How To Spot a Fake Vape Cartridge

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This year’s alarming wave of vaping-associated pulmonary injury has already made up to 530 people sick and killed as many as six people. If you use disposable vaporizer cartridges, how can you make sure that the one you’re puffing on is safe?

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While there are no foolproof methods (even well-regulated markets sometimes have recalls), there are many ways to reduce the risk of consuming a contaminated product. Read on to learn how you can spot a fake or contaminated vape cartridge.

When it comes to avoiding dangerous vape carts, the number one piece of advice we heard from the experts was to avoid the illicit market.

“My honest opinion is to make sure to purchase vape carts from a licensed dispensary,” says Neil Dellacava, buyer at California cannabis brand Gold Seal. “I would just completely avoid buying cartridges from anyone that isn’t licensed.”

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Here’s Why You Can’t Overdose On Cannabis

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Nobody can physiologically overdose from cannabis nor has there been any reported or documented deaths from a cannabis overdose in all the years the substance has been used.

In 2016, more than 40% of all U.S. opioid overdose deaths involved prescription opioids, which equates to over 46 deaths every day, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When it comes to alcohol, each year, an estimated 88,000 people die due to alcohol-related reasons. In the U.S., alcohol is the third leading cause of preventable death. Although opioids and alcohol are federally legal substances, they can be very harmful, addictive, and dangerous.

But there is one substance that while federally illegal, delivers the exact opposite effects to users: cannabis. Nobody can physiologically overdose from cannabis nor has there been any reported or documented deaths from a cannabis overdose in all the years the substance has been used. Why is this and why is cannabis different than other commonly-used drugs?

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Cannabis leaves show antibacterial effect against MRSA

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The search for antimicrobials often leads scientists into the unlikeliest of areas. New research shows that the leaves of the cannabis plant have an antimicrobial effect, including efficacy against drug resistant forms of Staphylococcus aureus.

Scientists working at Saaii College of Medical Science and Technology together with colleagues at and the University of Gour Banga in India demonstrated how ethanol-based tinctures, which contain crushed leaves of Cannabis sativa exhibit an ability to inhibit methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to Laboratory Roots.

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How Does Marijuana Affect Different Parts of Your Brain?

Every component of the human body is complex, from the tiniest cell to the largest organ (which, by the way, is your skin).  However, no organ is more complicated than the brain.  This three-pound organ houses billions of neurons that guide thought, perception, emotion, and action, making each and every one of us who we are today.  In this article, I’ll explore a few of the many ways the human brain is affected by using marijuana (Cannabis).  If you have any questions about registering for a Massachusetts medical marijuana card, I encourage you to contact Inhale MD for a private consultation.

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What Is CBG (Cannabigerol)?

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CBG Oil Vs CBD Oil

If your familiar with CBD, the chances are you’ve also heard of CBG (Cannabigerol). CBG or Cannabigerol to use it’s full title is one of more than 120 identified cannabinoid compounds found within the cannabis plant. However, unlike CBD, CBG is found in much smaller quantities than most other cannabinoids within the hemp plant. CBG tends to have less than a 1% presence in most cannabis strains. However, like CBD, CBG is also not pyschoactive.

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Cannabis Concentrates Guide: THC Oils, Hash, Wax, Shatter & Dabs

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Types of Cannabis Concentrates

Cannabis concentrates are as diverse as they are potent. There are so many different types of concentrates, sometimes it hard to keep them all straight.

From kief to oils, hashish to shatter, it can be overwhelming to consider trying them, or how to smoke concentrates when you aren’t even sure which is which.

So, what are concentrates?

How are cannabis concentrates made?

How are concentrates, oils and extracts different?

How much do concentrates cost?

Types of Concentrates

What is a concentrate?

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Solvent-based and solventless marijuana concentrates are products that have been created from the cannabis plant and are much more potent than just flower alone.

What is a solvent based extract or solventless cannabis concentrate?

Well, some concentrates call for a solvent, such as CO2, butane or alcohol, in order to extract the THC and other valuable cannabinoids and terpenes.

If a concentrate utilizes a solvent to be created it is referred to as an extract. Other concentrates require no solvent and these are referred to solventless concentrates.

All extracts are concentrates but not all concentrates are extracts. While different types of cannabis concentrates might seem to run together, they are each quite distinctive.

There are numerous types of concentrates and extracts and new ones being developed all the time.

Kief, hash, rosin, tinctures, oils, shatter, pull and snap, wax, budder or badder, crumble, honeycomb, distillate and crystalline are the concentrates we will focus on.

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How Psychedelic Surf Smugglers Invented Dabs (With Help From the CIA?)

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Who invented the dab?

All too often in the world of cannabis such monumental achievements end up lost to history, particularly those that date back to the bad old days of total prohibition. But in this case, we actually have a primary document to work off. Because on October 3, 1973, the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a rather unique hearing entitled Hashish Smuggling and Passport Control: The Brotherhood of Eternal Love.

We tend to think of dabs (a highly concentrated cannabis extract) as a fairly recent phenomenon, but as the hearing’s official transcript makes clear, the production and consumption of this product actually dates back at least to the early 1970s.

This particular airing of government grievances came at the end of a massive law enforcement campaign against The Brotherhood—a legendary network of cannabis smugglers and LSD evangelists that flooded the country with acid and hashish back in the late 60s and early 70s, before a wave of arrests and indictments took them down.

In the following exchange, J. G. Sourwine—chief counsel for the Senate Subcommittee on the Judiciary—is asking a couple of DEA agents to tell him the origin story of a highly concentrated cannabis extraction that The Brotherhood of Eternal Love dubbed “honey oil” and the cops called “hashish oil.”

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