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Marijuana Opiod Heroin

A 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) found that nearly 5 million Americans have tried heroin. Nearly three-fourths (73%) of past-year heroin users are between the ages of 18 and 34.

According to a recent report by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), heroin use and overdose deaths are increasing rapidly in the United States.

A leading cause of the increase in heroin use and related overdoses has been the more widespread use of prescription opioid painkillers such as Vicodin and Oxycontin. The CDC reports that “45 percent of people who have used heroin were also addicted to prescription opioid painkillers.”

The medical use of marijuana is relevant to this problem because marijuana as a therapeutic provides a safe alternative to the use of prescription opioid pain relief drugs. Marijuana has proven pain-relief properties, however, unlike opiates, marijuana does not affect the medulla (the part of the brain that controls heart rate and breathing).

The impact of opioid drugs on the medulla is generally what causes overdose deaths from heroin. Increased access to medical marijuana could help reduce the overuse, abuse and fatalities causing this latest epidemic in both opioid prescription drug and heroin use.

Marijuana Info

This is the Marijuana Guide, an informative guide that will teach you everything you need to know about marijuana.

Find out what plant marijuana comes from, the many effects marijuana produces and why, popular terms for marijuana (slang), the best types of marijuana for you, where and how to legally purchase marijuana, what the difference is between marijuana, medical marijuana, and cannabis, and much more.

Below are the Marijuana Guide “chapters” (links). These chapters will provide you with all the knowledge about marijuana that you will need in order to understand marijuana and the emerging marijuana industries (medical and recreational) in America and throughout the world.

This guide will also teach you about Arizona’s medical marijuana laws, what medical conditions qualify a person for a medical marijuana card in Arizona, how to get a medical marijuana card in Arizona, what marijuana strain(s) is best for you, how to legally and confidently buy marijuana from an Arizona dispensary, and other useful information about marijuana. In order to return to this main page you can click either your browser’s “back button” or the “Next Topic” link at the end of each chapter.

What is Marijuana?

Learn what marijuana is, where it comes from, and the types of strains that humans consume.
Read the article “What is Marijuana?”

Effects from Marijuana

Learn the effects that marijuana produces and which strains create what effects.
Read the article “Effects from Marijuana.”

Health Benefits from Marijuana (THC & CBD)

Learn what health benefits come from marijuana and the strains that will be best for you.
Read the article “Health Benefits from Marijuana.”

How to Use Marijuana: Smoke, Eat, or Vaporize?

Learn how to consume marijuana and what ways will be ideal for you.
Read the article “How to Use Marijuana.”

Basics of Arizona Medical Marijuana Law

Stay legal. Learn the basics of Arizona’s medical marijuana laws.
Read the article “Basics of Arizona Medical Marijuana Law.”

How to Get an Arizona Medical Marijuana Card

There are a few basic steps to getting an AZ medical marijuana card.
Read the article “How to Get an Arizona Medical Marijuana Card.”

How to Buy Marijuana From a Dispensary (Things to Know)

Learn how to buy medical marijuana from Arizona dispensaries and what you should ask them.
Read the article “How to Buy Marijuana From a Dispensary.”

Other Terms for Marijuana

Be prepared for a marijuana spelling bee. Learn the most common names for marijuana.
Read the article “Other Terms for Marijuana | Slang.”

What is Hemp?

Learn about America’s next mass-produced industrial crop. Find out what hemp is, where it comes from, and what it is used for.
Read the article “What is Hemp?”

Medical Marijuana States USA

A few unlikely states are expected to legalize medical marijuana in the near future.

Approximately 40 states currently have at some type of legal protection for the medical use of marijuana; 23 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam have passed medical marijuana legislation, while 17 states have passed restrictive cannabidiol (CBD) focused legislation.

Here are five states that will probably be the next to legalize the medical use of marijuana:

– Arkansas

– Florida

– Pennsylvania

– South Dakota

– Wyoming

Aggression Marijuana

A study recently published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information has shown what most know from experience: that marijuana can significantly alleviate aggressive behavior and calms emotions.

The study was only conducted on test mice. But, nonetheless, the study shows the potential for scientific evidence for marijuana as an aggression management tool for humans. This study will likely lead to a research study on humans. And eventually states with medical marijuana programs might include anger as a qualifying condition for a medical marijuana card.

The ultimate objective of the study was “to examine the role of cannabinoid[s] … in social and aggressive behavior.” One of the researchers noted that: “Acute administration of the [cannabinoid] agonist significantly reduced the level of aggression in hostile mice.”

The study’s conclusion was very encouraging and went on to state that marijuana has a lot of potential for managing aggression in humans. The study noted: “Our results suggest that CB2r [cannabinoid receptor] is implicated in social interaction and aggressive behavior and deserves further consideration as a potential new target for the management of aggression.”

Cannabis Seeds

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The Blueberry Cannabis seed strain is undoubtedly one of the most colorful and exquisite marijuana hybrids available in the form of seeds today.

It is indeed the flagship strain of the family of Blue, having earned a lot of popularity among the global cannabis growers. It received the name because of the blue hues of Blueberry, and the unbelievable blue aroma, which is as amazingas the smell and taste of real blueberries. If you are a marijuana growers looking forward to grow this cannabis strain, then you need to stay aware of the pros and cons associated with this strain of seeds. Read on to find out all about Blueberries cannabis seeds.

Classic Combination of 80% Indica and 20% Sativa with High THC

Blueberry, the popularly classy, enjoyable and original marijuana blended with the blue colorations in buds and leaves and fruity flavors, comes with genetics that is a combination of 80% indica and 20% sativa. With 19.5% THC level, this variety belongs to a group of strains, which is considered to be extremely strong. However, the high of Blueberry is expected to be euphoric, pleasant and clear rather than too dominating.

Advantages of Blueberry Cannabis

The major advantages of Blueberry cannabis include its superior quality and taste with a sweet and fruity fragrance. Further, the buds that are produced have a high level of THC as mentioned earlier. As in the case of all the strains belonging to the Blue Family, the buds present a more vivid coloring when the plant is out in the open in very cold temperature towards the end of its growth cycle, displaying a gorgeous appearance.

Why Do Cultivators Love It?

Many cultivators favor this strain for growing just because of its great qualities and attractive color when it flowers. The blueberry cannabis seeds can be grown into medium size plants and they have a very long life when compared to the other types of cannabis seed strains. For the best yield, the grower needs to ensure that he buys the seeds from a reliable, you can buy cannabis seeds at High Supplies.

Can be Grown Indoors as well as Outdoors

Blueberry is a great cannabis strain to be considered for cultivation by indoor growers, though outdoor growers can also opt to grow it under moderate outdoor environments and favorable conditions.

Extensive Medical Applications

Another benefit of Blueberry marijuana that deserves to be mentioned is that it is extensively used all through the medical marijuana community. It is a great way to treat patients who are suffering from different kinds of pain. In fact, it is regarded as one of the medicinal cannabis plants with the most therapeutic worth. Few of the other ordinary medicinal uses of this strain are for treating cramping, diarrhea, and nausea.

On the Whole

With so many advantages, cannabis growers may not find any reason to ignore this particular strain. Though, there is one downside that growers should consider. Blueberry is not the easiest strain to cultivate, especially by a beginner. It can also be a fussy feeder, so first-time cannabis cultivators need to stay away from this strain. Though, the right efforts of a professional grower would be rewards wit harvests of possibly one of the best marijuana strains available.

Even after several years of its introduction, Blueberry is still a leading coffee-shop favorite.

Oregon Airport Marijuana

Oregon just legalized the recreational use of marijuana, and now in-state flights are allowing marijuana possession. Oregon’s Portland International Airport has decided to allow airline passengers to possess up to one ounce of marijuana while traveling on in-state flights.

A spokesman for Port of Portland, which owns and operates the airport, said that “for those flying to other cities in the state of Oregon, traveling with marijuana is allowable as long as that passenger meets all the other legal requirements of the state law.”

Travelers in Oregon must pass through the typical Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints. If a TSA employee finds marijuana, they’ll inform airport police, who will make sure that the passenger’s marijuana doesn’t exceed one ounce and that their boarding pass shows an Oregon destination. If so, the passenger will be allowed to travel to their destination.

In the case that the passenger is not eligible, the passenger will have the ability to store the marijuana in a safe place (like a car), give it to somebody else over the age of 21, or have the marijuana surrendered under law enforcement to be eradicated.

Marijuana is not legalized nationally so transporting marijuana beyond state lines is illicit.

Women Grow
There is a new emerging market in the U.S. marijuana (medical and recreational) industry: women.

According to a 2014 report by the National Association of Women Business Owners, women-owned companies account for approximately 30% of all U.S. businesses, the majority of which are nonprofits. But, Women Grow, a network for women in the U.S. marijuana industry, estimates that about 20% of marijuana business owners in the U.S. are female. And this number is quickly growing.

View Women Grow events in Arizona.

“As knowledge [about marijuana] has changed, you can get incredibly strong products and incredibly sophisticated products that aren’t as strong,” said a marijuana industry businesswoman. “Much like a woman would walk into a liquor store and buy wine instead of Everclear, that’s what’s going on on the marijuana side.”

The percentage of women in the medical marijuana patient population in Colorado has grown from 28.5% in 2009 to 35% in 2015. And this trend extends nationwide.

Many women-focused networking events and groups are flourishing nationwide and are available to women interested in entering and growing their business(es) in the marijuana industry.

View Women Grow events in Arizona.

WA Recreational Marijuana

The first Washington state recreational marijuana dispensary opened its doors one year ago, allowing adults 21 years of age or older to purchase marijuana for recreational use. And a new report reveals a very positive outcome — which resembles the superb reports that Colorado received — from marijuana legalization.

According to a new report by the Drug Policy Alliance, since marijuana legalization in Washington, the state has generated over $80 million in tax revenues, saved millions of dollars by no longer arresting and prosecuting low-level marijuana offenses, seen a decline in violent crime rates, seen youth marijuana use rates and traffic fatality rates remain the same, and voters continue to support recreational marijuana legalization.

“Marijuana prohibition has been a costly failure—to individuals, communities, and the entire country,” said the Director of Marijuana Law and Policy at the Drug Policy Alliance. “Washington should be praised for developing a smarter, more responsible approach to marijuana.”

Voters in Arizona, California, Massachusetts, Maine, Nevada and Ohio will likely be able to vote on similar adult-use marijuana legalization initiatives on their 2015 or 2016 ballots.

Nick Lechey Marijuana Celebrity

Another celebrity has decided to invest in the U.S. marijuana industry. Ohio resident and former 98 Degrees band member, Nick Lachey, is among a few investors in one of ten marijuana cultivation centers that would be licensed in Ohio if a proposed ballot measure passes.

ResponsibleOhio, a political action committee, is attempting to get a measure on the November 3rd ballot that would legalize marijuana for medical and personal use by adults 21 years or older. The ballot measure would limit cultivation to specific locations where investors financing the cultivation operations would own or have the option to buy property.

The former band boy member and television actor is attempting to bring a marijuana cultivation center to Hudson, OH, a city 30 miles south of Cleveland.

Marijuana Low Tolerance

A bad first experience is often times enough for people to thrown in the towel to eliminate a repeated bad experience from their life forever. With marijuana, it is usually side effects such as anxiousness or paranoia – which are primarily associated with high-THC marijuana strains – that make people fear marijuana.

But many marijuana strains – usually indicas and some hybrids that contain less THC and more CBD – have been cultivated to cause relaxation, euphoria and pain relief for consumers. This list provides some of the best marijuana strains for novice or low-tolerance marijuana consumers:

Maui Waui (Sativa)
Northern Lights (Indica)
Jack Herer (Sativa)
Blue Dream (Hybrid)
Verde Electric (Hybrid)
OG Kush (Hybrid)
Pineapple Express (Hybrid)

Most dispensaries carry a vast selection of marijuana strains in order to satisfy all their customers.