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Comment Archives: stories: Cannabis

Re: “Legion of Bloom Terrapen Vaporizer Hits Smooth And Looks Slick.

Jonathan: In regards to your comment, I can't help but disagree with you about it being a lazy plug because I never heard of the Terrapen til I read this so I'm definitely glad they tossed this up on the site cause otherwise I'd be totally unaware of its existence. Although, on the lazy side, it'd be nice to have some more info on it, but I'm guessing I can probably find some more info on the manufacturer's site and probably on Reddit's vape section where people are constantly sharing their opinions of new vapes and whatnot. I suggest taking a look at Reddit if you want to know more about it cause I'm guessing you'll find some reviews from people that have bought it.

Also, the zen cartridge maybe being a way of your editors telling you to think before you write - that's pretty funny haha. Would be nice to know more about their pre-filled cartridges and what exactly is in them. Do a followup on this vape if you can!

Posted by Victor Johnson on 01/08/2018 at 10:49 AM

Re: “California to Require All Marijuana to be Lab Tested. What Will Happen to Weed That Fails the Lab?

The black and grey markets don't want safe access safe herb they want money

I know many of them, the ASA types and worse, all about the Benjamin's. Many many NorCal growers socal growers and the lawyer liars they deploy, don't care about safety or compassion. Many do however. Support real herb folks if you give a fuck.
Om? Om!

Posted by Dale Rostamo on 07/06/2017 at 5:57 AM

Re: “California to Require All Marijuana to be Lab Tested. What Will Happen to Weed That Fails the Lab?

The more regulations the more unregulated market, administrations never learn

Posted by Dr Cedro on 07/01/2017 at 3:01 PM

Re: “California to Require All Marijuana to be Lab Tested. What Will Happen to Weed That Fails the Lab?

A basic tenant of good manufacturing practices (GMP) is that quality cannot be tested into a product, it must be built in to every step of the process. Testing is an important part of quality control - and should be part of any good regulatory structure. However, it is a reactive process. Cannabis regulations would be much more effective at protecting health and safety if they made operators meet GMP standards- not to mention the cost savings.

Posted by FOCUS on 07/01/2017 at 1:44 PM
Posted by Rick Tillman on 06/29/2017 at 6:22 PM

Re: “California to Require All Marijuana to be Lab Tested. What Will Happen to Weed That Fails the Lab?

They now have extraction methods that take out pesticides. Everything else dies in co2 extraction. So the product will fly

Posted by on 06/29/2017 at 5:51 PM
Posted by Matt McLaughlin on 06/29/2017 at 3:59 PM

Re: “California to Require All Marijuana to be Lab Tested. What Will Happen to Weed That Fails the Lab?

vape pen materials will be tested as well Mr Smith. They cannot recycle to a non tested product. The regulations will separate the skilled growers who dont use pesticides from the less skilled wgo use them as a crutch. Protection of people from inhalable pesticides will clean up this industry. Do you realize that there is no synthetic pesticide that is approved for inhalation? eating and inhaling are two different pathways and the body has few ways to filter an inhaled toxin.

Posted by Thomas Blank on 06/29/2017 at 3:54 PM

Re: “California to Require All Marijuana to be Lab Tested. What Will Happen to Weed That Fails the Lab?

The article asks where the weed that fails testing will go. It will probably be turned into hash oil and sold in vape pens for 10x the price. Companies like tetra labs are already doing this in California, and they are quite open about their use of "unsaleable" buds. I believe they use micron filtration to remove all biological contaminants from fungal spores, insects, etc. and then further dewax and refine the oil until it is almost pure cannabinoid. Interesting stuff indeed.

Posted by Mulligan Smith on 06/29/2017 at 12:51 PM

Re: “California to Require All Marijuana to be Lab Tested. What Will Happen to Weed That Fails the Lab?

I think quality control is needed just like any industry. Without putting regulations into place, no one will ever know the true quality of their cannabis. They've already started implementing Quanta technology on cannabis all over the west coast to remove negative side effects like paranoia anxiety red eye etc... I'm hoping that these types of innovations will not only provide better product, but change the "stoner stereotype" on people who use cannabis.

Posted by Jackson Potters on 06/29/2017 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Well-Engineered, Potent 'Dirty Bird' Cannabis Pre-Roll From 4&20 Blackbird At First Soothes — Then Puts You In A Daze

Sounds like Supersmoke knows a thing or two about it? Jared probably for a big fat check to write this article...

Posted by groundballzzzzzz on 06/19/2017 at 5:08 PM

Re: “Well-Engineered, Potent 'Dirty Bird' Cannabis Pre-Roll From 4&20 Blackbird At First Soothes — Then Puts You In A Daze

Does the stuff make you want to slam some Charcuterie?

Posted by groundballzzzzzz on 06/19/2017 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Well-Engineered, Potent 'Dirty Bird' Cannabis Pre-Roll From 4&20 Blackbird At First Soothes — Then Puts You In A Daze

Pine and citrus tones? Please? I smoked one and I got high. That's my review. Calming at first and then in a daze? Congrats on describing every joint I've ever smoked.

Posted by supersmoke on 06/19/2017 at 4:57 PM

Re: “A Look At Cannabis Buyers Club Berkeley's Collection Of In-House Strains

"I've been told not to judge a book by it's cover..."

The correct spelling is "its", without an apostrophe.

Posted by Mandy Wayne on 06/05/2017 at 9:26 PM

Re: “The Future of Driving, Marijuana, And Being Stoned Behind The Wheel

If you go to:

They have some reports in there, which are full of references of real-world studies from the US and other countries, concerning impaired driving and what not..

There's some good info and the references within...

Also, the has some good info and cross references.

Posted by Jason Lun on 05/21/2017 at 11:09 PM

Re: “The Future of Driving, Marijuana, And Being Stoned Behind The Wheel

The Journal of Drug Policy and Practice - Volume 10, issue 3 - fall 2016

Why a 5 ng/ml THC Limit is Bad Public Policy - and the Case for Tandem per se DUID Legislation:

To quote some sections (formatting may be off, sorry)...:

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marijuanas THC is unlike alcohol chemically, biologically, and metabolically. As a result, what works for alcohol does not necessarily work for THC. There is no level of THC in blood above which everyone is impaired and below which no one is impaired. This is not due to a lack of research. It is due to chemistry and biology. It is not due to politics. It is due to science.
Neither THC nor alcohol impairs blood, breath, urine, or oral fluid. These drugs impair the brain.
We test for alcohol in blood as a surrogate for testing the brain. Blood tests are very easy, and breath tests are even easier. Testing the brain requires an autopsy which is far less convenient, to say the least. For alcohol, blood is an excellent surrogate because it is a small water soluble molecule that rapidly establishes a concentration equilibrium in highly perfused tissues throughout the body.

For some drugs, especially marijuanas THC that is of great popular concern, blood is a terrible surrogate to learn what is in the brain. That is because THC is not highly soluble in blood. THC prefers fatty tissues like the brain, heart, lungs and liver. THC is quickly removed from the blood stream as it is absorbed into the brain and other fatty organs and tissues. Even though the metabolic half-life of THC is estimated to be over four days, more than 90% of THC is cleared from blood within the first hour after smoking marijuana (Huestis et al. 1992; Toennes et al. 2008). See Figure 1. Furthermore, that clearance rate is so highly variable from one individual to another that retrograde extrapolation to estimate blood levels of THC at a prior time cannot be done reliably, as is commonly done with alcohol.

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2. Blood levels of THC are lower than brain levels of THC Mura compared THC levels in blood and in the brain in a series of autopsies. There was more THC in the brain than in the blood in 100% of the subjects. Significant levels of THC were
found in the brain even when none could be detected in the blood (Mura et al. 2005). So even if we knew the blood level of THC at the time of the incident, this would tell us absolutely nothing about the drug level of THC in the brain, the only place where it really Matters.

3. Tolerance results in varying levels of impairment at the same blood level

So even if we knew the drug level in the brain, this tells us nothing about the level of impairment of the individual.

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4. Polydrug impairment renders individual drug per se levels meaningless Most drug-impaired drivers responsible for vehicular homicide and assault are polydrug users (Wood and Salomonsen-Sautel 2016). That is, they have at least two drugs in their bodies at the same time. Drug combinations act differently than drugs individually, sometimes with additive effects, sometimes with synergistic effects, sometimes with complementary effects.

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Proving drug impairment The best way to prove drug impairment is to focus on measurements of drug impairment, rather than measurements of drug levels. After all, impairment is what were worried about, not lab tests. Impairment kills and maims people. Unfortunately, impairment measures are more subjective than laboratory tests.

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England and Wales recently did the same thing by establishing drug per se levels for a panel of drugs using two different criteria. For illegal drugs, such as marijuanas THC, they set the levels based upon laboratories quantification abilities. For THC that was 2 ng/ml. For legal prescription drugs, they set the per se levels based upon impairment levels chosen by a panel of experts.

Drug per se laws Impairment-based Although some variation on zero tolerance is the preferred way of meeting the demands for drug per se levels, Washington, Colorado and Montana have taken the scientifically invalid approach of establishing what they believe are impairment-based per se levels.
By ignoring all drugs other than marijuana, these states suggest a belief that drug-impaired driving is all about marijuana-impaired driving. Nothing could be further from the truth. For example, a court record study of Colorados 2013 vehicular homicides and vehicular assaults due to DUI revealed that at least 30%, or 51 of those cases, involved drugs. Yet only three of those cases identified marijuana as the sole intoxicant. The other 48 cases involved other drugs or more commonly combinations of drugs, the most common of which was alcohol combined with marijuana (Wood & Salomonsen-Sautel, 2016).

Colorado, Washington and Montana ignore the chemical, biological, and metabolic differences between drugs and alcohol. They ignore the fact that scientific evidence does not support impairment-based per se blood levels of drugs.

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Fallacies from 5 ng/ml THC supporters

Colorados 5 ng/ml compromise satisfied neither the public safety constituency nor the marijuana lobby.
Only the following constituencies benefit from this poor compromise of 5 ng/ml limit:
1. THC-impaired drivers who test below 5 ng/ml
2. Legislators who can convince poorly educated constituents that they did something to
address the problem of marijuana-impaired driving.
3. In a 5 ng/ml per se state, prosecutors benefit by being able to notch prosecution victories without needing to prove impairment.
Although 5 ng/ml was certainly a compromise, only a handful can claim it was a good compromise.

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Conclusion Autopilot mentalities and a lack of scientific understanding have caused many state legislators to support scientifically-invalid 5 ng/ml THC per se laws. Impairment by other drugs is thereby ignored, as is polydrug abuse...

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The American Automobile Association concluded, The data do not support science-based per se limits for THC (Logan, 2016).

Posted by Jason Lun on 05/21/2017 at 11:00 PM

Re: “The Future of Driving, Marijuana, And Being Stoned Behind The Wheel

As always, if there's not enough crime, law enforcement will invent crime. That's what the war on drugs is for.

Christopher Fallis
Oakland, CA

Posted by Christopher Fallis on 05/21/2017 at 5:47 PM

Re: “The Future of Driving, Marijuana, And Being Stoned Behind The Wheel

Denise Valenti

Like all the junk science pushing the idea of marijuana impairment, your "studies" only say a certain percentage of drivers in accidents tested positive for marijuana.

That says NOTHING about impairment or the actual cause of the accidents - just that a some were marijuana consumers. - What actually happened in those accidents was some unfortunate NON-impaired marijuana consumers were crashed into by drunk, texting, or otherwise REALLY impaired drivers.

The preponderance of the legitimate studies actually looking at impairment (like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration research of 2015 cited below) show that marijuana is NOT a significant cause of auto accidents.

Shame on you for pushing this deceptive propaganda.

Posted by John Thomas on 05/20/2017 at 11:42 PM

Re: “The Future of Driving, Marijuana, And Being Stoned Behind The Wheel

Levels of active THC, inactive THC and CBD or any combination are not enough to determine functional impairment to drive. Consumer tests such as DRUID and MyCanary are excellent tools to raise awareness within the marijuana consuming community about their individual response and impairment with marijuana use.

It is SOOOO biased, uneducated and reactionary to make the assumption that any person concerned with marijuana and public safety (including driving) are not in favor of legal adult use of marijuana. It is not safe to drive after marijuana use. Data in all states with recreational use are suffering with an increase in harm and death.

The data is indicating that one of the more tragic outcome of legal and potentially the medicinal use of marijuana are more drivers using marijuana and driving under the influence. The state of Washington recognized this and worked with private agencies to survey the crash and fatality rates. What is clear is that the fatality rate specific to cannabis has increased.

Another chilling statistic: Those testing positive for marijuana alone, not alcohol or other drugs, are FIVE TIMES more likely to kill someone other than themselves compared to a driver testing positive for alcohol.

Tests of function are desperately needed so as to obtain convictions and remove these dangerous drivers from the road. IMMAD - Impairment Measurement Marijuana and driving is a simple app for a tablet that objectively measures functional impairment. It measures the visual field deficits (HUGE BLIND SPOTS or TUNNEL VISION) that occurs with marijuana use. Marijuana has been shown to significantly impair the eye retinal ganglion cells. IMMAD - Impairment Measurement Marijuana and Driving, measures this. IMMAD and other tests of function need further development and studied so as to have better tools for law enforcement to use in dealing with marijuana impaired driving.

Posted by Denise Valenti on 05/20/2017 at 4:23 PM

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