Test your High I.Q. – memory, vocabulary, reaction time and more!

Recent scientific studies have shown (to greatly summarize) while cannabis can impact short-term memory function and efficiency in tasks (while the user is high) this impairment greatly diminishes if the user is attempting to do something they have already done under the influence of cannabis many times before.

So there’s the hypothesis, now it’s YOUR turn to test it out! 

Try these fun little games that have carefully selected from the world wide (free) web to test how your brain functions, under the influence….

 

Record your scores while sober (try a few times to get an average) and record them medicated next! Are you a master of mental gymnastics, capable of complex calculations while cruising 10,000 feet above the rest? Or are you out to lunch after two tokes…find out!

 

“Wicked Recall” – this game will test your ability to recall shapes and patterns. Each round will add an extra shape and you have to click the shape that wasn’t there before. Sound easy? Wait until round 15.

“Concentration” Memory Game – Everyone knows this game; even if you haven’t played it since grade school. Rules are simple: flip over cards, aiming to match them up. Remember the ones you’ve flipped over (hint: develop patterns, like starting at the corners, then the left-most, etc). This is a good version, nice colours and an adjustable difficulty to limit how long you can see your previous selection.

 

“Simon” – Needs no description. It’s Simon. 

 

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Shishkaberry (iMed)

Shishkaberry

Appearance/Consistency: Relatively small, dense and tightly packed buds. Medium THC crystal coverage. Light to dark green appearance with many red hairs throughout. “Popcorn buds”.

Smell/Taste:  Sweet smelling and skunk in the bag. When the buds are broken open a very sweet and berry like smell can be detected.

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Effects:

Body: This strain causes an airy feeling of lightness in the arms and legs, especially if consumed without food. Generally a light, but pleasant feeling of bodily sedation. Not specifically for body ailments.

 Mind: This is absolutely the defining characteristic of the Shiskaberry strain that keeps patients buying and re-purchasing this strain. Shishkaberry is excellent for stress and anxiety relief.  It is a very euphoric strain strain that tends to make the user relaxed and melts away the worries of the day. And beyond this, Shishkaberry seems to have a very positive effect on depression, as well.

 Overall:  This is an excellent strain for those with issues such as anxiety or depression. It feels like a 50/50 hybrid; it provides the calming and relaxation that users tend to associate with indicas, but does not produce the tiring and “couch-lock” effect.  Great for daytime use and perhaps one of the most euphoric strains of cannabis locally available.

Recommended:

– Anxiety
– Depression

Caution:
– users who feel uncomfortable with a physical feeling of lightness/motion in the arms and legs

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Protest Locations – Feb. 21st

According to Hempology.ca, the organizer of the Feb. 21st protest against Health Canada changes, the protests this Thursday will occur at the following locations:

Vancouver – Center

Hon. Hedy Fry Vancouver Centre
Constituency Office: 1030 Denman St, Suite 106
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6G 2M6

Vancouver – East
Libby Davies 
Constituency Office: 2412 Main Street,
Vancouver, British Columbia
V5T 3E2

Vancouver – Quadra

Joyce Murray
Constituency Office: 2112 Broadway West, Suite 206
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6K 2C8

 

North Vancouver

Andrew Saxton 
Constituency Office: 102 West 3rd Street (Main Office)
North Vancouver, British Columbia
V7M 1E8

 

 

 

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Upcoming interview with Dana Larsen

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I recently was able to contact local cannabis advocate Dana Larsen!

Dana Larsen was the editor of Cannabis Culture Magazine, working with publisher Marc Emery to build it into one of Canada’s most successful magazines, with a print run approaching 100,000 copies.

He opened the Vancouver Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary. The Dispensary now has two locations and provides medical-grade marijuana products to over 3500 patients with a doctor’s recommendation. His main project right now is to change the cannabis laws in British Columbia through the Sensible BC campaign!

I am opening up the floor for users to propose any question to Dana Larsen and I will choose the best to ask. Consider topics such as: changes to Health Canada Regulations, owning/running dispensaries in Vancouver, the effect that changes may have on patients.

I look forward to interesting replies!

Cheers!

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Protest against Health Canada changes to Medical Marijuana Regulations – Feb. 21st

marijuana protest

Let me begin by saying that this protest is of the utmost importance. Although the changes Health Canada is proposed to the Medical Marihuana Purpose Regulations may seem relatively harmless to some, they will have a dramatic effect on how Canadian medical cannabis patients access their medicine. To read a basic description of the changes, go here.

Protest against the changes will be held on the 21st of February and are organized by hempology.ca. The organizer can be contacted at: Hempo101@gmail.com.

All protests will be held at local MP offices. To contact your local MP, you can go here.

Protesters are encourage to tell their friends and to bring intelligent banners/signs.

Health Canada can be contacted here:

Medical Marihuana Regulatory Reform Controlled Substances and Tobacco Directorate
Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch
Health Canada
Address locator AL3503D
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0K9
Fax: 613-941-7240
Email:consultations-marihuana@hc-sc.gc.ca

Key points of the new regulations

1. Mail-order only. No more dispensary storefronts. No more personalized advice on which strains are best for you.

2. No more health services. If the system is by mail, then no health services such as: acupuncture, massage therapy, nutrition counselling and others will exist for medical marijuana patients.

3. No more provincial/municipal medical cards. ONLY Federal authorization (which is a difficult process, that doctors are reluctant to support for fear of reprisal, and takes months) will be accepted. YOUR LOCAL DISPENSARY AUTHORIZATION WILL NO LONGER EXIST. NOR WILL YOUR LOCAL DISPENSARY.

This is a very important month for medical cannabis users. Don’t be inactive. There is no excuse to not even send an email or phone-call and please show up to protest!

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Cannabis Drying/Curing

During harvesting, when branches are removed from the cannabis plant, the stomata on the surface of the leaves close up, preventing the loss of water vapor from the buds. For this reason, harvested cannabis must be dried before users can smoke or vaporize it.

Trimming

trim

 Trimming is the process of removing excess leaves from cannabis buds and colas. The leaves are removed because they contain chlorophyll, which negatively alters the taste of cannabis when dried. The removal of excess leaves is easiest when the plant is still moist and sharp scissors must be used and cleaned many times during the process, since excess trichomes and resin can “gunk” them up, so to speak.

Drying

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The harvested portions of the cannabis plant attempts to retain as must moisture as they can, once removed. This excess water must be removed before the cannabis can be cured (the final step of production). Growers employ various methods of drying with differing results.

Large cannabis colas are often hung upside down in dry rooms without moisture. This causes moisture to move down and out of the plant. Growers may dry cannabis for differing amounts of time, depending on the density of the cannabis colas, the temperature and size of the room and available airflow. However, 5-10 days is a good estimate.

Other growers employ paper bags, the sun’s rays, dry ice and water to varying results.

Slow cure, smooth flavour

It is very important to mention that the longer cannabis is dried, the smoother the taste will be when cured. If growers attempt to dry cannabis quickly (for example, to quickly recoup investments) it can result in poorer quality cannabis with a harsh taste. A slower cure ensures the overall moisture in the buds of the plant is released at the same time as the moisture deep in the stomata. If dried quickly, moisture still exists in the stomata, giving cannabis a much harsher “plant-matter” taste.

Curing

Finally, the cure! Curing is the process of placing dried cannabis in air-tight, usually glass jar, so it can marinate in its own essence and strengthen it’s flavour.

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To put it simply, the reasons for curing are two-fold:

  1. To ensure that chlorophyll, pigments and other substances that negatively affect taste are removed.
  2. To allow the cannabis to marinate, achieving complex aromas and a deeper, sweeter taste

The longer a grower spends curing cannabis, the more robust and sweet the end flavour will be, ensuring a much higher quality product. During initial period of curing, cultivators usually open the jar for 30 minutes every 24 hours. After the first week, cultivators open the jar twice a week for about two weeks. After that the jar may be opened once a month and then stored.

So there you have it! The final product is robust, flavourful high-quality cannabis with the least amount of chlorophyll and other pigments!

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A Critical Look at the proposed changes to the Medical Marijuana Access Program

Problems with the MMPR Changes

Details regarding the changes to the Medical Marijuana Programme can be found here: ,

The problems associated with the proposed changes to the Medical Marihuana Programme by the Ministry of Health are countless, although you could be forgiven for not noticing at first. The changes, in the language put forward by Leona Agglkuk (Minister of Health) might seem relatively harmless, if not downright reasonable,  to the average reader.

However, the problem lies within the details.  According to the Ministry of Health:

The Government will no longer produce and distribute marihuana for medical purposes, opening up the market to companies which meet strict security requirements. Production will no longer take place in homes and municipal zoning laws will need to be respected, which will further enhance public safety. Health care practitioners will be able to sign a medical document similar to a prescription, and then patients can purchase the appropriate amount from an authorized vendor. The new system would cut red tape for individuals and ensure that they have access to marihuana for medical purposes produced under quality controls while streamlining the process for applicants and health care practitioners.

Firstly, these proposals completely ignore one of the widespread and documented problem that medical cannabis patients have: finding a doctor willing to prescribe medical cannabis. The “red-tape” the Ministry of Health refers to is the reluctance medical doctors have in prescribing cannabis to patients, for fear of losing their insurance and facing possible prosecution. The Canadian Medical Association issued a statement in 2011 saying:

And, “the [CMA] recommends that physicians not participate in the dispensing of medical marijuana under the existing Medical Marihuana Access Regulations”.

“Until the problems with MMAR (Medical Marihuana Access Regulations) are rectified […] physicians who wish to authorize the use of marijuana should consult relevant CMPA policy and guidelines […] to ensure medico-legal protection.”

It is, interestingly, the comments regarding the cost of the MMPR from the Health Ministry that are the most troubling. The Health Ministry claims, “The current Marihuana Medical Access Program costs Canadian taxpayers millions of dollars each year. The $5/gram Health Canada charges to program participants who choose to purchase from the department is heavily subsidized.” However a recent study into the actual costs of cannabis production estimate the cost of producing one (1) pound  of cannabis at $225.

$225/lb roughly translates to $0.50 per gram, including the costs of rent, lighting and processing cannabis. Given the $5/gram price charged to patients, the cost of this program seems incredibly minor, given the benefit enjoyed by patients. In addition, the Government ignores that the cost for growers that are patients, or have designated an individual to grow for them, is actually bared by the growers themselves.

In addition, the proposed changes by Health Canada would mandate that all vendors distributing medical cannabis do so by mail. Not only does this introduce further red-tape for patients, it has a number of other seriously negative affects for Canada’s 26,000+ medical cannabis users.

Cannabis Dispensaries provide a number of beneficial services to the community, because many of them also act as (self)subsidized wellness centers for their members. Services provided (at no cost to the federal government) include: acupuncture, massage therapy, nutritional and health counselling and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). Under the new Health Canada guidelines for medical cannabis, these dispensaries and the services they provide to the community would no longer exist.

Futhermore, the Health Canada changes have an adverse affect on the poor. If one is  currently homeless (without a mailing address) or even just without a long-term fixed address, it will not be possible to obtain medicine reliably under the new regulations. Likewise, even if one were moving between residences, the prospect of obtaining a steady supply of medicine would become far more burdened with the “red-tape” the government claims to be reducing.

These measures don’t make Canadians safer. They are not in the public interest. The only beneficiaries seem to the the organized criminal organizations would will be flooded with new customers whose local/provincial doctors regulations will no longer get them the medicine they need under the new Health Canada rules for access.  This is a purely ideological attack by the Conservative Party on some of the most marginalized, sick and in pain citizens in Canada.

It’s poor public policy. It’s not pragmatic. And it certainly isn’t Canadian.

Contact your local MP and voice your opposition: http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/Compilations/HouseOfCommons/MemberByPostalCode.aspx?Menu=HOC
Protest the Health Canada changes to medical cannabis access: http://www.hempology.ca/protest/

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