The 420

General Marijuana Information

Marijuana is a deciduous plant which grows from seeds. The fibrous section of the plant was (has been replaced by synthetics) used to make rope. The flowering tops, leaves, seeds, and resin of the plant is used by just about everyone to get HIGH.

Normally, the vegetable parts of the plant are smoked to produce this “high,” but they can also be eaten. The active ingredient in marijuana resin is THC (tetahydrocannabinol). Marijuana contains from 1 – 20+ per cent THC (10+ per cent must be considered GOOD dope).

Marijuana grows wild in many parts of the world, and is cultivated in Mexico, Vietnam, Africa, Nepal, India, South America, etc.,etc. The marijuana sold in the United States and comes primarily from, yes, the United States. It is estimated that at least 50 per cent of the grass on the streets in America and Canada is homegrown. The next largest bunch comes across the borders from Mexico, with smaller amounts filtering in from Panama, occasionally South America, and occasionally, Africa. Hashish is the pure resin of the marijuana plant, which is scraped from the flowering tops of the plant and lumped together.

Ganja is the ground-up tops of the finest plants. (It is also the name given to any sort of marijuana in Jamaica.) Marijuana will deteriorate in about two years if exposed to light, air or heat. It should always be stored in cool places. Grass prices in the United States are a direct reflection of the laws of supply and demand (and you thought that high school economics would never be useful). A series of large border busts, a short growing season, a bad crop, any number of things can drive the price of marijuana up. Demand still seems to be on the increase in the U.S., so prices seldom fall below last year’s level.

Each year a small seasonal drought occurs, as last year’s supply runs low, and next year’s crop is not up yet. Prices usually raise about 20 – 75 per cent during this time and then fall back to “normal.” Unquestionably, a large shortage of grass causes a percentage of smokers to turn to harder drugs instead. For this reason, no grass control program can ever be beneficial or “successful.”

Effects of Marijuana

Onset0-10 minutes
Coming Up5-10 minutes
Plateau15-30 minutes
Coming Down<45-60 minutes
After Effects30-60 minutes

The Effects of Smoking Marijuana are usually lighter than those of many other recreational psychoactive substances. People are generally capable of carrying out normal actions and activities while high.

Positive

  • mood lift
  • relaxation
  • creative, philosophical or deep thinking … ideas flow well
  • increased appreciation of music. More aware of, deeper connection to music.
  • increased awareness of senses. (eating, drinking, smell)
  • change in experience of muscle fatigue. Pleasant body feel. Increase in body/mind connection.
  • pain relief (headaches, cramps)

Neutral

  • general change in consciousness (as with many psychoactives)
  • increased appetite
  • slowness (slow driving, talking)
  • tiredness
  • blood shot eyes
  • mouth dryness (cotton mouth)
  • interrupts linear memory. Difficulty following a train of thought.

Negative

  • nausea
  • coughing, asthma, upper respiratory problems
  • difficulty with short term memory
  • racing heart, agitation, tenseness
  • headaches
  • dizziness, confusion
  • paranoia (generally only in inexperienced users)
  • possible psychological dependence on cannabis

Ways of Using Marijuana

Vaporizing Marijuana

Marijuana vaporizers are considered to be a “healthier” method of using marijuana, as it allows users to only inhale the active cannabinoids and avoid harmful toxins produced in smoke. Vaporizers heat marijuana to 180 – 200° C (356° – 392° F) so it vaporizes, not combusting and producing smoke. At this temperature, only THC and other medically active cannabinoids are produced, which means very little to no harmful carcinogenic toxins and tars are present.

Vaporizers can be of great relief for medical marijuana patients as smoking can irritate their lungs. Vaporizers are strongly advised for anyone concerned with respiratory hazards.

Smoking Marijuana

Smoking marijuana produces the most immediate effects and permits the most refined control of your dosage. Smoking any material is not good for the lungs, but the amount that you need to smoke is so small that you need not be overly concerned. It is better to smoke the flowers rather than the leaves as this also reduces the amount you will need to smoke. Using a water pipe will cool the smoke and relieve many of the toxins produced by burning. Smoking joints (marijuana cigarettes) is suggested. (High Times, 1993)

Eating Marijuana

Marijuana can be eaten. When consumed this way, it is usually baked in brownies or cookies, and sometimes made into candy, particularly with mashed dates. It takes longer to feel the effects when eaten, and may take longer for you to learn to control your dosage. However, when you do feel the effects, they may be stronger than those felt by smoking. You may also feel a certain heaviness in your body. This will not hurt you. Schedule your time so that you can relax when you take it.

Marijuana Tea

Like other herbs, marijuana may be made into a tea. Boil the water first and pour it over the marijuana. Let it steep for longer than you would for common black tea; approximately an hour and a half. Add 1 tsp. of butter. The effects are similar to eating it.

Tincture

To prepare a tincture, use 5 parts fresh marijuana to 1 part vodka. If you are using dried marijuana, as is usually the case, use 10 parts marijuana to 1 part vodka. An easy way to do this if you don’t have measuring equipment, is to fill whatever container you are using (glass is preferable as you don’t want to leech any residues from metal containers) two thirds full with herb, then fill the container with vodka and let stand for a week or more. Afterward, strain the solution. If you use a larger portion of herb, the resulting tincture will be more potent.

Marijuana Compress

Follow the recipe as for tea. Make as much as you need to thoroughly soak the cloth you intend to use. Apply to pain, leave on 1/2 hour.

Straight Up Facts about Marijuana

  1. There are big differences between the various types of cannabis; some are stronger than others. Experienced smokers feel when they’ve had enough, and are able to stop at that moment. When you smoke for the first time you don’t know your limits yet. That’s why it is important to ask for information when you buy cannabis.
  2. If you have little experience with cannabis, it’s inadvisable to drink alcohol at the same time.
  3. When cannabis is burnt, substances are released which are harmful to your health (tar and carbon monoxide), Moreover, when you smoke cannabis with tobacco, you also run the risks associated with smoking tobacco.
  4. Cannabis influences your power of concentration. Don’t use it at school, at work or on the road.
  5. If you take medicine, it is important to ask a doctor whether you can also smoke cannabis.
  6. Sometimes the effect of cannabis turns out rather badly. It can make you feel sick or frightened. Withdraw to a quiet place and eat or drink something sweet. Don’t panic; you’ll be past the worst in an hour or less.
  7. Don’t use cannabis to avoid problems. If you smoke every day, try to do a few days a week without.
  8. Don’t take any cannabis with you when you go abroad.

Dangers of Marijuana

The word you here most often associated with Marijuana is dangerous… Marijuana is dangerous they say it in all the propaganda over and over… but they never tell you why it’s dangerous and to whom it’s dangerous … Marijuana is dangerous to the rich, to the people who run the timber industries, because hemp board and hemp paper is more durable and lasts longer than its wooden competitors..

Marijuana is dangerous to Textile and plastics industries because hemp cloth is cheaper and longer lasting than cotton blends. Marijuana is dangerous to the Lawyers cops prison guards and the rest of the legal system whom would be out of work if not for the flow of Marijuana arrests. Marijuana is dangerous to the big drug dealers who would rather you did crack or heroin… who would be put out of business if marijuana was relegalized. Marijuana is dangerous to the champions of industry, because in it unmotivates the working masses, they get stoned and realize that they don’t have to be the slaves to industry. They realize that the flashy clothes shiny cars and big houses are not going to make them happy. Music love and friends take on new importances.

Marijuana is dangerous to the government.. Why? I knew you would ask… Because of being the safest of compulsions, even safer than overeating, gambling, drinking, tobacco products and hard drugs. Those who have in the past or in the present, partaken of the evil weed represent a majority in this country. Over fifty percent of the voting population admit to having smoked marijuana,at some point… most of the rest lie about it. Is there any question in the mind of the group assembled here today, that if every person who ever took a drag, whether they inhaled or not got behind a single candidate in any election at any level of government he or she would win by a landslide…

But most of all Marijuana is dangerous to the smokers! Not because of health or mental problems but because they become unmotivated politically, sit back as the government continues to escalate the war against its own citizens. All the while those who would be hurt the most by relegalization, continue to collect their fortunes from those of us struggling to survive at the bottom of the food chain…

Side Effects

Marijuana is one of the oldest natural herbs known to human beings. It is also one of the safest, as it is impossible to consume enough to produce a toxic effect in the body. However, if you are unfamiliar with it, there are some effects which you should be aware of so that you can use it more effectively.

Uneasiness

Marijuana usually has a soothing and comforting effect on the mind. Sometimes, however, people do experience feelings of anxiety. If this happens to you, there are several things you can do. Try to stay in environments where you feel naturally comfortable. You may want to avoid busy, noisy, or unattractive places. If your environment is safe and comfortable, and you still have some anxiousness, sit or lay down, breathe deeply, and relax. Think loving thoughts. If you have a pet, hold or stroke it. Eating will often quickly reduce the feeling of anxiety. Then, the next time you use it, try reducing your dosage. Because of our social training, you may have feelings of guilt. Know that you have a right to your medicine.

Hunger

Many people become hungry after using marijuana, and those who need their appetite stimulated use it for this very reason. If you are not using it for this purpose, drink water or juice. If you do wish to eat, eat good nourishing food rather than sweets.

Thirst

Marijuana often makes people feel thirsty. Because of this, it helps those who need it to rehydrate themselves. Drink all the water you wish. Fruit juices are better than coffee, tea, or soft drinks.

Redness in the eyes

This will not hurt you. You do not need to use any of the commercial preparations that “get the red out” for cosmetic reasons. If you must go out in public and are concerned about others’ reaction to the redness, wear sunglasses.

Drowsiness

Some people find that marijuana makes them sleepy. If you can and wish to, go ahead and take a nap. As with all medicines that can produce drowsiness, don’t drive or operate heavy machinery.

Insomnia

Some people find that they can’t sleep for a while after using marijuana. If this happens to you, try reducing your dosage, and avoid using it for about two hours or so before you want to sleep.

Short-term memory loss

Sometimes people find it difficult to carry on a complicated conversation, keep track of details, or perform complex tasks. If this happens to you, schedule your time so that you don’t have to do these things when using your medicine. Long-term memory is not affected.

Giddiness

Many people find that things which normally don’t seem funny become quite amusing when they use marijuana. Most people enjoy this effect. A good laugh helps the healing power of your body and mind. If you must go to the bank or deal with other situations where humor would be inappropriate in your judgment, schedule your time so that you don’t have to deal with them when you are taking your medicine. Don’t worry, this will pass.