Ordering Cannabis Seeds on The Internet – How Does That Work?

Ordering Cannabis Seeds on The Internet – How Does That Work?

Original Article: Marijuana Times: Ordering Cannabis Seeds on The Internet – How Does That Work?

[Canniseur: If you’ve decided to grow your own, you’ll need seeds. Those plants don’t grow out of thin air. Besides the strain you’re buying, there really is a lot to know about where your seeds are sourced and how they were made. Here’s a good place to start.]

When doing research on how to order cannabis seeds, there are a number of ways to go about this. Most people prefer to order the seeds online since it is relatively easy and convenient. There are countries where growing cannabis is legal and seeds can often be purchased from growshops and dispensaries. This, however, isn’t the case everywhere. One can still buy cannabis seeds online or from  seed banks and have them shipped from overseas safely.

Benefits of ordering online

If you haven’t ordered cannabis seeds before, you may have some reservations about ordering online, especially if you live in a country where many cannabis-related products are frowned upon. You may wonder, is ordering online really the safest option?

We are here to reassure you that buying online is discreet and safe, even in instances where cannabis seeds may not be allowed. We have a few pointers for you to ensure you get your cannabis seeds safely.

It is important to use the following guide to safely order cannabis seeds;

  1. Discretion starts with you – when it comes to ordering cannabis seeds, it’s important to remember that keeping this information private starts with you. Be sure to keep this information to yourself and avoid sharing this with anyone, both online and offline. Secrecy starts with you and the less people know about it, the better.
  2. Find out the cannabis laws where you live – each country has different laws surrounding the importation or use of cannabis, so it is important to find out what the law says regarding cannabis. For instance, in the Netherlands, one is allowed to have small quantities of cannabis seeds for sale. So, it’s important to find out whether individuals are allowed to possess cannabis seeds and whether germination of the seeds is allowed. It’s important to find out all you can about the regulations in place when it comes to importing cannabis seeds in your country before taking the next steps.
  3. Do your research and find a reputable seed company to make your purchase from – choosing the ideal source to buy seeds from isn’t as difficult as one might presume. Some of the best companies hail from the Netherlands, Canada and the UK. Amsterdam is one of the top sources for quality seeds, and there is a wide range of information available on all cannabis-related matters. Be sure to look out for a reputable seed bank with a long-standing service record.
  4. Start small – when making your first order, don’t go crazy spending thousands of euros on seeds. Start small, and then you can increase your order and the amount you spend over time. This way, you’ll find out whether the company has the quality of seeds you’re looking for, and you will have an idea of how much time it takes to deliver the seeds. And you can be sure the company you’re ordering from is legit.
  5. Payments are safe and discreet – when it comes to making online payments, these days it is quite safe and there are measures in place to ensure your information is secure and discrete. You can make payments via credit card or you can choose a third-party processor, which also has its advantages. It’s important to note that most seed banks receive payment without your credit card details for your discretion and customer data is destroyed after payment by the payment processor, which makes it even more discrete. Most reputable seed banks will leave out cannabis-related descriptions in your bank statement. However, if you are still worried about using your personal credit card, you have a number of options, such as use of bitcoin, bank transfers and cash where possible.
  6. Use business details instead – If you’re not comfortable sharing your personal information, you can get a business credit card and have a business address for all your online deliveries and purchases. This lets you get your package delivered with minimum risk.
  7. Order in batches – with multiple orders or when ordering different seeds, be sure to divide your order by placing small orders, ordering at different times and also using different suppliers to avoid placing all your eggs in one basket and incurring a heavy loss by making a big order with one supplier.
  8. Use abbreviations, a nickname or initials when making your purchase – for further security measures, most people prefer to not use their full name when making an order to avoid being associated with marijuana. You can use an abbreviation or just your initials when sharing your name. Keep in mind some postmen know who lives at a certain address so it would be a good idea to use your initials on the address if you are using your home address. Alternatively, don’t ship to an address where you don’t want the address tied to you or your activities.
  9. Make use of a post office address and use an alternate email address – a high number of seed banks can deliver to a PO box address so that you can pick it up at your own discretion to prevent you from having to sign for it at your doorstep. It’s also a good idea to create an alternative email address that does not have your name for added privacy. Never use a business email address.
  10. Use a shipping option that doesn’t require a signature – there are options that allow you to not share a signature upon arrival of your package. Most Track and Trace parcels require a signature once your parcel arrives. While there are some disadvantages of this, it might offer more discretion. But, it will be much harder to track your parcel or even trace it in the event it gets misplaced or lost.
  11. Give it time – since most seeds are shipped from abroad, it’s important to give it time to arrive. It could take from 7 to 12 days depending on where it comes from. In other cases, it might even take 15 days or more to arrive so it’s important to be patient and not panic if it takes slightly longer than expected. Your package will arrive in due time.

Conclusion

Ordering cannabis seeds online these days can be done safely and discreetly. Be sure to follow the steps above to protect yourself and ensure the highest level of discretion.

Disclaimer: This article is intended for information and entertainment purposes only and is not intended to reflect the specific views of the publication.

Original Article: Marijuana Times: Ordering Cannabis Seeds on The Internet – How Does That Work?

Birds, Bees, and Buds: What Do We Know About Cannabis and Sex?

Birds, Bees, and Buds: What Do We Know About Cannabis and Sex?

Original Article: Marijuana Times: Birds, Bees, and Buds: What Do We Know About Cannabis and Sex?

[Canniseur: So many questions. Not enough answers. Some answers are here, but too few. Mostly because … wait for it … because there’s not enough research. This is the basic conundrum of cannabis. More research is needed. Lots more. But there can’t be more research until the U.S. Government reclassifies cannabis from Schedule 1. I’ve been yelling about this for so long I’m hoarse.]

Cannabis use has always been a controversial topic when it comes to reproductive health and sexual intercourse. While one side argues that some strains work as an aphrodisiac and that plant significantly boosts sexual performance, with even written folklore and religions preaching about it, others say it is connected to sexual dysfunction like premature ejaculation.

Still, modern science seems to praise the use of cannabis in sexually active people, and here are the reasons why.

Research Is Fairly Limited

Cannabis is known to reduce feelings of anxiety and distress, and to relieve chronic pain. Because of this, it comes as no surprise that it works as an enhancer during sex. Still, there is a lot more research to be done to prove that cannabis use is directly affecting sexual enjoyment. These  are some of the reasons why we’re having problems with the research.

  • The plant is, unfortunately, considered a Schedule I drug in the United States, which means the government treats it as highly addictive and not very beneficial. These laws make it somewhat hard to conduct further studies, as you cannot just provide the surveyees with cannabis and inspect changes in their sex lives. Technically, you can, but you will need a lot of luck to obtain a license because the US government is incredibly strict about it.
  • Since these laws are stringent, the people conducting studies have often relied on surveys. That is never simple, and most often comes with some setbacks.
  • For example, people need to be honest and as accurate as possible when trying to recall such experiences. Still, even when they are sincere, they tend to forget some details, while those interviewing them have no adequate way of knowing if everything they say is true, which often makes these studies questionable.
  • Another drawback is that surveyors often cannot even ask which cannabis-based products were used before sex. That makes it hard to determine the contents of THC and CBD, which products work better (for instance, smoking a blunt or eating an edible), and similar.

More often than not, there is no reliable way to determine how the endocannabinoid system benefits from cannabis intake, and what mechanisms of the human body make sex more enjoyable.

Scientific Backup

Several studies can positively influence the debate over cannabis being a sexual enhancer and stimulant. Even though they use less empirical methods, the studies most certainly shed some light on the topic and give more reasons for research once cannabis loses its Schedule I drug status.

  • An older attitude survey from 1979 focused on graduate students (mostly male) and revealed that persistent cannabis smokers who had sex while high had a more enjoyable experience. This confirmed the value of further scientific research on the topic.
  • Another study on cannabis use and sexual behavior was in the spotlight some five years later, also focusing on college students. The study revealed that most subjects (over two-thirds) were likely to initiate sexual intercourse after smoking cannabis. About half of those interviewed preferred to have a familiar sexual partner.
  • More recently, in 2017, Sun and Eisenberg at Stanford University published a widely accepted study that had a rather interesting approach. Instead of interviewing the participants about the correlation between their sex lives and cannabis use, the surveyors specified how often those people had sex and how frequently they consumed cannabis.
  • During four weeks, cannabis users had sexual intercourse 7.1 times on average, while those who did not consume it had sex around six times during the same period. The study, even though not focusing on sexual enjoyment, gave an interesting insight into a higher frequency of sexual contact in those consuming cannabis.
  • 373 women took part in a survey by Dr. Lynn that was later published and presented in several different meetings. Half of those women reported consuming cannabis regularly, and the other half used it a couple of times a year. About 127 women revealed they used cannabis before sex.

Women who used cannabis before intercourse had much stronger, more frequent, and much more enjoyable orgasms than those who did not use it. What is more, the women who used cannabis more frequently (and not only before sex) said they had a high sex drive and better orgasms than those who did not smoke marijuana very often.

Myth About Cannabis Affecting Fertility: Busted

As we previously mentioned, some researchers implied that cannabis had something to do with low sperm count in men. While the severe overall decrease was indeed found between 1973 and 2011, with some 9% of the male population in the US who were facing infertility, another study suggests that cannabis causing infertility can be questioned.

Namely, Harvard scientists conducted a study that included 662 men of reproductive age, using 1,143 samples of semen and 317 samples of blood, and assessing not only sperm count but also considering reproductive hormones. The participants were also asked about their previous experience with cannabis.

By the end of the study, the Harvard investigative team concluded that those who smoked it at one point or were continuous users had a much higher concentration of sperm cells on average than those who never used cannabis.

Even though the findings were much different than expected (as the team thought cannabis use would reduce sperm count), investigators revealed that it did make sense. Considering that cannabis has an effect on the endocannabinoid system in humans, it is only logical that the plant’s use benefits people in multiple ways.

The Verdict

The research says enough – giving cannabis a chance to play a role in people’s reproductive health is the way to go. Even though science currently has insufficient information about the positive effects on sexual intercourse and cannabis consumption, there is plenty of material to back up further efforts to find out more.

One thing is for sure – we look forward to seeing what other studies will reveal after this plant gets fully decriminalized.

Disclaimer: This article is intended for information and entertainment purposes only and is not intended to reflect the specific views of the publication.

Original Article: Marijuana Times: Birds, Bees, and Buds: What Do We Know About Cannabis and Sex?

Not Your Grandfather’s Volcano

Not Your Grandfather’s Volcano

Original Article: Marijuana Times: Not Your Grandfather’s Volcano

[Canniseur: I love the new Volcano Hybrid device. The first time I saw a Volcano was in Amsterdam many years ago. This seems like a terrific update and refinement of the original. I also love the idea of the … well, read it and find out all the features the new version has.]

Many of our readers are likely familiar with the Volcano vaporizer. It has been around for several years now and is considered by many to be the gold standard when it comes to desktop vaporizers. But, just as everything else in the cannabis world is evolving, so too is the Volcano.

The Volcano Hybrid is the latest Volcano to hit the market and it encompasses all that advanced technology has to offer. You can vaporize with the Volcano via either the familiar balloon or a new tube attachment – for those who don’t want to wait for the balloon. And, you can also use the Storz & Bickel app on your smartphone to control all the same settings as the buttons and even set up advanced workflows with different temperatures and automatic pumping at your own timed intervals after you have connected your phone to the Volcano via Bluetooth.

The new rotatable tube system allows you to decide precisely how much vapor you wish to take in, providing ultimate flexibility and control over your experience. Or, if you’re an “old school” Volcano aficionado, the traditional Easy Valve balloon system may be your preferred method of inhalation.

Another improvement over previous Volcano models is the double helix heat exchanger that can preheat to your preferred temperature even faster, in less than 40 seconds. Featuring a sleek, luxurious design, the Volcano Hybrid is manufactured in Germany using the highest quality materials available.

The S & B app works on Android and iOS devices; as long as you have Bluetooth enabled, you can connect to your device.

In many ways, the evolution of the Volcano is indicative of the overall evolution the cannabis community has undergone over the last ten years. It shows how fast things are moving and how much legalization laws can contribute to advancements in technology. Companies like S & B are catering to the demands of cannabis consumers and many of them no longer have to hide those demands.

Cannabis consumers are people too, people who aren’t harming anyone else with their use. They have money and want to spend it and there is nothing wrong with a company recognizing that and creating products they think those consumers might want.

It’s hard to imagine what may be available in just 5 years, considering how fast things are moving on the technology side of cannabis products. The sky’s the limit when it comes to what can be accomplished, as long as people are allowed to make their own choices.

Under those circumstances, a lot of people will choose a product like the Volcano Hybrid, something good for daily use or for having a large group of people over. For ease of use and speed, it’s hard to beat.

Cannabis users are entering an era where they don’t have to hide anymore. They can enjoy their recreation or their medicating without fear, which – when coupled with technology – opens up a whole new world of possibilities.

One of those possibilities is the new Volcano Hybrid.

Disclaimer: This article is intended for information and entertainment purposes only and is not intended to reflect the specific views of the publication.

Original Article: Marijuana Times: Not Your Grandfather’s Volcano

How to Choose a Dab Rig

How to Choose a Dab Rig

Original Article: Marijuana Times: How to Choose a Dab Rig

[Canniseur: Some people tell me dabbing is the best thing since sliced bread. Others are not so sure. One thing…it’s pretty complex. A whole lot more complex than rolling and lighting a doobie or loading a pipe. Is it better? I’m thinking I might have try it to find out.]

Dabs are a popular trend used for cannabis consumption. Those who love smoking weed can experiment in dabs and choose an essential rig. Although dab rigs are more complicated and different from standard pipes, their benefits outweigh other factors. The effects of dabbing are immediate. Looking for a rig can be overwhelming for beginners due to the many options available. The following shows how you can choose a dab rig that’s right for you.

Fundamentals of Dab Rigs

A typical dab rig has three separate parts which include a glass piece, a heating element or a nail, and a torch that lights the nail. If you want to experiment with different concentrates, ensure you understand the features of every dab rig part to choose the right one. Understanding everything concerning dab rigs will, in turn, give you a more enjoyable experience.

The Glass Piece

The eye always loves bigger things, and the same applies to larger dab rigs. However, going for bigger dab rigs isn’t a solution. Smaller rigs offer improved flavor, and the vapor remains potent.  If your rig is too large, the vapor might lose potency. Using a smaller glass piece ensures your dabs are tasty and potent. Also, look for a glass piece you can use with water.

The Nail

There has to be a nail for you to do dabs. The best dab rigs have nails sitting on a glass piece that holds the concentrates. When you heat the nail with a torch, your dab will start vaporizing. You can choose any material which will not affect flavor, apart from getting your nail hot for long. These materials could be ceramic, glass, titanium or quartz.

The Torch

Among the most annoying things when it comes to dabs is the torch part. You have to heat concentrates to reach the vapor point. The whole heating process is an essential part when it comes to dabbing, and butane torches do it well. When you are starting your dabbing journey, ensure you select a smaller torch with a gentle flame.

Dab Rig Types

The first step to identify a dab rig is to know their different types and the one that fits you. You’ll find tons of dab rig options on the market. However, the dab rig that works for you might not do the same for another person. Some of the dab rigs available for weed smokers are the everyday dab rigs, vapor straws, and e-rigs.

The bottom line

Those who have an interest in discovering the nitty-gritty of dabbing must choose the best dab rigs to start the journey. Same as other products, dab rigs range from simple to ultra-extravagant. Everyone has their personal preferences and reasons when it comes to dab rigs and cannabis consumption.

Disclaimer: This article is intended for information and entertainment purposes only and is not intended to reflect the specific views of the publication.

Original Article: Marijuana Times: How to Choose a Dab Rig

What You Didn’t Know About Cannabis’ Entourage Effect

What You Didn’t Know About Cannabis’ Entourage Effect

Original Article: Marijuana Times: What You Didn’t Know About Cannabis’ Entourage Effect

[Editor’s Note: The “entourage effect” is a relatively new term that’s been bandied about for the last few years. We don’t know a lot about it yet. Research is ramping up on it though. If THC was the only thing that was psychoactive, there wouldn’t be any entourage effect. All cannabis would be the same.]

A fairly new term has emerged in the world of medical marijuana. The phrase “entourage effect” might sound familiar, but what does it refer to?

The phenomenon is a joint effect of all the compounds within the cannabis plant. To understand the nature of this phenomenon, we have to see what the plant is made of.

With this, let us closely examine the inner workings of this “entourage effect”. We hope this article will help our readers understand what it is, and why it’s called that.

A Coat of Terpenes and Cannabinoids

For starters, let us look at the “skin” of marijuana buds and leaves. This coat is comprised of tiny crystals called trichomes. A closer look reveals a plethora of both cannabinoids and terpenes.

The two active compounds create a sort of synergy. This combined effect increases their respective therapeutic qualities. At the same time, it reduces the odds of any side effects of both compounds. This is exactly what scientists refer to as “the entourage effect”.

The molecular level of the cannabis plant gives a clear picture of this synergy.

The Entourage Effect

Essentially, the term describes the combined effort between terpenes and cannabinoids. Both compounds are found in the outer layer of the plant.

This effect allows the medical benefits of cannabis to stand out. At the same time, it diminishes the psychoactive side effects. In fact, the two compounds work best together.

As the name suggests, the two substances form an entourage; they assist each other. Let us now closely examine the power of their combined effort.

How CBD and THC Work Together

Let us imagine the marijuana plant as a coin for a moment. THC will be heads, and CBD will be tails.

On the one hand, THC is the psychoactive side of the coin. It is the compound that makes us feel ‘high’, while also being able to treat certain medical conditions. But, there is a catch. Depending on the dose, THC can either reduce or create anxiety. The latter effect is what causes bad experiences in some recreational users.

The other side of the coin, CBD, doesn’t work like that. Instead of having an intoxicating effect, CBD actually mitigates the “stoner effect” of THC. Moreover, it can also increase the pain relief that THC induces.

Terpenes Go Beyond Flavor

Terpenes are indeed responsible for the smell and flavor of the plant. Yet, they have gained traction for entirely different reasons. In fact, they are responsible for inducing the entourage effect in marijuana.

These highly reactive aromatic molecules determine the smell of each strain. Even though about 200 of them are known to science, only a select few actually affect the aroma of the plant.

In fact, some of the names are indicative of their fragrance. Some examples include limonene (lemon), eucalyptol (eucalyptus), and pinene (pine).

These substances are indeed therapeutical. Some of their effects include:

  • Reduced nausea
  • Stress and pain relief
  • Controlled appetite
  • Reduced tumor development
  • Modulation of blood sugar
  • Increased cognition

Terpenes As Members of the Entourage what-you-didnt-know-about-cannabis-entourage-effect-img-1

According to science, terpenes are responsible for the effectiveness of full-spectrum CBD extracts.

Beta-caryophyllene can protect our gastrointestinal system. Yet, it has enormous potential for treating autoimmune diseases and inflammation. That is because it is highly likely to bind to CB2, which is the peripheral cannabinoid receptor. Leafy and green vegetables also contain terpenes. Thus, it’s no wonder we find them a healthy addition to any diet.

Speaking of the combined effect of terpenes with cannabinoids, there are a lot of benefits to it. The combination is antimicrobial and fatal to cancer cells. On top of that, it treats a range of psychological conditions, such as anxiety and depression. And let’s not forget that the duo act as an effective painkiller. Finally, terpenes will effectively reduce the anxiety caused by THC.

The Science and Benefits Of the Entourage Effect

The whole plant is much more effective than its substances alone. Scientific data from 1981 supports this claim. The whole plant is three times more effective compared to isolated THC.

What’s more, 11 out of 15 participants in a 1976 study claim that isolated THC caused them to feel a much stronger high. In 2012, a study was published on Sativex, an oral spray that contained an equal amount of THC and CBD. Sativex contained a highly intoxicating concentration of THC. Despite that, only 1.75% of the participants experienced toxic psychosis.

Moreover, medical marijuana patients have expressed their preference for real weed. We can see that the entourage effect has both experimental and empirical support.

Simply put, CBD inhibits the psychoactive side effects of THC. Thus, it decreases the odds of paranoia and anxiety. Essentially, one does not need a high dose of CBD to experience its therapeutic effects. That means greater odds of substituting THC-based medications for all natural alternatives.what-you-didnt-know-about-cannabis-entourage-effect-img-2

Final Thoughts

The entourage effect still requires further research. Yet, it is obvious that it is worth exploring.

We may not be an approved authority for making such claims. Still, we do hope that further studies will prove the speculations of the cannabis community.

Disclaimer: This article is intended for information and educational purposes only and is not intended to reflect the views of the publication.

Original Article: Marijuana Times: What You Didn’t Know About Cannabis’ Entourage Effect

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