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

Feminized and Autoflowering – What Kind of Seeds Are Best for You?

Feminized and Autoflowering – What Kind of Seeds Are Best for You?

Original Article: Marijuana Times: Feminized and Autoflowering – What Kind of Seeds Are Best for You?

[Editor’s Note: There was a time when an ounce of cannabis might have half its weight in seeds. The whole seed thing has become very complex. There are feminized seeds. Autoflowering seeds. All kinds of seeds. Find out what works best for you.]

When it comes to growing cannabis, choosing the right strain is not the only thing you should think of if you want to have a fruitful harvest. Selecting the right kinds of seeds can make all the difference as well. But choosing the right kind of marijuana seeds can be a bit of a challenge, especially if you are new to cannabis growing. Not knowing the type of seeds you are about to deal with can present you with all kinds of problems and make your experience a stressful one.

In this article, we are going to explain more about feminized and autoflowering seeds and which ones are the best to use if you plan on growing your own batch of cannabis.

Knowing the Difference

First, we should familiarize ourselves with the main difference between these two seed types. Just like the name implies, feminized seeds produce all female plants. An all-female crop does away with one of the biggest problems that many growers face, which is having to deal with male plants. No male plants mean your cannabis will not be pollinated and therefore will not produce any seeds during the flowering stage.

Autoflowering seeds have a fixed growth cycle and do not rely on the photoperiod. The flowering times of auto seeds are usually fast and only take an average of 8 to 9 weeks. This is a huge advantage for growers who want to see their plants produce yields as quickly as possible. By the same token, it is also a big advantage for growers who want to be discreet and quick about what they are doing.

Pros and Cons of Autoflowering and Feminized Seeds

Just like with most things in life, both feminized and autoflowering seeds have their fair share of pros and cons. When selecting which type of seed to use, you should take into consideration the good and bad qualities that come with your decision.

For starters, are you the type of grower who wants to harvest plenty of crops in just one growing season? Autoflowers usually take around 60 to 70 days to start producing buds, which means you can grow up to three crops – even if you do it outdoors. Regardless of the light cycle that they get, these seeds will automatically flower. However, autoflower cannabis should not be pruned because they will not have the time needed to fully recover.

Growing autoflowering weed indoors also allows you to control the size of your plant, depending on the size of the pot you use. Larger pots will often produce bigger plants, so this is definitely something that is worth keeping in mind. Autoflower plants also tend to contain lower THC levels, so this could be a bit of a turn-off for growers who prefer their weed to have an extra kick to it. This lower amount of THC in autos can be attributed to their ruderalis genes.

Feminized seeds, on the other hand, grow into plants that rely greatly on photoperiods. This can be used to the grower’s benefit as they can manage and manipulate the lights and prolong the vegetative state for as long as they want. And unlike their autoflowering counterparts, feminized seeds can be pruned without risking damage to your entire crop.

From a purely logistical standpoint, feminized seeds also make the most sense because you won’t have to worry about germinating extra seeds. With female seeds, you can germinate only as much as you need.

What Seeds Should You Go With?

The answer to this question all comes down to personal preference. If you want to grow marijuana that is guaranteed to give you large amounts of buds if done right, then going with feminized seeds would be a great option. Having a plant that doesn’t contain any males will save you plenty of time and stress.

Male seeds will not only take up precious space in your garden, but they can also potentially ruin your entire crop. The crop will end up being a failure if your female plants become littered with male seeds. Remember that the whole cannabis industry is largely predicated on growing sizeable female plants, so growing female seeds will not only provide you with big buds, but it can also give you some profits as well (assuming you live in a state or country that has legalized cannabis).

Remember to only purchase from the best seed bank for feminized seeds so you don’t end up with seeds that are of subpar quality.

Now if you’re interested in growing cannabis plants that can flower quickly, then autoflowering seeds would be your best bet. Just keep in mind that even though they have fast flowering times, their buds will contain more leaf materials. The flavor of autoflowering cannabis is also less intense, which may discourage some growers who want the flavors to be more pronounced.

And before buying any seeds – regardless if they’re feminized or autoflowering – always make sure that you are not violating any of your local laws because there are still areas that consider cannabis to be an illegal substance.

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: Feminized and Autoflowering – What Kind of Seeds Are Best for You?

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