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What Is The Best Way To Consume Marijuana?

stoner smurfOne of the most frequently asked questions that I get is ‘what is the best way to consume marijuana.’  With so many people smoking for the first time due to medical reasons, or getting back on the wagon after a couple of decades off, or whatever the reason, it seems like I get asked this question at least once a day.  The truth is, there isn’t a correct answer to this question; it’s a matter of personal preference.

There are so many ways to consume marijuana, that it is rarely the same from one person to the next.  The best way to figure out what is best for yourself is to determine what your goal is.  Are you trying to get a light head change, or are you trying to get totally blasted, or somewhere in between?  How you are trying to feel will largely determine the method you end up liking the most.

Also, availability will be a big factor as well.  For instance if you live in Idaho like my cousins, and you don’t even know what a headshop looks like, chances are you are just going to go Macgyver no matter what.  In this article I will discuss my personal opinion on various methods, but as always, this is not the only opinion out there, and certainly doesn’t list every method of consumption.  If you have a different opinion, or have a different method of consumption, please leave it in the comments section so that others can benefit from your expertise.

star wars doobieThe most common way that people consume the first time (or first time back) seems to be the joint.  A three foot double perk is very intimidating, but a doobie seems like not as much of a big deal I suppose.  The joint is highly versatile (you can smoke it anywhere that smell is not a factor) and it certainly gets you high.  Plus, they are fun to smoke; who doesn’t like holding fire in their hand?  The big downfall to the joint though, as I alluded to above, is the smell.  Joints wreak, so smoking them anywhere and everywhere is not always possible.  Plus you have to re-up on papers from time to time, which is not as awesome as having a piece that is re-usable.

The pipe is a logical next step to this discussion, since it is probably the second most common form of consumption.  A pipe is easy to carry around, cheap if you know the right places to purchase one, and are good for the ‘pass-around group’ settings.  The bowls burn longer than in pieces that use water.  The big problem I have with pipes is that they don’t get me high enough.  If I smoke several bowls I get high, but there is only so much smoke that fills into the chamber of the pipe at any given time, so taking my finger off the carb doesn’t give as big of hits as a bong.  However, I smoke all day everyday, so my end goal is probably different than others reading this article.  If you don’t smoke like a broken chimney, a pipe is a great way to go.

A bubbler is a great in-between for those that have been smoking off the pipe but are not ready for the bong.  A bubbler is basically just a fancy pipe with water filtration capabilities.  I have hit off of some amazing bubblers in my day.  The ‘sherlock’ bubbler style is my personal favorite.  I don’t know the physics of the situation, but it just seems like sherlock bubblers create the ultimate wind tunnel in the chamber of the bubbler when the carb is released.  Most bubblers are smaller than bongs, so they are easier to pack around, yet offer bigger hitting than a pipe.

chong bongThe bong is fantastic.  I vividly remember my first bong hit.  It didn’t go well, but it started a love affair that continues to this day.  Bongs require a knowledge of one’s lung capacity, so that the bong operator will know when to time pulling the carb or taking their finger off of the carb hole.  If you don’t time it right, you will either take in too much smoke or leave too much smoke in the bong.  The first can be quite painful, while the latter is not too big of a deal other than wasted smoke is just sad!  A bong is harder to pack around, but it always does the trick.  I don’t like bongs that are too big, or too small.  A one to two foot bong is perfect for my lung capacity; others will obviously vary.  A bong purchase is a fantastic investment to those out there that are debating whether or not to make the jump.

A blunt could have followed the joint, since it’s basically a joint in a cigar wrap, but I figured I would do it after the more common methods.  A blunt is not nearly as easy to roll as a joint, and a lot of people I know don’t like tobacco mixing with their weed so they don’t do it.  I love blunts myself, even though I will admit that I’m not the biggest fan of tobacco.  A blunt burns longer than a joint, you can roll enormous blunts that can hold several grams, and flavored blunt wraps are fantastic.  I have smoked a lot of flavored paper joints, but they don’t seem to pack as much flavor as a fruity blunt wrap.  The same downfall that plagues the joint also plagues the blunt.  Also, logically, a bigger blunt will make a bigger smell, so be aware of that.

marijuana knife hitsKnife hits are like the marijuana equivalent of beer bonging.  It’s fast and furious, and reminds me of college. The obvious benefit of the knife hit is you get annihilated, the downfall is you can hyperventilate and pass out in your kitchen (I’ve seen it too many times).  Also, it takes quite a bit of prep, and your knives will never be the same!  But if you are trying to go from zero to hero, knife hits are a great way to go.

marijuana gravity bongGravity hits are another great way to forget what you were doing for awhile.  It’s kind of tough sometimes if you don’t have the technique down, but if you can relax the wrist and get solid suction (insert inappropriate comments here), you can get some of the biggest hits of your life.  You have to be able to make a solid cap, which can be kinda tough for some people, but at least once you make it you have it forever.  The downfall is a possible mouth full of water, and the smoke doesn’t filter through the water, it just sits on top (this can be fixed by making a ‘percaliter,’ but that takes the ultimate macgyver).

aqua lung bongA waterfall/aqualung/vortex/liter, or whatever you call it (see picture) probably gets me the highest out of any of the smoking methods.  It takes the least amount of weed, gets me high the fastest, and is very easy to transport.  As long as you have a water source and the cap, transporting the bottle just looks like a used bottle.  I’ve gotten ripped of this thing in minutes at sporting events, camping, you name it.  Fast and effective.  One downfall is it can also cause you to hyperventilate.  I have seen more people knocked out by this device than I have ever seen in years of watching MMA.  Also, I can’t imagine using an industrially made plastic bottle to smoke out of is a good thing…

Volcano VaporizerVaporizers are considered by many as the best way to consume marijuana.  From the literature that I’ve read, vaporizers can eliminate up to 95% of carcinogens from the plant material.  Also, the taste is very distinct with a vaporizer.  A big downfall to vaporizers can be the price (especially with a Volcano) and availability, but if you can get your hands on one, I promise you will not be disappointed.  The high from a vaporizer is so thorough, and so pure, that you might never consume marijuana in any other way again.

Topical solutions are a not-to-common way of consumption.  The downfall is it doesn’t get your brain high since it is just basically a skin ointment, but if you are looking for medical relief, topical solutions are a stellar route to go.  People get so caught up with smoking and eating marijuana that they forget the benefits of making ointments, oils, and lotions.  Marijuana is truly a wonder plant, and I know many people that live and die by their topical solutions.

Another fantastic method is tinctures.  I don’t know about other areas, but in Oregon, tinctures reign supreme with the older crowd.  I know so many people over the age of 40 that only use tinctures because they like the high it puts off, they can take it anywhere since it isn’t smoked, and it is much healthier since it doesn’t involve breathing in burnt plant material.  I’m not the biggest fan of tinctures just because it takes so long to make it (although not much effort I’ll admit).  However, when someone has some, I always ask for a droppers worth, so perhaps I’m a being a bit hypocritical…haha.

The last method of consumption I will talk about is good old fashioned edibles.  A brownie, a cookie, cannabutter on a cracker, cannabis infused oil items, you name it, I LOVE it!  When you consume marijuana by smoking it, it goes into your nervous system.  The high is intense and comes on quick, but it dissipates faster than when it goes into your blood stream when you eat it.  When you eat it, it takes a bit to kick in (45to60 minutes), but when it does, oh my…This can be a problem for some people.  They eat two brownies and are totally wrecked, when the same people should have probably only had a buttered cracker.  If you are smart, you will be careful.

cannabis frostingHowever, if you think you want to be a hero, be my guest and try to ride the highest high you can get from marijuana.  Be aware that not all edibles are created equal.  Some cannabutter/cannabis oil is stronger than others, and until you eat it as an experiment, you won’t know how much is too much until its too late.  For those of you out there in TWB land that are like me, and you’ve never met an edible you couldn’t handle, the absolute best way to consume marijuana (in my opinion) is to make it into frosting.  One of my best friends uses my atomic-grade cannabutter to make her famous frosting, and I assure all readers, there is nothing like it on this planet.  I know it’s exactly how I like it when other veterans complain that it’s too strong.  Cookies generally take 1/3 to 1/2 of a cup of cannabutter to make a batch.  The red box classic Betty Crocker brownies generally take 2/3 of a cup of cannabutter.  My friend’s recipe calls for 2 full cups of cannabutter for enough frosting for 12 cupcakes.  Now that’s power!

As I stated before, there really is no BEST way to consume marijuana for all consumers.  There is only a best way for each individual consumer.  Hopefully this article helped put some ideas into your head, and gave you an idea of what to try.  I encourage everyone to try everything and see what’s best for them.

Is Possession of Bong Water Against the Law?

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I received an e-mail asking if bong water is considered marijuana for the sake of law enforcement possession purposes. Unfortunately, it can be. Below is a couple of articles that I dug up dealing with a case in Minnesota, which of course, is not necessarily binding on other states. However, states often refer to cases in other states when dealing with undefined, grey area issues. Bong water clearly falls into that category. If a cop would just do their job to protect and serve, and not go on a vigilante crusade, they should just consider bong water to be any other dirty liquid. But, as we are all aware, law enforcement will use anything and everything to stick it to you:

Minnesota Court Rules Bong Water Illegal

Bong water can count as a controlled substance, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a decision that raises the threat of longer sentences for drug smokers who fail to dump the water out of their pipes.

In a 4-3 decision Thursday, the state’s highest court said a person can be prosecuted for a first-degree drug crime for 25 grams or more of bong water that tests positive for a controlled substance.

The decision, which reverses two lower court rulings, came in the case of Sara Peck. Items seized during a search of her Rice County home in 2007 included a glass bong — a type of water pipe often used to smoke drugs — that contained 37 grams — about 2 1/2 tablespoons — of a liquid that tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.

The Supreme Court said that unambiguously counts as a drug “mixture” under the wording of state law and sent the case back to Rice County District Court for further proceedings. The decision, authored by Justice G. Barry Anderson, noted that the liquid wasn’t plain clear water, but had a pink color and fruity odor, and that a narcotics officer had testified that drug users sometimes keep bong water to drink or inject later.

The statute defines a drug “mixture” as “a preparation, compound, mixture, or substance containing a controlled substance, regardless of purity.” When the language of a statute is unambiguous, the high court said, precedents prohibit courts from disregarding the letter of the law under the pretext of pursuing the letter of the law.

In a sharply worded dissent, Justice Paul Anderson said the majority’s decision “does not make sense, and borders on the absurd.” He said it isn’t consistent with what the Legislature intended when it wrote the state’s drug laws. And he blasted Rice County authorities for charging Peck with such a serious crime.

If bong water is considered a drug mixture, and it weighs enough to raise the crime to a first-degree drug offense, the presumed sentence for a first-time offender is seven years and two months in prison, and a felony drug offense goes on his or her record, Paul Anderson wrote.

But if the bong water is treated as part of the drug paraphernalia, as the lower courts held, he wrote, the same defendant would face no more than a $300 fine and the petty misdemeanor conviction would not go on his or her record.

Justices Alan Page and Helen Meyer joined in Paul Anderson’s dissent.

Attorney Bradford Delapena, who represents Peck, said he had not yet had a chance to discuss the ruling with her, but he said the dissent correctly pointed out the problems the ruling raises.

“They’re treating Ms. Peck, who had two tablespoons of bong water, as if she were a major drug wholesaler,” he said.

Delapena said Peck’s case now goes back to the trial court, where he said prosecutors could use the ruling to try to extract a guilty plea to a more serious offense with a stiffer sentence than a $300 fine on a petty misdemeanor. He laughed at the suggestion that it means dope smokers should empty their bongs promptly.

“I wouldn’t presume to draw that lesson,” he said. “I would just stick with the legal lessons.”

– Article from FOX News.


Minn. court: Bong water can count as illegal drug

MINNEAPOLIS — In Minnesota, bong water can count as an illegal drug.

That decision from Minnesota’s Supreme Court on Thursday raises the threat of longer sentences for drug smokers in that state who fail to dump the water out of bong — a type of water pipe often used to smoke drugs

The court said a person can be prosecuted for a first-degree drug crime for 25 grams or more of bong water that tests positive for a controlled substance.

Lower courts had held that bong water is drug paraphernalia. Possession of that is a misdemeanor crime.

The case involved a woman whose bong had about 2 1/2 tablespoons of liquid that tested positive for methamphetamine. A narcotics officer had testified that drug users sometimes keep bong water to drink or inject later.

– Article from the Associated Press.

What the Hell is Up With This Marijuana Leaf, Anyway?

http://www.howtogrowbud.com/2011/02/what-the-hell-is-up-with-this-marijuana-leaf-anyway/#axzz1IaKiv3Fk

By: Steve Elliott

Ever since I started writing about marijuana, every time I look for related images online I keep running across a pot leaf photo that just doesn’t make sense.

Unfortunately, it seems to be one of the most popular “marijuana” photos on the web, and, in fact, is the top result for a Google image search on the term “marijuana.” Annoyingly, it’s also the top image result for “marijuana leaf.”
But there’s something just wrong looking about that leaf, and it doesn’t take long to figure out why.
This photo — which Discovery Health says it sourced from Marijuana.com — seems to show what looks like a female cannabis flower coming out the base of a marijuana leaf, where the leaf blades meet the leaf stem.
Now, I know Marijuana.com isn’t known as the best place for accurate weed info. In fact, it’s covered with those maddening “fake marijuana” ads for “legal buds.” But are they really the source of this photo? I’ve not been able to find it on the site.

I’m not saying the photo is absolutely impossible, but I believe it’s just inaccurate — at least, I’ve never seen that happen. Have you? If so, do you have a photo?
Cannabis flowers, as all know, occur either at the very tips of stems, or right against the main stalk of the plant. This is true for both males and females. And while leaves often grow out of buds, buds don’t grow out of leaves — buds grow only out of stalks or stems.
This photo is all the more irritating because of its ubiquity. Seemingly no matter where one looks on the web, there it is, again and again, displaying its botanical unlikelihood as a supposedly representative picture of marijuana in article after article.
It seems to be a real favorite whenever a “mainstream” site is doing a “marijuana article” and looking for a royalty-free photo.
If the bud were down at the base of the leaf stem, rather than at the base of the leaf blades where they meet the stem, I would be more inclined to accept it as genuine. But since I’ve never seen a bud grow at this particular spot on a leaf, I’m skeptical.
There’s only the one photo, seemingly everywhere, showing this phenomenon. I’ve never been able to uncover another one like it.
Who took — or faked — this photo? Why does it depict a bud growing out the base of the topside of a leaf? And why is this inaccurate photo — or, at least, very atypical photo — the most popular marijuana photo on the Web?
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Photo: Retro Tee Shirts
An actual marijuana leaf doesn’t have flowers at the base of the leaf blades, where they meet the stem.
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Photo: Weed Farmer
Cannabis flowers typically grow out of stalks and stems, not out of leaves.

 

Dr. Oz Recap: Doctor Oz Smokes Out the Medical Marijuana Debate! Guest Montel Williams

“On the Dr Oz show today, Doctor Oz focused on the hot debate concerning medical marijuana. His guest was Montel Williams, who has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and who is fighting for legalized medical marijuana, since it provides relief for his condition. Additionally, Montel says that no more plaque has formed in his brain, leading to the conclusion that using marijuana has halted the progression of his MS. He is fighting to help find a cure for multiple sclerosis, and says it’s time for the federal government to make medical marijuana legal!

Montel took a shot at President Obama on today’s show as well, saying that the president has never worn a uniform and Montel has…so how dare the President deny him the use of a medicine that works for his condition.

Another guest on the show, Dr. Andrea Barthwell who is a former director of the White House National Drug Control Policy, says that she co-chaired a study that reviewed the literature on the safety of medical marijuana. Their study found that one: they can’t support the use of smoking any drug; two: wherever medical marijuana is in use, the illegal use of it expands and three: young people are the most vulnerable to that.

Another guest, Dr. Donald Abrams, who is an oncologist and a medical marijuana researcher, says that his patients are fighting for their lives. As far as smoking it, he considers it an “inhaled” drug, like those used by asthmatic patients. He and Montel insist that smoking marijuana appears to even decrease the risk of lung cancer!

Then Dr. Oz went back to Dr. Barthwell, and said that she has been involved with a company who is looking at taking some of the elements of marijuana and purifying them. Montel jumped in and said no, she was hired by a medicinal marijuana company from outside of the United States to ensure that patients outside the U.S. have access to safe and effective medicine, as opposed to people here at home. Dr. Barthwell said that the products have not passed the FDA, because our standards are different from those in countries where those products have passed, such as the U.K. and Canada.

An audience member who works as a school nurse pointed out that in areas where marijuana has been legalized for medical use, the perceived risk of using it goes down, so use goes up in the kids. They don’t think there’s anything wrong with it because it’s prescribed by doctors.

Dr. Barthwell’s greatest fear for legalized medical marijuana is having a medicine available outside the closed loop of FDA approval (which regulates its dispensation) causes patients to have to buy it from street vendors.

Montel pointed out that prescription medications like Oxycontin, Percocet, Adderall and Valium are the most addictive and abused substances out there, especially among high school kids. The audience applauded.

So the question becomes, is marijuana addictive? Dr. Shahla Modir joined the show. She is a psychiatrist who treats addicts, and she says that 40% of the addicts she treats have a medical marijuana card. Dr. Modir explained that an addict can get a medical marijuana card in California because there are no restrictions as to what conditions can be treated with marijuana. So anything goes…if you find the right doctor you can get a card just for having PMS!

Dr. Oz says it makes sense to prescribe marijuana for chronic pain associated with a disease, glaucoma, the nausea and weight loss associated with HIV or cancer. But prescribing it for PMS, anxiety, stress, headache, insomnia and irritability does not make medical sense.

Then we got into a hot debate with several audience members and Montel regarding whether medical marijuana was addictive, whether the government has a right to dictate whether a doctor can prescribe it or not, etc.

Dr. Oz said his medical team researched it, and it appears that for 1 in 10 people it’s addictive. Doctor Oz asked Dr. Barthwell if tobacco is more addictive than marijuana, why is it legal and pot isn’t? She did not have a good answer: “It is because it is,” she said. Nice!

Then Dr. Oz said that research shows young people who try marijuana are 8 times more likely to use cocaine, 15 times more likely to use heroin, and five times more likely to end up treated for substance abuse. So…it’s a gateway drug, but Dr. Abrams said there’s no demonstration of any cause and effect between the use of medical marijuana and other hard drugs.

In terms of this issue coming to your state, Dr. Oz had an audience member speak up. He was Allen St. Pierre, the director of NORML, a group working to legalize marijuana. He says four states are taxing medical cannabis: Oregon, Colorado, Rhode Island and Maine. That helps bail out their budgets, and could help it get legalized in other states because they need the revenue.

Doctor Oz summed up that if we’re going to make medical marijuana legal, then we need to make it legal. “It’s not fair to pass laws that make it look like it’s legal, and then not be able to give people what they need,” he said. States need a system to control who can prescribe marijuana and who can use it. Marijuana is not as addictive as other drugs, “but it’s darn addictive,” he said, and it needs to be strictly regulated.

Fundamentally, Dr. Oz says it should be used to give patients their lives back, not to take their lives away.”
(http://www.current-movie-reviews.com/tv/2011/03/29/dr-oz-recap-doctor-oz-smokes-out-the-medical-marijuana-debate-guest-montel-williams)

Can’t believe we missed this! Saw it updated online and found it super interesting, so glad that medical marijuana can reach every home via television today and seeing what a hot topic it’s becoming! Oh, Montel Williams.

HempCon 2011

“Hempcon is a medical marijuana show catering to those who may be benefited from the medical use of marijuana. This will be one of the premiere events of the year with a huge amount of exhibits including medical marijuana dispensaries, collectives, care givers, evaluation services, legal services, educational institutes, equipment, accessories, and many more. Hempcon will be an educational event as well with a full weekend of seminars and presentations by industry leaders, advocates, and attorneys. Whether you are a patient or someone who wants to get educated more about medical marijuana, you have got to be there.

For 2011, we are scheduled to have multiple shows all around the Southwest throughout the year. Be sure to check out, Hempcon in your local town as we will expand into other markets where medical marijuana has been legalized. We urge supporters of the Medical Marijuana industry to come out and participate in what is sure to be the best event of the year!”
(http://hempcon.com/about-hempcon/hempcon-2011)

Also Ziggy Marley and Fishbone are playing this weekend in LA at the convention!
April 1st through 3rd
1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Buy your ticket here: http://hempcon.eventbrite.com/

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