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Marijuana Myths

Popular marijuana myths are busted by a team of trained professionals.

The Doobie Diet

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These days it seems like everyone and their grandmother has something to say about pot. With the recent legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado even President Obama and Bill Gates have chimed in on the conversation. Unfortunately, very few people have heard that cannabis can help them achieve their health and wellness goals in 2014.

The cold, hard fact is that while our chances of upholding our New Year’s resolutions are getting slimmer by the day, we most likely are not.

But, there’s hope. What if I told you that smoking marijuana at least 3 times per week reduced your chances of obesity by ⅓? Would you believe me? If your answer is “no”, then check out this study published by the American Journal of Epidemiology. In multiple cases, it was shown that occasional marijuana use does in fact reduce the risk of obesity. The truth is finally out, and getting lifted is just as good for your health as lifting weights.

Beyond this one benefit, marijuana seeds are one of nature’s best sources of polyunsaturated fats and are a good source of protein. Protein is required to build muscle, while polyunsaturated fats have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. The American Heart Association goes on to say that the nutrients contained within polyunsaturated fats “play a crucial role in brain function”.

If you’re already convinced and are looking to add marijuana seeds to your next meal, we highly recommend Hemp Hearts from Manitoba Harvest. To round out the “Doobie Diet”, you want to make sure to smoke your favorite herbal supplement at least once every two days. A little exercise probably wouldn’t hurt either.

If you have a personal story regarding how marijuana has affected your health in a positive way, please share that with us on Facebook.

To those who are beginning to explore or continue to explore the important role that marijuana plays in maintaining wellness, “Best wishes in 2014.”

Can you donate blood if you smoke or have smoked marijuana?

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For those of you who did not come here to read a lengthy discussion of this topic, the answer is yes. It is perfectly fine for someone who has smoked or even regularly smokes marijuana to donate blood. The Red Cross is very explicit on this topic and states that “marijuana or alcohol use does not necessarily disqualify you from giving blood as long as you are feeling well.” It is important to note that a blood donation center is unlikely to accept your donation if they believe that you have recently consumed either alcohol or marijuana. Also, while marijuana and alcohol will not disqualify you from giving blood, intravenous drug use at any point in your lifetime will disqualify you as will various other medical conditions and other assorted criteria. A helpful guide on donating blood which was put together by the Red Cross can be found here.

Now, the reason this is acceptable and does not harm the recipient of a blood transfusion is because your body metabolizes THC into two different chemicals. The first of which is 11-OH-THC which is also psychoactive like THC. Some scientists and doctors believe that the reason the munchies are delayed is because 11-OH-THC causes the munchies and your body must take time to metabolize THC before 11-OH-THC is present in your blood stream. This process happens relatively quickly as your liver filters blood continuously. Enzymes in the liver continue metabolizing these chemicals and turn the 11-OH-THC into 11-nor-9-Carboxy-THC which is non-psychoactive. This takes several hours and by the time that there is no THC nor 11-OH-THC in your system you are no longer high. So, when the Red Cross says that your donation is unlikely to be accepted if the blood donation center staff believe you have recently consumed marijuana, they are in effect making sure that your body has broken down any psychoactive chemicals that your blood may otherwise contain. This makes it acceptable to donate blood even if you are a regular marijuana smoker as no recipient of your blood would be taking any psychoactive chemicals into your body which may otherwise cause them to feel high.

Ethically, some people say that marijuana smokers should not donate blood as there THC laden and generally dirty,trashed, second-rate excuse for blood is unsuitable for an infant, toddler, child recipient. However, as we have just discussed by that point in time your blood contains no psychoactive chemicals, and it might be argued at that point in time that it is actually more harmful for people with high cholesterol to donate blood. In our opinion, it actually defies our moral and ethical beliefs to not donate blood as often as you can. How often you can donate will differ by blood center and by the type of donation you are giving, so check with you local blood center, but its safe to say you are eligible 6 times per year. The Red Cross states that you can save up to 3 lives by donating blood just once. So, get out there do it. Hope this cleared up a few things for everyone.

Marijuana Allergy: Fact or Fiction?

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Since the 1970’s doctors have been investigating allergic reactions caused as a result of handling or smoking marijuana. In 1971, Dr. Barry Liskow, Dr. Jay Liss, and Dr. Charles Parker reported that “A 29-year-old housewife had symptoms consistent with an anaphylactoid response after smoking a marihuana cigarette for the first time. Scratch testing and passive transfer studies confirmed an immunologic basis for her response and indicated that it was related to the cannabinoid and perhaps specifically to the tetrahydrocannabinol component of the marihuana plant.” Evidence Here Over the years, allergic reactions to marijuana have not been researched as thoroughly as other allergies due to marijuana’s illicit status in many countries globally as well as within many jurisdictions within the United States. One of the most recent studies conducted in 2007 and published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, concluded that marijuana allergy in and of itself is quite rare. However, further medical and scientific research will likely need to be conducted in order to fully understand people’s reactions to marijuana, not only allergic reactions but the beneficial reactions experienced by medical marijuana patients. For now, it is believed that people who suffer from allergies to the Nettle family of plants including Elm trees are more likely to be susceptible to allergic reactions from coming into contact with or consuming marijuana in different forms. This is of course because marijuana itself is within the Nettle family of plants. In case you don’t believe us. One way to spot a marijuana allergy could be the time of year that it occurs, marijuana pollen is not detected in many areas before mid-July, most years it peaks in mid-August, and it is unlikely to be detected after mid-September. It’s the truth. The allergic reaction is caused by marijuana pollen and not necessarily the marijuana plant itself, as is the case with many allergies. As far as marijuana is concerned, the pollen is only produced by male plants. A female plant that has not been exposed to pollen will not produce seeds, so many growers will kill off male plants when they are discovered or will choose to only grow feminized seeds. However, some growers use pollen to get seeds for future grows, we recommend cloning (Check out our article on cloning) as it saves time and allows you to avoid having to separate male and female plants halfway through a grow. But, back to the whole allergy thing. If you experience the following symptoms after coming into contact with, but not smoking, marijuana, you may be allergic:

• Itchy skin
• Redness where exposed
• rash or hives
• dry, scaly skin

While, experiencing the following symptoms after smoking marijuana may also suggest an allergy:

• itchy, runny nose
• congestion
• sore throat
• itchy, watery eyes (Note: this could just be a sign you’re high.)
• difficulty breathing (i.e. asthma)

Ultimately, if this is something you are concerned about, the best person to speak with would be your doctor. If you are using marijuana medicinally and were prescribed marijuana this may be an easier conversation than for someone who is using marijuana recreationally. Also, if you got to high and just think you are allergic you probably aren’t, stop being a hypochondriac, close WebMD, and find something to eat. It is important to remember that no one in recorded history has ever died as a result of a marijuana overdose or allergy, and most Marijuana Mythbusters know this already. Check out the poll. If you are one of the unfortunate souls who is allergic to marijuana our hearts go out to you, let us know and we will smoke twice as much just for you (not to rub it in or anything).

Some Myths Busted, Others Confirmed

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This article addresses some marijuana myths. Because of significant misinformation regarding marijuana over the past few decades, some myths have persisted for a long time.

Myth #1) Marijuana causes fatal overdoses.

Answer: Marijuana has caused no fatal overdoses. Over 24,000 yearly overdoses from narcotics kill Americans – this is second only to car accidents for unintended deaths. Marijuana has never played the primary role in a fatal overdose, as it does not act on the respiratory center like narcotics. Narcotics, on the other hand, may decrease the respiratory rate fatally, especially if the drugs get mixed with alcohol, muscle relaxers, or other sedatives.

Myth #2) Does marijuana stick around in the body for 30 days

Answer: This is actually true, with the following explanation. As marijuana is smoked or vaporized, THC enters the bloodstream, then about 1% reaches the brain and the psychoactive effects ensue. After a few hours, the THC levels in the brain falls below that needed to be psychoactive.

THC is lipid soluble so fat cells uptake the THC as it travels around the bloodstream. They sit in the cells for a while, then get slowly released. This can take days to weeks, so it is true that marijuana may stay in the human body for 30 days. The THC has no psychoactivity in the fat cells so after those first few hours of psychoactivity no one is high anymore. Final excretion may take a few weeks.

The bottom line is it can stick around in the body for weeks, but only remains psychoactive for hours.

Myth #3) Is Cannabis harmful to the immune system?

Answer: Research from the 1970′s evaluated the T cells of both marijuana smokers and non-smokers. T cells help fight infection and are deeply involved in the immune system. This early research showed decreased immune responses in the T cells of smokers, leading the researcher to say marijuana weakens the immune system.

However, numerous scientists have studied marijuana’s effect on the immune system since, and none have reproduced the results. No difference exists in the immune systems of marijuana smokers versus non-smokers.

When the FDA was approving the synthetic THC Marinol in 1985, they found no concrete evidence that THC reduced immune function. They looked at a large body of research concerning the effects of THC on humans.

The bottom line is that cannabis does not cause immune dysfunction in humans.

Myth Busted: Can you get high off of resin?

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A couple of weeks ago we were asked if it was possible to get high off of resin. And, we tried it for ourselves. We had a daily smoker quit for one week, than smoke a bowl full of resin. Our test subject stated that he felt just as high as he would from smoking a bowl, in the beginning possibly even more high eventually leveling off. After having him smoke every day for one week we performed the same test again on our human guinea pig. At which point he stated the effect seemed to last shorter than usual and was less intense than from marijuana itself.

This leads us to believe that resin does contain THC, and that it is possible to get high off of it. However, the THC content of resin may vary greatly depending on the type of marijuana you are smoking at what you are smoking it out of. You could have some dank resin or some with minimal THC content. Scientifically, it makes sense since because not all of the THC is activated and vaporized when marijuana is burned. After smoking a portion of the resin has not reached the appropriate vaporization and activation temperature for marijuana and remains unburned.

So, when the going gets tough and you run out of weed, or can’t find any. It would be possible to get high off of resin in bongs and bowls. However, in our opinion it tastes terrible, the high is okay, but realistically it is just not the real deal.

Hope this help cleared some things up for you guys. Remember to send us your myths. And, feel free to get at us with any questions or comments you may have.

Stay high.

Jah bless.

-MJMB-

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