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What are the Short and Long-Term Effects of Cannabis Use?

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Weed, dope, weed, ganja are all different names of the same substance or drug from the cannabis plant. It is mostly used for recreation purposes, but its medical use is increasing.

You can smoke, eat, vape, or even drink it to get it into your system. Medical marijuana has no ‘high’ feeling, but the main reason for recreation use is the psychoactive feeling of THC found in marijuana.

Cannabis can affect people differently. It contains compounds with mind-altering effects and can lead to addiction and other short-term and long-term effects.

What are the Effects of Cannabis Use?

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Short-Term Effects

While you may feel relaxed and ecstatic, there are other adverse effects on your brain and body, such as:

  • Hallucinations
  • Increased heart rate
  • Short-term memory issues
  • Coordination problems
  • Severe anxiety including paranoia (like someone is following or watching you)
  • Psychosis (seeing or hearing things that are not there)
  • Impaired attention control
  • Increased risk of stroke
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Long-Term Effects

Long-term use of cannabis can have severe consequences on the body and brain. Evidence has shown that cannabis has a lasting effect on receptors in the brain responsible for cognitive functions.

Its long-term effects include:

  • Addiction
  • Reduced IQ
  • Reduced attention and loss of memory
  • Loss of motivation
  • Increased potential to develop opiate abuse
  • Impaired thinking
  • Poor performance in school, especially if use started in teenage years.
  • Financial difficulties
  • Potential welfare dependence
  • Stroke and heart rate disorders

What are the Risks of Illegal Cannabis?

Illegal cannabis poses more health and safety issues. For instance, its THC potency may be too much leading to too much anxiety and confusion.

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Illegal cannabis may also contain other substances that may be harmful to your health, such as:

  • Heavy metals
  • Pesticides
  • Fungi or mold
  • Other hard drugs and contaminants

Cannabis has it’s fair amounts of benefits as well as risks. For medical marijuana, THC levels are significantly low; thus, you may not experience the psychoactive effects. Cannabis affects people differently, but there’s evidence of the long-term and short-term effects.

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Weed and Mushrooms: How Do They Interact?

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Weed and Mushrooms: How Do They Interact

Psilocybin-producing mushrooms have become increasingly accessible and popular, and this may be largely contributed by Oregon’s historic act; where it became the first state to legalize Psilocybin mushrooms for therapeutic use. And with the recent rising demand for weed, it may be vital to understand these drugs’ effects, both alone and with each other.

It’s not unusual to find weed consumers who also use psychoactive shrooms. According to a 2006 study, 60% of all the 149 surveyed students co-administered weed and mushrooms. 

Although the two drugs share some similarities, using each substance on its own gives a uniquely different experience. Some may feel more productive after consuming marijuana, while others might feel more relaxed. In comparison, mushrooms are hallucinogenic, since most of the psychoactive mushrooms contain the psychedelic component psilocybin. Just like weed, mushrooms alter one’s sensory perception, only that the effects are way more intense.

What Effects do Mushrooms Provide?

Mushrooms are usually dried, then eaten, made into tea, or ground to powder to be placed in capsules. It takes 1 hour or more for its effects to kick in, after which it may last for 4 to 6 hours. 

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People often think shrooms open up their minds to creativity; the effects are mostly the opposite of this expectation. A 2012 study suggests that psilocybin decreases brain activity in areas responsible for restraining your experience of the world and keeping it organized. A person’s perception of the world dramatically shifts once this process slows down.

Because of this:

  • Objects may appear to move or melt
  • A person’s perception of time changes 
  • One might appear deeply distorted

For some, the effects may cause spiritual epiphanies and cognitive breakthroughs, while for others, it can cause fear or discomfort

Other effects of Mushrooms include:

  • Euphoria
  • Anxiety
  • Altered body temperature
  • Numbness, especially in the face
  • Increased heart rate
  • Muscle twitching
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Some people experience nausea and vomiting.

How Do Mushrooms Interact with CBD & THC?

Reports suggest that combining shrooms with CBD-rich weed strains may reduce the feelings of nausea and anxiety caused by shrooms for some people.

While the combination of THC-rich strains with shrooms can increase the intensity of the effects, it may lead to more intriguing and intense auditory and visual hallucinations and confusing thought patterns.

The intensity can be uncomfortable, especially for new users with no experience with shrooms. The trick to letting the weed help with nausea or anxiety caused by shrooms is to consume it before using the shrooms to help prepare your body for the effects.

Cannabis can intensify the mushroom effects when used 1 hour after the time the mushroom was consumed, while it can slightly prolong the mushrooms’ effects when used 3-4 hours after initial shroom consumption and help contextualize the whole experience.

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What are the Potential Risks of Using Mushrooms and Weed?

A bad reaction may often involve anxiety and paranoia, which may be made worse with the hallucinations. Although their interaction has not been studied much, combining cannabis and shrooms doesn’t appear to pose any serious health risks. The biggest concern is having a questionably uncomfortable time, which may not be good for the state of mind.

How to Handle a Bad Reaction form Using Mushrooms and Weed

A sober friend’s presence may be enough to help manage the effects by calming down the affected person and offering reassurance. Removing mirrors from the setting may lessen the chances of having alarming hallucinations. Eating and drinking may also help reduce the intensity of the effects.

The combined use of weed and mushrooms might increase creativity and ingenuity, but it can be intense for others, causing paranoia, worsening mental health symptoms.

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How to Start Your Own Cannabusiness: 6 Easy Steps

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How to Start Your Own Cannabusiness

If you are thinking of starting a business, you might as well go for one industry with the most promising growth potential; cannabusiness should be your top pick. With cannabis decriminalized, the demand for marijuana is high.

The regulatory environment in the cannabis industry is like no other. A lot of vigilance needs to be put into practice before starting a cannabis business.  In this article we are going to list some quick steps on how you can start your cannabusiness.

How Does the Marijuana Industry Currently Look?

Identifying the industry landscape is the first thing you need to do. This means identifying:

  • The potential earnings
  • The risks
  • Your competition

Evaluate the demand for weed in the area you want to start your business and observe what you can do differently to set yourself apart from the competition. 

How to Start a Cannabis Business in 6 Steps

A significant amount of work is required to start any business. Below are 6 steps to help guide you through the process:

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 Step 1: Decide the Type of Marijuana Business to Start

The first step would be to choose the kind of marijuana business you want to start; it could be opening a dispensary, growing cannabis, providing weed, or all of the above. Because marijuana laws vary from state to state, you will need to research and understand the rules around where you intend to sell. It helps to speak to a few people who have started cannabis businesses of their own. 

Step 2: Write a Business Plan

Your business plan will need to be a bit more detailed than a regular business plan. You have to ensure that your plan follows every law in your state, from location to suppliers, to your targeted consumers. It should state whether the marijuana being sold is for medical, recreational use, or both. Having legal counsel will help you keep everything in order.

Step 3: Register Your Business Name and Entity

Your business is likely to be local since marijuana has not been legalized on national level; thus, interstate sale of cannabis is prohibited. The business entity you choose will determine the taxes you pay and the level of risk you are exposed to. You may choose to open your business as a limited liability company (LLC) or a corporation. Both entities will shield you from personal liability.

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Additionally, you need to choose a name for your business. Conduct a search to ensure the name you chose is available. You’ll be required to pay a small fee for reserving that name for a specific amount of time. All this has to be done before registering your marijuana business because you’ll need this information while doing so.

Step 4: Register Your Marijuana Business and Obtain Licenses and Permits

You will require permits and registration depending on where you intend to open your business. Find out all the documentation you require to register your business. You can use FindLaw; it provides resources for information on specific permits and licenses needed by marijuana businesses in every state.

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Step 5: Register to Pay Taxes

You should apply for an Employer Identification Number. This can be done online or directly through the IRS and usually gets speedy approvals. The EIN will be necessary for applying for funding.

Step 6: Get Funding 

Marijuana businesses have minimal financing options. Most of the best banks for potential business funding operate on the federal scale and abode by which deters them from lending to marijuana businesses. However, there are a few funding sources for cannabis businesses, including Angel Investors, crowdfunding, and cannabis incubators

Final Word

Starting a cannabis business can be expensive and challenging. The best you can do before starting a cannabusiness is to pre-plan everything properly and ensure you are well funded. This will in turn make things so easy for you in terms of getting all that is required; from licensing, getting vendors, getting a shop and all that is needeed/

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Study Finds: Smoking Marijuana Can Expose You to Toxic Chemicals Found in Tobacco

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Smoking Marijuana Can Expose You to Toxic Chemicals Found in Tobacco

Who knew that smoking marijuana could expose you to the same toxins that are found in tobacco? Not me for sure. A new study that was conducted has discovered that smoking weed may expose you to toxic chemicals associated with neurological damage, cancer, and other serious health problems.

“Marijuana use is on the rise in the United States with a growing number of states legalizing it for medical and non-medical purposes – including five additional states in the 2020 election. The increase has renewed concerns about the potential health effects of marijuana smoke, which is known to contain some of the same toxic combustion products found in tobacco smoke,”

said Dr. Daana Gabuzda. Daana is the principal investigator in cancer immunology and virology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute In Boston.

The research presented data from 245 HIV-negative and HIV-positive  participants. The study chose people with HIV infection because a large number of this population smokes tobacco and marijuana.

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Urine and blood samples were then taken from the participants to compare various chemicals produced by the breakdown of nicotine or those produced by the combustion of tobacco and marijuana.

Weed smokers, just like tobacco smokers, had naphthalene, acrylamide, and acrylonitrile in their blood and urine samples. Acrylonitrile and acrylamide have been linked to health issues such as cancer, while naphthalene is associated with neurological damage, anemia, and liver damage.

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Good Vibes are on the Menu: Thailand’s First Cannabis-Cooking Cafe Opens

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Thailand's First Cannabis-Cooking Cafe Opens

Just a couple of hours outside Bangkok, a cafe has embraced cannabis-based wellness. Ban Lao Reung (Storytelling House) which is in Pranchinburi city, has updated its menu with cannabis dishes.

Apart from cannabis dishes, the restaurant housed in a 71-year-old residence will also provide weed-infused drinks and pot pizza. The restaurant is next to Asia’s first medical marijuana clinic, Chaophraya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital, from which it gets its marijuana.

Medical marijuana was legalized in February 2019. The recent legalization allows only for government-approved facilities to sell marijuana products. The new Marijuana-cooking cafe can, therefore only get cannabis products from the hospital near it.

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The restaurant currently which only offers good mood pizza, deep-fried weed leaves served with spicy mango salad and sparkling passion fruit mixed with weed juice plans on launching more products in the future. 

In case you are planning on visiting the restaurant, worry not, you will not need a designated driver after consuming the dishes. Unless you consume the food in great quantities, the level of THC will only leave you smiling and feeling good.

Don’t forget to add this restaurant to your travel wishlist.

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New York is Set to Legalize Weed and Betting in 2021

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New York is Set to Legalize Weed and Betting in 2021

While speaking during his annual State of the State address on Monday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged to legalize adult marijuana use and mobile betting in his state.

While speaking before a small group of in-person attendees, the governor said legalization of both proposals would increase New York’s revenue.

In case marijuana legalization passes, New York will be part of the fifteen other states that have legalized weed, including its neighboring states, New Jersey and Massachusetts.

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Legalization of recreational weed, which has been stalled since 2019, is likely to be approved by lawmakers this year due to the state’s fiscal woes. The state currently only allows for the medicinal use of marijuana.

Cuomo predicts legalization of weed will bring the state revenue of about $300 million yearly when fully operational. However, the set up will take several years before it is fully functional.

Legalization of weed in the state would also end “the over-criminalization of this product (weed) that has left so many communities of color over-policed and over incarcerated.”

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