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We are bringing to FaceBook many of the programs currently being produced by the Time 4 Hemp Network with animations and graphics added to the audio content. We are also soon to begin production of new video content to broadcast through the network. Over the next few months, we will start taking advantage of the FaceBook – LIVE streaming broadcasting platform and do LIVE broadcasts. When that happens, we will also simulcast through iHeartRadio, Spreaker, Google Android App, ROKU-TV, YouTube and the https://www.Time-4-Hemp.com website.
The type of programming being created is targeted towards mobile device users. All content will be an hour or LESS in length. This keeps the media file small and easy to share. All video content, once produced, will be archived on the FaceBook Group Playlist page, on the YouTube Playlist, and on the Time 4 Hemp video archive page for many years to come.
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The programs we are launching this platform with are: Veterans Voices (once a week); Voices In Hemp History (once a week); The Farmer In The Sky (once a week); Judge James Gray at Large (twice a month); Patients Out Of Time (once a week); Time 4 Hemp – Network Special Programing (once a week); The Freedom Of Joyce (twice a month); and Time 4 Hemp (3 days a week). More new series will be introduced over the next year.
I did a FaceBook test run last week to see what type of audience response we will be getting in the early developments of these venues. I was pleasantly surprised. In about 8 days, 7 videos drew a total of over 3,000 PLAYS! I must state, the Willie Nelson interview and the Jack Herer segment DID draw the majority of those plays. We will be adding 5-8 more video platforms to broadcast our content through over the next few months.
If you would like to become a sponsor of our new video content, contact me at Casper@Time4Hemp.com. The current sponsorship rates on these platforms are very low. Once our production becomes more sophisticated and the audience has grown like it has on all our other broadcasting platforms – the rates will be higher. If you start supporting the network now -your sponsorship rate will remain the same for every renewal.
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You can also use them on your own website; in your power-point presentations; in any video broadcast you or your organization is featured on. For a 1-min video, it takes between 4-6 animated graphics – depending on lay-out.
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Healthy cannabis – Tips for every garden

Nothing can ruin an indoor grower

Marijuana is fun to grow!

Some people say each plant has its own aura.

This healthy cannabis garden produced amazing buds.

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By Samuel Janovici

Tips for a healthy cannabis garden

Nothing can ruin an indoor grower’s day more than pests, diseases, fungi and molds. Hunting for those telltale webs of spider mites, the pinholes in the fan leaves from thrips, the white sheen of powdery mildew or that spongy feeling of aspergillums and other plant-killing molds is a full-time job that must be taken seriously, indeed.

The cure is usually prophylactic — designing the grow space with enough ventilation, airflow and filtering. Molds and fungi can be prevented by reduced humidity, germicidal UVC light and constantly improving techniques for cleanliness.

Hygiene and proper maintenance are necessities, especially when working indoors. Pumps and irrigation lines must be flushed and cleaned, tables and sumps scoured, and the rooms disinfected like hospital operating rooms. The goal is to start fresh and to supply your next crop the perfect environment to grow up strong and healthy. Remember it’s medicine — poisonous chemicals need to be avoided or flushed and washed away with environmentally friendly products.

Organic solutions are preferable, but not always practical. Kyle Kushman offers arguably the best organic practices available today. His Veganics aproach gives indoor growers healthy solutions to vexing problems and is eco-friendly and 100% non-toxic. It eliminates harmful chemicals and minimizes the salts that alter the pH balance by using beneficial bacteria, fungi, and enzymes derived solely from plant extracts.

Some prefer the surety of chemicals while others like to balance biological solutions such as predator mites and thrips or herbal remedies like rosemary oil or Neem oil. For most, a mixture of technologies is necessary. That’s why farming should be considered a practice.

Remember, there is more than one way to do things, and everyone has an opinion. Ed Rosenthal’s latest edition of the Marijuana Handbook and Indoor Marijuana Horticulture by Jorge Cervantes both hold useful advice, and Hemp Diseases and Pests, by McPartland, Clarke and Watson, remains the most comprehensive tome.

There are a lot of alternatives for treating your problem, if caught in time. Otherwise, you might need to start over. Whichever one chooses, the goal should remain the same: a healthy product that does not hurt patients or consumers.

Stay safe out there, and remember that security is always the first consideration.


Endocannabinoid system shines the light on therapeutic benefits of cannabis

Modern research into the endocannabinoid system has shown that the marijuana plant can produce a multitude of therapeutic benefits for many chronic medical conditions.

Medical marijuana is real.

Learning about it can be fun.

The endocannabinoid system is a wonderful surprise found in cannabis.

Endocannabinoid system is the topic of this post.
By Michael Krawitz

Modern research into the endocannabinoid system has shown that the marijuana plant can produce a multitude of therapeutic benefits for many chronic medical conditions.

A new paper by Dr. Ethan Russo* published in the October 2011 issue of the British Journal of Pharmacology terms the synergy of many different medicinal components of the plant working together ‘the entourage effect.’ The paper, titled “Taming THC: potential can­nabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects,” was published as part one of a two-part themed series, “Cannabinoids in Biology and Medicine.” Russo is a senior advisor to GW Pharma.

This entourage effect helps explain why patients have generally rejected marinol, the synthetic marijuana pill that contains a petroleum-based copy of THC only with none of the other, less psychoactive but apparently equally medically important, constituents.

While THC has been the primary focus of cannabis research since Raphael Mechoulam isolated and synthesized it in 1964, Russo’s review will explore another echelon of phytotherapeutic agents, the terpenoids. He wrote that, if proven, phytocannabinoid-terpenoid synergy will point to an extensive pipeline of possible new therapeutic products from cannabis.

Many doctors who favor patient access to marijuana seem to have an insight into the entourage effects, while other doctors often see the patient’s attempts at access to the whole plant as merely ‘drug-seeking’ behavior. Doctors of 100 years ago hadn’t yet discovered THC, nor did they know that cannabis operated a separate receptor system from that of opiates. They did understand that cannabis taken with opiates was more effective than opiates alone, and they also knew that a patient with stomach problems could tolerate the cannabis better than the opiates. Today medical patients are often forced to choose between opiates and cannabis, even though they are shown to work together symbiotically.

Krawitz is Director of Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access, Advisor to Patients Out of Time and US Patient Representative in the Int. Assn. for Cannabis as Medicine.

* Br J of Pharm (2011) 163:1344+ medicinalgenomics.com /wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Taming-THC-Russo.pdf


The Truth Behind Drug Dogs

The problem, however, is that the discrimination training is often incomplete or missing all together. As a result, there is no definite way to tell if the dog is alerting to an illegal drug or the tennis bag in the backseat.

They have a nose for marijuana!

Mans best friend or foe?

Drug dogs are a major tool used by police.

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Police officers use a range of aides in their effort in the war on drugs, but none are as controversial as man’s best friend. The Department has used canines to sniff out bombs since 1940 and incorporated illegal substances by the seventies. Drug dogs are used in airports, traffic stops and school searches, but this begs the question: How do they do it? Dogs are not born with the innate ability to alert someone when they smell marijuana, ingredients for methamphetamine, or a bomb, they are trained to perform a job.

Whether it is a treat or a belly scratch, the main ingredient in positive reinforcement is the outward show of approval from their owner that they interpret based on their owner’s tone of voice. Dogs have no sense of right and wrong. The conditioning they undergo is not simply, “tell me if there is this smell” it is “if I find this smell, my owner is really happy with me, I like it when he’s happy with me.”

Drug dogs feed off of the body language of their owner; they want their owner to be happy with them, and in this instance, officers are happy when their dog confirms their suspicion. Because, remember, dogs aren’t used in every single traffic stop, they are only called in when an officer has a reason to believe there are drugs inside the vehicle. The unconscious body language that results from this belief can easily be perceived by one of the most sensitive creatures in the animal world.

Man's Best Friend or Foe? The Truth Behind Drug Dogs, Source: http://www.pawspetresorts.com/Dog's%20nose%20shutterstock_8615662.jpgA drug dog’s sense of smell is twenty-five times better than ours, which allows them to separate smells. Unlike humans who smell stew as the wonderful mix of ingredients it is, a dog smells it as meat, broth, carrots, potatoes and cabbage. This is how the dogs are able to sniff out drugs despite being wrapped with dryer sheets, inside of a coffee can or inside a gas tank. The dog smells this as dryer sheets, coffee, gas and marijuana. During training the dogs are trained using a tennis ball with drugs inside, or a plastic baggy.

An article by expert Barry Cooper says dogs may even be trained to detect the presence of marijuana in as little as one day. The problem, however, is that the discrimination training is often incomplete or missing all together. Discrimination training is conditioning the dog to differentiate between the marijuana and the tennis ball or plastic bag. As a result, there is no definite way to tell if the dog is alerting to an illegal drug or the tennis bag in the backseat.

A University of California study provided a glimpse into the proficiency of K-9 training and the results were staggering. Only 44% of the drugs correctly alerted, and the dogs alerted correctly in only 27% of searches involving Hispanic men. Keeping these numbers in mind, 2013 Supreme Court case Florida v. Harris established that a positive alert by a certified drug dog constituted valid probable cause so that an officer may search a vehicle without a warrant. If that does not scream 4th amendment violation now, we can only imagine what will happen following the new marijuana legislation that already has twenty-three states on board.

The Supreme Court held that lack of a completed record of the drug dog’s false positive alerts and training would result in an invalid search. However, the problem with this is, there is no way to verify the search because the dog still cannot talk, and is recorded by the officer whose reasonable belief is confirmed by the dog’s alert. In the event of a false alert, most officers rely on the “residue” excuse, saying there must be some trace forms that caused the dog to alert. If “residue” is all it takes to allow a vehicle search, then lawful recreational or medicinal activities will result in an unlawful search, or the lay-off of an entire drug dog population. The inadequacies in the dog’s initial training create genuine concern should there be any attempt to retrain.

In order to try to avoid falling victim to an encounter with drug dogs, drivers are encouraged to maintain their car according to state regulation, obey speed limits and follow the marijuana laws of your state carefully. In the event you do find yourself face to face with a drug dog, respectfully inform the officer that you are aware of the proper drug dog alert protocol and ask to see the dog’s records. At the very least, they are more likely to follow the procedure more closely when they know someone is watching. Looks like man’s best friend just got a lot less friendly.


Growing Marijuana Inside

Late rains disrupted the early season this year with most of the crops stabilizing by mid-season. Powdery mildew and slow plant growth were problems until mid-season in many cases. Farmers are concerned with market disruption due to the ongoing federal crackdown. Pressure on legal dispensaries has made the connection between grower and non-growing collective members more difficult. Despite all this, the cannabis industry is exploding with scientific innovation.

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Late rains disrupted the early season this year with most of the crops stabilizing by mid-season. Powdery mildew and slow plant growth were problems until mid-season in many cases. Farmers are concerned with market disruption due to the ongoing federal crackdown. Pressure on legal dispensaries has made the connection between grower and non-growing collective members more difficult.

Despite all this, the cannabis industry is exploding with scientific innovation.

Energy efficiency for indoor farming still needs improvement. Inda-gro is a manufacturer with a proven technology for lamps that uses up to 70% less energy and produces less heat (cutting air conditioning costs) with bulbs that are warranted for 10 years. They have reports and data online at inda-gro.com. Best part — they are built right here in the USA.

Spider mites have long been a problem for indoor farmers, and more outdoor farmers across the West are seeing outbreaks in their crops. Synthetic insecticides and fungicides are not registered for cannabis and many are dangerous for the worker as well as the consumer. Northern California research lab/collective Dr. Green Thumb has been testing a safer alternative to chemical sprays by adding citronella oil to OMRI-listed Safer Grow Mildew Cure, a plant wash to combat mites. He uses it on indoor, outdoor and greenhouse plants. Add 150 drops of citronella oil to a quart container of ‘mildew cure,’ mix it up and use as directed on the bottle. This appears to increase the effectiveness of the wash and to work on powdery mildew, spider mites and leaf hoppers. Spray in early morning or just before the lamps go off, as direct sun and lights may burn wet leaves. The mix can be used preventively every three days until the early buds set to disrupt the pests’ egg/life cycle.

I recently watched a trial of three different well known brands of potting soils that shed light on the problem of soil variability. Using six established clones each in three different soils, by week six it was clear that the subsets varied quite a bit in growth within each brand of soil. There are differences among potting soil brands and within shipments of soil from the same brand. Even soils mixed from ingredients at the farm can vary quite a bit in the composition of each batch. A solution? Mix the soils thoroughly. If using ten bags of soil, mix them together to get the most uniform blend. If using different types of soil, thoroughly mix them before filling any containers. Adding amendments can compensate for deficiencies from purchased soil, but be certain that the entire combination is mixed well so as to reduce variation between soils and get more uniform plant growth.

To produce more bud from the same plant, give the top of a young bud a pinch and a twist to deform it a bit. The result will be a triple headed bud that might not be as long but is much wider, thereby increasing bud canopy. Try it and see.

The increased pressure on established dispensaries has caused many farmers to rethink their plans. Rather than relying on facilities that may be shut down, small to mid-sized growers are creating their own collectives to serve groups of cannabis patients just large enough to consume the supply the grower produces. It’s an adaptation of CSA (community supported agriculture), used extensively in small scale standard agriculture. It takes work to develop your own ‘direct access to patients’ and it is important that the legal framework is sound. Once it’s up and running, patient lists grow and the medicine is properly contained within a small collective they can control. Many see this as a way to move forward.

More energy-efficient grow rooms, safer methods for pest control, better soil testing and smaller grower/patient collectives are ways in which the community continues to move ahead and adapt to the ever-changing landscape.

Cannabis the Exit Drug

A study published Nov. 20, 2012 in the Journal of Addiction Research and Theory adds more evidence that cannabis may be a safer substitute for alcohol, illicit substances and pharmaceuticals. The community-based research, which took place at four Canadian dispensaries (three in Vancouver and one in Victoria), saw cannabis patients answer a 44-question anonymous survey to gather data on the self-reported impact of cannabis on the use of other substances.

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Medical marijuana can set you free!

Cannabis the exit drug has been used for years.
cannabis the exit drugBy Martin Williams

A study published Nov. 20, 2012 in the Journal of Addiction Research and Theory adds more evidence that cannabis may be a safer substitute for alcohol, illicit substances and pharmaceuticals. The community-based research, which took place at four Canadian dispensaries (three in Vancouver and one in Victoria), saw cannabis patients answer a 44-question anonymous survey to gather data on the self-reported impact of cannabis on the use of other substances.

The results support previous findings by co-researcher Amanda Reiman and others on ‘cannabis-substitution effect,’ the conscious and subconscious use of can­na­bis in place of other substances. Over 41% stated that they use it as a substitute for alcohol; 36.1% use it as a substitute for illicit substances; and 67.8% use it as a substitute for prescription drugs. The three main reasons cited for cannabis-related substitution are ‘’less withdrawal’’ 67.7%, ‘’fewer side-effects’’ 60.4% and ‘’better symptom management,’’ suggesting that many patients have already identified it as an effective and potentially safer adjunct or alternative to their prescription drug regimen.

“With 75.5% of respondents citing that they substitute cannabis for at least one other substance, randomized clinical trials on cannabis substitution for problematic substance use appear justified,” suggests lead author Philippe Lucas, a Research Affiliate with the Center for Addiction Research of BC.

Lucas, Reiman, et al, “Cannabis as a substitute for alcohol and other drugs: A dispensary-based survey of substitution effect in Canadian medical cannabis patients”


Joint Conversations – April 2017

Global Cannabis News

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– Legal Marijuana’s Biggest Enemy Is Big Pharma –

Like most grassroots movements, cannabis legalization has its own bogeymen–nebulous entities backed by kings and queens of industry who are as feared as they are loathed. Big Tobacco is in there, of course, as are the corrections and law enforcement industries. But as marijuana gains legitimate footing as a bonafide medicine accepted by top health associations and medical journals–most notably as treatment for chronic and neuropathic pain–legalization’s biggest villain is, perhaps, the well-heeled pharmaceutical industry.

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Time 4 Hemp Business

There’s big money in the Green Rush!

With a plant that can create over 50,000 products – food, fuel and medication – an unlimited number of jobs will flourish in this trillion dollar market.

The amazing cannabis industry is growing right before our eyes!

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How to Break Into the Pro Cannabis Industry

That’s a big difference between being a fan of cannabis and genuinely supporting the cause, in terms of legalization. Suffice to say, the vast majority of everyday cannabis users fall squarely into the former of the two brackets. They may enjoy the prospect of a more liberal future for cannabis policy in general, but in terms of the active efforts they make to push for new legislation…well, more often than not there are no such efforts to speak of.

Which is to an extent understandable, as knowing exactly where to start when it comes to supporting the cause can be difficult. Making your voice heard and standing for what you believe in is never easy, but as far as the situation goes in the United States right now, there is one option that’s being explored by more people than ever before.

And that option is joining the fledgling legal cannabis industry.

Despite the fact that the pot industry in the United States is still at something of an embryonic level, it has nonetheless made remarkable progress over the last few years. As recently reported by Seed Supreme, “The cannabis industry in the United States could by the year 2026 may be worth an eye-watering $50 billion. Or in other words, the value of the industry is set to increase almost ten-fold over the coming years.”

You’d be forgiven for thinking that cannabis-related job opportunities are relatively thin on the ground, but with the way things are progressing and accelerating at the moment, the reality is actually quite to the contrary. From salespeople to growers to bud-tenders to a new generation of pot journalists to accountants to website developers and many more posts besides, this is an entirely new industry that calls for the input of skilled and dedicated individuals from all walks of life.

The important question being – what can you do to break into this undeniably enticing industry?

There are plenty of vacancies to be filled, but actually getting the all-important ‘foot in the door’ isn’t easy. So with this in mind, what follows is a brief overview of 10 simple yet effective tips and guidelines for anyone genuinely interested in playing a part in the booming US cannabis industry.

You Need to Learn the Law

First of all, if you want to work with a cannabis company that serves multiple states, you are going to need to get up to speed with the specific law applicable to each state. There are currently eight North American states where recreational cannabis is legal and more than half of all states nationwide now permit medical cannabis. However, the rules and regulations with regard to cultivation, distribution, possession, consumption and so on are all somewhat different from one to the next. The most successful businesses are those that fully understand the specific regulations in each state and cater to their needs accordingly. In most instances, you will not be taken seriously if you do not have a good grasp of current legislation.

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You Need to Understand and Embrace Changing Trends.

Around five years ago, cannabis bud represented somewhere in the region of about 75% to 80% of total cannabis sales. These days, it’s actually closer to the 50% mark. The reason being that across medical and recreational cannabis circles alike, people are increasingly turning to alternative cannabis products and methods of consumption. Vaping for example has become something of a new standard among medical marijuana users, while the market for cannabis edibles, extracts and concentrates has largely exploded over recent years. These are all the kinds of on-going trends that anyone serious about joining the cannabis industry needs to remain continually aware of, given the way in which such changes are largely guaranteed to continue indefinitely.

Obtaining Capital May Be Difficult

While ever the Federal government continues to classify cannabis as an illegal substance, it will remain borderline impossible to obtain essential capital and any kind of financial backing from major banks and lenders. For the time being, banks will not go anywhere near the cannabis industry as there is no way of knowing what will happen in terms of Federal cannabis policy going forward. Should the White House decide to enforce Federal law, the entire industry could be brought to its knees and those taking part prosecuted. As such, capital must instead be sourced by other means, including private investment, DIY fund-raising, crowd-funding and so on. If you think your venture is going to be supported by a major bank, you are in for a nasty surprise.

Lose the Cliché Stoner Look

If you want to be taken seriously as an entrepreneur, you need to look like and come across as an entrepreneur. What this means is perhaps breaking with tradition and moving somewhat away from your current cliché stoner façade.  What you need to be aware of is the fact that when it comes to cannabis as a form of enterprise, the industry is looking for those who have a good grasp of business and are professional through and through. What they are most certainly not looking for is a bunch of stoners who want to get involved purely because they adore cannabis. You need to brand and market yourself as a professional at all times, if you expect to be taken seriously by anyone else.

Focus On Your Core Skills

Try to remember that whatever skills and talents you currently have, there’s a pretty good chance that they are fully transferable. Say for example you have experience in website design – you could focus on the design and development of cannabis-related websites for business purposes. If you are from a predominantly sales and marketing background, you may well have precisely the kinds of skills and experience that are considered solid gold in the cannabis industry. For obvious reasons, accountancy skills, any experience in cannabis law, agricultural/growing skills and so on all have a very important place in the cannabis industry.

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Never Stop Learning

Given the speed at which the industry and cannabis culture in general are moving right now, there is no such thing as a cannabis expert who knows it all.  Quite to the contrary, it’s more likely that you actually know exponentially less than you think you do. In any kind of industry where things are just getting off the ground and progressing at such enormous pace, you need to acknowledge the importance of never bringing to an end your education and development.  Take inspiration and advice from other leading professionals and dedicate as much time as possible to your education.

Network Your A** Off

One way in which the cannabis industry is absolutely no different to any other is the way in which who you know can be just as important as what you know. As such, you need to see networking as something of a priority and the pursuit you need to be focusing on at all times. There’s no such thing as having too many names, email addresses and business cards – nor can you ever attend too many cannabis industry events and expos. The better known you are among influencers and decision makers, the more likely you are to be snapped up.

Always Look for Niche Openings

The great thing about the early stages of a market like this is the way in which there is still so much room for experimentation and exploration of ideas. One of the best ways of breaking into the market is to come up with something that hasn’t already been done, or to improve on something already out there. If you can think of a cannabis product that isn’t already available on a widespread basis, why not give it a try? If you’re convinced that the way a cannabis brand is going about its marketing strategy is flawed, why not get in touch with a proposal of your own? The opportunities are out there – you simply have to find them.

Be Ready to Relocate

Over the coming months and years, any number of additional states could give the green light to medical or recreational cannabis. The day this happens effectively represents day-zero for the state’s legal cannabis industry.  And when any industry is at its day-zero, there will never be more available opportunities to explore – simply because there hasn’t been time for businesses to go into business. As such, making headway in the cannabis industry means being ready and willing to relocate at any time, should a golden opportunity emerge elsewhere. It’s simply a case of beating everyone else to the punch.

Be Persistent and Tenacious

Last but not least, one of the most important rules of all is that of remaining tenacious, persistent and unwilling to quit at all times. Not only is this the kind of industry that is difficult to get into, but it is also an industry where overnight fame and fortune simply aren’t going to happen. There’s going to be a lot of work involved and a hell of a lot of challenges along the way, but will ultimately prove more than worthwhile. And as already mentioned, if you are really looking to make a difference in terms of pushing for a positive future for cannabis policy in general, getting involved in the industry is just about the best way of doing it.


Medical Marijuana Facts

 Often over-looked as a remedy,

this plant is a GIFT to the human race!

Ten Medical Marijuana Facts Too Important to Overlook

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To say that cannabis is a subject of heavy debate across the United States right now would be something of an understatement. Quite simply, it’s one of the biggest and most important talking points in recent history. With no less than eight states having so far overhauled cannabis policy to legalize recreational marijuana, millions are celebrating a significant victory for the cannabis community.

But at the same time, an even more critically important topic is that of medical marijuana legalization. While support continues to grow for relaxation of recreational cannabis laws, it is still an idea that somewhat evenly divides the public. With medical cannabis, things are rather different – the overwhelming majority supporting legalization.

Whichever way you look at it, there’s a very big difference between legalizing a product for those looking to get high and improving availability of a tried, tested and incredibly effective treatment for a wide variety of illnesses. In so many instances, those who could not be more strongly opposed to recreational cannabis legalisation express their complete support for the legalization of medical marijuana.

As time goes by, more and more studies are bringing to light the incredible medicinal properties of cannabis, which we are in a strict sense only just beginning to explore. But despite the fact that the industry remains at such a remedial level, cannabis is becoming one of the most widely used therapeutic drugs in the whole of the United States. As such, it’s incredible to think that it’s only as of a couple of weeks back that the United Kingdom finally accepted that CDB products could be classified as medicines, as reported by LIWTS.org:

“Having finally accepted that many of the “overt medicinal claims” being made by so many cannabis product manufacturers could no longer be ignored, the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has decided that the time has come to make important changes.”

So as the debate continues as to where and to what extent medical pot should be legalized, what follows is a brief overview of 10 extensively proven facts that are far too important to overlook:

Fact 1. Over 1.2 Million Americans Used Medicinal Cannabis Last Year

First of all, the number of patients using medical cannabis on an annual basis is accelerating like never before. During 2016, at which time 21 states are permitted the use of medicinal cannabis, just over 1.24 million people were known to have used legally available medical pot. What’s more, experts believe that if medical cannabis was legal across all 50 North American states, the figure would be much closer to 3 million. As proactive education as to the benefits and potential application of medical cannabis continues, these figures are expected to increase significantly going forwards.

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Fact 2.  The Vast Majority of People Support Medical Cannabis Legalisation

As already mentioned, recreational cannabis is a subject that continues to split the public relatively evenly. Even in the states that have voted to legalize recreational pot, the bills generally past by a relatively slim margin. In terms of medical marijuana, things are entirely different. A number of studies carried out over recent years to suggest that the approval rating for medical marijuana continues to sit above 75% across the US as a whole. As a country proud of its commitment to democracy, the message to the government is relatively clear.

Fact 3. More Than 90% Of Medical Cannabis Users Say It Works

Generally speaking, cannabis is brought in as a treatment option in instances when and where conventional drugs and other approaches to treatment have proved unsuccessful. Nevertheless, evidence seems to suggest that it may be sensible to try cannabis as something of an earlier option. The reason being that among those who use cannabis for medical purposes, an incredible 92% say that it works effectively for them. This is an exponentially higher perceived success rate than that of any other conventional drug across the board.

Fact 4. 22 States Continue to Outlaw Medical Cannabis

While things certainly seemed to be heading in the right direction, the fact that a full 22 states still do not permit the use of medical cannabis in any way is nothing short of tragic. Even in instances where patients are crying out for medical marijuana to help them cope with a wide variety of illnesses and chronic conditions, the cultivation, distribution, possession and consumption of medical cannabis remains entirely illegal. This, despite overwhelming evidence to suggest that cannabis represents a much safer treatment option than many conventional drugs.

Fact 5. All Medical Cannabis Users Are Breaking Federal Law

And not only medical cannabis users, but absolutely anyone involved in the growing or distributing of marijuana or related products. The reason being that while it is undeniably nonsensical and counterproductive, cannabis in all its forms remains illegal at a Federal level. Even where medical cannabis has been legalized at a state level, its use still contravenes Federal law and therefore means that those using or distributing could technically be prosecuted. All of which is making it exceptionally and needlessly difficult for the cannabis industry to reach its full potential, while at the same time making it difficult for people in general to know where they stand.

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Fact 6: 76% of Doctors Approve of Medical Marijuana

One of the biggest problems with lawmakers is the way in which many of the matters they preside over are not in fact subjects they are experts in. Suffice to say, those involved in cannabis legislation both at a state level and a Federal level are rarely qualified doctors and medical professionals. If they were, chances are things would be quite different. The reason being that when a recent study was carried out over 76 countries and involving more than 1,500 doctors, it came to light that more than three-quarters of them supported the use of medical cannabis. Some have gone so far as to plead with their respective governments to see the reality of things for what it is – when or whether this happens remains to be seen.

Fact 7. Cannabis Reduces Suicide Rates

Contrary to the cries of critics, evidence seems to suggest that the legalization of medical cannabis can have a beneficial impact on overall suicide rates.  Research has shown that in regions where medical cannabis has been legalised, there has been an average overall drop in suicide rates of approximately 5%, while suicides among 20-29-year-old males have plummeted by more than 10%.

Fact 8. It Can Fuel Brain Cell Growth

Just this week, the DEA was forced to remove a series of misleading and entirely inaccurate claims from its own website, with regard to the apparent ‘dangers’ of cannabis consumption. One of which stated in no uncertain terms that the use of cannabis could potentially lead to irreversible cognitive damage in later life.  Or in other words, buds are bad for your brain. In reality, scientific research has pointed to the exact opposite of being the case. Recent studies have shown that cannabis can in fact encourage the growth of new cells around the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain responsible for emotion processing and memory. Which in turn paints an entirely contradictory picture to the unfounded claims of so many cannabis critics.

Fact 9. It’s Safe and Cause Fewer Side Effects

One of the best things about cannabis when it comes to the treatment of various conditions is the way in which you know pretty quickly whether or not it works.  By contrast, with plenty of conventional treatments and medications it’s a case of using them over an extensive period of time, before getting any real idea whether or not they are doing their job. Which can be extremely problematic when it comes to the kinds of drugs and treatments that are not particularly safe and have the potential to present unpleasant side effects. Medical cannabis alleviates both of these problems and is regarded by most professionals to be a comprehensively safe alternative treatment to try.

Fact 10. We’ve Barely Scratched the Surface

Last but not least, it’s only as of relatively recently that researchers have been granted the authorization and resources required to really begin looking into the beneficial properties of medical cannabis. Already, we’re beginning to find out exactly what we have been missing out on for so long – an extraordinary range of medicinal properties with near-endless potential applications. Suffice to say therefore, we’ve really only just started to scratch the surface as to what could be possible going forward. But at the same time, things will only progress to the most advanced possible level if medical cannabis research is given the full and unequivocal backing of both local and national authorities.

While ever cannabis remains illegal at a Federal level, this simply isn’t going to happen.



Grow Cannabis Legally

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When you grow cannabis legally you’re more free to do things right!

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The Facts You Need If Planning To Grow Cannabis Legally!

When it comes to cultivating cannabis, there are certain important lessons to learn as you go along. Even when you think you’ve got it cracked on paper, actually getting into business with the stuff in real life is an entirely different matter. Which is precisely why it is not uncommon to fall foul of any number of common mistakes, when looking to produce your own first time cannabis harvest.

Every cannabis grower will tell you that if they could go back in time, they would remind themselves of a few important things in advance that they later had to learn through experience. Some in relation to getting the most out of your endeavor and others that could determine whether you succeed or fail. In all instances, precisely the kinds of insights you could do with sooner, rather than later.

In the following overview are a few facts that anyone who is planning to grow cannabis legally (or not legally)  would be wise to take into account. After all, there’s no sense in adopting a trial-and-error approach when it is perfectly possible to learn from the trials and errors of others!

You Need to Know Where You Stand

First of all, don’t make the mistake of simply assuming that you fully understand applicable home growing legislation where you live. Not only is it probably a lot more complicated than you think, but it also differs significantly from one state/region to the next. Said differences affect things like how many plants you can grow depending on how many people live in the property; where you can grow cannabis plants; what constitutes a ‘mature’ cannabis plant; how much harvested cannabis you can hold; whom you can and cannot give your cannabis to; and so on and so forth. Suffice to say, it is not what you could rightly call an easy subject to grasp and is one you definitely don’t want to find yourself underestimating.

You Need to Start Out Right

When the time comes to grow cannabis legally, you need to make sure you start out right.  In the context of growing cannabis it is important to remember that absolutely everything you purchase and use will have a huge difference on what happens next. In no instance more so than the quality of the cannabis seeds or clones you use. Rest assured that while it may be tempting to pick up a cheap 99-cemt seed instead of a $9.99 seed, you really cannot put a price on quality genetics. The same also goes for the quality of the equipment, accessories, nutrients and so on that you use along the way. If you are not willing to work with the best, you can’t expect the best possible results in return.

To Grow Cannabis Legally Isn’t Difficult

You’ve probably heard that cannabis has much in common with any other kind of weed and growing the stuff is comparatively easy. It is – simply scatter a bunch of cannabis seeds in some soil and with relatively stable growing conditions, plants will grow as a result.  As such, technically anything you do in terms of your own personal input and efforts represent something of a bonus – efforts that contribute towards superior results. But from a strictly factual standpoint, actually getting cannabis plants to grow is indeed a doddle.

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Growing Epic Cannabis Is Trickier

That being said, if you want to produce the kinds of results that constitute anything but a disastrous failure, you are going to need to put in a good amount of time and effort. Growing cannabis is easy, but growing professional quality cannabis of epic proportions is far more difficult. There’s a direct correlation between the quality of equipment you use, the efforts you’re willing to put in and the kinds of results you can expect in return. It all comes down to your own expectations and commitment.

You’d Be Wise to Consider Hydroponics

There are certain authorities on the subject that believe hydroponics will sooner or later make soil growing entirely redundant for most growers, including Hydrosys in the UK.  While this might be a little on the presumptuous side for the time being, it’s not to say that cultivating cannabis using hydroponics doesn’t represent a very good, potentially superior idea. Working with hydroponics, it’s perfectly possible to produce results that are not only bigger, stronger and more consistent, but also at a much faster speed than conventional soil growing. What’s more, the fact that you can largely automate pretty much everything about the cultivation process means it’s also a method that is superbly simple and predominantly fool-proof.

More Nutrients Does Not Mean More/Better Buds

Contrary to popular belief, overloading cannabis plants with all manner of nutrients in extremely generous quantities will not necessarily result in better buds. In fact, it’s more likely to have the exact opposite effect…laying waste to your entire crop. This is the kind of instance where there can definitely be too much of a good thing. When it comes to providing cannabis plants with nutrients, you need to remember that they require a very carefully balanced diet to reach their full potential, just like you yourself do. They need to be provided with exactly what they need at exactly the right time in exactly the right quantities. If you think adding the odd cap-full here and there will give things a welcome boost, you are sorely mistaken.

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Light Is the Biggest of Big Deals

While there are many important elements to balance when it comes to growing quality cannabis, there are none that matter more than lighting. A multi-faceted priority for any cannabis grower, you need to be well aware of the importance of not only the type of lighting you provide, but also its quality, strength, reliability, production of heat and day/night scheduling. The reason being that even if you well and truly nail it with everything else, you are guaranteed disappointing results if you do not get things right with lighting. This is one instance where being frugal when picking up the required equipment probably isn’t a good idea.

But it’s Not the Be All, End All

It’s also the same in reverse. You can spend all the money in the world on the provision of outstanding quality lighting for your plants and it will all come to nothing if you do not focus sufficient attention on all other areas. These include ambient temperatures, humidity, air quality, nutrient quality, pest control and absolutely everything else that goes into the production of your cannabis plants.  It’s a careful balancing act m the earliest stages and one that demands plenty of attention in a variety of different areas.

The Strain You Choose Will Make a Big Difference

While selecting seeds of the highest possible quality is of real importance, so too is the strain you choose to grow. Make no mistake about it – your choice in terms of strains can and will have the biggest impact on everything that happens from thereon in. Try not to select a particular cannabis strain just because you like the way it looks, love the idea of extremely high THC content or simply because it is your favorite strain in the world. Even if it ticks all of these boxes, there’s still every chance it could be spectacularly difficult to succeed with. Of course, this all comes down to your own skill level, experience with growing and the quality of the growing environment you set up.  Nonetheless, just as there are certain strains of cannabis that are almost impossible to go wrong with, there are others that will punish you severely for even the simplest mistakes. If you are looking to get started for the first time with something simple, make sure you choose a cannabis strain that offers a helping hand.

You Won’t Nail It First Time

Last but not least, while there’s every chance your first attempt to grow cannabis will yield positive results, it is highly unlikely that you will come out with the kinds of results expected from a seasoned professional. No matter how much homework you do, there is so much to learn along the way. You are guaranteed to make at least a few mistakes here and there. On the plus side, these are all the kinds of mistakes you are guaranteed to learn from and thus be able to improve on the next grow. It’s simply a case of tailoring your expectations realistically in order to ensure that you do not set yourself up for disappointment.