Category Archives: Cannabis

Sativa Select: Master Kush

Master Kush is a popular indica cross created out of two landrace strains from different parts of the Hindu Kush region. Master Kush is bred by the Dutch White Label Seed Company, located in Amsterdam. During maturation the plant produces a subtle earthy, citrus smell with a hint of incense, which is often described as a vintage flavor. The taste of Master Kush is reminiscent of the famous hard-rubbed charas hash. This strain holds a superb balance of full-body relaxation without the mind-numbing effect that many indica strains produce. Instead, Master Kush offers a sharpened sensory awareness that can bring out the best of any activity.

Read more about Master Kush at Leafly

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Yogi Selects – Kay Danai

Im not sure how i discovered Kay_Danai’s page but one thing that we had in common was a love for Cannabis and Yoga .. simply put! Check out what Kay shared below! 

There are many paths to the same destination… Which path led you to yoga and if there were another way for you to be led to yoga what do you think that path would look like?
I have always been called towards moving meditations. I am classically trained in dance which continues to be a passion of mine but it was a dance injury that first brought me to a yoga mat. I was looking for ways to help heal my injury and once I found yoga I never looked back. This practice came to me at the only time in my life that I was ready to embrace it, so I know there is no other way in which events could have unfolded.

What do you think you must destroy in order to rebuild for progression this year? 
I am always tearing down old agreements that I made with the world, seeing limits that I put on myself and working to let them go so I can form better habits. ​

Can yoga help you remove limits that you may have placed in your own way… If so how?

Absolutely, yoga brings awareness to limits you have set up for yourself unconsciously. To change anything you must first notice that it is limiting you, then with this awareness you can start working to create better habits and step outside of your comfort zone. It comes out of nowhere I will be thinking of a pose or how I can’t do that because *________insert excuse/reason here_____* and it dawns on me that I’m creating limits on what my body can do with my thoughts. That’s just one example I have those little moments all the time and I am so grateful for every chance I get to let something go.


Name 3 ways Yoga can enhance your Cannabis experience?

I like to focus on my breath(Pranayama) when I practice and doing this can definitely enhance your smoking experience when you can bring that same focus and awareness to the breath when you are smoking cannabis. Helping to relax your body and mind with each inhale & exhale. Yoga and working with entheogens has made me very aware about the ways in which I use cannabis. Reminding me to use it in a good way, for prayer and ritual, or healing not just to smoke to get as high as possible. I like to put intentions into the joints that I roll so the smoke can send my messages to the sky.

What crystal are you drawn to most at the moment and why do you feel it is attracting you?

Amethyst. It helps me to stay clear and centered as I go deeper on my spiritual path.

Have you ever tried yoga on entheogens if so how was that experience? feel free to share

I am a big believer in sacred medicines and have sat with Shamans from many different traditions. I have not practiced any physical asana while at ceremony but I have done pranayama (breath work) which left me feeling so connected to the beautiful loving energy of the universe. I also love to dance during ceremony and often get moved to do so. It reminds me how connected I am to the universe and that I should flow and move with the energy and not fight against it. I feel that almost (if they are mentally ready) everyone should try to connect with these plants, so they can receive these teachings that they have to offer.

I noticed your YogaForStoners tag.. How do you think trees can help when practicing yoga?
It brings you into a deeper awareness of the subtle energy in your body. Making you more aware of the body and how the energy is flowing through it. It is a Peaceful awareness, reducing tension in both the body and mind. Once tension is released from the body pain and anxiety melt away, leaving you at ease. From this place of ease it is easier to look at our current physical reality with just a little bit more compassion for the self. Cannabis changes how we think about things blocking certain receptors in the brain, I find that when I smoke before I practice I will see certain poses in a new light or find new ways to get into postures.

What strain do you prefer to practice yoga with if any?

It depends on the time of day and what type of yoga I am practicing. For mornings and Vinyasa type classes I like a good sativa which is my preferred type of cannabis. If I am taking a yin class, or practicing at night, or doing breath work I like a indica or a hybrid(indica heavy) because it helps to turn down the volume in my brain so I can let go. The exact strains change for me I like to mix up the flavors.

What would you tell someone that is interested but thinks yoga is for girls and hippies ?

A lot of people have this idea that yoga is just a bunch of stretching and girls in yoga pants but once you go to a class and leave super sweaty you will know the truth. Yoga was created by guys in India and makes you so strong physically and mentally. If they didn’t get that I would just have them try to do some arm balances then see how girly they think the practice is. Most people will see a benefit just from taking one yoga class so I would tell them just to try it, what’s the worst that could happen.

Have you had any yoga related dreams or mystical meditations? Feel free to share..

I always dream about poses that I am practice or wish I could practice. I think of it like extra time for me to work on the pose.
Which beach do you see yourself doing yoga on next?
My dream is to do yoga on the beach in Bali, but I see myself in Miami very soon and the muscle beach in Santa Monica is always calling my name with all the acro yoga that goes on there.

Is there anything you would like to say to the readers of infocus247?

If they are thinking of trying yoga but don’t think they are fit enough or flexible enough to just go for it. Everyone has to start as a beginner and once you start down a path it gets easier. Never be afraid to try new things and fail at things, that is what life is for! Have fun, laugh it all will work out. I also want to remind them to Thank their water its sacred just like cannabis. Be grateful for all these beautiful teachers.


Check out my Instagram @Kay_danai
The companies I teach with:
@Elevatedyogi for cannabis enhanced yoga classes. & @bodyshopxperts for alternative fitness for women

Will South Africa Legalize Medical Marijuana?

This past week, the medical manufacturing of cannabis, known as dagga to South Africans, was approved by the country’s government.

This past week, the medical manufacturing of cannabis, known as dagga to South Africans, was approved by the country’s government. This is not only a great feat for the people of South Africa, but also for the legacy of a fallen political figure.

Dr. Mario Oriani-Ambrosini created the Medical Innovation Bill in 2014, which proposed the complete legalization of medical and recreational cannabis. Dr. Ambrosini made his career as a firm believer in reason and justice. Among many accomplishments made in his lifetime, he was the sole Cabinet Adviser to Mangosuthu Buthelezi, South Africa’s Minister of Home Affairs, and the leader in Nelson Mandela’s Government of National Unity.

After being diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, he became a major advocate for the legalization of cannabis before his death in August 2014.

In a speech made to the National Assembly of South Africa, he courageously advocated for cannabis’ legalization. “I was supposed to die many months ago. I am here because I had the courage to seek alternatives, [first] in Italy in the form of bicarbonate soda, and here in South Africa in the form of cannabis, marijuana, dagga.”

Excluding the legalization of recreational marijuana, the Medical Innovation Bill is now open for public comment after a letter was released from the Medical Control Council, South Africa’s medical regulatory agency that uses a variety of pharmacy and academic experts to evaluate the manufacture, distribution, sale, and marketing of medicines initially laid down by the Medicines and Related Substances Act, (Act 101 of 1965). The letter stated that the organization is in the process of forming new guidelines for the production of cannabis oil.

A slight man with a strong grip on what the people of Africa need, Chief Treasury General Narend Singh is the leading voice in this change. He is part of the Inkatha Freedom Party, the fourth largest political party in the National Assembly of South Africa. Sigh says it will be a process before medical cannabis is fully legalized.

“There seems to be a realization that we cannot be left out as a country with permitting the use of medical marijuana,” Singh said. “Even now there is a perception when people see marijuana headlines that it will be legal. Our concern is that we don’t want this to be a free-for-all. Recreational users must not feel they can just go plant this and use it in whatever form they want.”

Singh respects Dr. Ambrosini’s efforts in bringing about this legalization, but emphasizes the importance of medical use, not recreational, as Dr. Ambrosini initially included in the bill.

“Mario had fought tirelessly for this and although he proposed cannabis beyond medicinal use to also include it for recreational use, we agreed to withdraw every clause relating to non-medicinal use in our efforts to ensure it becomes legal.”

With this new legalization, a few areas of concern have been discussed, such as easier access for the South African people, education of medical personnel, and the monopolization of production.

Currently, cannabis oil is out of reach to many, due to its current cost and high demand. Easier access is crucial in South Africa, where poverty affects 45.5% of its people.

“Thousands of patients are already using cannabis oil, which comes at a premium price, and we wanted it to be made freely accessible so that the patient going to Addington or any other state hospital can request this without the exorbitant costs associated,” Singh added.

Another focus is education. Quintin van Kerken, a member of the Anti Drug Alliance and the Clear Option Addiction Recovery Program, says doctors have not been educated on cannabis treatment and will need necessary training once production is in full swing. A big part of this is setting aside the negative presuppositions about cannabis. Because marijuana has been, for so long, regarded as an illegal, abusive substance, it will take effort and planning to educate doctors on the benefits of cannabis as well as dosage, administration, and teaching their patients about cannabis treatment.

Singh also discusses the possibility of a cannabis monopoly. In a 2013 article, Uruguay discussed their parameters of making cannabis legal, with the major point of keeping it monopolized under Uruguayan government. Sing wants South Africa to view production and access to cannabis from a philanthropic standpoint.

“Production must be aimed at making it a medicinal, affordable drug for those who need it. It should not be an exclusive drug of choice for those who have the money.”

Just like other states in the US that have legalized cannabis, there will be stringent procedures and restrictions. Once manufacturing and distribution can be being, however, the benefits of making cannabis oil easily accessible will undeniably help South Africans, just like Dr. Oriani-Ambrosini hoped.

Source – MerryJane

Cannabis Grow 101

Growing weed indoors is not at all difficult these days.  There are lots of strains which are bred to give great results.  And there are lots of options for grow methods and lights.  If you have never grown weed indoors before you will be faced with a confusing number of options.  In this week’s blog we will aim to focus on a few simple recommendations which will allow you to make a successful first grow indoors.  You will be amazed how easy it is to grow top quality marijuana! –DutchPassion 

Step 1.  Where to grow?  One of the easiest ways to start is with one of the purpose built indoor grow tents available from proven vendors such as Hydro Lab and Secret Jardin.  These tents are strong and can be assembled in a few minutes, they are light proof and come with all the necessary holes for cables and air extraction.  These tents cost around €100 for a basic model.

Step 2.  Growing in soil or hydro?  Cannabis can grow in a massive number of different ways.  Perhaps the simplest way is in soil.  But it will grow well in coco fibre, clay pebbles, rockwool and any number of different hydroponic systems where there is no soil.  So long as the roots get nutrients and oxygen cannabis will grow.  It is called weed for a good reason !

In this week’s blog we will look only at growing in soil to keep things simple.  Growing in hydroponic systems does give great results but the additional technicalities involving pH, electrical conductivity etc may be a bit confusing for some first-time growers.  We will start by looking just at growing in soil.

Step 3.  Soil quality.  The simplest way to start growing is to buy a prepared specialist soil from companies like BioBizz, Canna or Plagron.  This isn’t the cheapest way of getting started, but it is the simplest as everything is done for you, and you know the soil will give solid results. If you visit their websites you will see that they have soil for seedlings and soil to use when ‘potting up’ plants into their final containers.  They also have additional soil additives which you may want to consider to maximise yields, such as extra nutrients for flowering.  If you buy compost from the local garden centre then add at least 30% perlite in the soil to allow root aeration. If you can, add some worm castings or other light soil enrichers such as bat guano.  There are lots of good books and growing websites which will allow you to get a little bit more information in your own language.  But the easiest way to start is to get a specialist, ready-mixed soil and large plant containers.

If you use large containers, say 15-20 litres with a prepared soil mix you will have a very simple way of growing.  You won’t need to worry about pH or nutrient deficiencies.  The only thing you will need to do is water them lightly a couple of times a week and perhaps add a little liquid feed towards the end of flowering when the soil nutrients are getting depleted.  The most common mistakes made by new growers are over-watering and over-feeding, both of these slow plant growth and limit your end-result.

Step 4.  The growroom.  Keep the temperature around 25°C.  If it gets too hot (over 30°C) or too cold (under 20°C) you may start seeing slow growth and other issues.  If you are growing in a tent you will need to extract the air from the tent.  Air is removed by a fan which sucks the air through tubes (usually 100mm+ diameter).  The air should be sent through a carbon filter to remove all traces of the characteristic cannabis smell.  Finally the extracted air is vented normally outside or into a well ventilated loft.  Pro growers will use ozone generators to remove the tiniest remaining canna smells.  Growers that don’t take steps to deal with canna smells often wish they had.  If you are growing indoors then you really must use carbon filters.  Cannabis plants need a constant supply of fresh air to stay healthy and grow.

Step 5.  The seeds.  You have 2 choices.  You can grow AutoFem seeds or traditional ‘photoperiod‘ strains.  AutoFem’s take 70 days from sprouting the seed to harvest under a lighting regime of 20 hours on, 4 hours off.

Traditional strains are grown initially under 18 hours lights on/6 hours lights off.  This is called vegetative growth; the plant grows leaves, roots and branches but no bud. Usually after 4 or 5 weeks the plants is switched to 12 hours lights on/12 hours lights off.  This causes the cannabis plant to go into flowering and produce the buds we all love.  Normally the flowering process takes around 9 weeks.  The finished plant is cut down, the buds trimmed and dried for a few days.  Normally people cure (or mature) the buds in glass jars for a month or two to get the best flavours and a great high.

Cannabis plants can be male or female, but only the female plant has the buds that you want.  For that reason you are better off with feminized seed which will give rise to 95%+ female plants.  Dutch Passion were the first to offer feminized seed back in the 1990’s and today feminized seed accounts for 97% of our seed sales.  If you are new to growing, we would recommend a robust, forgiving variety such as feminized Skunk #11 for your first attempt.  Skunk #11 gives great yields, a great smoke and is easy to grow.  At €27 for 5 seeds it is the most affordable of our most highly-rated strains.  This was our first strain to sell over 1 million seeds for good reasons.

Step 6.  The light.  Most indoor growers use HPS lights.  These are a low cost and effective way of growing.  LED lights have been improving dramatically in the last 2 years, but at around €1000 for a 300W system they are still a little too expensive for many people.  But the results we have seen with them show that technically they are now really delivering excellent performance.  If you buy a grow tent you will normally get a manufacturers recommendation about the size of lamp and size of extraction fan.  The most common HPS lamps are 250W, 400W and 600W.  The more power they have, the more light (and heat) they produce.

And that is it.  There are countless ways to grow cannabis, but growing in premixed soil, in a purpose built indoor tent with an HPS light is one of the easiest ways to start.  More advanced growers will tell you that hydroponic systems such as NFT and especially DWC (deep water culture) gives even better results than soil.  If you are growing for the first time this year we wish you success !

Cannabis Prices Dropping?

It’s good news for consumers in the short-term, but might put small growers out of business, leaving kush fiends with fewer options.

If there’s one thing to take away from Economics 101, it’s the fundamental rules of supply and demand. When the supply exceeds the demand, prices tumble, which is exactly what’s happening right now in the legal weed market.

According to Forbes, the prices for marijuana in the states where it’s legal have fallen precipitously. In 2015, wholesale pot plummeted from $2,500 a pound to only $1,000 in 2016. In Colorado, prices went from $8 a gram for marijuana flower (what the rest of us call “bud”) in mid 2016 to a current price of $6. The drop was more dramatic in Washington, where prices decreased from $25 a gram to just $6.

Experts believe this is a result of heavy investment in the marijuana business, which is causing pot production to exceed demand as big-money speculators try to cash in on the emerging market. In the short-term, this market saturation means that prices at the dispensary will be down. But as it becomes more difficult for small growers to turn a profit, they may go out of business, possibly leaving kush fiends with fewer options.

A crowded market might not be the worst thing for consumers, though. When there is a lot of product vying for tokers’ attentions, brands are forced to differentiate and go beyond coming up with cute strain names like “Steve McGarrett’s Hair” or “God’s Vagina 2.0.” Some strains will likely rely on celebrity endorsements, like Willie Nelson’s Willie’s Reserve or Snoop Dogg’s Leafs by Snoop. Others will go the Whole Foods route, making organic and pesticide-free bud available at a premium. Some may just try to make their pot stronger.

Still, there are parts of the marijuana market that are holding steady, particularly edibles, concentrated oils, and concentrates made for vapes. There’s also the high-end weed market with its $200 blunts that shows no sign of slowing down.

Of course, this is only a concern to those in the eight states where recreational marijuana is currently legal. While the legal weed market is worth about $6.9 billion a year, 87 percent of all marijuana purchases are still made on the black market, which is estimated to be worth, annually, about $46 billion. Some might argue that we’re currently living in the Golden Age of Illegal Weed, where dealers are still seeing large profit margins.

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