Entering the ethereal atmosphere that is Boulder, Colorado one often looses oneself in the cultural melting pot that lines the streets. Upon further inspection, various dispensaries blend right into the ambiance seamlessly. A particular dispensary stood out among the rest with a character quite unique and almost European in style.
This place is known as The Greenest Green. The facility itself is very reminiscent of the Amsterdam style smoke shops, where medical marijuana patients can sit at a "bud bar" and pick what fancies them best. Patients can touch, smell and hold sample buds to get a feel for possible purchases. At one point before new regulations passed on July 1st, patients were allowed to consume/use products on site after purchase in a designated area. Even with this minor set back in rules, the place exudes superiority over the competition.
They carry a large and impressive assortment of goods that can fit any lifestyle and medical need. A excellent collection of Sativa, Indica, and hybrid strains. Everything from classics such as Northern Lights to newer strains such as Monkey Bite. The nugs are the BIGGEST I have ever seen come out of a dispensary with the most gorgeous trichomes. I was absolutely floored at the magnitude of beauty their strains possessed when I first pulled the bud out of their signature "GG" black canisters. They also carry potent hash, kief, tinctures and edibles. They have the best products for the best prices.
Another special feature of this dispensary is their grow room where patients can purchase clones or seeds. In this room you are allowed to view the potential purchase of a clone and pick which plant suits your taste. This is a wonderful perk as most dispensaries will ask what strain you want and then randomly select the plant for you. But at GG, you have full control at choosing and also the ability to ask as many questions as you need to better make a purchase.
The Greenest Green is also very conscious of their environmental footprint. They encourage the recycling of their signature black "GG" canisters by offering 10% off your next purchase. This in itself is a wonderful idea, as much dispensaries use plastic medicine containers and never offer incentives to recycle them.
And as if that wasn't amazing enough, their staff are even better. They are the warmest, friendliest, and most product educated people that I have met to this date. Quite a bit of trending I have noticed in the dispensary field is that people do not know their product well enough. And when a patient has to school a dispensary bud tender, you know there are problems to be had. I felt completely at ease, learned a lot of things I didn't know and enjoyed every minute of my stay. I would recommend this dispensary to anyone, and will encourage people to at least visit once. I guarantee that one visit will get you hooked and you will want to continue to visit for your medical needs.
Guillermo Velasco in 2009 at Complutense University in Spain has found that the active ingredient in marijuana, Tetrahydrocannabinol, causes brain cancer cells to undergo a process called Autophagy. Autophagy is when a cell breaks down and dies due to it cannibalizing itself.
Velasco's team administered THC to mice with human brain cancer cells and two people with brain tumors. The mice that received the THC caused their tumors to shrink tremendously. The two human patients received THC as an experimental treatment for a highly aggressive brain tumor called Recurrent Glioblastoma Multiforme. Biopsies of the tumor were taken before and after treatment to track its progress. After receiving the THC, the tumor showed increased autophagy activity. The human trial used a 30-day THC treatment regimen, where the researchers found that THC eliminated cancer cells while it left healthy cells intact. Velasco noted that it appears “to kill cancer cells, while it does not affect normal cells.”
The patients receiving this treatment did not have any toxic effects from the THC. Guillermo Velasco's findings appear in the April 1, 2009 issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation. He says his findings could lead to new strategies for preventing tumor growth. “These results may help to design new cancer therapies based on the use of medicines containing the active principle of marijuana and/or in the activation of autophagy,” Velasco said.
Many people are firm believers that by smoking/vaporizing/eating marijuana will conjure up munchies so extreme that you will inevitably gain weight. While yes, sometimes you will get the munchies you must also realize that sometimes you may not. In my personal experience I will only acquire munchies if I have been lacking in calories for the day or week. This has led me to the belief, at least for my body, that if I'm lacking in nutrients/calories the marijuana stimulates my body to want to eat to make up for the deficit. Sometimes due to stress and life in general people become distracted from eating properly or at all. If you fall into this category where your eating schedule is a hot mess and you are not taking in proper nutrition requirements, then yes using marijuana is going to make you hungry! This is why people on chemo or AIDS therapy need marijuana to stimulate their appetite because otherwise they are too sick to eat.
I found that marijuana increases gym performance especially weight lifting. Vaporizing and eating edibles would be the way to go if you would like to incorporate it into your workouts. So far, I have measurably increased performance in the gym since the introduction of marijuana. I can lift heavier, lift longer, lift 100% in proper form, all with 100% mental focus on what I am doing. I feel that is it a great sport supplement, that really gets you the most out of your workout. So far I am reaping the benefits of increased strength, agility, stamina, focus and speed.
Of course, it is different for everyone. Each human body has unique chemistry and will react differently to substances. Some people may get insane munchies, some may get only slightly hungry and some will not get hungry at all. My advice if you get munchies, is to look at your eating and exercise habits. Maybe you are exercising too much and not eating enough calories? Or maybe you are too stressed out/sick to eat and you try to make up for it when your body is stoned? Try eating normally, and you may find yourself not getting the munchies anymore.
Overtime, I will see if this theory proves itself, but I know that the empirical data thus far is something to acknowledge and think about. I find this plant to be such a little gift and miracle form the earth.
There are three main types of cannabis that have three very different effects on the body. Within these three umbrella categories are numerous plant strains that contain different levels of cannabinoids and THC.
Sativa - This type of plant originally came from the areas of Colombia, Mexico, Southeast Asia and Thailand. The plant will grow very tall, fast and lanky. The actual leaf is a light green with very thin leaves. When it begins to flower, it will take 10 to 16 weeks to fully mature. When smoked or vaporized the flavors range from earthy, fruity and sweet. The stone of a Sativa is a very energetic cerebral high. These strains are more of a stimulant, effective in appetite stimulation, relieving depression, feeling of optimism and well being, migraines, tiredness, pain, nausea and adding pep to your step. They can also give a slight hallucinogenic effect if taken in large doses.
Indica - This type of plant originally came from the Tibet, Morocco, and Afghanistan areas. These plants will grow very short, low and dense. The leaf of this plant is very broad with very dark green leaves. When this plant begins to flower, it will mature in 6 to 8 weeks. When smoked or vaporized the flavors range from a strong skunk to very sweet and fruity. This plant is higher in CBD than THC which produces a heavier body stone. These strains are a excellent body relaxer, which is very effective for anxiety, pain, nausea, sleep, insomnia, relaxation and muscle spasms. This strain is the late night choice of many people for an extremely effective and safe sleep aid. This plant produces the coveted "couch-lock" effect.
Hybrid - This type of plant is a cross breed of the Sativa and Indica plants. There effects, CBD/THC levels and looks all depend on what strains were crossed with one another. But generally speaking, the hybrid plant will possess the qualities of both parent plants to create a very unique experience.
The following are the annual causes of death in the USA:
Tobacco 435,000 Poor Diet and Physical Inactivity 365,000 Alcohol 85,000 Microbial Agents 75,000 Toxic Agents 55,000 Motor Vehicle Crashes 26,347 Adverse Reactions to Prescription Drugs 32,000 Suicide 30,622 Incidents Involving Firearms 29,000 Homicide 20,308 Sexual Behaviors 20,000 All Illicit Drug Use, Direct and Indirect 17,000 Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Such As Aspirin 7,600 Marijuana 0
This is a fantastic documentary explaining the past and present history of marijuana. The documentary is broken down into 11 parts on YouTube. A lot of things in this documentary that the government has done is quite shocking. Marijuana products, medicine and hemp was legal up until prohibition in 1937. And the reason that they enforced this new law? Because they thought smoking marijuana made you violent. They also used racism to propel this idea by stating that Mexican's and Black people would use marijuana and attack/rape/look at white women/step on white men's shadows. It is absolutely revolting that the government would exploit and target these ethnic backgrounds in order to carry out their silly propaganda. Watch the video, learn and be enlightened. Fight for your rights and the legalization of marijuana.