Marijuana vs Depression


Researchers from The Netherlands published a study in the European Neuropsychology journal that focused on the effects of THC on humans while processing emotional content. They found that THC decreased brain activity when faced with negative stimuli.

The researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) technology to gauge the study subjects’ brain activity. Subjects were shown faces expressing different emotions and then asked whether the person was happy or fearful. This gauged whether THC would effect how the subjects perceived others’ emotions.

Their findings were quite interesting, to say the least: THC decreased brain activity in response to the negative stimuli, but not for the positive stimuli. One researcher stated that “These results indicate that THC administration reduces the negative bias in emotional processing.”

The “negative bias” refers to when a person gives more weight to negative experiences than positive experiences. For example, it’s common for people to be afraid of all dogs after being attacked by a dog. This fear remains embedded in the subconscious despite the many positive experiences a person has had with a dog(s). This reveals to us that negative emotions may be stronger and have more of an impact on someones long-term psyche than positive emotions.

When a negative bias is prevalent in a person’s everyday interactions, it has been linked to depression. Depressed patients often have this negative bias which causes them to perceive events in more of a negative way than people without depression. This leads to the notion that THC could be very useful in naturally treating depression and PTSD.

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MMJ Edible RECIPE Medicated Chocolate Mouse

Recipe by Payton Curry from marijuanarecipes.com

Nothing says I love you more than chocolate laced with weed ladies and gentlemen. You’d be wise to keep this in mind as Valentine’s Day approaches. Anyhow this is an easy recipe to follow and has a high rate of return in my home kitchen. Take the time to infuse your cream and you will be happy with the results. I like to layer soaked lady fingers with this mousse and garnish it all with chocolate covered espresso beans. Enjoy!
 
Medicated Chocolate Mousse Ingredients:
4 large egg yolks
4 Tbsp HoneyBuzz (see recipe below)
2 Cups CannaMilk (see recipe below)
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Tip: Whip the egg white in a chilled bowl cleaned with a bit of vinegar before chilling. Chill the whip also!


Method:
In a medium saucepan, whisk together egg yolks, two tablespoons HoneyBuzz, and 3/4 cup infused heavy cream. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring until mixture coats back of spoon, 4 to 4 minutes (do not boil). Remove from heat; whisk in melted chocolate and vanilla. Strain into a bowl; chill until cool. With an electric mixer, beat remaining 1 1/4 cups heavy cream with remaining 2 tablespoons HoneyBuzz until stiff peaks form. Stir 1/3 of whipped cream into cooled custard mixture, then gently fold in the rest with a rubber spatula.

HoneyBuzz Recipe
  Honey Buzz Ingredients:
2 Cups Organic honey
14 g Cannabis Decarb’d (Instructions located here)
1 Cup water


Method:
 Place Kief into your crock pot and turn on HIGH. Once the kief is fragrant pour in some water and bring it all to a nice simmer. Pour in your honey and allow it to cook for 3-5 hours.
CannaMilk Recipe

  
 CannaMilk Ingredients:
1 cup/250ml Whole Milk or Cream
1/8oz or 3.5g of finely ground cannabis
Weed grinder


Method:
Be sure to grind your weed very fine. It will work better this way. Add the milk and cannabis to a pan at a medium heat. Bring the contents to a boil and simmer it for an hour. Remember to stir and be careful because milk can easily overflow if there’s too much heat. Let the CannaMilk cool the strain the milk through cheese cloth and store it in an airtight container. Make sure to keep the CannaMilk refrigerated and use it before the expiration date on the carton.

Payton Curry, the Culinary Cannabis Chef at Northsight Capital—who oversee WeedDepot.com and MarijuanaRecipes.com—is a modern-day apothecary combining his skills for cooking with a desire to teach people about the benefits of medicinal marijuana and how to prepare their own treatments. The talented Culinary Institute of America graduate also owns Brat HaĆ¼s in Scottsdale, AZ and Cannabis Curryosity Consulting.

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Tips for Transplanting Marijuana Plants


When it’s time to transplant into larger containers, your choice of container size, container setup, and your transplant method are all important factors. Each can impact the success of your transplant. Since I have have quite a bit of experience with this, I thought I’d share a few tips to help you successfully transplant your young marijuana plants. Some of these tips are common sense while others may be new even for experienced growers.

1. Pot size selection

A great rule of thumb is to choose a new pot that is at least double the size of the old one. Avoid potting up into a huge pot, If you place a 6-pack sized root ball into a 5 gallon pot you’ll have to keep 5 gallons of soil moist which at first the roots won’t reach. This is a waste of water and plant food. Larger pots will also require greater spacing which for indoor growing means more lights and wasted electricity.

2. Assess root ball condition

If your plant has become overly root bound in its old pot, consider breaking up the root ball a little. Gently pull it apart just enough to break the shape of the old pot. Some roots will be damaged but in the long run it will help the roots break out of the old pot shape and aid in root expansion.

3. Avoid Stress

Be sure not to transplant in direct sunlight. Roots don’t like direct light or exposure to dry conditions. Transplant in the early morning or better yet the evening. If possible, allow freshly transplanted plants to remain in their old environment for a day or two before moving them into new conditions.
4. Stake plants
If the plants are tall and delicate, or have a hard time standing on their own, stake them with bamboo and secure with at least 2 plant ties. This helps prevent them from being overturned if jostled. As the plant develops, be sure to remove these ties or they will become tight and even girdle the plant.

5. Rapid potting trick

If you have a lot of plants to transplant consider pre-filling the new containers with fresh planting mix. Use an empty pot, that is the same size as your old pots as a spacer to create a perfectly sized socket for the root ball to fit into. Simply stage the filled, new pots off to one side and remove the ‘spacer’ just prior to the actual transplanting action. This trick can save a lot of time and minimizes air and light exposure which reduces plant stress (see tip 3). Pots can even be filled and staged days before the actual transplant.

6. Do not overly pack the soil

The first time you water the plants the soil settles and natural compacts. this is the ideal amount of compaction for most soils. If you under pack the pots, they might settle to be only half full. If pots are over compacted, the new roots will have to work harder to branch out. Compacting the soil just right takes a little practice and varies with soil moisture content and texture.

7. Always water immediately following transplant

The first watering helps settle the soil around the root ball and collapses any voids that may have formed inside the container, it also helps the young plant cope with transplant stress. Use a watering wand with a gentle diffuser to avoid upsetting the soil and root ball.

8. Post-transplant shock reduction

The only thing plants need after transplant is water. That being said, there are many products that claim to reduce transplant shock. To list a few; Superthrive, Liquinox b1, and Dyna Gro KLN. They all contain a plant growth regulator (PGR) called naphthylacetic acid (NAA). This PGR is also found in many cloning solutions. NAA is very powerful and actually forces the plant to abandon vegetative growth and focus only on root development. If any of these items are used, be sure to follow the labels instructions. Don’t use too much.

9. Post transplant Fertilizer

I don’t recommend use of liquid fertilizer for the first 2 watering. Fresh soil typically contains everything the plant needs for at least 3 weeks. There are of course exceptions to this. Some lower end soils may be nutritionally void, while other mixes are intentionally made this way, i.e. Promix HP, Sunshine #2, and other Peat/perlite blends. These mixes can be amended with dry organic additives, or supplemented with ¼-½ strength liquid fertilizer. Other growers recommend ¼-½ strength bloom food at this time because the additional phosphorus and potassium can aid in root development.

10. Listen to Music

This might seem like an odd one but transplanting can be both stressful and monotonous. Some good tunes will get you in a rhythm, help you relax and make the time go by a lot quicker.

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