5 Reasons Seniors Should Consider Medical Marijuana

Marijuana, after all the propaganda, is not physically addictive

Unlike the majority of today’s pharmaceutical medications, seniors can rest easy when they medicate with cannabis. Known for its benign nature and curative cannabinoids, elderly citizens can medicate without fear of developing an unwanted dependency. Alleviating debilitating pain, stress, and social anxiety – daily consumers of medical marijuana can easily stop “cold turkey”.

Marijuana or prescribed medications — which is safer?

Generally speaking – the elderly demographics slam fists full of pharmaceuticals daily. Toxic, harmful, and expensive, these drugs are addictive and kill thousands of seniors annually. Conversely, the “side effects” of medicinal cannabis are laughably inconsequential when compared to the many known side effects of today’s toxic pharmaceutical. Patented by the United States for its ability to correct oxidative damage, marijuana’s healing cannabinoids have been found to provide relief for several disorders including irritable bowel syndrome, lupus, and liver inflammation caused by hepatitis C. Side note: After thousands of years of some serious consumption … not a single person has ever died from a marijuana overdose.

Marijuana as substitution for prescription pharmaceuticals

Putting an end to the cyclical nature of Western medication, marijuana eliminates one of the major complaints most seniors express regarding their daily medication regime. No longer needing one pill to “fix” what the other pill caused, marijuana’s cannabinoids specifically target numerous conditions based on the strain’s specific cannabinoid profile; mitigating painful joints, alleviating high blood pressure, reducing chronic pain, improving digestive disorders, easing constipation, reducing insomnia and most importantly – when marijuana is used in conjunction with opioid-based painkillers, senior citizens notice a dramatic reduction in their consumption of addictive prescription medications.

Marijuana-infused balms for mitigating arthritis and neuropathic pain

Scientifically recognized for providing relief from neuropathic pain and the debilitating discomfort caused by arthritis, CBD based ointments, balms, and lotions have been shown to inhibit inflammatory production.

Marijuana sparks up appetite and quality of life

One of the scarier scenarios when caring for the elderly is running into senior citizens who have lost their appetite and refuse to eat. With a diminished capacity to smell or taste, many senior citizens find food undesirable. Again to the rescue, marijuana has been scientifically proven to help eliminate nausea and increase appetite.

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Borneol: A Cancer Killing Terpene

Borneol is one of the 200 aromatic terpenes that may appear in a particular example of the more than 6,000 strains of cannabis on the market. Like other terpenes, it is characterized by a strong medical efficacy. Borneol has been found to relieve pain, slow bacterial growth, reduce inflammation, and even inhibit fungal growth. In addition, it’s an anti-oxidant, and even functions as an anticoagulant, meaning it helps prevent strokes. But that’s not all.

Borneol has been used as a medicine for thousands of years. Chinese doctors have employed it for millennia in acupuncture. Experimentation with borneol in western medicine was first conducted by Dr. Ralph Stockman at Edinburgh University in 1888.

Like all terpenes, one of Borneol’s primary functions is the conveyance of aroma. This special terpene carries an herbal, woody scent that is often described as resembling camphor or balsam.

The odor produced by all terpenes is an evolutionary defense on the part of the cannabis plant to protect it from predators and pests, most of which find it to be toxic or offensive (which is excellent, because it means more sun grown organic cannabis for the humans).

Like other notable medicinal terpenes – including pinene, linalool, and limonene – borneol has been found to be an anti-cancer agent.

Technically speaking, borneol doesn’t necessarily directly kill cancer cells. Instead, it sometimes delivers efficacy by helping other molecules reach cancer cells and do their damage.

In the case of liver cancer, borneol has been shown to encourage the anti-cancer activity of the natural compounds bisdemethoxycurcumin and selenocysteine.

A study published in the journal Acta Pharmacologica Sinica revealed that bornyl, a molecular cousin of borneol, killed breast cancer cells. The study noted that “bornyl caffeate exerts non-selective cytotoxicity against cancer cells.”

A study conducted at the College of Light Industry and Food Sciences at South China University of Technology revealed that borneol “could be further developed…in treatment of human cancers.”

In this study, we demonstrated that NB could synergize with SeC to induce apoptosis in cancer cells.

Apoptosis, also called “programmed cell death,” is the mechanism in multicellular organisms, like humans, in which cells commit suicide after sensing severe environmental stress. However, a special variety of this process, called

However, a special variety of this process, called extrinsic apoptosis, involves one type of cells directing another type to kill itself. It is through this extrinsic influence that borneol (and many other terpenes and cannabinoids) is able to defeat cancer cells and basically instruct them to shut down.

A study published in the European Journal of Pharmacology found borneol to be an effective stroke preventative. This research revealed that borneol, in synergistic combination with edaravone, was effective in treating ischemic stroke.

Borneol is just one more example of the medical efficacy of the complex mix of cannabinoids and terpenes found in various strains of cannabis. It helps prove that, instead of killing their brain cells, cannabis consumers are actually feeding their cells, repairing their bodies, and improving their health.

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MMJ Inhibits Arthritis Related Cartilage Breakdown

A team of Chinese scientists has discovered that cannabinoids help prevent the progression of osteoarthritis by inhibiting a protease enzyme associated with the degradation of joint cartilage. 

Cannabinoid treatments are effective for reducing osteoarthritis-related cartilage breakdown, according to a study published in Molecular Medicine Reports. Osteoarthritis is caused by “wear and tear” on the body’s joints. Over time, cartilage between joints breaks down, causing pain, stiffness, and swelling. 

A research team at China’s The Second Xiangya Hospital of Central South University examined the effect of a synthetic cannabinoid on a group of metalloproteinases known to contribute to cartilage breakdown and the progression of osteoarthritis. The researchers, led by Ying Kong, found that the cannabinoid effectively inhibited the activity of the metalloproteinase group. The findings suggest that cannabinoids protect cartilage cells and delay the joint space narrowing associated with arthritis. 

“In conclusion, to the best of our knowledge, the present study provides the first in vitro evidence supporting that the synthetic cannabinoid… inhibits [metalloproteinase activity],” 

Kong wrote in the study’s conclusion. 

“This suggests a novel mechanism by which cannabinoids may prevent cartilage breakdown in [osteoarthritis].” 

The study’s results propose that cannabis could potentially play an active role in treating osteoarthritis, which affects 20 million people in the United States.

Kong’s findings echo the discoveries of earlier studies, in which cannabis was shown to possess anti-arthritic effects. In one study, the daily administration of cannabidiol (CBD), one of the major components of cannabis, significantly reduced joint damage in arthritic mice. Other studies have reiterated the anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive effects of cannabinoids that inhibit joint damage. In addition, cannabis has proven effective for reducing joint pain in arthritis patients.

CBD hemp oil, when derived from the mature stalks or seeds from hemp, is federally legal to consume in all 50 states in the United States.  Additionally, arthritis patients living within one of the 24 states that have established medical marijuana legislation may be able to get cannabis access through local dispensaries.

Hemp and Green Energy

Everyone dreams of a green planet where energy is abundant and inexpensive. Hemp is a natural resource that has long been overlooked as one material that can put this plan into motion. While scientists struggle to find new ways to incorporate graphene into energy storage solutions, the waste from hemp plants is proving more justified as a sweeter alternative.

Currently, home energy storage relies on lithium-ion or lead-acid batteries for later distribution. However, the toxic impact of lead and the difficulty in recycling lithium counteract the environmental purpose of green energy. These high capacity batteries are also slow to recharge. Supercapacitors, on the other hand, are able to hold hundreds of times the amount of electrical charge as standard capacitors.

Graphene-Supercapacitors have recently been found to be an outstanding replacement for bulky and less efficient batteries. While the world is buzzing over this new discovery, little attention has been given to the price of the material and production. While graphene is considered to be one of the best materials for supercapacitor electrodes, the cost remains prohibitive. Costing as much as $2,000 per gram, graphene is a long way from being productive. On the other hand, hemp waste is compatible, readily available and cheap.

Professor David Mitlin of Clarkson University in New York, and researchers at the University of Alberta/National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT), recently presented a compatible, low-cost, and environmentally safe alternative to move ahead, immediately, with the new supercapacitor technology at the American Chemical Society Meeting in San Francisco.

“Obviously, hemp can’t do all the things graphene can,” Mitlin acknowledged. “But for energy storage, it works just as well. And it costs  a fraction of the price at $500 to $1,000 a ton.”

Dr. Mitlin’s team took the fibers from hemp waste and recycled them into supercapacitors. The hemp fiber waste was pressure-cooked then treated with potassium hydroxide. The result was the formation of uniquely structured nanosheets that were nearly triple of what standard commercial electrodes supply.

Turning leftover hemp bast fiber into powerful energy-storing supercapacitors could be the answer to providing homes with sustainable natural energy while creating less waste in the environment.

Is Smoking Weed While Taking Prescription Drugs a Good Idea?

One of the most astounding facts about cannabis is its ability to complement the positive effects of existing prescription drugs. So far, evidence has shown that pot enhances the effects of epilepsy drugs, cancer treatments, HIV drugs and more. There is also evidence that using cannabis in conjunction with popular drugs can reduce instances of addiction and soothe withdrawal symptoms for patients in drug rehabilitation programs. However, given the multitude of prescription medications out there, combining them with medical cannabis may not always produce great results. In fact, due to the vast number of compounds found in marijuana, it is likely that interactions with prescribed drugs will range from positive to negative.

When it comes to fighting away pain, this one-two punch may seem like a no-brainer. Prior studies also seem to support this view. “There is a growing body of evidence to support the use of medical cannabis as an adjunct to or substitute for prescription opiates in the treatment of chronic pain. When used in conjunction with opioids, cannabinoids lead to a greater cumulative relief of pain, resulting in a reduction in the use of opiates (and associated side-effects) by patients in a clinical setting,” reported the National Institute of Health in 2012.

But be aware that combining cannabis with opiates can have an addictive effect that may be difficult to overcome, and too much depression within the central nervous system over time can be dangerous. Drugs that calm the nervous system like opioids and sedatives can interfere with heart rate and respiration, not to mention how much they may cause marked lethargy and drowsiness that can impact one’s ability to drive or carry out other important daily functions.

CBD and THC have been linked to lower blood pressure levels. However, individuals taking antihypertensive medications should be sure to avoid consuming Sativa strains, as this can lead to a temporary rise in blood pressure. In fact, studies are mixed on the effects of cannabis and stimulants in general. In some subjects, it has been shown that THC mixed with caffeine elevates heart rate and increases the likelihood of paranoia, while other studies show that the two complement each other. As a rule, if you have high blood pressure, be careful when mixing cannabis with stimulants as heart palpitations, hypertension and tachycardia can all manifest.

For the record, regular cannabis use has proven to be effective in managing blood sugar levels and weight. Too much cannabis could bring blood sugar levels down too low, causing hypoglycemia. Diabetic patients should find optimal dosing strategies that work for them, not against them.

Marijuana causes an initial boost in serotonin that positively impacts mood but much like with other substances serotonin levels have a tendency to drop to alarmingly low levels (increasing the likelihood of continued use and eventual addiction). Fusing cannabis with antidepressants may lead to an initial overabundance of serotonin, which can heighten the body’s need for these substances worsening depression and anxiety in the long run.


Your Cannabis Buds Deserve Boveda

Cannabis begins to degrade the minute it’s cut down.  First to go is the moisture and depending on the aridity in your drying room, some of the plant’s natural lipids will degrade as well. Suspended inside these lipids and waxes in a structure known as a trichome are terpenes, aromatherapeutic compounds found in nature. Terpenes are what make the flower stink so sweet, sour, or as pungent as body odor! Tests have shown that when cannabis is left to over-dry, it can lose up to 15% of its terpenes.

Destroying terpenes is just one hazard caused by over-drying. A few of our beloved cannabinoids have an acid attached to them in their natural form. The bond joining that acid to the rest of the molecule is very weak. Over-drying can cause the acid to break off prematurely, which can increase the sedative effect of cannabis.  Once the acid breaks off, the flower’s THC-a converts into THC. Further degradation can convert THC into CBN or cannabinol. CBN is insomnia’s nemesis.

Boveda Keeps Cannabis Good to the Last Nug

Wouldn’t it be great if the last nug of the bag or the bottle were as terpene-rich and pungent as that first nug? You can with Boveda. Boveda controls the relative humidity inside your air-tight storage container to keep your flower fresh.

Cannabinoids and terpenes do best at a relative humidity level between 58% and 62%. Maintain that RH sweet spot and your buds will stay fresher much, much longer. As the global leader in 2-way humidity control, Boveda adds as well as absorbs moisture to lock in a precise RH that’s perfect for cannabis. Through a reverse osmosis membrane, Boveda emits purified water vapor to add moisture to parched buds or pulls in any extra moisture via a saltwater solution. The water and salts are as natural as the plant products Boveda strives to preserve.

I’ve personally been using Boveda for many months to bring back life to some of that less-than-fresh producer cannabis I receive. With Boveda, the smoking or vaping experience is a step above. I can actually taste those natural compounds in my exhale. Now that I can also legally grow my own cannabis plants, I’m eager to cure my harvest with Boveda.

Cannabis is a valuable commodity and most of us will do anything to preserve it for as long as it’s in our possession. Boveda makes preservation possible.

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Cannabis Reduces Diabetes and Obesity

Ironically, cannabis use accompanies higher calorie consumption (an average of 600 calories more consumed per day than non-smokers). Yet somehow, this extra intake has no bearing on BMIs (body mass indexes), and in fact, pot smokers show a reduced likelihood of obesity than non-smokers.

Researchers from the University of Nebraska, the Harvard School of Public Health and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center tested 4,600 adults with regards to their blood sugar control, cholesterol levels and waist circumference.

With factors like as age, gender tobacco and alcohol use taken into account, they found that the 12 percent of whom were current marijuana users had much smaller waist circumferences than non-smokers, better-regulated insulin levels and higher levels of HDL (good cholesterol). 42 percent of the group reported having smoked weed in the past, and while their results weren’t as great as current smokers, they also showed similar outcomes.

Despite the fact that scientists don’t have all the answers as to why marijuana users have lower instances of obesity and diabetes, they do note cannabis’ anti-inflammatory properties, neuroprotective effects, better metabolization of carbohydrates and endocannabinoid benefits all contribute to these findings.This is elaborated on by NORML,

Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis, the maintenance of a stable internal environment despite fluctuations in the external environment…

Cannabinoids promote homeostasis at every level of biological life, from the sub-cellular, to the organism, and perhaps to the community and beyond.
These findings point to what could eventually become a strong case for medical marijuana advocacy. Obesity has become incredibly common, with more than one-third of U.S. adults falling under this category. Diabetes isn’t far behind, with almost 90 million people currently diagnosed with the condition.

While some studies suggest that marijuana use may be more effective as a preventative measure rather than a treatment, a low-dose cannabinoid regimen may be useful for a wide spectrum of people in conjunction with diet and lifestyle changes.

via: HERB

5 Top Benefits of Growing Marijuana Outdoors

Traditionally, people grow marijuana outside where it thrived and produced potent buds. But ever since the prohibition, its location for growing shifted indoors to avoid running into legal problems. Presently, many growers prefer this method. However, it still does not match the efficiency found in growing outdoors. To expand our knowledge, here are the top advantages we need to know about planting weed in the wild.


With the popularity of indoor growing comes the excessive consumption of energy. Grow rooms require lights, ventilation systems and other equipment that eat up a lot of the electricity.
In California, estimates show that a single household uses up as much as 8% of energy growing marijuana. That’s roughly using 200 pounds of coal to produce a pound of weed.
In contrast, outdoor growing needs only the sun, air, and water to thrive. It does not produce any carbon footprint and it even contributes to the dynamics of the ecosystem. So, if we want to save the planet, the outdoor option is the better choice.

High-Quality Buds

Blessed by the sun, natural soil, and fresh air, outdoor cannabis develops a distinct flavor. It is often not like the ones grown indoors. As such, some weed enthusiasts even swear that they can taste the earthy essence in strains grown outdoors.
Aside from its pleasant aroma, we know that we are producing top-notch buds simply because we are the ones tending it. There is no need to buy from shady dealers who sell us brown weed. This type of product is harsh to smoke and may give a bad headache instead of a good high. Therefore, it’s way better to plant our own and get that vibrant green buds that are safer and give more satisfaction.

Incredibly Cheap and Effortless

One of the obvious benefits of growing weed outdoors is the free sun. The plants get unlimited sunshine that is many times better than the grow lights. Also free are the infinite supply of fresh air, carbon dioxide, and rainwater. As we know, these are all the elements that the hardy marijuana plant needs to flourish.
Aside from having all the crucial elements already handed to us, tending outdoors also does not need much expertise. All we need to do is buy the best seeds we can get then give them proper care to germinate. Once they sprout, we can leave them to grow by themselves.
Of course, we will need to check on the crop every now and then and feed it fertilizer and water. Extreme weather and pests also need to be dealt with but these are easily manageable. As such, weed thrives with the least amount of expenses and effort.

More Weed

Growing outdoors will most definitely lead to huge buds and overall higher yield. With the help of the sun and carbon dioxide, the plants will grow extra-large leaves. This, in turn, will help accumulate more energy to produce huge buds.
Assuming that we have a secure location, the weed can grow larger than 180 cm. With this size, it can potentially produce around 500 g of dried buds. If we have just around 5 to 7 plants of this size, we can have a year’s worth supply of high-quality weed. For patients who medicate with it, this type of yield is especially useful.
Obviously, growing plants that are this enormous would be impossible indoors. Even with the perfect cultivation techniques, indoor plants can never grow as big as this.

Safer for the Grower

As we know, security is the main issue when growing cannabis outdoors. Again, this is the primary reason why cannabis cultivation shifted indoors. However, if we find a suitable location outside, this can be even more secure than keeping the plants inside our homes.
To elaborate, ownership of outdoor weed gardens is tougher to trace than indoor ones. We always have the power of deniability when we are questioned, making us safer from any charges of crime. On the other hand, an indoor garden of weed in our own home leaves us with no way out.
To be successful in growing cannabis, we must make ourselves safe from any suspicion. Aside from not telling anyone, planting the crop in a covered area far from nosy passersby is ideal.

Eating Raw Cannabis Protects Against Brain Diseases

When hearing of the numerous therapeutic and healing properties of cannabis, the focus has primarily been on certain cannabinoids like THC and more recently, CBD. But there’s another cannabinoid floating around out there that is definitely deserving of more attention: THCA or tetrahydrocannabinolic acid. THCA is actually the non-psychoactive cannabinoid that later converts to THC when decarbed via smoking, vaporization or when cooked, and as it turns out, it’s pretty powerful in its own right. Recent studies suggest that THCA in raw weed might possess particularly potent neuroprotective abilities.

According to Environmental Health Perspectives’ published report in the National Institute of health, “approximately 50 million Americans are affected each year” by neurodegenerative diseases. The diseases “result from the gradual and progressive loss of neural cells, leading to nervous system dysfunction.”

Diseases that fall into this category are Alzheimer's Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple system atrophy and more than 600 other complications. Such conditions can be debilitating, painful and ultimately fatal.

Published in the British Journal of Pharmacology, a Spanish study conducted in Cordoba, Spain on mice found that,

THCA shows potent neuroprotective activity, work consideration for the treatment of Huntington’s Disease and possibly other neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory diseases.

In fact, the positive impact that THCA had on such activity was greater than its decarboxylated counterparts. Protecting the brain from degenerative diseases by using THCA, could become a major medical advancement.

THCA has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, anti-emetic properties (for appetite-inducing benefits) and antiproliferative properties which protect against cancer. Also, the human metabolism is able to process large amounts of THCA without side effects.

While cannabis lovers collectively cringe when they see someone consuming raw weed (what a waste!), pre-decarbed THCA containing buds could be an incredible saving grace for those suffering from neurodegenerative diseases.

Cannabis itself has tons of health benefits when consumed raw and there’s a growing movement of consumers juicing it, and sprinkling it inside meals (move over, oregano). Aside from THCA, the terpene, protein, amino acid, antioxidant and omega3 content of raw cannabis might be enough to gobble it down in its natural state.


Study Proves CBD Reduces Blood Pressure

Research was conducted by scientists at England’s University of Nottingham where a research team compared the effects of CBD versus a placebo control on a variety of different cardiovascular functions. A high dose of CBD was used – 600 milligrams, to be exact.

The CBD was administered in just one single dose.

The team looked at CBD’s effect on blood pressure, heart rate, forearm skin blood flow, and stroke volume. Stroke volume is a measurement of blood pumped from the left ventricle of the heart. The left ventricle is the portion of the heart responsible for getting oxygen-rich blood out of the heart and into other organs.

Participants underwent different stress tests and researchers measured their cardiac responses. One stress test was an exercise test and another was a test using cold temperatures.

As a positive, CBD successfully reduced systolic blood pressure while both resting and under stress. This confirmed what the scientists had expected – CBD blunted the cardiac responses to stress.

Blood pressure typically increases in stressful situations. This puts you at greater risk for a heart attack and can have negative effects on heart health over time. The finding that CBD can reduce blood pressure after a single dose is exciting, but not surprising.

The compound, along with other cannabis components, are vasodilators. That means that they can release tension in the arteries and allow more blood to flow into organs. In theory, this could allow more oxygen to flow into tissues and possibly help those with conditions like hypertension.

However, the researchers did come across some results that warrant further research. While the molecule did lower blood pressure, it also caused an increase in heart rate. This was coupled with a decreased stroke volume. A decreased stroke means that the heart has to pump faster to put out oxygen-rich blood.

With exercise, the researchers found that CBD increased heart rate by 10 beats per minute. Yet, the team found no difference between the total output of nutritious blood in CBD consumers or those given the placebo. The authors write,

We have shown for the first time that to our knowledge that, in humans, acute administration of CBD reduces resting blood pressure, with a lower stroke volume and a higher heart rate.

According to the study authors, earlier studies have used the same dosage of CBD and the compound did not increase heart rate. In this study, men who had never tried cannabis were given a very high dose of CBD for the first time. In earlier studies, consumers given high-dose CBD were familiar with cannabis and its effects.

The researchers suggest that consumers may become tolerant to the effects of CBD on heart rate over time. Still, this research confirms that the compound successfully reduces blood pressure and holds potential as a future heart medicine. CBD’s effects on heart rate and what that ultimately means for consumers will need to be investigated.

via: HERB

Medicinal Marijuana vs Rheumatism and Rheumatic Disease

Rheumatic disease or rheumatism describes dozens of conditions that are characterized by chronic inflammation, pain, swelling and stiffness in joints, connective tissues and muscle fibers. There is no cure for rheumatism, and the causes can range from simple aging, to wear and tear (in the case of a professional athlete for example), or it can result from immune system deficiencies. Currently, more than 50 million adults suffer from some form of the condition in the form of arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and Lupus.

Rheumatism can significantly diminish one’s quality of life since it can impact daily activities that non-sufferers take for granted. Simple tasks such as driving, preparing meals, and putting on clothes can be difficult for a person with the condition.

Researchers are wary of committing to the idea that cannabis can help rheumatism. Cannabinoids have been useful in remedying symptoms of so many other conditions, yet studies on cannabis and rheumatism haven’t been as positive.

In a review of cannabis treatment studies conducted in 2014, Mary Ann Fitzcharles, MD concluded that cannabis was “inferior to all other analgesic classes other than opioids.”

Also adding that little scientific evidence exists showing that cannabis reduces pain in rheumatic individuals (which is common when scientist don’t conduct enough studies).

Fitzcharles did acknowledge that cannabinoids are very useful in treating other chronic pain conditions, however; her findings show that other pain types have “a different underlying mechanism” that rheumatism.

Yet, a study found in the Journal of Opioid Management conducted prior to Fitcharles’ study revealed that as of 2009, 80 percent of medical marijuana patients were using pot to treat myofascial pain.

Myofascial pain is a chronic pain disorder that affects the muscles and joints. So, while rheumatologists have generally erred on the side of caution, rheumatic patients seem to have contradicting beliefs about the pain-reducing abilities of cannabis.

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The Identification and Prevention of Dangerous Mold on Cannabis

Moldy marijuana isn’t safe to consume or smoke. Firing up moldy cannabis distributes—doesn’t destroy—mold spores. Trimming off the mold from your MJ doesn’t fully eliminate the danger either. When in doubt, throw it out.

Mold is one of mankind’s biggest enemies. There are several different types of mold, many of which can make food unsafe to eat and homes uninhabitable. Depending on the type of mold present and the length of exposure, effects may be mild to severe, and can include coughing, trouble breathing, headaches, vomiting, diarrhea, heart palpitations, and infections in the lungs. People with asthma or compromised immune systems are most likely to be affected by mold, and could potentially lead to death.

Cannabis, just like any other type of produce, has the potential to develop mold. While some cases do appear in the cultivation process, the majority come after harvest, either during the drying and curing phase or in storage, when moisture levels are too high. Although most cultivators know how to prevent mold growth on cannabis, that doesn’t mean that every crop is perfect. Additionally, if an end user doesn’t keep cannabis in a cool, dry place, that stash could also be at risk.

There are several ways to detect mold. In addition to professional lab testing, a visual inspection under UV light can be conducted. Signs of mold can include black, grey, white, brown or yellow spots, spores, fuzz or webbing. For consumers who may have had their medicine in storage long-term, it’s important to do a quick mold check before consuming in case of any developments.

Signs of Moldy Cannabis
Musty, sweet, and stale odor
Grey or white fuzz
Specks of white powder, like white dust

If you notice tiny white or cream-colored mushrooms on your buds, those are trichomes, not mold. Trichomes are concentrated with THC and other psychoactive cannabinoids. Boveda preserves trichomes by preventing them from drying up and breaking off while inhibiting mold growth. If there is fuzzy white stuff growing ON your trichomes, that’s mold. Mold fibers are much smaller than trichomes.

As mentioned earlier, cannabis can develop mold throughout various points of its life cycle. When the plant is drying and curing, having a well-ventilated space with plenty of fans is essential. Once the plant is dried, it’s important to keep it stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. To keep cannabis safe, both producers and consumers rely on Boveda, the global leader in 2-way humidity control. Boveda slips right in with buds to lock in a precise relative humidity level that’s perfect for flower. Boveda adds just enough moisture to help cannabis retain its therapeutic benefits while absorbing excess moisture to prevent mold.

Moldy cannabis can be extremely dangerous, especially for medical patients with compromised immunity. Therefore, it’s vital that all medicine be tested and stored properly for protection against any and all pathogens.

Originally posted on the Boveda Blog

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The Hydrology9 delivers an over-the-top user experience. With five precise temperatures and onboard water cooling, every draw is smooth and effective. Because of the water cooling, not only is the experience enjoyable, at even the high-temperature setting but the user can vaporize their herb to ash without coughing their way thru it.

The porcelain heating chamber delivers even heat distribution at each temperature setting. The body is made of the highest grade aluminum available and is manufactured with the highest tolerance providing a leak-proof experience while the borosilicate glass makes for easy cleaning and sanitizing. 

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Hemp Oil vs Arthritis

Sugar, saturated fats, trans fats, white flour, MSG and alcohol are the major food ingredients that promote inflammation. The North American diet is nutritionally unbalanced with an excess of linoleic over alpha-linolenic acid. Hempseed oil has an optical ratio for providing healthy human adipose tissue. Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) is another component of hemp oil that helps to control inflammation. the Journal of Clinical Immunology, it is believed that dihomogamma-linolenic acid (DGLA) likely reduces the output of interleukin-1 from certain white blood cells, limiting inflammation.

There are over 865 different medications that are used in the treatment of arthritis today. While some work to reduce the swelling, others only mask the symptoms with pain relief. Everything from aspirin and prednisone to opiate-laced drugs like hydrocodone and fentanyl are prescribed to alleviate pain in arthritis sufferers. These drugs come with their own list of side effects and can be potentially dangerous over long periods of time. They have also been known to damage vital organs, such as kidneys and liver when taken consistently as a treatment method.

Because hemp has been lumped together with its cousin marijuana, lawmakers and physicians have been hesitant to publicize the benefits of hemp oil. However, as time goes on, education on hemp has been improving. One component of the hemp plant is called cannabidiol (CBD). It does not get you high and is totally legal. It is recommended by Dr. Sanjay Gupta to consume 5 to 10 milligrams of hemp oil daily as an alternative treatment measure for inflammation. There are veterinarians that are now using a form of hemp oil in dietary supplements for animals in the treatment of joints in aging dogs and cats.

According to Arleigh J Reynolds, DMV, PhD, DACVN, Assistant Professor of Clinical Nutrition, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, “ “Due to their influence on inflammatory processes such as arthritis, dietary supplementation with omega fatty acids such as found in hemp seed oil, has generated considerable interest in the medical and scientific communities regarding veterinary health.

Inflammation is the root of most diseases. By replacing hundreds of drugs with one simple natural ingredient, like hemp oil, plus an improved diet, arthritis could become a disease of the past and save consumers millions of dollars in medical bills.

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Determine gland head size, color and density. Spot contaminants such as bugs, hair as well as various forms of mold and mildew.

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It’s the aroma, as well as the look, that should hit you when you shop for cannabis. See why you should get a nose for good flower according to Josh Shlenker, MedMen Product Procurement Manager for Retail Locations. 

Boveda’s patented 2-way humidity control is used throughout operations at MedMen, a leading national cannabis firm based in Los Angeles.

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