Michigan News Flash: LARA to Existing Facilities—Close by December 15

Michigan News Flash: LARA to Existing Facilities—Close by December 15

Michigan News Flash: LARA to Existing Facilities—Close by December 15

As we have reported on numerous occasions, one of the biggest issues as Michigan moves into a regulated system is how the State will treat license applicants who have operated prior to receiving a license. 

Members of the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board have repeatedly made clear their view that such facilities are currently illegal, pointing to a 2013 Michigan Supreme Court decision that the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act does not permit sales of marihuana other than from a caregiver to his or her maximum five formally connected patients. 

The State’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) was asked by the Board to make its recommendation on licensing current operators today. As anyone following the industry in Michigan knows, this has been a source of great controversy. Existing dispensaries and their patients have argued that requiring them to shut down makes it more difficult for patients to acquire marihuana, placing patients at risk. Many potential applicants have argued that the existing dispensaries should not receive a competitive advantage for violating state law, and that by demonstrating contempt for the current law, they are showing that they are unlikely to comply with legal requirements going forward. 

This morning, LARA issued a press release stating that it can only take regulatory action concerning existing operators through its emergency rules. LARA has announced that its emergency rules will consider any unlicensed operation after December 15 “as a potential impediment to licensure.” LARA explained that the December 15 date gives existing operators a chance to wind down, and patients time to find other sources for marihuana.

There will undoubtedly be further activity around this issue at today’s Board meeting. Check back with Dykema’s Cannabis Law Blog for updates.

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Published at Mon, 11 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Quality American Made Glass: Illuminati Glass Co.

Quality American Made Glass: Illuminati Glass Co.

Friday, September 15th, 2017

In this blog I finally get to share some glass with you guys! This is the Grandfather Clock Water Pipe by Illuminati Glass Co. Join me for a little sesh with this beautiful piece!

Provided SmokingOutlet.net

 Quality Glass Made Where it Should Be

Illuminati Glass stands out in the world of unconventional, stylish and inventive glass water pipes and dab rigs.

Illuminati pipes are as eye-catching as they are functional. Their pipes blur the line between “water pipe” and “modern art”. Utilizing art in water pipes is nothing new, but Illuminati is one of the companies that continually takes it to another level.

From small, detailed sculptures in the chambers to spinning sprockets around the neck, Illuminati Glass is constantly finding new ways to add style to pipes full of the latest in percolation and recycler technology. Headquartered just east of New York City, Illuminati Glass takes the name of their distinct brand of imaginative pipes from one of the most misunderstood and debated groups in American culture: the mysterious Illuminati.

This name adds a sense of mystery to an already mystical brand. One series in the Illuminati line deals with time. In a single piece, the design of the pipes demonstrate the constructs of time as well as the deconstruction of the mechanisms of time, offering a reminder of the limitations we live within, while at the same time offering a glimpse into the concept of limitlessness. This is exactly what Illuminati Glass is trying to do with their functional art: Elevate Your Mind to Inner Realms and Spaces of Higher Consciousness. And so far it’s working.

You Know What Time It Is

Smokingoutlet.net sent me the Illuminati Glass Co. “Grandfather Clock” water pipe!

Right away when I got it out of the very protective shipping wrap I was happy. The pipe was thick, heavy, and the detail was amazing! I can honestly say I love this piece! Lets first get into the details of the pipe:

The Illuminati Glass Co. Grandfather Clock:

  • Triple Chamber; Natural, UFO, Matrix Dome Perc
  • 14mm Female Joint, Glass on Glass
  • 14mm Male Bowl Piece for Legal Dry Herb
  • Clear Borosilicate Glass w/ Gold, Green, and Frosted Accents
  • Height: 15.25″
  • Thickness: 0.125″
  • Base: 4.25″

This pipe is made from clear high quality borosilicate glass. One version for sale has frosted accents on the base and clock face; aqua blue accents on the base, UFO perc, bowl piece handle, top of the matrix dome perc, and mouthpiece; and gold accented gear engravings amongst its frosted portions. Another version for sale is frosted and clear borosilicate glass only.

The bottom chamber feeds into the clock UFO perc and then up into a matrix dome perc before passing past the face of the clock itself and out the neck. This pipe hits as smooth as they come. Truly a work of art, functional art, designed to Elevate Your Mind to Inner Realms and Spaces of Higher Consciousness. Illuminati Glass has done it again. Hand made in New York.

For a closer look check out this video!

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Published at Fri, 15 Sep 2017 20:43:01 +0000

Quality American Made Glass: Illuminati Glass Co.

Quality American Made Glass: Illuminati Glass Co.

Friday, September 15th, 2017

In this blog I finally get to share some glass with you guys! This is the Grandfather Clock Water Pipe by Illuminati Glass Co. Join me for a little sesh with this beautiful piece!

Provided SmokingOutlet.net

 Quality Glass Made Where it Should Be

Illuminati Glass stands out in the world of unconventional, stylish and inventive glass water pipes and dab rigs.

Illuminati pipes are as eye-catching as they are functional. Their pipes blur the line between “water pipe” and “modern art”. Utilizing art in water pipes is nothing new, but Illuminati is one of the companies that continually takes it to another level.

From small, detailed sculptures in the chambers to spinning sprockets around the neck, Illuminati Glass is constantly finding new ways to add style to pipes full of the latest in percolation and recycler technology. Headquartered just east of New York City, Illuminati Glass takes the name of their distinct brand of imaginative pipes from one of the most misunderstood and debated groups in American culture: the mysterious Illuminati.

This name adds a sense of mystery to an already mystical brand. One series in the Illuminati line deals with time. In a single piece, the design of the pipes demonstrate the constructs of time as well as the deconstruction of the mechanisms of time, offering a reminder of the limitations we live within, while at the same time offering a glimpse into the concept of limitlessness. This is exactly what Illuminati Glass is trying to do with their functional art: Elevate Your Mind to Inner Realms and Spaces of Higher Consciousness. And so far it’s working.

You Know What Time It Is

Smokingoutlet.net sent me the Illuminati Glass Co. “Grandfather Clock” water pipe!

Right away when I got it out of the very protective shipping wrap I was happy. The pipe was thick, heavy, and the detail was amazing! I can honestly say I love this piece! Lets first get into the details of the pipe:

The Illuminati Glass Co. Grandfather Clock:

  • Triple Chamber; Natural, UFO, Matrix Dome Perc
  • 14mm Female Joint, Glass on Glass
  • 14mm Male Bowl Piece for Legal Dry Herb
  • Clear Borosilicate Glass w/ Gold, Green, and Frosted Accents
  • Height: 15.25″
  • Thickness: 0.125″
  • Base: 4.25″

This pipe is made from clear high quality borosilicate glass. One version for sale has frosted accents on the base and clock face; aqua blue accents on the base, UFO perc, bowl piece handle, top of the matrix dome perc, and mouthpiece; and gold accented gear engravings amongst its frosted portions. Another version for sale is frosted and clear borosilicate glass only.

The bottom chamber feeds into the clock UFO perc and then up into a matrix dome perc before passing past the face of the clock itself and out the neck. This pipe hits as smooth as they come. Truly a work of art, functional art, designed to Elevate Your Mind to Inner Realms and Spaces of Higher Consciousness. Illuminati Glass has done it again. Hand made in New York.

For a closer look check out this video!

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Published at Fri, 15 Sep 2017 20:43:01 +0000

September 12 Michigan Medical Marihuana Board Meeting: December Closure Date for Existing Businesses Likely

September 12 Michigan Medical Marihuana Board Meeting: December Closure Date for Existing Businesses Likely

September 12 Michigan Medical Marihuana Board Meeting: December Closure Date for Existing Businesses Likely

A few hours before September 12’s widely anticipated Michigan Medical Marihuana Licensing Board meeting, the State’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) released its intended approach to currently operating dispensaries. As we reported, LARA announced that its forthcoming emergency rules will consider continuing marihuana operations after December 15, 2017, to be “a potential impediment to licensure.”

This issue, of course, dominated the Board meeting. LARA’s Director of the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation, Andrew Brisbo, explained to the Board that the Board cannot act by motion to set policy, or to close dispensaries. Rather, per LARA’s discussions with the Michigan Attorney General’s office, policy must be set by rules. Although LARA must consult with the Board on rules, it is LARA that has rulemaking authority. Director Brisbo further explained that the December 15 date was selected after balancing patient needs with the letter of the law, and that tying the date to the opening of the application period made sense.

Board member Don Bailey, who has been the most vocal in advocating that existing dispensaries are not following the law and therefore should not be licensed, expressed concerns. He disagreed with the December 15 date, and also stated that he believes operating without licensure should be an absolute bar to future licensure, not a “potential impediment.” He moved that the Board request LARA to work with the Board to set an earlier date.

After Board Chairman Rick Johnson seconded Member Bailey’s motion, the other Board members voiced several questions. Board member Vivian Pickard asked who should be setting a closure date, and shared her view that it is the judicial system that should be enforcing current law. Board member Nichole Cover echoed the point that the Board is not an enforcement agency, and that criteria should be set through rules with applicants provided due process. And Board member David LaMontaine asked why the Board was even discussing a rule.

After Director Brisbo further explained the relative roles of the Board and LARA, Chairman Johnson withdrew his support for Member Bailey’s motion. This prompted Mr. Bailey to state that, when it comes to voting for licenses, he will vote against anyone who continues to operate past his own previously proposed date of September 15.

The upshot of all of this activity is that potential applicants are left with LARA’s statement that the emergency rules will provide that operation a marihuana business after December 15 will be a “potential impediment” to licensure. This could leave the Board free to consider evidence an applicant might put forward contending that they have indeed been operating within the limitations of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act. Importantly, Director Brisbo made clear that LARA’s emergency rule on currently operating facilities will apply across all license classes. It is not just dispensaries that must pay attention to this rule, but growers, processors, and testing labs as well.  

Whether this is the end of the closure issue remains to be seen. Numerous members of the public argued that, under LARA’s approach, there will be many months between December 15 and when licensed product is available, during which patients may have challenges accessing medical marihuana. Board Member LaFontaine zeroed in on this issue, and seemed receptive to notions of temporary or provisional licenses to bridge the gap. Member LaFontaine, though, also recognized that such an approach would require the Legislature to act.

LARA and the Board are in a difficult position. Current law at the State level does not allow for most of the activity taking place today, and other applicants are abiding by the law and waiting to open. It also appears to us likely that even if there is a December 15 “closure” date, there will be dispensary owners who know that they cannot qualify for licenses—and they will stay open as long as law enforcement does not take action against them. We fully expect this controversy to continue for months, and possibly as long as another year.

Apart from the closure issue, there were other important announcements from LARA. Director Brisbo announced that non-refundable application fees will be in the range from $4,000 to $8,000 per license. After a decision is made to award an applicant a license, the regulatory assessment fee in the range of $10,000-$57,000 will need to be paid before the license is issued. Additionally, LARA announced its selections for members of the public workgroups that will advise LARA on final rules for the industry. If today’s Board meeting is any indication, those of us who have been chosen for those workgroups will be hearing from many passionate members of the public.  

Stay tuned to Dykema’s Cannabis Law Blog for further updates.

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Published at Mon, 11 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Major Announcements Coming at Next Michigan Medical Marihuana Licensing Board Meeting

Major Announcements Coming at Next Michigan Medical Marihuana Licensing Board Meeting

Major Announcements Coming at Next Michigan Medical Marihuana Licensing Board Meeting

This past weekend, Director Shelly Edgerton, head of Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), made several important announcements at the State Bar of Michigan’s Marihuana Law Section annual conference. 

As we have been reporting, the Michigan Medical Marihuana Licensing Board (the Board) has been grappling with the issue of how to address licensing applications that may be filed by businesses that are currently operating as dispensaries, caregivers selling “overages” of marijuana to persons other than their five connected patients, and even testing labs serving dispensaries and caregivers. Despite the fact that a 2013 Michigan Supreme Court opinion ruled that the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act does not permit sales of marihuana except from a caregiver to his or her maximum five patients, businesses selling marihuana outside of that framework appear to be flourishing in some Michigan communities. The Board has now twice suggested that any such businesses must close, or be ineligible for licensure as the State implements a new law allowing for regulated provisioning centers and other related businesses.

At its last meeting, the Board requested that LARA issue a recommendation on this issue. At the State Bar conference, Director Edgerton confirmed that this recommendation will be announced at the Board’s September 12 meeting. She also stated that LARA views testing labs and businesses other than dispensaries as no different than the dispensaries that are operating, and therefore subject to the same recommendation. We anticipate that the Board will provide a very short window for currently operating businesses to close. According to the Detroit News, some dispensaries anticipate the same action and are already closing.

While the Board’s impending action on current businesses has garnered lots of attention, Director Edgerton also announced several other very important action items that can be expected at the next Board meeting, and over the next few weeks. These include:

  • Announcement on September 12 of the selected members of public workgroups that will provide input to LARA on rules and regulations for the industry. LARA received more than 700 applications.
  • An announcement on September 12 of the amounts for application fees and the per licensee regulatory assessment.
  • An announcement in the next few weeks of the capitalization and other financial requirements that license applicants will need to satisfy, including what types of financial instruments can support those financial obligations.
  • Before the release of the emergency rules that will govern the industry, expected in early November, LARA will publish an “advisory draft” of those rules.
  • Release in the next two weeks or so of the API agreement between the State and Franwell’s Metrc system, which will allow potential licensees to understand how third party software can interface with the State’s seed-to-sale tracking system.

In addition to those upcoming actions, Director Edgerton also informed conference attendees that LARA has concluded that different license types may be co-located, that businesses may own multiple licenses, and that “Secure Transporters” will only need to be locally authorized by the municipality where they have brick and mortar facilities. She stated that the emergency rules the State issues will not seek to regulate the time, place and manner of operations, leaving control in the hands of local government until LARA addresses these issues in its final rules. Finally, Director Edgerton stated that LARA is working with the Legislature on at least two bills, one to revise the municipal review process so that the municipalities do not have to send LARA paper copies of their ordinances in response to every application, and another to clarify that CPA’s will not face license repercussions by serving participants in the industry.

As Director Edgerton put it, LARA personnel have moved beyond “drinking water from a fire hose” to “trying to build the airplane while flying it.” We have found that every time we see the Director and her senior staff, they have important news to impart, and that they are doing their absolute best to keep the industry informed.

Check back often for updates at Dykema’s Cannabis Law Blog. We’ll have further coverage of last weekend’s State Bar conference, and of this week’s critical Board meeting.

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Published at Sun, 10 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Smoking With Style’s Guide to Drinking Cannabis

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Smoking With Style’s Guide to Drinking Cannabis

Friday, September 1st, 2017

For those who identify as “green-friendly,” it seems like the preferred methods for ingesting Cannabis are smoking and consuming edibles. According to recent studies, by far the most popular method for consuming Cannabis is join-rolling, followed by smoking bongs and bowls. No doubt, these are reliable ways to get your fill of Cannabis, but it’s important not to lose touch with the evolving technology behind cannabis ingestion. Such as drinking cannabis. It’s one thing to have a preference, but to doggedly stick to your joint-smoking is to run the risk of becoming the Amish of the 4/20 world – and trust me, high life is better with an Xbox.

Chug it

There’s good reason to believe that drinking Cannabis is a method of ingestion that’s only going to grow in popularity. It makes sense on a number of levels. On a legal level, now that Cannabis mostly decriminalized, new products can sprout up with real business investment. Stacking your high school friends in a Honda Civic to smoke makes sense when Cannabis is illegal. With legalization, you’re not constrained to basic, DIY ways of ingestion, or tight legroom.

Another advantage of Cannabis “drinkables” is that they are great for inexperienced users. Drinkables are a great entryway method because of their fast-acting nature and shorter lifespan. This is because many drinkables tend to be “sublingual” (get absorbed in your mouth) rather than edibles which are digested in your liver. Absorption in your liver can take as long as 1-2 hours to begin to take effect and last anywhere from 4-8 hours. With sublingual absorption, onset can take place as early as 5-30 minutes and last between 2 and 4 hours. With drinkables, you also avoid the sticky smell of Cannabis after smoking.

If you’ve gotten this far in the article and you’re open to the idea of drinking Cannabis, the question might be on the tip of your tongue, “What products or mixers should I be using to drink Cannabis?” Stuff your rolling paper back in your drawer – Smoking w/Style has your answer.

Putting the Drink in Drinkables

Syrups

Lil Wayne and Justin Bieber’s infamous escapades with “Lean” – a mixture of cough medicine, soda, and fruit candy – have at once popularized the drink and given it a bad name. Instead, Cannabis-infused syrups are a good substitute and can provide therapeutic benefits that cough syrups cannot. Most commonly, Cannabis syrups, or “lean,” are mixed with Sprite, but it’s possible to mix syrups with other drinks like teas or sports drinks. If you are looking to create a health-smart version of “lean,” we recommend Hemp Bombs CBD Syrup.

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Soda and Lemonade

Thanks to developments in infusion technology, companies are able to produce carbonated beverages enriched with Cannabis. Sprig soda out of Southern California is perhaps the best exponent of THC-infused sodas, with up to 45mg of THC per can.

GFarmaLabs offers thirst-quenching THC Lemonades with up to 210mg of THC per bottle.That’s a stand worth stopping for.

Coffee & Tea

Hot beverages like tea and coffee have a high THC solubility and are great hosts for Cannabis derivatives like THC. Jane’s Brew is a good resource for teas, coffees, and cappuccinos if you’re of the hot beverage persuasion. WIth Cannabis coffee, it’s possible to actually enjoy reading the morning paper. j

Alcoholic Beverages

On this one, be careful. Readers will know more than most people the sometimes disorienting effects of mixing alcohol and Cannabis. But, there is a movement to integrate Cannabis and mixology with companies like Craft Elixirs. They are producing cannabis-infused simple syrups, which are used to sweeten a number of cocktails. Soon, it will be possible to be a budtender/bartender all at once.

Cheers Up

While old hot-boxing stories and near run-ins with cops may make great fodder for reminiscing, in today’s weed world they represent the Cannabis Stone Age. Laws are moving forward and so are the ways we are ingesting our legal Cannabis. Smoking w/Style wants to remind you that it’s occasionally okay to set your joint down for a drinkable syrup, lemonade, or coffee. Just make sure you use an ash tray – you remember what your girlfriend said last time.

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Published at Fri, 01 Sep 2017 02:41:46 +0000

Michigan Medical Marihuana Board Announces More Meetings

Michigan Medical Marihuana Board Announces More Meetings

Michigan Medical Marihuana Board Announces More Meetings

Today, the Michigan Medical Marihuana Board announced further public meetings.

As we reportedfollowing the Board’s meeting last week, the Board’s next meeting had been scheduled for October. The State’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (“LARA”) was asked by the Board to come to that meeting with recommendations on how the Board should handle licensing for individuals and entities that are presently operating unlicensed marihuana-related businesses. As multiple Board members explained at the last meeting, these operations are occurring despite a 2013 Michigan Supreme Court decision that held most commercial marihuana activity illegal under Michigan law.

It now appears that LARA and the Board will wade back into the controversial topic of ongoing marihuana businesses sooner than initially anticipated. Today, the Board announced a meeting to be held at noon on September 12 at Bath Township’s Hawk Hollow golf course outside of East Lansing. This meeting is in addition to public meetings that will be held in East Lansing on October 17 and November 28.

Like the last meeting, all of these meetings will be live-streamed. A link for viewing the meetings will be posted on LARA’s medical marihuana webpage prior to the meetings.

Check back with Dykema’s Cannabis Law Blog for further updates.

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Published at Thu, 31 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

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Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

Friday, September 1st, 2017

The debate about marijuana has received a mixed response from the different groups. The fact that more than 158.8 million people all over the world use marijuana. Which is more than 3.8 percent of the world population. Advocates for its legalization. A survey by the national survey on drug use and health reveals that 2.1 million people in the US abuse marijuana in their lifetime, hence opposing the move to legalize marijuana.  

Many Americans believe that marijuana should be legalized like in other countries for several purposes. One of the most recent places where marijuana has been legalized is Colombia. Marijuana there is used only for medical purposes. Canada legalized marijuana for medical purposes.The country is  also considering legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes. In the Netherlands, marijuana can be bought in certain coffee shops. It has been sold and smoked openly in Copenhagen since 1970.

Should Marijuana Be Legalized? : Reasons for “No”

Like smoking any substance, including marijuana, can negatively affect our health. Marijuana can affect our memory, IQ, and our judgment. There are several cases where the use of marijuana increases the chance of mental illness. Marijuana also causes impairment. If someone drives under the influence of marijuana, he/she could is more likely to cause an accident. Marijuana also has the ability reduces one’s ability to remain productive. It is dangerous for certain professions like pilots, care providers, and doctors.

Marijuana affects the development of brain among young people if smoked at young age. If marijuana is to be legalized, young people can easily access it; it may be destructive for the future generation.

In this case, corporations will market their products to young people to increase sales without considering the long-term effects of using marijuana. According to the national research council, if marijuana is used for a long time, it may alter the nervous system function hence promote violence. If marijuana is legalized, many people will want to try it since it’s one of the most widely used drugs.  Legalization will increase its consumption since it would be accessible and the price will drop.

Marijuana also affects people sex life; smoking marijuana cause infertility and importance in male. Several studies also link marijuana smoking to testicle cancer among young men.

All in all, marijuana is listed among narcotic drugs along with heroin, cocaine, and meth. Marijuana is perceived, as the gateway to other hard drugs. Users who take cannabis are likely to abuse other narcotic drugs like heroin and cocaine.

Those who take marijuana in large quantities can be affected in several ways; some smokers find themselves lacking the energy to work or lack motivation. Some smokers cannot carry out normal tasks like cleaning; this means marijuana is dangerous because those smoking will not support their families as expected.

Like alcohol, marijuana can also cost the government ten times more that revenues gained if it is legalized. Marijuana increases the chance of road accidents and damages the body I the long run.

No country would legalize marijuana owing to its negative effects. However, many people agree that policy changes would enable the country to reap some of its benefits.  Marijuana can help patients with severe illnesses, but health is one of the concerns of why many governments hesitate to legalize marijuana.

Should Marijuana Be Legalized? : Reasons for “Yes”

Those who advocate for the legalization of marijuana state that research studies have shown that marijuana can alleviate pain and other symptoms of various illness including cancer and sclerosis. A research study reveals that marijuana if used properly, can reduce the demand for narcotic drugs hence reduce overdose of painkillers. The research view marijuana as medicine that needs to be studied to cure diseases like cancer, epilepsy, and Alzheimer.

As states and local government struggle to generate revenue, many of them look for creative ways to increase revenue. Economic experts believe that legalization of marijuana will help solve the revenue problem.

However, the product needs to be monitored by the authorities as it happens with alcohol and tobacco. Legalizing marijuana means the products will be taxed to generate revenue.  In addition, the police and the judiciary will use their resources to fight serious crimes. Legalizing marijuana will also reduce drug related crimes, even if the state legalizes local marijuana demand will increase. But banning marijuana will encourage illegal drug cartel and the drugs will still be accessible in the black market.

Final notes

Marijuana could help sick people by alleviating their pain. There had been lots of debate about legalizing marijuana with many Americans advocating for its legalization like other countries. However, we also need depth research and strengthen laws to advocate for treatment and proper use of marijuana.

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Published at Fri, 01 Sep 2017 05:16:53 +0000

 Causes and Effects of Smoking Marijuana

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 Causes and Effects of Smoking Marijuana

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Marijuana is dried leaves, seeds, stems and flowers from Cannabis sativa or the Cannabis indica with a Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) chemical and other compounds that alter the mood or psycho activity of a person. The plant has different names such as ganja, sensi, herb, pot and weed among others. Marijuana ranks third in the USA with one out of three people in the USA alone have tried it. According to a research, more than 11 million youths of 18 to 25 years use marijuana in the recent past. About 44 percent of U.S. high-school students at one time have smoked the drug.

Most states in the USA are currently legalizing the use of marijuana especially for medical purposes and adult recreational use. These are such states as Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, Washington and District of Columbia among others. Irrespective of its medicinal values, marijuana reveals numerous, psychological, physical and therapeutic effects which are both short term and long term, positive and negative.

Causes of Smoking Marijuana

Well, the obvious reason for smoking marijuana is its tendency of increasing the pleasure in the mind of a person which then translates to happiness. The high sensitivity of the body occurs when the THC overrides the endocannabinoid system which leads to great feeling. Besides, it raises the mood of the user in moderation. However, high intake leads to impaired brain coordination and memory loss.

Secondly, many students use marijuana due to peers pressure. On a separate note, the increasing evidence of the medicinal benefits, as well as the spreading perception of the non-addictive aspect of the drug, make more people use marijuana. Besides, the adult users are on the rise due to the recreational aspect coupled with the need for money as well as revenue through sale.

Effects of Smoking Marijuana

Marijuana use is on the rise due to the legalization processes that take place in different states of the USA. However, the plant has many effects that include medical, physical and psychological to the users. The effects manifest in both short term and long term with users feeling positive and negative aspects at different levels of the usage.

Physical effects  of marijuana :one of the prominent physical effects is breathing difficulties. Marijuana users in particular through smoke cause irritations to the lung which lead to breathing problem of the use. The various challenges during breathing can include phlegm, cough, lung diseases, and lung infections among others. The users exhibit reddening of the eyes, problems of respiration and impairment in coordination. The users can also have high heart rates. Marijuana increases the heart rate for about three hours.  There could be an increase in muscle weakness during contraction after smoking the drug. The rapid heart rate is because of the dose dependence which results to high dosage of THC. Such cases increase incidences of heart problems. Also, marijuana causes reddening of the eyes due to the swelling of the minor conjunctiva vessels.

Separately, marijuana can lead to child development problems after pregnancy. Expectant mothers who use marijuana could  give birth to low birth weight babies. This could result to higher risks of both behavioral problems to the baby. The brain of the fetus might fail to develop fully so long as his or her mother uses marijuana during the pregnancy periods. Therefore, the children exhibit problems such as impatient when paying attention, memory problems and slower problem- solving skills. Also, the woman who is a smoker excretes THC in the breast milk. The high concentration of the THC in the breast milk of the nursing mothers can affect the development of the brain of the baby.

Medicinal Effects: the use of marijuana has numerous medicinal effects such as pressure reduction in the eye for the patients with glaucoma. Besides, marijuana increases the appetite for patients, reduces nausea and vomiting in cancer patients. Also, patients with blocked airways use it to open the airways, especially in asthmatic patients.

Psychological Effects: most marijuana users feel relaxation upon the use of marijuana, distortion of time, increase in euphoria, frequent panic, and dreadfulness. In some cases, marijuana users have distorted perceptions, and loss of self-control.

Mental Effects: in some cases, marijuana users experience mental effects after a longer period of use. Therefore, the users may have mental illnesses which could include paranoia, hallucination, worsening symptoms of schizophrenia coupled with disorganized thinking. On the same note, users experience depression, suicidal thoughts and attempts and anxiety.

Wrapping it up

Some marijuana users treat it differently with regards to their perceptions. Others can treat it as a narcotic substance that causes numerous physical, social and mental problems. Other love it as a remedy that provides relaxation, motivation of the mind and pleasure. Therefore, the use of marijuana is highest among the youths of age between 18 and 25 years. Different states are currently legalizing the drug due to its medicinal use as well as a recreational drug for adults. However, other states prohibit its use as it provides a gateway to other illegal drugs.

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Published at Wed, 30 Aug 2017 06:02:57 +0000

Focusvape Tourist Vaporizer Review-Featuring the Zeus Bolt Grinder

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Focusvape Tourist Vaporizer Review-Featuring the Zeus Bolt Grinder

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Focusvape Tourist Vaporizer Review Featuring the Zeus Bolt Grinder

In this blog we are reviewing Focusvape Tourist vaporizer review as well as the Zeus Bolt Grinder.

A 2 in 1 heavy duty style vaporizer, the Focusvape is designed to provide the user with the ability to enjoy quality water cooled vapor from both concentrates and botanical herbs in the same unit.

 “Taking the Tour ” Using the Focusvape Tourist

When it came to reviewing the Focusvape Tourist, I was excited. To me it just looked sturdy, like it was made well and would be able to handle any size session for any connoisseur.

I was also interested in the glass water attachments, they just looked like they would be a pleasure to use. It has a heavy body, LCD display and dual temp settings for concentrates and dry herbs and a +/-buttons so you can customize your temperature within a single degree.

Dry Herb Function:

When vaporizing dry herbs, the Focusvape is a conduction style vaporizer. What that means is the dry herb get packed into the high quality ceramic “oven”. The dry herb is then heated to the users desired temperature.When you draw air thru the herb, all of the oils that have been heated join the air and are carried it into your lungs.

With the Tourist, you decide whether you want to use the very “cool” water attachment or the very slick glass mouth piece. The unit can be switched into herb mode by the simple flick of a switch provided on the side of the vaporizer.

Once turned on, the unit will quickly heat to the desired temperature. The user is notified that the unit is ready with lite vibration. The LCD screen display will the current temperature and you are now vaping herb like a true connoisseur.

Wax/Concentrate Function:

As for wax/concentrates the Focusvape Tourist performed very well. The unit uses a ceramic rod capped by a titanium nail for vaporizing concentrates. Unlike the dry herb function you do not have a choice in using a mouth piece or glass attachment. You have to use the glass attachment when using the wax function.

It took a little time to get used to it, but once I got it I really enjoyed it. Once the unit is heated to the desired temperature, you simply add some concentrates to your dabber, place your dab tool in the little hole on the side of the glass attachment that lines up perfectly with the titanium nail and inhale.

If you want to do a quick dab but don’t want to pull out your torch and rig, this is a great go to option.

Zeus Bolt Grinder

Up next we have the Zeus Bolt Grinder. Made of aircraft aluminum, this grinder has diamond cut teeth and is perfectly calibrated to grind your bud for vaporizing. When paired with the Focusvape Tourist these products made a great combo.

 Zeus Bolt Grinder Features:

  • 4 pieces (3 chambers)
  • 5.5 cm diameter x 4.5 cm height
  • Magnetic lid
  • Diamond cut teeth
  • Calibrated for vaporization
  • Made of anodized air craft aluminum

Focusvap Tourist and Zeus Bolt grinder provided by TVAPE.com

From Bud: If you are looking for the best 2 in 1 option for herb and concentrates then this would be a great fit!

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Published at Fri, 25 Aug 2017 18:55:34 +0000