, with several pot shops carrying bins where you can drop them off like grocery bags. You don’t even need to visit those bins to recycle most of them, though, as they’re accepted by city recycling programs — so don’t throw them in the trash!

Hash pen batteries are traditionally made from lithium.

Hash pen batteries are traditionally made from lithium.

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…and vaporizer batteries
Rechargeable batteries are also recyclable and actually considered hazardous waste by the City of Denver because of the various metals and acids they contain. Lithium batteries, responsible for powering the handheld vaporizers sold at virtually every dispensary and vape shop in Colorado, are no exception. If you don’t lose them first, those batteries should be recycled properly by disposing them for free at one of dozens of drop-off spots around town, which include stores with several locations like Batteries Plus, Battery Giant and Lowe’s.

Dispose of those roaches properly.

Dispose of those roaches properly.

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Stop flicking your roaches
This is something everyone can and should get behind. I’m enraged when my roommates flick their cigarette butts in my front yard or in public, especially with the amount of ashtrays and trash cans available. It’s rude to people around them and it’s blatant littering. Joint and blunt roaches are no different, and should be disposed of in the same manner. Considering how many beautiful parks and public lands there are to visit in the state — and how many of us like to toke up when we visit them. It’s time for smokers to adopt the “pack in, pack out” mantra. And do we even have to mention wildfire danger? We live in a very dry, hot place that gets drier and hotter every year; you do the math.

Resolution's cleaning solution can be reused.

Resolution’s cleaning solution can be reused.

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Non-toxic glass cleaning
Keeping smoking utensils clean of tar is important for regular users, as it ruins the flavor, clogs the pieces and smells like burnt weed all day. Although classic glassware cleaning supplies like isopropyl alcohol, acetone, Epsom salts and other chemical cleaners are easy to find and continue to get the job done, they contain volatile organic and synthetic compounds that aren’t always safe for drains and the earth’s water table. Some glass-cleaning products, such as Resolution, claim to use eco-safe ingredients that can be reused several times before disposing. PBW, a powder used for cleaning brewing equipment, is also very effective on glassware when mixed with water. It’s affordable, requires less than a teaspoon to clean your bong, and reduces chemical and biochemical oxygen demands in wastewater.

Greenhouses are gaining steam in the commercial industry.

Greenhouses are gaining steam in the commercial industry.

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Grow in a greenhouse
We know this isn’t the most realistic option on the list, but it could be the most powerful. Growing cannabis outside in an open, farm-like setting is virtually impossible for residential properties, while growing inside requires vast amounts of electricity and ventilation that damages both your wallet and the environment. Although sustainability practices are slowly promoting alternative power sources within the cannabis industry, the electricity used to power those warehouse cultivations in Denver nearly tripled from 2013 to 2016, accounting for nearly 4 percent of the city’s overall energy use.

So what can you do to help? Use a greenhouse instead. The private enclosure satisfies the required privacy in Colorado’s home-growing laws, it can save money by severely cutting back in energy use and taking advantage of light deprivation techniques — and it’s way better for the environment than using hydroponics.

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5 Ways to Protect Your Eye Health

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 — Your risk of vision problems increases with age, but there are things you can do to protect your sight, eye doctors say.

By age 65, one in three Americans will have a vision-impairing eye disease. But early treatment of many of these conditions can slow or halt vision loss, or even restore normal vision, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

To help save your sight, the academy recommends the following:

  • Get checked. Have a thorough medical eye exam by age 40, when early signs of disease or changes in vision may begin without any symptoms.
  • Know your risk. It’s important to find out about your family history, because certain eye diseases can be inherited. For example, if you have a close relative with macular degeneration, you have a 50 percent chance of developing the disease. A family history of glaucoma increases your risk of that condition by four to nine times.
  • Eat right. Protecting your vision is another good reason to stick to a healthy diet that’s low in fat and high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Eye-healthy foods include citrus fruits, vegetable oils, nuts, dark green leafy vegetables and cold water fish — such as mackerel, salmon or cod.
  • Don’t smoke. Smoking increases the risk of eye diseases, such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. It also raises the risk for cardiovascular diseases that can harm your eye health. Tobacco smoke, including secondhand smoke, also worsens dry eye.
  • Wear sunglasses. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light increases the risk of eye diseases such as cataracts, fleshy growths on the eye and cancer. Always wear sunglasses with 100 percent UV protection while outdoors, as well as a hat.

More information

The U.S. National Eye Institute has more on eye health.

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Posted: May 2018

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