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Cannabis is the 3rd most used recreational drug in America (behind only alcohol and tobacco), and has been used by nearly 100 million Americans. According to government surveys, some 25 million Americans have smoked marijuana in the past year, and more than 14 million do so regularly despite harsh laws against its use.
Our public policies should reflect this reality, not deny it. Marijuana is far less dangerous than alcohol or tobacco. Around 50,000 people die each year from alcohol poisoning. Similarly, more than 400,000 deaths each year are attributed to tobacco smoking. By comparison, marijuana is nontoxic and cannot cause death by overdose.
Major Types of Cannabis:
Indica- is good for relaxing, sleeping, pain, appetite enhancer and nausea control.
Sativa- is good for appetite enhancement, nausea control, focus and creativity.
CBD- Cannabis Ruderalis has been shown to have analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anit-anxiety properties without the psychoactive effects (the "high" or "stoned" feeling) that THC provides.
Marijuana, or cannabis, as it is more appropriately called, has been part of humanity's medicine chest for almost as long as history has been recorded. Of all the negative consequences of marijuana prohibition, none is as tragic as the denial of medicinal cannabis to the tens of thousands of patients who could benefit from its therapeutic use. Modern research suggests that cannabis is a valuable aid in the treatment of a wide range of clinical applications. These include pain relief -- particularly of neuropathic pain (pain from nerve damage) -- nausea, spasticity, glaucoma, and movement disorders. Marijuana is also a powerful appetite stimulant, specifically for patients suffering from HIV, the AIDS wasting syndrome, or dementia. Emerging research suggests that marijuana's medicinal properties may protect the body against some types of malignant tumors and are neuroprotective. Currently, more than 60 US and International health organizations support granting patients immediate legal access to medicinal marijuana under a physician's supervision.
Driven by the Drug War, the U.S. prison population is six to ten times as high as most Western European nations. The United States is a close second only to Russia in its rate of incarceration per 100,000 people. In 2013, more than 693,000 people were arrested in this country for marijuana-related offenses alone. Marijuana prohibition causes more problems than it solves, and ruins thousands more lives than it supposedly tries to save. The NORML Legal Committee provides legal support and assistance to victims of the current marijuana laws. NORML also monitors developments in state and federal law, and files appellate and amicus curiae ("friend of the court") briefs in cases which may affect the interpretation of existing marijuana laws, or which will, hopefully, change them.
Hemp is a distinct variety of the plant species cannabis sativa L. that contains minimal (less than 1%) amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. It is a tall, slender, fibrous plant similar to flax or kenaf. Various parts of the plant can be utilized in the making of textiles, paper, paints, clothing, plastics, cosmetics, foodstuffs, insulation, animal feed and other products. Hemp produces a much higher yield per acre than do common substitutes such as cotton and requires few pesticides. In addition, hemp has an average growing cycle of only 100 days and leaves the soil virtually weed-free for the next planting. The hemp plant is currently harvested for commercial purposes in over 30 nations, including Canada, Japan and the European Union. Although it grows wild across much of America and presents no public health or safety threat, hemp is nevertheless routinely uprooted and destroyed by law enforcement. Each year, approximately 98% of all the marijuana eliminated by the DEA's "Domestic Cannabis Eradication Program" is actually hemp. Find out more about Industrial Use. Credit : NORML
Simple starter recipes
Once you have created the cannabutter, canna oil, or another extraction method, you can make your first recipe! Here are a couple of easy ones to try:
7 ½ tablespoons (3 ¾ ounces) unsalted butter
1 ½ teaspoons (1/4 ounce) cannabutter
6 ounces dark chocolate, 60-70% cacao
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup nuts if wanted
Directions: Preheat oven to 350℉. Grease an 8-inch square cake pan with butter or cooking spray; set aside.
Melt butters in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in chocolate until combined and smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
In a small bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, vanilla, and salt until fluffy and light yellow. Add chocolate mixture and mix until combined. Add flour mixture and mix until combined. Pour into greased pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges pull away from the pan and the top has an even, shiny crust. Let cool for 20 minutes. Cut into 12 even pieces. Serve warm (can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for one week or in the refrigerator for up to a month).
Stoner French Toast
8 teaspoons cannabutter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
12 slices Challah
Directions1. In a shallow dish, whisk together eggs, cinnamon and nutmeg.
2. Melt 4 teaspoons of cannabutter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Soak each piece of bread in the egg mixture for about 10 seconds each side. Fry each piece of bread in the melted cannabutter until each side is golden. As the bread soaks the cannabutter, add more for each batch, teaspoon by teaspoon.
3. Serve warm and top with maple syrup.
Serves 4, as an appetizer
6 bacon slices, cut in half
12 large raw shrimp, peeled and cleaned
4 teaspoons canna-olive oil
3 tablespoons goat cheese, cold
Squeeze of lemon
Pinch of salt
1. Heat oven to 340° F.
2. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, cook the bacon about halfway. Remove from pan and allow to cool.
3. Place the shrimp on your work surface. Brush each shrimp with the canna-olive oil.
4. Place a small piece of goat cheese on the shrimp in the center, along with a squeeze of lemon and pinch of salt.
5. Wrap the bacon around the shrimp, covering the cheese. Place on skewers, all facing in the same direction.
6. On a baking sheet with sides, place the bacon-wrapped shrimp, seam side down.
7. Bake until the bacon is fully cooked and the shrimp are pink: 5-7 minutes.
1 cup pecans
1 cup cashews
1 cup walnuts
2 tablespoons curry powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
Pinch of cayenne
Salt to taste
3 tablespoons canna-canola oil
1. Heat oven to 300° F.
2. On a baking sheet with sides, combine all the ingredients, mixing well to ensure even distribution.
3. Bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Allow the nuts to cool completely.
5. Store in an airtight container.Three savory and stony appetizer recipes a super addition to any party
Check out these tasty recipes using cannabis oil
4 large eggs, hard-boiled and peeled
2 tablespoons mayonaise
4 teaspoons canna-oil
1 teaspoon finely chopped red onion
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon capers, drained
Sliced green scallion
1. Cut the eggs in half and extract the yolk into a small bowl.
2. Mix the yolks with the mayo, canna-oil, onion, mustard, and capers. Taste for salt and pepper.
3. Spoon or pipe the filling into the egg white halves.
4. Garnish with scallions.
What should I do if I eat too much?
Eating too much cannabis-infused food can be a very intense experience. You may feel sick, confused, unable to move or talk, and your coordination may be heavily affected, you may hallucinate, or feel like you are floating out of your body. Suffice to say, consuming too much cannabis can be a very ‘trippy’ experience.
If you eat too much and you feel the effects are too strong, here are a few things you can try:
Drink the juice of or eat citrus acid fruits such as lemons, oranges or grapefruits.
Eat pistachios or pine nuts.
Use pine essential oil topically or inhalation.
Use a product rich in CBD (cannabidiol.)
A 10,000-year-old archaeological site in Taiwan contains pottery fragments with a twisted strand imprinted around the edge, which some believe was made by pressing a rope made of hemp, the fibers made from the cannabis plant, across the wet clay, according to "Marijuana: The First Twelve-Thousand Years," (Springer, 1980).
Hemp fabric was widely used in ancient China to make clothing. A Chinese medicinal textbook, the Pen Ts'ao, which is credited to an emperor in 2800 B.C., claims that "Ma," or marijuana, was a powerful medicinal plant. Siberian burial mounds have traces of burnt cannabis seeds dating to 3000 B.C.
The plant was first given its taxonomic identification by Carl Linnaeus in 1753 and thoroughly described to Westerners in the 1800s, when the medical doctor William O'Shaughnessy gave a report to the Medical and Physical Society of Calcutta in India in 1839. The doctor described its effects on people and did a few case reports on "gunjah," the Indian name for the drug.
In the Americas, cannabis extract was a popular medicinal drug in the 1800s. But in the 1900s, the tide began to turn against the drug. In the 1920s, Mexican immigrants became associated with the smoked, recreational version of the drug, and anti-immigrant sentiments fueled marijuana prohibition.
By the 1930s, marijuana was banned in 24 states. The newly minted Federal Bureau of Narcotics launched a campaign against the drug, and newspapers fueled hysteria with headlines like the 1933 Los Angeles Examiner's "Murder Weed Found Up and Down the Coast — Deadly Marihuana Dope Plant Ready for Harvest That Means Enslavement of California Children." By 1937, Congress passed the Marihuana Tax Act, which effectively banned marijuana except for a few medicinal purposes, according to "Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana – Medical, Recreational and Legal" (Scribner, 2012).
In the 1950s, the Narcotics Control Act and the Boggs Act stiffened penalties for marijuana possession, with first-time offenses requiring two to 10 year sentences and a minimum $20,000 fine, according to PBS.org. Penalties were relaxed in the 1970s, but President Ronald Reagan increased federal penalties for marijuana possession in the 1980s. On the federal level, marijuana is now regulated under the Controlled Substances Act as a schedule 1 drug, meaning the government considers it to have a high potential for legitimate medical or therapeutic uses.
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Marijuana plants produce oxygen through the top of their leaves & takes in carbon dioxide that we breathe out & also other impurities from the air through the bottom of their leaves. The more we grow marijuana more oxygen is produce by the air being filtered preventing the impurities to go into the atmosphere. The more we chop down marijuana plants and avoid growing more impurities go into the atmosphere damaging the ozone. We need marijuana plants to survive.
It grows wild in many of the tropical and temperate areas of the world. It can be grown in almost any climate, and is increasingly cultivated by means of indoor hydroponic technology.
The main active ingredient in cannabis is called delta-9 tetrahydro-cannabinol, commonly known as THC. This is the part of the plant that gives the "high." There is a wide range of THC potency between cannabis products.
Cannabis is used in three main forms: marijuana, hashish and hash oil. Marijuana is made from dried flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant. It is the least potent of all the cannabis products and is usually smoked or made into edible products like cookies or brownies. Hashish is made from the resin (a secreted gum) of the cannabis plant. It is dried and pressed into small blocks and smoked. It can also be added to food and eaten. Hash oil, the most potent cannabis product, is a thick oil obtained from hashish. It is also smoked.
Cannabis is usually smoked in hand-rolled cigarettes (known as "joints") or in special water pipes ("bongs"). These pipes or bongs can be bought or made from things such as orange juice containers, soft drink cans or even toilet rolls.
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