Marijuana Munchies

marijuana munchies

Marijuana Munchies

Many people, such as cancer patients, use marijuana precisely to increase their appetites and gain weight. Other folks need to control their marijuana munchies to maintain or lose weight.  The Munchies is one of the most famous and often reported effects of cannabis.

Why does cannabis cause increased appetite?

This has to do with how the human brain reacts to the consumption of Cannabis, setting off a chain reaction that leads to an urgent desire for food. There is actually a specific cannabinoid receptor that increases hunger.

Basically, there is a hunger switch in our brains that is triggered when we ingest THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the substance that is responsible for the euphoric effect of the plant. This happens whether we smoke a joint, use a vaporizer, or eat some food that contains THC.

What is interesting is that marijuana actually stimulates a very specific receptor in a group of neurons that are typically in charge of limiting our appetite. But, when the CB1 receptors are stimulated by THC, the neurons work in the opposite way and increase our appetite. In addition, after Cannabis use our blood-sugar levels drop, and that also causes an increased appetite.

What if I need to lose weight?

Now, if you are trying to lose weight, as I am, this effect of cannabis can be a problem.

Here are some ideas of how you can control yourself when you have the munchies:

  • Add some honey and lemon to a pitcher of warm water. Adding ginger, or mint can make the cocktail even more tasty. Can drink warm or iced.
  • If you absolutely have to eat something other than a regular meal, try to replace junk food with healthier alternatives. Instead of fried chips try baked chips, popcorn, or rice crackers. Instead of candy, try fruit or lower calorie, natural yogurt.
  • Brush your teeth right after smoking marijuana. This will reduce your appetite by leaving a taste of minty freshness in your mouth.

We Joined The First Church of Cannabis

We Joined The First Church of Cannabis

C Che and I have questioned organized religion for years. While I do identify as Jewish, and in fact organized the Jewish Community on the small Caribbean island where we lived for a few years, I have trouble with the dogma of orthodoxy. C Che was raised southern Baptist, but lately has identified as Buddhist.

I lean toward Buddhism as well, specifically Tibetan Buddhism. I find the teachings and the mantras to be helpful. Here is a healing Medicine Buddha Mantra.

And then, in the midst of a totally insane moment in the US where more and more people seem sure of their protected right to discriminate, the First Church of Cannabis was born. Minister of Love and Grand Poobah Bill Levin started the church when the state of Indiana passed a “Religious Protection Law,” giving business owners the right to discriminate based on religious belief. But Levin saw an opening. If he could form a recognized Church devoted to Cannabis in the state of Indiana, wouldn’t the Religious Protection Law ensure that members could have their sacrament? That they could worship by smoking cannabis?

We joined as soon as we could, and can’t wait to actually attend a service, either at the church or somewhere else, as they travel. So far there has been a wedding in the Church, but still no marijuana.

Levin is being smart by respecting the law and building up the Church as a place of worship and of support for members and the community. The wedding was just the start. Levin recently sued the state to allow marijuana consumption in the church, as it is an important piece of the worship and our religious right to worship fully in our church should be protected under Indiana state law.

Here are the 12 Tenets of the Cannaterians:

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We agree with everything here! Live Love Laugh Learn Create Grow Teach.

One Love!

Marijuana is the Safest Recreational Drug

marijuana is the safest

According to Scientific Reports, marijuana is the safest recreational drug.

We always knew in our hearts and minds that marijuana is safe. The worst thing you ever hear about our favorite plant is weight gain from eating too much.

As reported by Alternet.com, pot is 114 times safer than alcohol. Yes, you read that correctly. Marijuana is 114 times safer than legal alcohol.

In this study, researchers compared the lethal dose of a drug to the amount that a recreational user would ingest. With alcohol, heroin, and cocaine the lethal dose was quite close to the recreational dose (which, we would imagine, gets worse when you mix the drugs).

Marijuana, on the other hand, has a very low risk of morbidity. You can take a lot without it killing you!

“The risk of cannabis may have been overestimated in the past,” wrote Dirk W. Lachenmeier and Jurgen Rehm the two researchers involved with the study. “In contrast, the risk of alcohol may have been commonly underestimated.”

So why are we all still so worried about legalizing weed? Even the Colorado police acknowledges that crime is down and that drug use amongst teens is down since the state’s legalization of recreational marijuana.

Legalize it!

 

A Stoners Recap of Game of Thrones

A Stoners Recap of Game of Thrones with Seth Rogan and Snoop Lion

Seth & Snoop get stoned!

Seth Rogan and Snoop Lion sit down, smoke some weed, and give us a stoners recap of Game of Thrones.

There are spoilers here, people! Be forewarned.

httpv://youtu.be/79DeJqyhwWs

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Marijuana May Stop HIV

marijuana mat stop hiv

Marijuana may stop HIV from spreading, according to several recent studies.

I am always amazed at how little marijuana is studied.

We have alcohol and tobacco that are completely legal, sold over the counter, and every study shows us more bad things about them.

And then we have lots of pharmaceutical drugs that mimic the good effects of marijuana, just not as well.

This most recent study is out of Louisiana State University, where they tested daily doses of marijuana on HIV positive rhesus monkeys.

The study, published last week in the journal AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, concludes that daily administration of THC in the animals slowed the spread of HIV in their stomachs, where the virus thrives.

Seriously, researchers gave the monkeys daily doses of marijuana for 17 months, and their T-cell levels dropped. And there have been other studies that show the same thing.

Last year, an oncologist from the United Kingdom found that marijuana compounds can kill cancer cells in leukemia patients, and scientists at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco have conducted research that suggests those compounds can also effectively combat other forms of aggressive cancer.

Legalize it!

World’s Oldest Living Stoners

World’s Oldest Living Stoners Speak Out

To listen to the media, you would think that all stoners are either in high school or college, or are not functional in the real world.

Now, C. Che and I have been getting high for 35 and 45 years, respectively, and those who know us know that we are highly functional humans.

Listen to your elders, my friends! Presenting the world’s oldest living stoners.

httpv://youtu.be/l7yGaLuW6aY