Category Archives: Cannabis

Hemp beginning to replace Concrete?

The hemp fields sprouting in a part of Canada best known for its giant oil patch show how climate change is disrupting the construction industry.

Six years after setting up shop in the shadow of Calgary’s tar sands, Mac Radford, 64, says he can’t satisfy all the orders from builders for Earth-friendly materials that help them limit their carbon footprints. His company, JustBioFiber Structural Solutions, is on the vanguard of businesses using hemp — the boring cousin of marijuana devoid of psychoactive content — to mitigate the greenhouse gases behind global warming.

Around the world, builders are putting modern twists into ancient construction methods that employ the hearty hemp weed. Roman engineers used the plant’s sinewy fibers in the mortar they mixed to hold up bridges. More recently, former White House adviser Steve Bannon weighed in on using so-called hempcrete to build walls. Early results indicate it’s possible to tap demand for cleaner alternatives to cement.

“We have way more demand than we can supply,” said Radford from his plant in Airdrie, which is undergoing expansion and soon expects to churn out enough Lego-like hemp bricks each year to build 2,000 homes.

Greener alternatives to cement add to the pressure on companies including LafargeHolcim and Votorantim Cimentos as the global economy pivots toward dramatically lower emissions.

Cement makers are responsible for about 7% of global carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere every year, with copious volumes entering via limestone kilns needed to produce the material. Manufacturers say they’ve struggled to find markets for greener alternatives, giving easy entree to entrepreneurs like Radford who cater to customers concerned about their impact on the Earth.

“They love it once they understand it,” said Radford of the builders who’ve adopted the modular, inter-locking bricks he invented for their projects. “Our old practices we have to change.”

While architects and developers have traditionally concentrated on the energy used by their buildings once they’re are standing, it’s actually the materials required in their construction that represent the brunt of a structure’s lifetime carbon footprint. Replacing high-carbon-intensity materials like cement with greener alternatives like hemp can dramatically reduce or even offset greenhouse gas pollution.

Hemp fields absorb carbon when they’re growing. After harvest, the crop continues to absorb greenhouse gases as it’s mixed with lime or clay. Hempcrete structures also have better ventilation, fire resistance and temperature regulation, according to their proponents.

Numbers across the industry vary depending on the process, but JustBioFiber says that its hemp captures 130 kilograms (287 pounds) of carbon dioxide for each cubic meter it builds. Those structures made with their bricks will sequester more greenhouse gases than they emit in production. By contrast each ton of cement produced emits half a ton of carbon dioxide, according to the European Cement Association.

Read the full article at SFGATE

Thailand Marijuana laws Encouraging Home Grown

Thailand became the first country in Southeast Asia to legalise medical marijuana in December and in June, Asia’s first marijuana clinic opened in Bangkok. Now, the government is still not done with easing its rules.

The Bhumanjaithai Party said they would file a draft bill this week that pushes for the legalisation of homegrown pot, the Bangkok Post reported. This comes in light of a public forum organised by the party that discussed how to reap the economic and medical benefits of marijuana.

The party was a major player in campaigning for opening up the cannabis market during Thailand’s elections in March.

Party member Supachai Jaisamut told the Bangkok Post that the draft bill would amend the Narcotics Act to allow households to grow a maximum of six cannabis plants for personal consumption. It would need the support of at least 500 legislators to be implemented. State and non-government officials, folk doctors, and Thai traditional medicine practitioners who attended the forum showed support for the party’s initiative.

In conjunction with this proposal, Supachai said that the party also plans to submit another draft bill proposing the establishment of a “Narcotic Plants Institute.” The institute would oversee the research, development, imports, and exports of cannabis, and would be the entity in charge of granting permission for people to grow the plants in their homes.

Rosana Tositrakul, the Thai Holistic Health Foundation’s secretary-general told the Bangkok Post that legalising homegrown cannabis would remove the state’s five-year plantation monopoly, allowing people to develop various strains and make Thai cannabis more competitive. She also added that it would help folk doctors treat their patients by allowing them to grow marijuana.

Other countries in the region are discussing the possibility of following in Thailand’s footsteps, including, Malaysia, Laos, and the Philippines. However, some countries remain conservative in their attitudes towards cannabis, including Singapore where two men were arrested on Monday for growing weed in their flat.

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This article originally appeared on VICE ASIA

Forming a deeper connection w. Cannabis

As much as we love a huge green salad, smoothie, or juice, we’re discussing going green in a whole new way today. In this episode, Black Girl In Om Founder Lauren Ash and Art Director Deun Ivory sit down with DeJanae Evins, an expert on cannabis, wellness, and their various intersections. As the creator of and creative mastermind behind Green Goddess Glow and HighTide Tours, DeJanae educates on how to incorporate cannabis into your self-care with intention across the globe and uncover new experiences of life in the beautiful city of Los Angeles. Whether you’re a cannabis connoisseur, curious about the science behind it, have no experience beyond media perceptions, or fall somewhere in between, we’re certain this will be an enriching, educational, and easeful listening experience. As a woman growing into her own glow, DeJanae is committed to promoting the divine feminine through education about conscious cannabis use and self-care practices. Consider this an invitation for you to find your own glow and dive deeper into the world of conscious consumption with DeJanae. Sit back, get comfy, and let this deeply knowledgeable and incredibly intentional green goddess get you right. We’re sure you won’t regret it.

Catch more from DeJanae through her websites for Green Goddess Glow and High Tide Tours, reach out directly at hello@greengoddessglow.com, and follow her across social media @greengoddessglow or on her personal account @dejanaetanye. Keep an eye out across her platforms for forthcoming information on teachings, talks, seminars, grow initiatives, and more offerings that demonstrate how conscious cannabis consumption can improve your life.

This episode is sponsored by Foria. Foria is a pioneering cannabis & hemp brand offering a range of unique products for pleasure enhancement, pain relief, and overall wellness. Follow along on their website and their Instagram to learn more about all that Foria offers. Plus, use code lauren20 on your next order for a special discount just for our Black Girl In Om boos. We hope you love it as much as we do!

IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL FIND OUT ABOUT:

  • Green Goddess Glow + how DeJanae’s relationship to cannabis has continuously evolved

  • Lauren’s personal journey with cannabis + the stigmas she released to get through it

  • DeJanae’s intentional vision for this year + her plants

  • The importance of language in the public conversations around cannabis

  • Historical examples of cannabis’ various medicinal uses

  • One specific way to incorporate the plant in your daily life

  • How cannabis and your body have systems that work exactly the same

  • How Deun’s perspective of cannabis has changed over the years + a documentary series that helped her see things in a new light

  • Full plant medicine vs. synthesized compounds and THC vs. CBD — what’s the difference and what are their effects

  • What you should consider when it comes to choosing the right cannabis for you — there are similarities to a wellness staple you may already be familiar with

  • DeJanae’s personal journey in a particularly difficult time in her life

  • How cannabis can actually help us with a deficiency we have based on our society

  • A book that helped further open Lauren’s eyes to the way our people have been particularly marginalized through the years

  • A few helpful resources you can download today and use to learn more about conscious consumption

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Hybrid Select: Animal Cookies

Animal Cookies is the child of legendary strains GSC and Fire OG. This clone-only strain flowers in 9-10 weeks and grows dense, frosty green buds tipped with purple. True to its name, Animal Cookies has a sweet, sour aroma with heavy full-body effects that will impress any veteran consumer. This potent medicine might be overkill for mild symptoms, but its ability to obliterate severe pain and insomnia is unprecedented.

Source – Leafly 

 

History of Hashish

Steeped in centuries of hearsay and myth, the origins of hashish are elusive. However, cannabis cultivation is an omnipresent part of numerous cultures’ ancient histories, especially in the Middle East.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF HASHISH BY ZATIVO

Diverse records from around the world are evidence that hashish has retained distinct political significance in many regions. Furthermore, it is linked to the reigning periods of some of history’s most notorious and revered leaders alike. In certain spheres, hashish has been a harbinger of geographic and social upheaval; at present, international hashish distribution offers producers the opportunity to achieve major payouts under the threat of highly illicit operations.

WHAT IS HASHISH?

In its most simplistic form, hashish is made by collecting the resinous heads of trichomes from cannabis plants. Trichomes contain essential cannabinoids THC and CBD, as well as potent smelling terpenes, all of which produce effects when decarboxylated and consumed. “Hash” is synonymous with several different incarnations of cannabis resin and can be smoked or consumed in food and drink. The earliest recorded versions of hashish are noted for maintaining a hard, brick-like shape, resulting from intensive elements of pressure and heat.

Hashish balls

EARLY HISTORY OF HASH

Little evidence is compiled on the most ancient history of hashish. However, historians agree that the observable emergence of hash occurred by the 10th century in then-Arabia. Viable secondary evidence is limited on this subject until around the 11th century in which Muslim legislators debated its use in their culture.

From here on, hashish became normalised throughout Arabia and would soon disseminate throughout the entire Middle East. Indeed, hash is mentioned in the classic “1001 Arabian Nights” for its gaiety and sleep-inducing properties in the story “The Tale of the Hashish Eater.”

Hashish in Arabia

SHEIK HAIDAR APPRECIATES CANNABINOIDS

There is some debate as to whether Arabia “founded” hash, or was introduced to it by other cultures, specifically Persian Sufis. There is documentation of Sufi leader Sheik Haidar consuming cannabis, enjoying its psychotropic effects and encouraging cannabis use among his followers. Sheik Haidar is sometimes cited as discovering the psychoactive effects of THC, but this is unlikely considering the dates of his influence. Sheik Haidar’s followers were rumoured to have caused the spread of hashish throughout Arabia, but this evidence is unsubstantiated.

Sheik Haidar ruled between 1155 A.D. – 1221 A.D., long after hashish had become a part of Arabian culture. Though perhaps not responsible for instituting hashish in the middle-east, Sheik Haidar’s followers are said to have incited the dissemination of hashish to other nearby countries like Iraq and Egypt.

Read the full article at Zativo

Indica Select – Darth Vader

What is Darth Vader OG?

Darth Vader OG is a heavy indica marijuana strain that truly shows its “Dark Side” with its violet and forest green flowers. This strain’s true force comes through in its effects, which provide complete body relaxation and sleepiness. Ideal for treating insomnia, this strain may not knock you out immediately, but it will definitely quiet the mind and put all major productive plans on hold. A true “purple” strain, Darth Vader OG has a sweet grape smell but a comparatively subdued taste.

 

 

History of Thai Sticks

Thai Sticks are essentially the OG cannabis cigar. When rolled properly, they burn like velvet. So how do you make one for yourself, and why aren’t they more popular in 2019?

Even the most experienced cannabis connoisseur may be unfamiliar to the world of Thai Sticks and how they’re smoked. Put simply, these green giants are whole-bud cannabis cigars wrapped in plant leaves. However, when you peel back the layers on these weed kebabs, you’ll find that there’s far more going on than you might imagine.

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History of the Thai Stick

Thai Sticks originated in Thailand, which shouldn’t be too surprising given the name. It’s unclear just how old they are, but Thai Sticks have certainly been around for several centuries, as tokers likely invented them soon after weed was popularized in Thailand. Thai Sticks are just one of many canna-innovations that originated in Thailand, along with the bong.

Thai Sticks were introduced to America after the Vietnam War, when soldiers came back to the US straped with these potent blunts. And Americans imediately fell in love with them because they got you high as hell. Many believed the Thai Sticks of yesteryear had opium in them, but no one knows for sure. Realistically, it was probably the hash oil used to bind them that convinced people they were puffing on something stronger. These original cannagars were likely more potent than American weed was at the time.

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How Do You Make a Thai Stick?

First, take your bud and skewer it with a bamboo stick, kebab-style. Long before Americans got their hands on Thai Sticks, it’s believed that the bamboo skewers were dipped in opium, which obviously launched smokers into a wild high. Today, however, hash oil or sugar water is used to coat the skewer, helping the seedless nugs mold around the stick. The choice between using hash oil or sugar water depends on how high the smoker wants to get.

Once the cannabis secures tightly around the stick, the buds are then wrapped in plant material, tied with hemp wick, and vacuum-sealed to cure. Most smokers choose to wrap their Thai Sticks in leaves from the marijuana plant, similar to the way Southeast Asian cuisine uses banana leaves to wrap certain dishes. In other words, you can tailor your Thai Stick to your preferred method of smoking.

Read the full article at Merry Jane

Indica Select – Pink Panties

What is Pink Panties?

Pink Panties is a cross of Burmese Kush and a Florida Kush backcross. It expresses dense, medium-sized buds that reek of tart and tangy citrus alongside a strong floral bouquet. This strain delivers a smooth smoking experience that is citrus-forward, but lightly herbal on the exhale. Consumers can find value in Pink Panties’ potent but functional sedation, which may help abate symptoms of anxiety, depression, and PTSD.

Taste good, and I like the name.