Monday, November 22, 2010
Marinol and Dronabinol are synthetic THC medications that have been created in a laboratory. Many argue that their beneficial effects pale in comparison to that of cannabis. AID's patients complain that it makes them feel more drugged but does not create the hunger to combat their wasting syndrome, that is is not as efficient as a sleep aid, and also there is a lethal dose.
But at least they can be trademarked so the pharmaceutical companies can make some money!
The answer to the question is no. Although Marinol is a synthetic THC oil, it is not one that can be cooked with. No brownies, no space cakes, and especially no canna butter. Scientifically when cannabis is cooked the delta 9 cannabinoids change to become delta 11 cannabinoids. At this point the cooked
cannabis becomes 11-OH-*9-THC. The problem is that Marinol and Dronabinol are Delta 9 and cannot change by being heated or cooked. It is a static and stable THC.
I highly recommend anyone who has a prescription for Marinol or Dronabinol try the healthy and natural alternative first. Try cannabis the way it was intended, then make up your own mind.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
ABV is an abbreviation for "Already Been Vaped"
A substance that has been "vaped" has under gone a process by which it is subjected to a level of heat adequate to release vapors from plant material without actually burning the material to produce smoke. It is common practice for cannabis as well as other known medicinal and aromatic plants such as those found at this link.
ABV herbs do not release their entire load of compounds, this is why there is so much information available on how to extricate more from the remaining plant material (most commonly cannabis) using techniques like watercuring.
The process of water curing cannabis is one that can be instituted for any variety or quality of cannabis. It also works to increase the potency per gram of ABV (Already Been Vaped) cannabis by decreasing the quantity of plant material in respect to THC content.
There are two methods to consider
- Place the cannabis in a coffee filter and immerse it into distilled water for 5-7 days exchanging the water daily for fresh water. Once the water begins to become odorless, the cannabis is also becoming odorless. There is no fear of losing your precious THC through this process since the THC is only soluble by alcohol and fatty lipids such as butter and milk.
- The second option which can be done in a matter of hours involves exposing the cannabis to heated water whether by submerging it in a pot of hot water, exchanging the water for new and repeating the process until the water does not contain the odor of cannabis. or it in a coffee maker and running a few pots of water through it.
Regardless of which of the above methods you decide to use the cannabis must be dried completely before use. Best methods of drying include a dehydrator, sunlight, and time.
** The ABV cannabis may create more of a body high or heaviness since the proportions of THC to other cannabinoids may have been dramatically altered by the vaporization.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Sadly the Proposition to legalize cannabis as many feared did not pass. However, this proposition has made great headway and I believe we are still on track. Those of you who thought that legalization was actually about to happen are surely upset that it did not pass but this country is built by wealth and this time the wealth was on the other side.
With glaring clarity cannabis has been proven to be a legitimate medicine and an invaluable fiber. Undoubtedly people also are realizing that the United States is sinking into an abysmal debt.
I believe the efforts to end the prohibition of Cannabis are not only on track, they are ahead of schedule. Prop 19 contained some bad legislation and would have been most beneficial to everyday users and large corporations. Since it has not passed we are given more time to determine how best to progress. The amount of visibility this proposition provided for cannabis across the country was priceless and I feel that a much larger portion of the population is becoming educated on the matter. I envision the following.
- In 3-5 years we will have federal legalization for medicinal use
- In 3-5 years we also will see the decriminalization of small amounts of cannabis
- In 5-10 years we will see the legalization of hemp (the non psychoactive male cannabis plant used for fiber)
Thank you everyone for your efforts and do not give up hope. We are still working towards the same goal and we have not seen a loss yet.