Articles Tagged: cannabis

It’s time to stop locking up cannabis users

February 6th, 2014 | By

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So Obama says that weed is less dangerous than alcohol. Uh-huh. So then, don’t we need to take a long hard look at what is going on?

In the US and UK and the rest of the world, we are still knocking people’s doors down for growing something that according to the president of the United States is less harmful than alcohol.

Yet our countries are flooded with alcohol, brands for every moment, and it’s advertised to children for fuck’s sake. What are we doing? It kills thousands ever year in the UK and costs the NHS over £20bn.

British women lead the way here. Would it really be a bad thing if more British women got stoned instead of pissed?

How can any right minded human being defend locking people up for growing this medicine? It is a complete and utter abomination of our basic human rights. It is barbaric, ignorant and utterly wrong.

What is it going to take for change in the UK?

Has democracy completely and utterly left the building?

We are criminalising our friends, our children, our families for no good reason.  Well actually, there is a reason and that is the greed of others. That is why we are sending people to prison. So pharmaceutical companies can sell you their shit, which in many cases will kill you.

Cannabis has killed nobody and can treat cancer, Parkinson’s diease, Dravet’s syndrome, Crohn’s and a hell of a lot more. Can you see what has been going on here?

We have been ripped off, done over by the powers that be. They brainwashed many of us.  The most powerful medicine on the planet has been hidden away from us for decades. A policy that has cost an indeterminably large amount of people their lives or totally unnecessarily suffering. And they still do this to us, today, despite the fact that the plant is less toxic than ten potatoes. (And that’s according to the DEA.)

Not only that. To add insult to injury, some police forces have been using the marijuana plant to steal from people. California alone took in $181.4 million in revenue from seized property and money in marijuana cases from 2002 to 2012, followed by New York at $101.3 million.

It’s time to take back what is ours. I don’t need to repeat how ridiculous it is to make a plant illegal. This is our medicine and we are entitled to use it.  Anybody restricting this access can only be described as evil, maybe genocidal. Even if they are only ‘carrying out orders from above’.  This is no excuse.  The persecution has got to stop. It’s time to end this war on people before any more damage is done.

Weed Geek’s – Magic Flight Launch Box Review

November 18th, 2013 | By

Beautiful things really do come in small packages. At only 65mm long and 33mm wide, it’s not only small but seriously stealthy, extremely light and pretty much the cutest device I now own.

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I managed to get my hands on the premium version made of walnut. This costs a little extra but gives an even better look and feel of quality. It really is a well-made piece of kit.
I’ve actually wanted to own one of these for some time. I read the reviews and checked out the competition, unsure whether I would actually use it regularly enough to justify the price tag. Lets face it – if it’s not a pipe, bong or costs hundreds of pounds, I’ts a novelty item! This really isn’t!
First impressions were, “Wow, it’s so small”, and after a quick rumble through the kit content (that comes in a really nice quality tin), I quickly realised the batteries needed to be fully charged, which was disappointing as they take 4 hours from dead and I just wanted to get vaping.

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Having some time to spare, I read through the well written manual that’s not some scrap of paper with a quick “here’s your new toy” description, but a well laid out glossy, detailed instruction manual, with hints and tips as well as an interesting back story to the box design, etc.

I also had another look at the multitude of video guides available online including Magic Flight’s own website, which again, is well laid out and full of good information. This video LINK is really easy to follow. Surprisingly, the Launch Box manages to capture the throat hit I didn’t expect from a vapouriser. I’ve only ever used a friend’s Vapir One and it was close to the end of its life. It worked well but had a novelty feel.

The herb for the Flight Box has to be ground to a certain consistency, not too big and not too small. You can buy a purpose-made grinder, but you can make do with a standard small one. The trench has to be filled fully for best results but not packed in; it’s a really thin, delicate screen!

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Following the online guides made it simple to use, but even taking a common sense approach will get you where you want to go. The throat hit was surprising, and even after watching the video of the guy spluttering through his instructions, it still managed to throw me off guard it’s that small.

It takes a small amount of herb and doesn’t actually burn in the trench, yet has a decent kick, not like a full on pipe hit, more like a tickly cough.

The taste of the herb is amazing, really enhanced unlike burning, like the smell across the room when someone’s burning a fat one or how you imagine the taste would be with your nose in a bag of fresh dank. It’s a tastes like it smells kind thing. Only at the end of your session does it start to taste like a relit cigarette, but by then its over. Quick, clean and on to the next one.

I’m sure it’s all strain dependant, but I noticed a more uplifting and straight to the point effect than any other method I’ve tried. Lighting one up shortly after just made me want to hit it again.

The Magic Flight Launch Box is beautiful, well crafted, does the job. It’s stealthy and has a no-fuss life time warranty you just don’t get anywhere else, great reviews, a few after-market accessories and it’s really cute. I just can’t fault it at all! You can even cook with the leftover herb!

Steve

Weed Geek’s – Ploom Pax Review

November 4th, 2013 | By

If you’re looking for a small, effective vaporizer for on the go, this is the one. If you are looking for something to use constantly indoors, I would say this is not the one.

It is, however, brilliant at doing what it is supposed to – be a portable vaporizer. For a start, it just looks amazing and wouldn’t look out of place on a Star Wars set. See for yourself. It’s the kind of object that gives an impression that it may do something magical, but only in the most subtle of ways. And it does.

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Switching it on is very simple indeed and can be done with one hand. It has a decent sized bowl area that can be quite well packed down without any adverse effects. Loading this is straightforward, and a little pressure on the lid releases the cover – a nice feature which means anyone examining it is unlikely to stumble into your weed.

It’s quite nifty. The stealth aspect is off the scale and I have safely used this device in all number of places from supermarkets to restaurants even driving. Just walking down the street, the Pax makes it easy to just have a little toke and carry on as if nothing had happened.

I have been in the unfortunate situation of having to hide weed use from some family members so this vape has been invaluable for being able to have a toke in the house of anti-toking people. You can just nip to the bathroom and have a quick one, and the smell is gone in seconds, so to speak.

The size of it means it just slips into your pocket more easily than a mobile phone. It has three temperature settings that are very slightly fiddly to change, but as you generally only do this once, I don’t see a huge issue with this. If you put it down on a surface, it knows and goes into low power mode so you don’t blast your battery which is a fantastic feature.

It does mean that when it’s heating it kind of needs to be in your hand, or moving slightly, so that it doesn’t go into low power mode but you soon get used to this. It will create a smell when it is heating, however, that cannot easily be shielded. If for example you were at the cinema and switched it on, the people surrounding you would have an impression that you are cooking some kind of cabbage dish in your pocket – so you still need to be careful about your very immediate environment.

I have found that different strains come out of the Pax differently. Most of the time, this has been a good effect – or a positive thing. However on a recent trip, I was lucky enough to come across some proper Thai weed (the real deal), so I tried it in the Pax.

I have to say the effect compared to smoking was negligible. It was really slight. Smoking the Thai weed was great fun and bordering on hallucinogenic. Music immediately sounded amazing, objects were lost and a good time was had by all.

On the vape, it really was like “Oh, I feel like perhaps I have smoked something, feel a bit calmer but not much more.” Perhaps it was old Thai weed, anyway. I have not noticed this difference with any other weed and I have tried dozens of types through the Pax. So, it is a very minor criticism.

And yes, you can use it to vape hash, but again, the effect is very different. Not anywhere near as intense with the squidgy black I found. And you need to take care that the hash doesn’t run down into your machine – some types of hash will and you need to use a layer of weed in the bottom first.

The charger is very sexy indeed and the unit seems to go from no charge to full in a few hours time even after many uses. Can you tell I like it? It just makes life so much easier. If you are rushing out somewhere, it’s easy to load it up and chuck it in the car. Or take it with you going for a walk in the country. It opens up a whole new world of vaporization possibilities.

Giving it a shake when it is switched on will make it blink its battery level at you! As I mentioned, different weeds have different effects and some definitely produce larger amounts of vapour than others.

On the top setting, it is completely respectable and is comparable to the Arizer Solo. The Solo perhaps has a slight edge on the quality of hit. However, it falls down much more with its super breakable stem. I broke about ten in the first month of use. Whoever makes those stems must be making some serious money – it seems like the whole thing is designed to get hot and then be dropped onto a tiled floor ending your portable vaping fun. So I go Pax over Solo every time now. It doesn’t beat my reliable Extreme Q however. Nothing has beaten that yet.

The only down side is that it must be kept reasonably clean to run properly – something that is true of a lot of good tools. You end up needing a long pokey thing to open it up, but it all works OK.

I just chuck the mouthpiece in the dishwasher every now and again and clean the main shaft with pipe cleaners – some of which you do get with you Pax. I also put a little olive oil inside and around the mouthpiece to ensure that it doesn’t stick. My mouthpiece had begun to stick a little (resulting in the thing not heating properly) and the olive oil completely sorted that issue out – in case you have similar problems.

I have taken this thing on international flights also with no problem whatsoever. Obviously, I clean it well, so it looks almost as good as new, and then I put it in its original box just so the authorities can see it isn’t actually some kind of space age communication device.

Autoblueberry Grow and Smoke Report

October 22nd, 2013 | By

I find it hard to put my finger exactly on how the Autoblueberry makes me feel.  It’s definitely not your standard stone feeling. You do not feel sleepy. You feel positive, and pretty level headed actually, cheerful. I cannot imagine anyone using this plant and then being sad.

It certainly does not stop you going about your business in any way. I find that it’s good for creativity and thinking through problems. You can see how it would be useful in a medical context as it leaves people in a positive upbeat state. It gets me out into the garden and makes boring gardening quite enjoyable.

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And then there is the smell. Autoblueberry retains the original sweet berry aroma of blueberry – I’m sure this comes out beautifully in the cure.  I’ve never managed to get my AB to cure – which is a bit of a sin I know. It’s just so nice.

Autoblueberry is about the only thing that can keep me from being very upset about finding that some of my auto blueberry plants have been attacked by caterpillars (from moths I think) this year.  No photos I’m afraid.  Thank God there is one big healthy plant left.  Not an easy thing to come to terms to when they have been looking so well over the last few weeks.

It’s easy to grow. I use decent store bought potting soil with a small amount of feed already in and just add water. Always comes out nice this way. Never had any complaints. And it always seems so damned fast. I would like to plant 100 of these plants.  I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Sadhu Sam’s Hash Extraction Technique

October 21st, 2013 | By

This is an excellent way of making hash from your weed – and works even with weed that has mold or other problems.

Materials needed: strainer, a jar, water, spoon, coffee filters, dried ground bud.

The cannabis is initially ground up using a standard grinder to get the plant matter into the smallest pieces possible. It is all then put into a jar, water is added.

The material left floating is skimmed off, and can be extracted again if you want. The resin in the bottom of the jar gets rinsed several times in cool water, shaken and then left to settle.

Floating material is removed once again before the final material at the bottom of the jar is poured into a coffee filter so that it can drain properly and then be left to dry (ideally) overnight somewhere warm. Once dry, the hash can be pressed in the hand until it doesn’t squeak! If it squeaks, it’s still wet.

This method can be used to extract hash from plants that have suffered from mold or from insect infestations.

All water must be properly removed from the mixture, otherwise it is likely to spoil and lose some of its taste and aroma. This technique will not remove sand from your weed.

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Here are the step by step instructions:

– Put your plant material into a jar. Do not fill more than 1/4 full

– Fill jar with cold water and screw the lid on

– Shake well for at least 30 seconds

– Leave to settle for at least 15 minutes

– Take off lid and remove any material that is now floating

– Now put this material into another jar repeating this process if you wish

– Once 1st Jar has settled, gently pour off all but one inch of the remaining water and refill the jar with cold water

– Allow to settle for 10 minutes

– Pour off all water apart from last inch again

– Gently swirl remaining water and resin into coffee filter, adding a little water to get any remaining granules

– Once drained of water allow, to cool overnight in a warm place

– Unwrap and squeeze with your palm, pressing smearing and rubbing the hash using great pressure. Fold and repeat.