How to Make an Aluminum Can Bong

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There are many non-traditional methods to smoke weed if you don’t have access to a bong, pipe, or rolling papers. These methods are not ideal by any means but they do get the job done. Some of the objects that can be turned into a smoking device include, aluminum cans, fruit, vegetables, bottles, jugs, hardware tools, tinfoil, and many more. The only thing limiting you in this endeavor is your own creativity. Improvisational pipe making is an invaluable skill that can save a pothead from any tragic weed emergency. This important skill is learned almost immediately after learning how to smoke weed. One of the most popular methods for making a homemade pipe is to use an aluminum can.

If you want to learn how to make a homemade pipe, the soda can pipe provides the perfect pipe making 101 course. This method is popular because soda cans are something that every person has readily available. If there isn’t one in your house, there is one nearby. The can pipe is also popular because it can be quickly made and disposed of. In places where marijuana is still illegal, using a disposable pipe is actually a very good idea. All you will need for this smoking method is an empty aluminum can and something sharp to poke holes like a pen, needle, or pocketknife. The can should be thoroughly cleaned out of any residue and allowed to dry completely. Some people like to leave the soda residue in the can, claiming that it adds to the flavor. But these Orange Crush hits can sometimes be quite harsh.

Once the can is clean you are ready to form the pipe. The bowl area of the pipe is going to be made from the center of the can. You need to press and mold a bowl shape into the center of the can using your thumbs. The top and bottom of the can will remain round but the center will be squished almost all the way in. You just need to leave enough room for punching the holes and airflow. It’s not the easiest thing to work worth so it will take some time and patience to get the bowl right. The pipe will work by lighting the weed in the bowl and sucking the smoke through the open drink hole.

You next need to puncture some holes for the smoke to enter the can through. It is best to use something with a fine point, or you will lose some of the weed into the can. But anything with a sharp point will do. You just puncture 5 to 6 holes in the bottom of the bowl, evenly separated enough so that weed does not fall through. Then you add a small amount of marijuana to the bowl and this pipe is ready to be smoked. Holding the can from the bottom you light the weed and suck the smoke through the drink hole on the can. This isn’t the most luxurious method for smoking marijuana by any means. But if you know how to smoke weed from an aluminum can you will always have a pipe when you need it.

Unraveling the Mystery of the Marijuana Tincture

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Below you will find the creation of the tincture.

Merriam-Webster describes this one definition of a tincture as “a solution of a medicinal substance in an alcoholic solvent.” The techniques included here are optimal for purity and strength, which is exactly what we’re going for. I’ve read dozens of testimonials, and the common thread seems to be that for cramping and muscle spasm issues, an Indica dominant strain works best, and Sativa dominant strains are preferred for relieving pain. It goes without saying that the potency of the strain increases the intensity of the finished product. In reality though, the potency and/or strain isn’t always known, so a little trial and error is often the scenario. As the saying goes, “practice makes practice makes perfect.”

Marijuana tinctures are extractions of the active cannabinoids within the cannabis plant. The plant itself actually contains some chemical properties that can cause upset stomachs, or leave a bad aftertaste in the user. One of the most basic reasons for the tincture is to utilize the cannabinoids and not the chlorophylls or terpenes. (Chlorophyll is what makes the plant green, and terpenes are hydrocarbons found in essential oils, resins and balsams.) Additionally, both light and heat can effect the cannabinoids and should be avoided or kept at a minimum.

Always store tincture in an airtight, dark glass container and kept at room temperature or below. The ethanol in the tincture can dissolve some types of vinyls found in different plastics.

Cold Method with Ethanol

When you make a tincture cold, it preserves the essential ingredient in the cannabis- the cannabinoid. In order for the tincture to be powerful and effective, I would recommend starting with flowers or kief, recycling your trimmed buds and leaf. You know those crystals you see on a really gorgeous bud? That, my friends, is the stuff that dreams are made of- and dreams are what we’re brewing up here. Now, make absolutely certain that you bud isn’t moldy or moist- you can dry your goods in a freezer, or if your well past novice status, you can place the merchandise into a waterproof bag, and give it a dry ice or ethanol dip. After the water is gone, the exterior region of your product needs to be made bigger. In other words- grind your stuff up. One thing you should not do here is go overboard- you want it ground up really good, but not powder.
To make kief, rub your dry leaves over a silk screen. If you did not place something under the screen, I cannot help you here- you’re working off the counter. The kief should be a very pretty, pale green. The practice of ‘kiefing’ has actually been around for centuries as a way of extracting the trichomes from plant material ( a trichome is a hair on a plant). In either case, whether you’re using some ground up buds or home made kief, they should both be kept as close to ice cold as possible, as well as any ethanol you will be using during the process.

When you buy alcohol at the store, it usually says something like 80 proof on it- which means you’re a badass. Seriously, though, what it really means is that it is 40% ethanol- so the proof is double the percentage. Ethanol, or ethyl alcohol is the kind of alcohol humans normally consume, so the higher the alcohol content, the better it works. In a perfect world, 200 proof ethanol would be great, except that it can’t be distilled to that proof, so its whacked with benzene to get the remaining water out. Which leads me to the ever popular, “Don’t try this at Home” quote, followed by:
“Pure” ethanol is poisonous!

Everclear, (or moonshine) is 95% ethanol. It is 190 proof, has no taste, and is a popular favorite across the board. To my surprise, this trophy of a refreshment isn’t available in most states, which makes our runner-up in the experiment 151 proof rum. This concoction, which is completely legal by the way, is a staggering 75 % ethanol. You can still use a nice brandy or vodka if it happens to suit your tastes.

For cold extraction and purification, use at LEAST an ounce of material to each pint of ethanol.
Put the cold powdered kief or ground buds into a glass jar with the ethanol, and get the lid on. Shake the living crap out of it for about five minutes, and stick it in the freezer. For the next two or three days, continue taking frustrations out on the jar by shaking it up really good every few hours or so with re-freezing. When you’re ready, strain the mixture through a double layer of sterile cheesecloth. Save the mud ball you are left with for topical administrations or make bud butter out of it. The liquid you strained should be strained again through a coffee filter a couple more times. Wear rubber gloves, because you will need to do a little squeezing of the filters and the cheesecloth. Be warned- without gloves, your skin will absorb some of the material. If you used the everclear, the mixture should be pale green to golden colored. Rum usually produces more amber colored results. Keep in mind you can also flavor the tincture with extracts like raspberry or vanilla.

Okay loyal henchmen, let’s keep on truckin’. The traditional, (by which, I mean Old Fashioned) and reliably effective warm tincture method, has been pumping out smiles since time out of mind. Most people can’t afford to use bud or kief, so leaf is a good and effective alternative here. Grind your plant material to expose surface area. A really fine grind isn’t a good idea, because it will make the tincture cloudy, so a rough chop is just right. Use the ethanol in the same proportions as above. The big difference here, is that the materials are kept warm (not hot!). Also, avoid exposing the mixture to any light.

Get the ethanol and marijuana situated in a mason jar, and shake it at least once a day. Shield it from light, or put it in a brown paper bag. Leave the jar in a sunny window or somewhere warm for 30 to 60 days. Don’t forget to shake it! The mess inside will turn a very dark green. Strain the stuff after curing it through cheesecloth as directed above, remembering to use gloves. Don’t forget to recycle, and use the leftover shake ball for topical application. Keep the ball in the freezer, and pinch a small amount to apply directly to affected area(s) for a few minutes with a little moderate rubbing. As always, the best of luck to you in your endeavors!

Smartest Pot Smokers in History

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One of the oldest stereotypes about marijuana is that it makes you slow and stupid. But the evidence on this issue actually reflects the very opposite. Some of the smartest pot smokers in the world also just happen to be the most successful. These intellectual potheads can be found in the fields of business, art, politics, writing, and music. Their success and domination in these fields stand as an example of the positive effects cannabis can have on the mind. On the other hand there is very little evidence to back up the negative stereotype.

It may not be a coincidence that some the smartest pot smokers are also some of the richest and most powerful. Currently the most powerful person in the United States is an admitted pothead. President Barack Obama has often candidly admitted to using marijuana in his youth. When posed the question in a 2007 interview he stated, “When I was a kid I inhaled frequently. I thought that was the point.” If there is any question to the future potential of a pothead, we know the current bar is set at president of the most powerful country in the world. But President Obama is just the most recent irie president. The first was our country’s founder George Washington. There’s no way to know how often he rolled up a fatty and got baked with Martha, but we do know he was a cannabis farmer. Marijuana played a significant role in both of these historical presidents lives.

Smart weed smokers have also seen great success in the field of business. One of the world’s wealthiest potheads is Sir Richard Branson. This self made billionaire started the Virgin Empire that is involved in everything from transportation, to entertainment, to communication. Branson has admitted to using marijuana on a regular basis, including smoking with his adult children. He has petitioned for the legalization of marijuana in his home country and has stated on numerous occasions that he would sell the drug if it was legal. Regular sustained use of the marijuana plant has clearly had no effect on the intellectual potential of this smart businessman.

Another famous pothead billionaire is the eccentric Ted Turner. This media mogul has said that he regularly smokes pot and used to grow the plant in his college dorm room. He single handily invented the 24 hour news cycle with CNN, something you would have to be high to come up with. This marijuana smoker owns the most private land in the United States and there’s got to be more than a few hidden weed farms on this wilderness land. He helped to found the Kentucky Hemp Museum with fellow famed stoner Woody Harrelson. Cannabis use has had no effect on Ted Tuner’s intellect or his ability to accomplish lofty goals.

Some of the smartest pot smokers can be found in the fields of politics, business, and art. Their success and influence prove that marijuana use has no negative effect on a person’s intellect. If anything the evidence suggests that cannabis use can have a positive effect on human intelligence.

Arthritis Relief Marijuana Topical Balm

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I recently found this recipe for a marijuana topical balm that can be used for arthritis relief and I thought I would share it.

Arthritis Relief Marijuana Topical Balm

Ingredients:
4 ounces marijuana leaf material.
1 1/4 cups olive oil
Cheese Cloth
Water
Beeswax
Place marijuana leaf in a large pot and cover with water.

Add 1 and a 1/4 cups of olive oil. Bring to a boil and simmer at a low for 5-6 hours adding water as needed.

Remove from heat and allow to cool. Strain through cheese cloth, saving the liquid. Place liquid into refrigerator over night.

Remove the olive oil layer off the top and place in small pot to melt.

Add an ounce to 2 of beeswax (until desired consistancy) and cool until you have a balm, or salve.

EDIT +++++ EDIT

I have made a change to the recipe to make it easier. The above says to add the marijuana into water and then add oil. Towards the end it has you separate the water from oil. This is not easy at all like they make it sound.

Instead of putting the marijuana in water, I suggest the double boil method.

Place your marijuana material into a large mouth mason jar or double boiler.

Fill with oil to just above the marijuana leaf and buds you have in the jar. (material should be broken/chopped up very well)

Put your jar with marijuana and oil into a pot full of water. The water should cover the oil line on the jar.

Now bring the water to a boil, and reduce heat to a simmer.

Proceed with above directions from there.

This eliminates the step of refrigerating to separate the oil from water, which doesn’t work well in the first place. It also saves you several hours of wait time.

Unless you can find a purpose for putting the material into water, I see no use for this step and it only complicates things.

I have read many comments on recipes similar to this one on medical marijuana forums, and the users seem to really like this stuff. This marijuana topical balm/salve can be used for arthritis pain, as well as joint and muscle pain. This recipe also seems to be about the easiest to make of all the marijuana topical recipes I have found.

Happy experimenting, please let us know how well this recipe works for you.

Medicinal Uses of Cannabis

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Marijuana/Cannabis has a long history or medicinal use. Scholars point to evidence dating back thousands of years ago. It is often a hotly contested subject in the scientific and medical fields, and the debates are sure to continue in the years to come. However, doctors in states where marijuana has been decriminalized or legalized for medicinal uses have begun describing the drug regularly. As you look at illnesses or medical issues where marijuana is prescribed, it would almost appear as if this is a wonder drug.

We all know when smoking marijuana, that we crave munchies. This leads to the stereotype that stoners just smoke, eat, and fall asleep. Now, imagine going through your 3rd round of chemotherapy, or having a rough few weeks given the fact you have HIV. Not only is this depressing, it often leaves patients extremely nauseas and unable to eat. Marijuana has been prescribed not only to stimulate appetite, but alleviate mild depression as well.

THC has also been found to prevent the acceleration of patients with Alzheimer’s disease by slowing the formation of certain enzymes that form plaques in the brain. It has been linked to stopping the spreading of breast cancer once discovered. Brain cancer studies are showing reduces tumor sizes when cannabinoids stimulate a process known as autophagy.

Marijuana is also widely prescribed as an analgesic, or painkiller. Muscle pains and spasms associated with multiple sclerosis have found benefits in using cannabis as a treatment for such issues. Sufferers of chronic back pain and spinal disorders have also found relief in marijuana as a medical treatment.
Cannabis has also been used to treat posttraumatic stress disorder, Tourette’s, anorexia, sleep apnea, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and those with depression. It’s uses in treating psychological or mental disorders have a long history and it is still unknown how effective cannabis is. Some researchers believe using marijuana can actually contribute to such disorders. Again, this has not been proved or disproved.

Yet, one fact cannot be debated: marijuana when used as a medicine is not nearly as risky as other prescribed drugs. The FDA did a study from 1997 to 2005 and reported zero deaths from the primary use of marijuana. 279 deaths were reported when combining marijuana with alcohol, prescription or illegal drugs, and other illicit substances. During this same span, FDA approved drugs were the primary cause of over 10,000 deaths.
And as bizarre as this may sound, marijuana has also been used to treat alcohol and other drug disorders. Studies show nearly 24 million people need treatment for abusing alcohol or drugs. Of this 24 million, roughly 40% abuse alcohol (or alcohol combined with another drug). 20% of this 24 million abuse heroin or opiates. Marijuana has been used to help users of these highly addictive drugs to cope with the comedowns or the process of quitting these substances altogether.

There are also a number of other ailments out there where medical marijuana or cannabis is being prescribed as a medical treatment. Here is a brief list:

Nausea, vomiting, premenstrual syndrome, insomnia, lack of appetite, spasticity, neurogenic pain, movement disorders, asthma, many types of cancer, glaucoma, alcohol abuse, bipolar disorder, depression, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, migraines, fibromyalgia, collagen-induced arthritis, multiple sclerosis, AIDS, chemotherapy, and spinal cord injuries.

Germinating Marijuana Seeds

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Germinating marijuana seeds is a fairly easy process once you know how, but is a vital part of your marijuana plants life. This is the very biginning of life for your marijuana plant. Picking a good strain of marijuana seed to grow, should be the first step you take to asure you have good genetics, resulting in quality marijuana.

We’ll start here assuming you have already done your homework, and picked some good quality seeds you would like to grow.

Marijuana seeds need 3 factors to begin growing; warmth, moisture, and air.

Getting the right mixture of the 3 is important, but not too difficult.

1 method used is, the paper towel method.

Most people I know like to use a plain white paper towel, with no designs or inks. (less additives and chemicals to worry about)

First, place your marijuana seeds in a shotglass full of water, put the water in first, so the water doesn’t force the seeds out on the ground. Some people add a couple drops of (H2O2) hydrogen peroxide, to add oxygen to the water. Soak for 12-24 hours (this step is optional – experiment some)

Take a paper towel and fold it in half, and place it on a small plate, then dampen thoroughly. Now place your marijuana seeds on top of the damp (not soaked) paper towel. Fold and dampen a second piece of paper towel, and place on top.

Now, you can place the paper towels on a plate, and cover with a bowl, making sure to keep all the damp paper towel under the bowl trapping in the moisture. This is a very easy, quick and effective humidity dome.

Place this plate on top of the refrigerator, or in a warm dark place. (top of a cable box works too) You just want a few degrees warmer than room temp. Just enough to create some “rain” or humidity under the bowl.

Remove the bowl twice a day for 5-10 minutes to allow to breath, and re-dampen if needed. Never let your seeds go completely dry.

Typically, in ideal conditions (proper heat, moisture and oxygen) a marijuana, or cannabis, seed takes anywhere from 48 hours, to 14 days to complete germination.

The 48-72 hour mark is reasonable with viable, healthy marijuana seeds, using this method.

During the first 72 hours or so, moisture will be absorbed into the seed. When the moisture and heat create a reaction within the seed, life begins for our new little marijuana seedling.

Around 48-72 hours later, you should begin to see a “taproot” forming, and splitting open the shell of the seed.

Once the taproot has emerged to 1/16 – 1/8″ long, it is time to plant into your medium, as germination is complete, and you are now transferring your seedling for further growth before full on vegetative stage.

There you have it, just 1 of several effective ways to germinate your marijuana seeds using a simple paper towel.

Lights for Growing Marijuana Indoors

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Hydroponic lighting systems have come a long way since the early days of indoor gardening. Incandescent and fluoride bulbs used to be the industry standard, but those have given way to High Intensity Discharge (HID) systems and Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). In this article we will discuss the pros and cons of each type of system, including cost efficiency and ease-of-use.

There are several factors to consider when choosing a lighting system for you indoor hydroponic garden. Intensity of the bulb and the favored spectrum of the bulb are the first things to consider. Intensity was once measured by “candlefoot”, where the brightness of the candle is measured one foot away from the plant. This unit of measurement is now referred to as a lumen, and one lumen equals one candlefoot. It has been estimated that an indoor garden requires 2000 lumens per one square foot of garden in order to achieve satisfactory growth. Most modern lighting systems can deliver this intensity with no problem, although your wallet may suffer a little. The spectrum of the bulb refers to the variety of the frequency of colors that the light produces. Plants require a blue/green light for vegetative growth and a red/orange light for flowering and budding. With these factors in mind, we can now decide on a lighting choice to fit our needs.

So what choices do we have? Incandescent bulbs provide great red light, but most of the energy produced is wasted through heat – not a good choice for an indoor garden, especially when considering the amount of electricity used. Standard fluorescent bulbs are not much better, even though they are cheaper to run.

Fluorescent bulbs have come a long way, and special “grow-type” bulbs are now readily available. The warm white bulbs provide a good source of red light, while the cool white bulbs provide a good spectrum of blue light.

HID lights are a better option than the two mentioned above, but are more expensive. They produce an extremely high output of light in a mixed spectrum making them perfect for an indoor garden. A current is shot into the bulb and when a certain voltage is reached, the gas ignites creating an arc and light. They are expensive to purchase, expensive to use, and tend to run very hot. They eventually burn out due to a higher voltage draw each time it is used, therefore ballasts are required to maintain proper voltage for startup, basic operation and limiting the amount of voltage the bulb can draw. The ballasts are not interchangeable between different manufacturers, definitely putting a notch in the “cons” column. Even with these drawbacks, HID bulbs currently reign supreme when considering an indoor garden.

Our last option is the solid-state lighting system known as LED, or Light Emitting Diode. Originally developed for the hydroponics Garden on the Space Station, these bulbs produce little to no heat, draw very little energy and can be tailored to produce a custom spectrum of light. Also, they produce more light as more electricity is run through them, making them the perfect choice for a smaller, more compact indoor hydroponic system.

So depending on how much space and the budget you have to work with, your options are pretty cut and dried, with LED grow panels being the best overall selection. Choose wisely, search the web for options and setup tips, and most of all get a hydroponics lighting system that will allow for maximum yield from your indoor garden while minimizing cost.

What is Vaping?

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Vaporizing or Vaping is a technique used to administer marijuana, without the harmful smoke, by heating your marijuana to a temperature where the psychoactive ingredients are evaporated and turned into “vapors” you inhale. These vapors don’t contain smoke, nor the harmful particles that come along with inhaling smoke, making it a safe way to administer your medical marijuana without the respritory concerns associated with smoking it.

When marijuana is burned, we are actually inhaling the smoke to get “high” (or medicated) because that smoke contains the heated, psycoactive compounds that we want. THC, CBD, CBN, these cannabinoids are released and become active with heat. The temperature to activate those compounds (and other cannabinoids in medical marijuana) is actually lower than the temperature required to combust the marijuana, making smoking marijuana completely unneccisary.

Since a vaporizer heats the marijuana to just below combustion, you can receive all of the medical benifits that are unlocked by heating it, without actually burning the marijuana and releasing unhealthy carcinogens you don’t want.

Smoking marijuana has been proven to be much safer than cigarettes, but smoking of any kind is still going to have a negative effect on your lungs. Just try running around the block after a fat bong rip. The solution to this problem is the marijuana vaporizer. A vaporizer works by gently heating up the weed rather than burning it. When marijuana is burned there is a lot of waste and toxins that come from burning the buds. A vaporizer heats it just enough to release the thc in the form of a completely safe vapor. There are dozens of different styles and variations of the weed vaporizer that range in price from cheap to very expensive.

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The best vaporizer on the market for dry herb is the Volcano. This is the latest in vaporizer technology and it provides the biggest hits for your money. The volcano uses convectional heating to warm the marijuana to the perfect temperature. This means that hot air is passed over the herb to heat it rather than a direct heating element. The traditional vaporizer that has been used since the 1970’s used a metal plate to heat the marijuana. This direct heating can create the same problems associated with burning the marijuana with a flame. The volcano uses air to release all of the active chemicals in the weed and leave the waste behind. A digital readout on the front of the device indicates the exact temperature, so you can get perfect vapor every time. Another great feature of the Volcano is that it uses a stored vapor delivery method. A large bag is used to collect and store the vapor until you are ready to smoke it. Then you just detach the bag and take whatever size hit you desire. Depending on the bowl size you can easily get 15 to 20 hits off of a single bag. The only downside to this marijuana vaporizer is the price. The Volcano can retail for as much as $800 dollars. But for one of the purest and most powerful ways to smoke weed it is worth every penny. Purchase a Volcano vaporizer.

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In recent years companies have also started making CBD ejuice for vaporizers commonly used in the ecigarette market. There are two different types of vapes you should be aware of. There is a vape pen which is shaped like a pen and mimics smoking a cigarette or join most closely. The next type is called a mod box, this is a box shaped device which usually has a lot more settings than a standard vape pen. These devices allow you to select the wattage, temperature and coil resistance so you can get a very precise vape. If you are interested in purchasing a box mod, we recommend checking out this guide on the best vape box in 2017 to choose one that is within your price range. The reason we suggest using a mod that has temperature control is that if you get a dry herb tank you can heat the herb to your desired temperature and avoid burning the weed. The best thing about using a mod box as a vaporizer is that if you are also a cigarette smoker you can get tobacco ejuice (which is the liquid that goes in the vape tank) or any other flavor and get your nicotine hit too. If you are looking for high quality ejuice we recommend check out Vape Wild, you can usually find a vape wild coupon that can get you 10% off or some free bottles of ejuice. We are big fans of their flavor called smurf cake which is like a flavor party in your mouth.

On the other end of the price spectrum is another amazing example of weed technology, the firefly portable vaporizer. The firefly Portable Vaporizer is the James Bond of vaporizers. It heats your weed via convection ensuring that you get only the thc from the weed without worrying about destroying the cannabinoids. This mod is expensive and generally out of most peoples price point, but if you are willing to spend $300 on a vaporizer then you can’t go wrong. It’s true that you get what you pay for and the firefly is really top of the line!

Types of Weed

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It is important to know which strands of marijuana you want to smoke. There is quite a difference between smoking an “Indica” and a “Sativa”, and not just in how they smoke, but in appearance and smell as well. The scientific community has yet to agree whether indica and sativa represent two different species under the shared genus cannabis or whether they are simply subsets of the same species. Given the intense difference when smoking the two, I prefer to agree with the latter assertion. It also important to note there has been so much cross breeding of strains that determining which type of cannabis you are smoking can become a conundrum.

Cannabis Indica – This is the marijuana that typical users smoke to relax or sleep. It typically leads to “couch paralysis”, and scenes of movies where everyone is lying in the living room (think Half Baked) and dreaming of snacks and random stuff generalize stoners smoking Indica buds. Indicas tend produce thicker smoke inducing coughing and a generally less pleasant smoking experience. Indica is also commonly used to produce hashish because this cannabis is easier to grow and has a shorter flowering cycle due to its smaller plant size (roughly 3-6 feet). Regardless, the high is often euphoric and spiritual and lends creativity to those who smoke this “skunky” smelling weed. It also commonly used to treat pain, anxiety, sleep, and muscle spasms.

Cannabis Sativa – This plant tends to be categorized more as a stimulant when classifying marijuana. This is due in part to it having a higher THC [Tetrahydrocannabinol] content. Those who smoke Sativas are typically looking for that energetic, giggly high. It is the perfect cannabis to be used in social settings (begs for a hooka session), concerts, outdoor activities, etc. The buds typically smell minty, sometimes even fruity. Yields from Sativa strains are much lower than Indica. It is more difficult to grow indoors, typically flourishing with natural sunlight. Plants can also grow almost 10-12 feet high, making these difficult to cycle in grow rooms when you have to shift lights around. Sativas are more effective in appetite stimulation, relieving depression, and coping with pain and nausea.

Now you are probably wondering how you can determine which strain is which. Of course your local dispensary attendant should always have this knowledge. But in the case you obtain your marijuana by other means, here are a few pointers:

Sativa – Have narrower leaves, lighter in color, and taste ranges from earthy to sweet. Popular strains include Sour Diesel, skunk #1, Train Wreck, and Super Green Crack.

Indica – Short, dense, bushy buds. Darker in color, almost purple or blue at times. Flavors are mild to skunky. Popular strains are OG Kush, Afghani, Purple Erkle.

Hybrids or Cross Breeding – Too hard to define. Popular strains include norther lights (considered more of a Sativa), White Widow, and Green Dream.

How to know if you’re stoned

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If you are a new weed user it can sometimes be hard to know if it’s working. The effects of marijuana can vary depending on the quality or strain of plant you are smoking. Very strong potent weed will leave no doubt you are high, but there are more subtle strains of weed that are not as obvious. You should pay attention to your body and mind while you are smoking. If you find yourself enjoying the music of the Eagles, you’re probably high. Ok it’s a little more technical than that, but with a little experience you will be able to answer the question that has plagued mankind for centuries. Am I high?

There is a myth in weed culture that you never get high the first time you smoke pot. It’s not that the weed doesn’t work the first time, the new smoker just doesn’t know how to recognize the effects. All strains of marijuana have different effects on the body and all people have a different tolerance level. So the weed experience can vary greatly for every person. There are hundreds of different strains of marijuana but all of them fall into 2 main categories, Cannabis sativa and Cannabis Indica. These 2 versions of the cannabis plant have very different effects on the body and if you know what to expect you’ll never have to ask yourself the question, am I stoned.

The feeling you get from a Canabis indica stain of marijuana is the stereotypical lazy stoner feeling. Indica causes extreme relaxation and getting up from the couch or going outside will be difficult. This effect is sometimes known as couch lock, for the somewhat tired and lethargic feeling associated with indica. After a long session with a strain of this herb it will be time for a weed nap. Because of these strong effects on the body indica strains are considered the strongest types of marijuana. Some popular indica strains include White Widow, Northern Lights, and Kush. When you are smoking indica you will know you are high by the relaxing effects it has on your body.

Cannabis Sativa on the other hand is going to be felt mostly in your head. Unlike the lazy indica, a strain of sativa will cause you to be more energetic. You will be more talkative, excited, and will not be able to stop laughing. The effects of this weed are less subtle and it will cause you to say, I am so high! Sativa strains are also known for enhancing visual and auditory experience like music or movies. Commonly used sativa strains include Purple Haze, Amnesia, Strawberry Cough, and Jack Herer. With a sativa strain of marijuana you will know you stoned by the euphoric effects it has on your head.

It takes some practice to learn the effects of marijuana before you can stop asking yourself am I high. Some people prefer sativa and others like an indica high. Many people don’t even have a clue what there smoking. If you know what strain of marijuana you are smoking you will always know what to expect from the high.