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Miami Dade College Will Offer Medical Marijuana Classes - Cannabis News

Miami Dade College officials are working on new classes and a certificate program that'll prepare students for jobs in the medical marijuana industry. But, administrators stress, they won't be teaching kids how to grow weed.

Instead, they're developing courses on the biology and chemistry of marijuana, as well as the plant's historical usage and evolving regulation.

"The growing [aspect] is already out there," says Michaela Tomova, dean of faculty at the college's North Campus, which is developing the program. "What's missing is the scientific approach to educate the workforce."

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20 colleges where students smoke the most weed - Cannabis News

To find out which colleges are out-smoking the rest, the Princeton Review surveyed 140,000 students in 385 schools, asking them, "How widely is marijuana used at your school?"

For many, toking up has been as integral a part of the college experience as ultimate Frisbee and late-night study sessions.

And while the activity has often been shrouded in secrecy, the mainstreaming of marijuana now has college students openly discussing their smoking habits.

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How to politely smoke weed - Cannabis News

Emily Post’s great-great-granddaughter wrote a book about cannabis etiquette — a thing you never thought you’d need.

Lizzie Post is the great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post, the legendary etiquette expert responsible for sculpting the transactional courtesies of an entire generation of Americans.

She’s also, in her words, a “classic stoner.”

The 36-year-old co-president of the Emily Post Institute tells me she started smoking as a teenager and has been an on-and-off daily user since. In particular, Post enjoys the artistic touch it takes to roll joints, which fits right in line with her family’s tasteful legacy.

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At some colleges, marijuana studies are blooming - Cannabis News

Marijuana, once a scourge of resident advisers across college campuses, is now finding a home in academia -- even inside the Ivy League.

Cornell University is among the colleges around the U.S. adding courses related to marijuana cultivation and usage, which is thriving thanks to legalization for recreational use in 11 states and is permitted in 33 states for medical purposes.

That's prompting a surge in jobs in the cannabis trade, ranging from retail salespeople to accountants.

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Central State Set to Be First Ohio Public Institution to Research Hemp - Cannabis News

Central State University is poised to become Ohio’s first public university to plant seeds to begin hemp research.

The research will begin with the anticipated signature next week of Senate Bill 57 by Gov. Mike DeWine and the approval of program rules by the state Department of Agriculture.

The landmark university-sponsored research is expected to help Ohio farmers explore alternative crops to diversify and optimize their farm operations.

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Here’s Why Cannabis Juicing Can Be Good For You - Cannabis News

Cold-press juices enable one to partake of the nutrients present in raw fruits, vegetables, and herbs that get lost once the products are heated or cooked.

In a similar vein, consuming raw cannabis leaves and buds as a dietary aid increases the anti-oxidant and neuroprotective properties of this plant.

Raw cannabis can contain 500mg to 1,000 mg of non-psychoactive THCA, CBDA, and CBGA. In comparison, the same amount of cannabis once heated contains 10 mg THC. 

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Illinois colleges weigh options for cannabis programs - Cannabis News

Some community colleges and four-year universities in Illinois are exploring the possibility of launching educational programs to train people in the business of growing and marketing marijuana in light of a new state law legalizing adult-use recreational marijuana.

There is, however, one significant hitch in that idea: such programs could run afoul of a federal law that still requires higher education institutions to maintain drug-free policies.

Setting up educational training programs through public community colleges is just one part of the 610-page Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, which Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law June 25. 

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Nice day for a weed wedding: the couples who married with marijuana - Cannabis News

Michelle Casanova’s idea of a dream wedding was a simple one – though a little different from most: “I wanted to take a huge bong rip in my wedding dress.”

And that she did, last October, in Agoura Hills, California.

The 34-year-old Texan walked down the aisle holding a bouquet of sunflowers and weed leaves.

Guests were served slices of a THC-infused cake and treated to a dab bar where they could take hits of potent, concentrated cannabis oil via a vaporizer while a “budtender” rolled joints – strains of sativa, a stimulant, at the start of the event; hybrids after the service; indicas to wind everyone down at the end of the night.

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University of Maryland Offers Country’s First Medical Marijuana Master’s Program - Cannabis News

As more states legalize cannabis for medical use, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy is launching the nation’s first master’s program to train students about the science and policies of medical marijuana.

The two-year program, based at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, is designed for health care practitioners, scientists, regulators, dispensary owners and industry professionals.

Classes will be primarily held online, with an in-person symposium held each semester.

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Pot and circumstance: Newlyweds celebrate with old traditions and one notably new offering - Cannabis News

Pot bars becoming more mainstream in Colorado weddings.

When planning the perfect wedding, is it all about the dress? The cake? The flowers?

That, of course, depends on the priorities and tastes of the lucky couple.

But getting higher and higher on that list, at least here in Colorado, is the bar. Not the bar offering booze, beer and wine — but the cannabis bar.

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How to Eat, Drink, and Appreciate Cannabis at Restaurants - Cannabis News

From infusions to strain-specific cooking, veteran chefs are forging new identities while up-and-comers are making their mark.

On a recent evening at the James Beard House in New York City, guests decked out in fine dining attire gathered for an intimate dinner party.

The James Beard Foundation had once again invited its members to enjoy cocktails, food, and wine while mingling with the makers themselves.

However, what made this dinner party different was that the key talking point— terpenes (more on that later)—was something about which this group of seasoned foodies knew very little. 

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Oldest evidence of marijuana use discovered in 2,500-year-old cemetery in peaks of western China - Cannabis News

It's already clear that the ancient Silk Road trafficked in more than spices, grains, and ideas.

Today, more than 150 million people regularly smoke cannabis, making it one of the world's most popular recreational drugs.

But when and where humans began to appreciate the psychoactive properties of weed has been more a matter of speculation than science.

Now, a team led by archaeologists Yang Yimin and Ren Meng of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing reports clear physical evidence that mourners burned cannabis for its intoxicating fumes on a remote mountain plateau in Central Asia some 2500 years ago.

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How to Build a Cannabis Greenhouse in Your Backyard - Cannabis News

You’ve been thinking about growing cannabis but the idea of growing indoors, without the sun, seems absurd.

On the other hand, you’re pretty sure the unpredictability of Mother Nature will give you an ulcer.

You also have nosy neighbors who might gasp at the sight and smell of cannabis. What to do?

A greenhouse might be the solution. Greenhouse agriculture is an effective way to produce high quality, high yield cannabis with a minimal carbon footprint. 

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Breaking The Brownie Mold: Cannabis Chefs Cook Up Ways To Broaden Appeal Of Edibles - Cannabis News

"There's opportunity to kind of pave the way and learn about the rules, play by the rules and master this new industry."

When people think of marijuana and food, the first thing that comes to mind is usually sweet, like a pot brownie.

But many Massachusetts residents are craving something a little more savory.

At an annual cannabis expo in Northampton called Extravaganja, several attendees imagined what foods they would infuse with weed if they could. 

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This Arizona cannabis kitchen serves up THC-infused pizza and burgers - Cannabis News

Customers must hold a medicinal cannabis card to enter and to purchase any food, which is not intended to be eaten on site.

A large stainless steel table stands in the middle of a brightly lit room with dry ingredients on metal shelving along one wall.

Three people in black chef coats work attentively, shuttling sheet trays in and out of double-decker commercial ovens and dicing ingredients on plastic cutting boards.

One stands, head down, in front of a refrigerated sandwich prep table, assembling a plate of food using ingredients stored neatly in clear plastic containers. 

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Welcome to Bonnie's Kitchen, where weed is what's for dinner - Cannabis News

Chef Enid Parham is bringing her practice out of the shadows, with a cannabis-infused catering company called Lucky Pistil and a soon-to-launch online cooking show called Bonnie’s Kitchen.

The table was set and the amuse-bouche was already on our plates as a small group of Chef Enid Parham’s friends and followers began to arrive for one of her recent dinners.

Meant to awaken the palate, the amuse course is traditionally a single bite of food that offers a preview of the meal to come, a little gratis gift from the kitchen to welcome guests.

But this dinner was a little different.

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Has legal cannabis killed the bong? - Cannabis News

Under cannabis prohibition, nothing signified one’s love of the plant more than bongs – but health-conscious users who prefer to vape don’t have much use for them.

In the stoner culture that flourished under cannabis prohibition, nothing signified one’s love of the plant more clearly than the water pipes known as bongs.

This was for practical as well as symbolic reasons. Bongs offer more smoke and a smoother hit than pipes or joints.

Whether in use or not, they convey a clear message: marijuana is smoked here. 

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Is Marijuana the New Martini? - Cannabis News

Thanks to legalization and a distaste for hangovers, more Americans are choosing cannabis over alcohol and pain pills.

Every night before she goes to bed, Holly Byerly takes three to four drops of a tincture that’s half CBD and half THC.

“I mostly use it for migraines, which I was getting up to 15 times a month,” explains Byerly, who works at a medical spa in the Bay Area.

Since starting her nightly cannabis routine, she estimates she gets an average of two migraines monthly.

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The Oxford English Dictionary Has Added Lots Of New Canna-Vocabulary - Cannabis News

The word ‘cannabis’ now has several sub-entries which reflect the new world of legal weed. 

Since the mid-19th century, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has been the authoritative historical dictionary of the English language.

The comprehensive tome is always adding words to reflect the development of the language, so it’s no surprise that it’s finally getting around to words involving cannabis.

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Meet 'CannAbuelo,' a Latino grandfather extolling the benefits of medical marijuana - Cannabis News

“Hopefully a lot more abuelos (grandfathers) will start using cannabis after this film," says Nelson Guerrero, co-founder of the Cannabis Cultural Association.

A Latino grandfather as the face of medical marijuana?

A documentary on the life of an octogenarian New Yorker known as "cannabuelo" — a play on the words cannabis and abuelo (Spanish for grandfather) — aims to show the benefits of the medical marijuana industry to minority communities.

Jorge Gavilanes is sharing his experiences as a New York medical marijuana patient fighting stage 4 prostate cancer in a new film titled "CannAbuelo: The Jorge Gavilanes Story."

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This Brooklyn, NY chef has a brand-new way to deliver cannabis: On a pizza - Cannabis News

We spoke with Chris “The Pizza Pusha” Barrett of Stoned Gourmet Cannabis Pizza about his weed-infused pies.

It seems like New York and New Jersey are some of the last holdouts on the East Coast of states to legalize the use of recreational marijuana.

While Gov. Cuomo has humored the idea and teased that the prohibition of the drug could be lifted in the not-so-distant future, residents in both states can only purchase it legally for medical reasons, and certain amounts have been decriminalized.

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How to Grow Marijuana Sustainably With Korean Natural Farming - Cannabis News

Korean Natural Farming (KNF) is a blueprint for an alternative way to farm outdoors among nature.

The KNF ethos argues that many growers complicate things by trying to cut back and isolate gardens from nature, whereas KNF encourages farmers to back off and let the surrounding ecosystem join in to help grow top-shelf product.

A lot of farming is done in a way that disrupts nature and growing cannabis is no exception.

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Ganja Guitars: Meet the Man Building Top-Shelf Instruments From Hemp - Cannabis News

Along with hemp-based guitars and ukuleles, Silver Mountain also uses the plant to craft cabinets, speakers, straps, picks, and volume knobs.

Silver Mountain Hemp is a boutique musical instrument company specializing in guitars and guitar equipment.

What sets it apart from the average axes found at Guitar Center is that each instrument is made from the sweet leaf that history’s most blazing fret wizards have preferred to puff.

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What Is Indica? The Story Behind The World’s Most Relaxing Strains - Cannabis News

This is how Indica became part of the holy trinity of the cannabis world.

In the cannabis community, strains are typically organized into three main categories: indica, sativa, and hybrid.

If you’ve ever purchased weed from a dispensary, you might have noticed that every strain on the menu has been assigned to one of these distinct groups.

This is because cannabis plants from each category not only share physical and taxonomical properties, but their flowers (also called “buds”) are each said to produce a distinct “type of high.”

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The Best Cannabis Cookbooks for Budding Chefs - Cannabis News

Like any other ingredient, cannabis can elevate the taste profile of many dishes, salty or sweet, when prepared correctly.

It’s time to learn how to cook munchies that will give you the munchies. (Insert Bill and Ted laugh here.)

Learning the art of cooking with marijuana involves more than making pot brownies — it’s a precious skill.

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As Mass. Weighs Social Marijuana Consumption, Chefs Test Out The Budding Business

Massachusetts Cannabis Chefs Joseph Nelson and Patrick Mulcahy started hosting infused dinner parties the day cannabis became recreationally legal in Massachusetts in December 2016 and utilize a sponsor to provide their “gifts.”

Tara Sue Sharp dotes over a skillet of mushrooms. She sips a cannabis oil-infused mocktail as she readies a meal for a small group of guests.

Even though Sharpe has cooked these farm-to-table mushroom tostadas dozens of times before, she’s extra careful now as she adds the key ingredient: a tablespoon of homemade cannabis oil slowly drizzled over over the already-simmering vegetables. 

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Weed weddings: Calgary hosts Canada’s first cannabis wedding expo - Cannabis News

Brides and grooms looking to add a little extra greenery to their nuptials had a chance to check out the newest trends at Calgary’s first-ever cannabis wedding expo on Saturday.

Since cannabis was legalized in Canada, wedding vendors say they’ve been inundated with couples wanting to highlight the plant throughout their special day.

Laureen Cauryn Cameron, the organizer of the Canadian Cannabis Wedding Expo, said many couples are curious about what a cannabis wedding entails.

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What Is Sativa? The Story Behind The World’s Most Energetic Strains - Cannabis News

One of the first things budding cannabis enthusiasts will notice is that all weed is essentially divided into two distinct groups: Indica and Sativa.

Both are members of the same species of plant, though the scientific name applicable to all of them, confusingly, is Cannabis Sativa L (the “L” stands for Carl Linnaeus, the Swedish botanist who was responsible for giving cannabis the name Sativa).

While current cannabis science suggests that the difference between cannabis strains is no longer as simple as Indica vs Sativa, most people still identify their cannabis using these terms.

Sativa strains, including the Haze family of strains, are generally thought to be more stimulating and accomplishment-oriented than Indica.

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Are Weed Moms The New Wine Moms? - Cannabis News

Why moms are putting down the bottle and picking up the pen.

The familiar meme of a baby’s pacifier lying beside a filled to the brim class of Pinot Noir has come to signify #momlife.

Ask a mom at random how she keeps sane and she will likely answer, “Wine.” Wine is the go-to salve for frazzled nerves, exhaustion and a pressure release.

It’s legal, ancient and served at dinner. Moms are encouraged, particularly by other moms, to uncork in the early evening (late afternoon?) or hit the wine bar hard on mom’s night out.

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UConn’s cannabis growing course sheds light on a plant once kept in the shadows - Cannabis News

By the end of this semester’s inaugural class of “Horticulture of Cannabis: From Seed to Harvest,” more than 300 students will understand why cannabis growers would want to keep their young plants from flowering, how to pull that off and most everything else about the prime conditions of cultivating hemp.

In a greenhouse at the bottom of Horsebarn Hill, a few plants stand much taller than the rest, the tops of their green, dissected leaves tickling the grow lights that feed them 18 hours of “sunshine” per day.

That still wasn’t enough for these hemp plants, which started to flower despite researchers’ best efforts to keep them “vegging out,” or growing in a vegetative state. 

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Growing in Paradise: A Beginner’s Guide to Outdoor Cannabis in Tropical Climates - Cannabis News

Tropical climates can teach a lot about growing cannabis, both indoors and outdoors. Whether or not you like the heat and humidity of the region, your burgeoning cannabis plants love it.

In the fall of 2016, I left the gloomy Northwest for the warmer climate of the Virgin Islands.

Originally intending to work on a boat and sail around the Caribbean, I instead got involved in a work-exchange program and set up a self-sustaining farm.

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High Folks: Artist Jessica Wolfert Creates Glass Pipes To Promote Body Positivity - Cannabis News

In the North Philadelphia neighborhood of Port Richmond, Jessica Wolfert (26) is a Renaissance woman fusing the realms of glass-blowing and cannabis into her body positivity project Lady Pipes.

The glass smoking pipes are an ode to Wolfert’s younger self: a suburban girl from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, who once struggled with social anxiety and body image issues.

“When my social anxiety was at its worst I was terrified of being judged,” Wolfert tells High Times. “I wanted to physically disappear, and I think that negatively affected the way I viewed and treated my body.” 

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Data Shows Valentine's Day Is Big For Weed Sales: 'Gifty' Cannabis Segments Take The Lead - Cannabis News

Aware of the fact that cannabis sales increase around certain holidays, producers and retailers are now getting ready for Valentine’s Day, an increasingly popular cannabis-friendly festivity.

Holidays, and not just only 4/20, are great for cannabis sales.

For instance, recent data from Eaze.com showed that last year, consumers in California bought 12 percent more cannabis via delivery on Christmas Eve than on a typical Monday of that year.

Furthermore, New Year's Eve saw a 32 percent increase in deliveries, when compared to a regular Monday. 

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Students graduate from Houston school dedicated to studying marijuana - Cannabis News

Marijuana is not legal in Texas, but some new graduates are prepared in case that changes.

The first students of "The Houston Academy of Cannabis Science" received their certificates on Saturday.

They took medicinal and business courses on the plant. Some have been cannabis fans for years, others are recent converts.

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Good news, weed weddings are now a thing. Here's how you can plan one too - Cannabis News

Guest list? Check. Cake check? Check. Location? Check. Weed at the wedding? Oh yes!

Looks like it’s not just Meghan Markle who can boast about having marijuana party bags at her (first) wedding.

Now that cannabis is legal in Canada and some parts of the U.S., the demand for cannabis at weddings is on the rise.

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These Antiques Tell the Story of American Medical Marijuana Before Prohibition - Cannabis News

“Prior to Aspirin, marijuana was one of the only effective painkillers. So you can imagine how popular it was as an additive.”

The legal history of medical cannabis is complicated, to say the least.

Today, medical cannabis is legalized to some degree in all but three states (Idaho, Nebraska and South Dakota).

But the story of medical cannabis in America does not begin in 1996, when California became the first state to legalize medicinal use. Medical cannabis has a long history in the US, with common usage dating back to the 19th century.

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Why We Should Treat Cannabis like Organic Food or Fine Wine - Cannabis News

Cannabis users are beginning to care more about the environmental impact of their usage as well as the quality of what they’re putting into their bodies.

Cannabis isn’t naturally grown indoors. Like nearly all agricultural produce, it needs a healthy dose of organic soil, fresh water, and of course, sunlight to flourish.

But when reefer madness hit the United States — and helicopter raids on outdoor pot farms became a legitimate threat — many farmers were forced to move inside, lest they risk imprisonment.

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7 Marijuana Hacks For The Intermediate User - Cannabis News

Some helpful tips to enhance your cannabis lifestyle.

Do you already know your way around a bong?

Are you returning to marijuana after a lengthy break and seeking some pointers?

These 7 marijuana hacks are designed for the intermediate cannabis enthusiast who enjoys getting high but is looking to take it up a notch.

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Cannabis could be cash crop for Vermont colleges - Cannabis News

As economic opportunities involving hemp and marijuana open up in Vermont, higher education institutions are getting in on the young industry.

The Vermont State Colleges and the University of Vermont both have created certificate programs related to cannabis.

Cannabis is the family of plants that can produce marijuana or hemp, both legalized in Vermont and now the subject of vigorous economic activity.

Though sales of recreational marijuana are not legal in the state, adult possession of small amounts is legal, and lawmakers are poised to debate creating a tax-and-regulate system this session. 

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Cannabis in Aspen: What It’s Like to Get High at a High-End Resort - Cannabis News

There’s Colorado, and then there’s Aspen. Founded as a mining town about 140 years ago, Aspen has since morphed into a wealthy, world-famous ski resort.

During the winter months, the town sees its population swell with celebrities, die-hard ski bums, the very, very rich, and the service workers who attend to them all.

Even after the winter holidays, the area continues to attract tourists from all over the world with summer events like the annual Food & Wine Classic.

It’s a unique environment that, love it or hate it, has its own laid-back, pleasure dome vibe. And that unique vibe extends to Aspen’s recreational cannabis culture.

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Cannabis Breeding Banter with Connoisseur Genetics - Cannabis News

Behind beautiful buds are amazing breeders and even better genetics.

Firmly established in the U.K and Dutch scenes as a purveyor of the finest cannabis genetics on the planet, High Times sat down with OJ from Amsterdam-based Connoisseur Genetics.

Producing close to one million feminized seeds per year, we talk to him about the breeding scene, his influences, genetics, how he crafts his seeds, and what his top tips are when it comes to making a consistent, reliable, and delicious end product.

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Film festival aims to reduce marijuana stigma as New York moves closer to legalization - Cannabis News

When the first NYC Cannabis Film Festival was held in 2015, organizers hoped to minimize the stigma surrounding marijuana use in the public's perception.

Now, with recreational pot already legal in 10 states, this year's festival could be the last before New York becomes the latest state to lift its prohibition on the drug.

"I think this is just the beginning, and I think this is a very exciting time we're in," Michael Zaytsev, the founder and CEO of High N.Y., which organizes the annual festival, told CBSN on Saturday. 

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How Much Better Is Yoga If You're High? - Cannabis News

Heightened senses, enhanced self-awareness, a feeling of lightness... wait, are we talking about a post-yoga savasana or getting stoned?

On the surface, pot and yoga seem like a pretty natural fit (and it's not like this is the first time people have mixed weed and working out).

But do yoga teachers actually recommend toking up while you downward dog?

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Stop Wasting Weed: Here’s How To Make Joints Burn Slower - Cannabis News

Stop wasting weed and learn how to make joint burn slower with this guide.

It’s not how the joint looks, it’s how it burns. Getting a joint to burn properly—slowly, evenly—can be difficult and mystifying, even for veteran joint rollers.

But learning to roll a joint that burns this way will not only improve your smoking experience but save you cannabis that would otherwise go up in smoke.

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Here’s How To Get Rid Of Spider Mites - Cannabis News

Spider mites are all too common a problem for cannabis growers. Whether you’re growing cannabis indoors or outdoors, you’re more likely to find spider mites in your crop than any other type of pest.

They’re microscopic. They’re arachnids. They will suck the life out of your beautiful plants.

Spider mites are only about 4mm in size (0.04 inch). Their size makes them difficult to identify, as they will look less like spiders than tiny freckles on your plants’ leaves.

You will likely find them on the underside of your cannabis plants’ leaves. If your plants’ green leaves are covered in a sea of yellow or white dots, chances are you’ve got spider mites.

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Why Growing Your Own Cannabis Is the Best Resolution for 2019 - Cannabis News

Who grows the greatest cannabis on earth? You do, or at least you can, and it’s not as hard as you might think.

But if 2019 is going to be the year you pop your first seeds or root your first cuttings, now’s the time to start planning and preparing for a spring planting.

You can get started by reading Leafly’s two primers—one for those growing indoors and one for those growing outdoors.

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DIY Bath Soaks, Tarot, and Weed: Women Embrace Ultimate Girl Time at Tokeativity's "Glitter & Gold" - Cannabis News

The group’s mission statement champions female empowerment and the normalization of cannabis.

In an era when everyone is glued to their phones — clicking, liking, rarely looking up — sharing cannabis is a simple way to connect in real life.

It encourages you to pop your screen into your pocket, ease your tech neck, breathe, and savor the present moment.

So, on a sunny afternoon in December, I was really looking forward to unplugging from virtual social networks, getting high, and instead plugging into a real network at Glitter & Gold, an all women's affair, hosted by Tokeatvity. 

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Cannabis Christmas: The shifting culture at your holiday party - Cannabis News

In Canada, the first holiday season post-legalization has opened up a social minefield for those unsure how their use will be perceived and for others uneasy about acknowledging a new era, says one cannabis observer.

Reena Rampersad doesn't hide her love of weed, but she's discreet when socializing with people she knows are not regular users.

The Hamilton resident is mindful that many people still do not approve of recreational use, even though it's now legal.

That disparity is glaring when she goes out for dinner at a nice restaurant and still feels compelled to sneak around.

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The Holiday Gift Guide For The Cannabis Lover In Your Life - Cannabis News

Let’s be completely honest, the gift that a cannabis lover really wants is cannabis. But, in general, stoners do have preferences, and buying a joint for a real lover of bud can be like getting a fancy bottle of wine for a connoisseur.

You don’t want to end up with the wrong strain or grower.

In the end, it’s often easier to help them up their usage and appreciation game by getting them a weed-adjacent present.

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As marijuana industry grows, modern chefs tackle edible weed - Cannabis News

Edibles spending in Canada and the United States topped $1 billion in 2017 and is projected to grow more than $4.1 billion by 2022, analysts say.

With a culinary background, Stephanie Hua felt in 2015 that there weren’t many edible cannabis products that spoke to her, so she decided to make some.

That year, the San Francisco-based chef started “Mellows,” which serves handcrafted marshmallows infused with 5-milligrams of THC, a low-dose, Hua said, because of her lower tolerance.

The marshmallows have led her to co-write a cannabis-centric cookbook for Chronicle Books that contains recipes that are more elegant and modern than the typical pot brownie, Hua said.

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