Golani Pre-Roll Review

Golani Pre-Roll Review

There are a lot of people that a lot of cannabis connoisseurs that are averse to smoking pre-rolls. If you’re a careful person, there are plenty of good reasons to be cautious. The risks can go from being as small as some bad quality bud to as large as harsh chemicals that can lead to illness or death. With that being said, the pre-rolls being offered in medical marijuana dispensaries are largely safe and many are changing the entire game. Recently,

According to Golani’s website (golaniusa.com), “Our Golani Tute flavored rolls are hand-crafted, indica dominant premium blend pre-rolls composed of our exclusive top-shelf Golani O.G. flowers, mixed with solvent-free bubble hash, dipped in primarily CBD dominant strawberry flavored hash oil and rolled in top-shelf kief, giving a consistent and potent pre-roll. SC Lab tested and containing over 1.5 grams of Golani infused product, the Golani Tute Roll provides fast and long-lasting pain relief for various symptoms including insomnia, anxiety, appetite loss or serious illnesses. By using King size natural RAW papers, we ensure with every smooth drag comes an all natural, irresistible potent strawberry flavor and long-lasting experience you can enjoy conveniently.”

Notes From My Experience (as best as I could remember):

Aroma: Immediately smells like strawberry
Packaging: The hard glass/plastic packaging is a nice touch. Not worried about breaking or bending joint
Appearance: Packed well, no bends, no air bubbles, no space; ashes evenly
Pre-lit inhale: tastes strawberry-ish (could be directly related to strong strawberry scent)
Time toked: 1pm
Time hit: 1:10
High lasted: About an hour
Taste: Tastes strongly like strawberry due to hash oil dip; burns very slowly, and mostly evenly; taste eventually gets more piney and earthy; inhale gets harsher further in
Feel: relaxed body high, could feel tension lifting from back and shoulder; definitely indica vibes; a little out of it and lethargic; stress in back and shoulders lifting; hitting hard (as someone with a high tolerance)
Munchies: Hell yeah
Sleepy: Definitely
Back to normal by 5
Didn’t finish the whole joint on my own; perfect party pass

Overall, I’m a fan of the Golani pre-rolls. They’re not in my home state yet, so I happened to get them in a mail-in package. I would definitely smoke them again, but even as a seasoned smoker, it is not a feat that I would attempt alone again. It took me several tries to get through the whole thing and I was out for the count. It was fun though.

Strainprint App Review: A New Way To Track Cannabis Consumption

Strainprint App Review: A New Way To Track Cannabis Consumption

A couple of weeks ago, I received a request to review an application that was relatively new to the app store called Strainprint. According to their site, “[Strainprint’s] mission is to help people use cannabis in the most effective way possible. By guiding patients to track their own cannabis intake, we will help to refine and improve treatment. It is our aim to advance the scientific understanding of cannabis and its legitimization as a therapy.” This is a unique idea and I believe the premise is something that could be really beneficial to the study of the effects of different strains of marijuana. So, I decided to give it a shot! Here are my thoughts:

Pros:

– The setup process for Strainprint couldn’t be easier. If you use cannabis to treat any medical conditions, you’re more than likely to find the condition on the extensive list the Strainprint provides. In addition to that, you can select the symptoms you experience as a result of the condition and that really impressed me. You can really narrow it down, which is helpful when you use the Snapshot feature.

Keep on reading!

Flight AMS: Europe, Spice, and Everything Nice

flight ams

Europe, Spice, and Everything Nice

Parts of America have become very fortunate in that they can now smoke weed recreationally. Let me tell you, you’re some lucky motherfuckers. While we Europeans like to think we’re more advanced than America, I mean, at least we get free healthcare, weed legalization still seems a long way off for most of us.

There is hope of course. Amsterdam has always been a great spot to vacation and Germany is actually considering legalization. But, most of us still have to do without.

Legal Alternatives to Weed

That’s where we come in. I am the co-founder of Flight AMS. We provide quality synthetics and other legal products and have been for over 7 years. We started off running head shops and then decided to move the business online. Customers seem to prefer the delivery to their door anyway.

If any of you are involved in the head shop business, you know how hard it is to stay within the constantly changing laws. Try doing it for 44 different countries with 44 different languages. While we certainly enjoy, I mean really enjoy, what we do, it’s a lot of work.

While we sell synthetics, the honest to god fact is that most of us would prefer some weed. However, many of our customers have families and jobs that make crossing the law a really bad idea. Plus, synthetics have some different effects, which are enjoyable in their own right.

Exact Opposites

The funny thing about the whole situation is that, while weed is illegal and synthetics aren’t in Europe, it’s the exact opposite in America. Many states are starting to legalize weed, but synthetics have become illegal.

Cowboys & Safety

Now, there’s a good reason for that. Apart from the usual scare stories the media pushes out there, there were also a lot of cowboys in the industry who put god knows what in their products. Some people got sick, some people had bad reactions. And, of course, there’s always a small percentage that will have a bad reaction to a particular product no matter what, be it aspirin or marijuana.

Since you couldn’t always be sure what you’re getting and, because the products weren’t regulated for human consumption, you might have a vendor create two different batches using two completely different blends. So you gotta be careful and only shop from trusted vendors.

Once you find a good vendor you can trust, you’re good to go. And it’s a fun business to be in. Obviously, we get to sample our own stuff basically for free and we get to talk with a lot of cool people that love our product.

Surfing and Running a Business

Moving the business online has been awesome. I can now travel all over Europe to connect with customers. And running everything online means I can even go surfing in the Philippines for a week and still run my business. Not a bad life, if you ask me.

If the more adventurous among you ever decide to come on over, we’ll be happy to hear from you.

 

Peter from FlightAMS.com

flightams@gmail.com

Cool Places To Visit After Legalization: California

Cool Places To Visit After Legalization: California

2016 is a great year for cannabis in the United States. We’ve come leaps and bounds towards legalization and it’s awesome. In fact, there are currently five states that are scheduled to vote to legalize marijuana for recreational use: California, Nevada, Arizona, Massachusetts, and Maine. Just like in Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon before them, if any of these states legalize marijuana, they’re going to see an influx of new tourism. So, so you guys can be prepared with me, I’ve complied a list of cool places to visit in each of the states that has the legalization of recreational marijuana on the ballot for 2016. Now, there’s no guarantee that you’ll actually be able to toke up any of these places, but why not visit them already stoned. That’s what I plan to do. So without further adieu, here are a few cool places to visit in California.

Disneyland

Disneyland is on the top of this for obvious reasons, most of which is that it’s Disneyland. The amusement park, opened in 1955, has been a staple of Anaheim, California since its inception. I could spend all day to list the reasons that someone should visit Disneyland, but the most convincing comes from Walt Disney himself at the dedication:

To all who come to this happy place: Welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America, with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.

— Walter E. Disney, July 17, 1955

More than likely, you won’t be able to spark up in Disneyland. It’s a kid friendly environment and people who have less tolerant views on the recreational assumption of marijuana, but there’s nothing to stop you from eating some space cake then getting on “It’s A Small World”. That sounds awesome to me.

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Brand New Merry Jane App Review

Merry Jane

Daaaaamn, Daniel. Back at it again with the Merry Jane Review.

I know that that meme just came out, but the fact that it’s already old kills my soul a little. This review of the Merry Jane app is special to me because it’s the first one on the new Chronic Lady Youtube channel! I’m going to be posting videos there bi-weekly (for the most part), but I wanted to kick it off right with the Merry Jane app from Merry Jane media. Merry Jane is a social media and lifestyle website launched last year by Snoop Dogg himself. The app is actually really pretty cool. In my video, I go over all of the features that I thought were cool. Are you team #BluntsOverJoints or team #JointsOverBlunts? There hasn’t been a decision this hard since picking your team on Pokemon Go. If you’re going to see Snoop and Wiz on the High Road Tour this summer, this app is a definite must to join in on all the fun that they have to offer. Make sure to check out the video and subscribe to the channel if you’re a fan!

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Caffeine v. Cannabis: Which is safer?

[This post and all research originally appeared on Cannabis Culture.]

CANNABIS CULTURE – “In wise hands poison is medicine. In foolish hands medicine is poison.” – Casanova

A POPULAR DRUG

Like most drugs, this one goes by many names. In the world of science, it’s sometimes called “Theine” or “Guaranine” or “Methyltheobromine”. On the street, it’s called an “upper” or “stimulant” or “pep pill” or “candy bar” or “headache pill” or “hot beverage” or “soft drink”. Like sugar and alcohol, it’s more often considered a food than a medicine.

It is caffeine – the world’s second most popular psychoactive substance – second only to sugar. Global consumption of caffeine has been estimated at 120,000 tonnes per year, which amounts to one caffeinated beverage for every person on earth, every day.

Caffeine occurs naturally in over 60 plants found all over the world. People have been drinking caffeinated beverages such as coffee for well over 1000 years. Legend has it that tea has been drunk for over 4000 years. And chocolate – which also contains a little bit of caffeine – has been around for nearly 4000 years as well – and became popular with the Europeans in the 1500s, as soon as they tasted it.

These days caffeine has been isolated from its botanical origins and can also come in a white powder similar to cocaine. It is also found in pep pills, diet pills, and headache medicine.

Caffeine is in headache medicine because you get a headache when you withdraw from caffeine. When you stop using abruptly, you feel icky – and most often you get a headache. So they put caffeine in headache medicine because humans are often caffeine junkies and the headache medicine is “feeding their Jones” and “giving them a fix” – not because caffeine by itself is any good at curing headaches.

COMPARE TO CANNABIS

Contrast this with another popular soft drug – cannabis. Cannabis is the most popular “illegal” substance in the world. Just how popular is a bit tricky to estimate.

Because possession can sometimes lead to a long jail sentence, and trafficking can be – once in a while – a death sentence, global cannabis use statistics aren’t all that accurate or a true reflection of popularity. But official estimates of lifetime use can vary from 20% to 50% of the global population. Those that use more than once per month is closer to 10% to 30%, depending who and how you ask.

Cannabis has been used for many thousands of years as a medicine/sacrament, and as a source of food and textiles.

It is now being investigated as the source of hundreds if not thousands of new medicines, due to the hundreds of different cannabinoids and terpenes that are found in cannabis – none of which are toxic, and all of which are medically active.

Now that the most popular illegal drug is looking more and more legal every day, how does it compare and contrast with the most popular drug, in terms of effects and risks and the current costs to society?

THE EFFECTS

Caffeine is a stimulant. Stimulants are used to fight lethargy, reduce sleepiness, decrease appetite, and to help with concentration and focus.

Cannabis can also sometimes act as a stimulant, if the right strain and dose is taken. Cannabis can also be a relaxant, a time-slow-down performance-enhancing drug, and a medicine for many conditions due to the hundreds of different terpenes and cannbinoids found in the buds. Humans are just beginning to map out the strains and effects in order to realize cannabis’ true potential.

OVERDOSE RISK

Caffeine and cannabis are similarly low-risk drugs, but there are some important differences. The first is the risk of a lethal overdose.

Deaths from caffeine overdose are rare, but there’s a few every year. A lethal dose of caffeine for an adult is somewhere between 3,200 milligrams and 10,000mg at one time.

Your typical 8 ounce cup of coffee contains 80-180mg of caffeine. Energy drinks contain up to 357mg. Anti-sleep and diet medicines contain up to 300mg. A “Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee with Turbo Shot” contains 436mg. A box of “Crackheads2” coffee bean candies contains 600mg, and comes with a warning label – “one box per day”. Over six boxes at once could be dangerous for an adult.

Pure caffeine powder is sold in a box with 124 one gram packages. That’s 124,000 milligrams – over a dozen lethal overdoses in every package.

The number of people who die of caffeine overdoses is low, but it’s been increasing over the past several years with the advent of energy drinks. Some researchers argue that many heart attack deaths could actually be undiagnosed caffeine overdose deaths, making the actual death toll significantly higher.

To contrast this with cannabis, there have been zero confirmed overdose deaths from cannabis – ever.

However, an unpleasant experience can be felt with even a small dose of cannabis – especially if one is unfamiliar with the effects, if the body is stressed, or if the mind is unready to experience the effects.

Nearly every user will feel uncomfortable if enough edible cannabis products are ingested. Moderation is the key to avoiding unwanted effects. When cannabis is smoked, very small amounts can have an effect almost immediately, allowing for “self-titration” or dosing. This is not possible with orally ingested drugs such as caffeine.

OVERUSE DEATHS

Long-term caffeine use kills between 1,000 to 10,000 people every year in the US, from “stress, ulcers and triggering irregular heartbeats,” according to the US Bureau of Mortality Statistics.

Cannabis overuse deaths are, again, zero, according to the same source.

WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS

According to a report from the Royal College of Psychiatrists published in 2005, caffeine withdrawal symptoms include “headache, irritability, sleeplessness, confusion, nausea, anxiety, restlessness and tremor, palpitations and raised blood pressure. They are at their worst for 1–2 days, then recede.”

Headaches from caffeine withdrawal are considered “extremely common”.

With cannabis, “If people experience withdrawal symptoms at all, they are remarkably mild.” Typical cannabis withdrawal symptoms might include irritability and mild insomnia.

It has been my personal experience that you might miss no longer being relaxed, hungry and happy, but unlike caffeine, there is no such thing as an “extremely common” marijuana-withdrawal headache

Of course, when you’re using cannabis for a medical reason, those symptoms can return when you quit using cannabis. This isn’t a withdrawal effect, this is the result of taking away a helpful medicine.

IMPAIRMENT

The more common side effects of caffeine, especially in large doses, are: diarrhea, dizziness, fast heartbeat, hyperglycemia, blurred vision, drowsiness, flushed dry skin, ketones in urine, loss of appetite, nausea, stomach ache, tiredness, troubled breathing, vomiting, anxious feeling, cold sweats, confusion, shakiness, irritability.

In contrast, cannabis’ acute toxicity is low compared with that of any other drugs. The side effects of large doses involve cognitive impairment, psycho-motor impairment, anxiety, dysphoria, panic and paranoia.

The one area where cannabis is more risky than caffeine is in the impairment experienced by a novice user after a typical dose. This could effect what age limits, if any, are placed upon legal cannabis access.

COST TO SOCIETY

Evaluating the costs of cannabis and caffeine to society is not easy. Both the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Canadian Center on Substance Abuse limit their research to tobacco, alcohol, and “illegal drugs.” They exclude pharmaceuticals, and caffeine.

When caffeine is seen as a drug rather than a food, and testing for caffeine after road accidents and premature death becomes standard, the true costs of caffeine abuse will one day be recorded.

Similarly, the costs of so-called “cannabis abuse” are often confused with the costs of “prohibition enforcement,” or with problems stemming from the lack of education around cannabis harm-reduction.

When cannabis is fully legalized for all users, and education in cannabis harm reduction becomes common, cannabis’ true cost to society can be fairly evaluated.

CONCLUSION

To conclude, caffeine is clearly more risky, more dangerous, more deadly, more harmful and more costly than cannabis in every category – overdose deaths, overuse deaths, withdrawal symptoms and acute toxicity.

The only area where cannabis provides the greater risk is in regards to the impairment levels of novice users.

Regulations that treat cannabis as far more dangerous than caffeine don’t reflect reality, and should be challenged by drug peace activists. Society should treat each drug according to the risks that drug provides, rather than making rules based on ignorant myths and racist, outdated traditions.

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