Now that America is changing its mind on cannabis its time for India to do the same

Smoking cannabis is getting more acceptable around the world. In 2003 Canada became the first country to allow medical marijuana; 19 US states allow medical use. Chile, Guatemala, Columbia and Ecuador have decriminalised personal use. Uruguay has legalised it.
The Netherlands has always tolerated it. In America, Washington state and Colorado passed laws in November 2012 legalising the consumption and sale to adults over the age of 18. Both states set up regulatory systems to license and tax marijuana growers and retailers.

There was only one problem though. Lawmakers weren’t sure if the federal government would continue to prosecute cannabis crimes under federal statutes.
Last month, all doubts were laid to rest when America’s Department of Justice announced that the federal government would not prosecute marijuana crimes in those states.
This is not all. Legalisation bills have been introduced in Maine and Rhode Island; Massachusetts and Vermont are in the process of discussing possible bills and there is talk of ‘ballot initiatives’ in California and Oregon.
In April thousands smoked pot openly at a pro-marijuana concert-rally at Civic Centre Park in Denver.
Change
In Colorado, marijuana retail stores are expected to open as early as January 2014. People above the age of 21 can buy an ounce while non-residents will be able to purchase up to one quarter of an ounce.
These are welcome winds of change. For far too long governments have wasted precious resources on criminalizing and fighting a soft drug that is used by millions – 162 million adults use marijuana once a year; 22.5 million use it everyday.
In Sri Lanka, according to one estimate, one out of three people smoke the aromatic weed. It’s taken time but realisation has finally seeped through that cannabis use is far less harmful than alcohol or tobacco consumption.

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Cooking with weed

Even for experienced smokers, eating foods containing marijuana can be a whole new experience. It might the perfect solution for those who don’t want to smoke, or have trouble smoking, i.e. people with asthma. There are virtually no health risks, as you are not smoking and there is no subsequent damage to your respiratory system.

Cooking with Marijuana

Most weed-related recipes call for the making of a certain quantity of “Marijuana Butter” or “Bud Butter”, which is then used as a replacement for standard butter in a cooking situation. To prepare pot for eating it has to be heated in some way. It won’t work if the weed is eaten without preparation, because the digestive system is unable to digest THC directly. When cooking with weed, it is very important to use fat (oil, butter, milk) because THC (the stuff that gets you stoned) is fat soluble and not water soluble. It is therefore impossible to get high from pot tea, for example, without adding some milk.

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How to make Bud Butter

Cooking with weed offers an alternative to inhaling marijuana smoke to get high. By using “Bud Butter” in your recipes you can consume the marijuana in a tasty way.

Here’s one recipe for Bud Butter:

Ingredients
1 lb. of butter (not margarine!)
1/2 ounce of finely ground marijuana

Method
Melt the butter in a sauce pan until it’s simmering.
Add the marijuana and let simmer for 30 minutes or so until the butter has turned green from the marijuana.
Pour butter through a strainer to remove all the pieces of marijuana.
Chill until solid. 

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What are the effects?

It can take anywhere from 20 minutes to even up to 4-5 hours for the effects to set in. The biggest problem here is to find the right amount. When smoked, the effects set in almost immediately, so it is easy to judge how much you need. After eating some weed, some users are too impatient, and they think they need more. While it is not possible to overdose on weed, the effects of eating too much cannabis are not pleasant. You may feel sick, confused, unable to move or talk, and your coordination may be heavily affected. These effects may last a long time, much longer than when smoked. It is therefore important not to eat too much. Start with a low dose, and increase it the next time, if needed. Experiment to find the right amount. If you eat too much, a high dose of vitamin c (200mg or more) may help to make you feel better.

When eaten, pot takes longer to work, depending on: the amount and quality of the weed/hash, the rate of your digestion system, and the amount of food you’ve eaten beforehand. For best results, we recommend not eating anything at least 2-3 hours before eating your marijuana.

How much weed do I use?

Since weed is not an “officially regulated” product it’s hard to recommend an amount to use as the strength of the weed will vary greatly. Many people prefer to use “cabbage,” or the leafy, low quality type of weed, in their cooking. Buds are usually reserved for smoking, but of course you’re free to cook buds, but any cooking disasters will be a lot more expensive!

Trial and error is your guide here. If you’re making bud butter, you might go through a few saucepans full of cabbage before the butter is green and smelly enough to be useful for cooking. It’s a good idea to note down how much you’ve used so you know for next time. 

As a general guide, a mild dose using high quality cannabis, extracted properly into butter or oil, would be 0.5g. To get really high use 1g. So – 7 brownies=7 grams of cannabis. 

So for a 14 brownie batch that gets everyone pretty high using 1g per person would be a half ounce. 28 brownies at .5 a gram, or buy a 1/4 of cannabis, make 7 1 gram brownies for 7 people, or 14 .5gram brownies. Image

 

Does smoking Marijuana makes you a bad person ?

Ofcourse Not, said the team leader of TGM when a boy asked him “I smoke weed every now and then. I have high moral values and am very intelligent. I feel somewhat guilty about smoking though, even though it relaxes me and helps to calm my nerves,does it makes me a bad person? 

Here in this case the first party was the anonymous guy and the 2nd party was the TGM executive. But, what if , the same question was asked to some other guy or girl who is not a part of TGM?

Not to worry ! 

You will get two answers 

The legalistic side: These people tell you that it is against the law and have absolutely no clue what marijuana actually is and just blindly follows the  governement on whatever they say. If it is illegal then it must be bad for you and others around you so if you smoke it you are a bad person and they judge you harshly for it even though they have never actually looked up anything about marijuana and dont know that it is 100% natural. All they know is that it is classified as a (schedule 1 <- seriously) drug so you should not have anything to do with it. 

These people are not very educated and just listen to what people tell them 

OR 

You can get 

The smart answers: The people that know that this is a 100% natural plant that grows naturally on our earth. You know that there is nothing wrong with this plant and even after heavy smoking (or any other form of ingesting THC) for a few years there is still nothing wrong with you based on THC alone. These people have done their research beyond what the government told them and were smart enough to realize that this “drug” is just like any other plant on our planet (arguable better at how green it is and the broad category of how many great uses this “drug” has) These are the people whose answer you should listen to because they know what they are talking about. They also realize that smoking weed is more healthy than alcohol and tobacco. Drugs that are still legal. (Actually a study shows that heroin and cocaine are safer than alcohol and tobacco. Honestly look up http://www.cannabisnews.com

No smoking weed does not make you a bad person. It makes you a smart person and all haters can gtfo because they dont know what they are talking about. The government tells you it is bad and they have no scientific evidence to back it up. It is still illegal though just because it was illegal before… Seems like a dumb reason. If you look up why this plant is illegal it is because it was threatening the lumber companies because 1 acre of hemp can produce 5 times the amount of paper as lumber can. So what do people do when something is threatening to take away their money? Well obviously they find a way to stop it even if it is better for everybody else they realize that they themselves wont make as much money so they team up with other companies (like dupont) and get the drug to be illegal. Then it continues with Nixon telling the country that marijuana use leads to communist thoughts and when nixon was president you did not want to be a communist… 

The only way you should feel bad about smoking marijuana is if you feel bad that you have grass, or trees, or flowers growing in your front yard. 100% natural plants that cannot hurt you. 

No dont feel bad, You are a good person

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Is Marijuana Addictive?

The majority of pot smokers do not develop a marijuana addiction, but some smokers do develop all the symptoms of an actual addiction after chronic marijuana use.

Most marijuana users never come close to being addicted to weed. They do not lose control of its use; they generally use the amount they want to use and when they want to use it. When they use marijuana, they get the exact results they expect and intend to get.

But Marijuana Addiction Does Happen

But Marijuana Addiction Does Happen

The fact that most users never develop an addiction doesn’t mean that it never happens. Some marijuana users will exhibit all the classic behaviors of someone who has an addiction.

There is a difference between marijuana abuse and marijuana dependence. Marijuana abuse occurs when someone continues to use the drug despite negative consequences, such as losing a job, poor academic performance or getting arrested. If you continue to smoke marijuana in spite of continued negative consequences, by definition you are a substance abuser.

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Interview with a 16 year old pothead : The Gopal Manuka reaches Bangalore , Karnataka

Weed is not addictive! That is just a myth. I have been smoking marijuana since I was 16 years old and I smoke at least three bowls a day and I’m not addicted! I can quit anytime. Just last week, when I ran out of weed, I quit for an entire day. Well, almost a day, says Yasir Rehman, a multinational company executive based in Upperpet, BL.

After about 18 hours I got anxious feeling and decided I just needed a toke to settle my nerves. I searched my entire house hoping that I could find some stash that I got paranoid and hid away and forgot about. But no luck.

Marijuana is medicine, it’s not harmful! That’s why so many USA’s states have legalized medical marijuana because it’s good for you. How can you say that a natural, God-given plant can been bad for your health? What’s that you say? Well, yeah, tobacco is a plant too, but that’s different. Somehow. I don’t know.

In the end Yasir added : All I know is I’m 45 years old and I’ve been smoking for around nineteen and a half yearsImageI and I’m in perfect health, except sometimes I have this really deep cough. But you would get a cough whatever you smoked, right? I don’t sleep as well on the days I don’t smoke pot, and I get headaches, but that’s not a big deal. At least it’s not as bad as alcohol.