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5 States (And One City) Ready to Legalize Marijuana

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It’s an interesting time to stand on the sidelines and watch marijuana legalization efforts take over the country. Colorado and Washington both jumped the gun and passed initiatives to decriminalize and legalize cannabis by popular vote in 2012, and since then have both opened the first legal marijuana markets in the U.S. Legal retail sales began this year, and so far things have settled into place, and the novelty has started to wear off to some degree.

But many other states are following Washington and Colorado’s path, getting closer and closer to legalization every election cycle. So far, legalization advocates have had to rely on voter-backed initiatives to get legislation passed, as the federal government seems as though it still won’t budge on reclassifying cannabis out of its current schedule -1 status. Local governments across the country have taken baby steps towards ending prohibition, with many cities passing ordinances that either have decriminalized small amounts of marijuana or marked them as a lowest priority for law enforcement officials.

Many people are still struggling with the concept of legalized marijuana. For decades and generations, Americans grew accustomed to knowing marijuana as a powerful and dangerous drug — one that could lead to deaths and criminal behavior if it was allowed in their community. The past decade has really opened up a lot of people’s eyes to the facts, which almost wholly dismiss those worries. The medical marijuana communities in several states have also shown the immense benefits cannabis can have for the sick, which is one of many factors that have led to a seismic shift in public opinion regarding marijuana legalization.

As time marches forward, more states are preparing for coming marijuana legalization initiatives, either derived from state legislators or from citizens themselves. A few states have gotten close in the past, but so far only Colorado and Washington have been able to pull through. That doesn’t mean that several others aren’t on the cusp, however.

Here are six states that are the closest to legalizing marijuana for recreational use in the near future, hot on the heels of Washington and Colorado.

Quinn signs law allowing study of industrial hemp

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CHICAGO – Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a law allowing universities and the Illinois Department of Agriculture to study industrial hemp, which comes from the same marijuana plant that is smoked.

The law says an institution of higher education or the state’s Agriculture Department can study the growth, cultivation and marketing of hemp. Those wanting to participate have to notify the state and local law enforcement and provide reports to the state.

The state approved a plan legalizing medical marijuana last year.

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Marijuana & Spirituality: What Is The True Relationship? | Collective

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The question of what role cannabis plays in my spiritual experience has been a topic of great evaluation in my life in recent years. The plant has played an interesting role in my journey of self-discovery, aiding me in times of emotional hardship as well as being a catalyst for some of my more profound observations about reality and my own existence therein. I believe that all plants are teachers, they hold within them a primordial wisdom without the limitations of the mind, and through the use of these various plant teachers we are able to expand our normally restricted ways of thinking. But as much as we can learn from cannabis, can this plant be just as much of a distraction from the truth? There are a few things to consider, one of these being someone’s vibratory state, and the other being their intent.

Cannabis has been used as a spiritual drug since 3/2000 BC, indigenous to ancient Central and South Asian cultures. The reason being was for its psychoactive properties, the ability to alter one’s state of consciousness. By altering one’s state of consciousness, we are able to view our reality from a different perspective, one that differs from the normal confines of the 3D reality. For thousands of years, Shamans held the knowledge that each plant contains a unique set of frequencies that could ultimately teach us a new way of thinking and being. Accordingly, cannabis can teach us about a number of things such as the path of least resistance, oneness, surrender, release, letting go, inhibition, the present moment, communion, allowing, the fear behind the insistent ego, and the effortlessness of being.

Teal Scott is a bright up and coming spiritual advisor, offering free tips and guidance through her website (www.askteal.com) and her YouTube channel (The Spiritual Catalyst). She covered the topic of marijuana and spirituality quite eloquently, and so I’m using her video as inspiration for this discussion.  She begins by explaining people’s altering reactions to the plant,

“People react differently to cannabis, that’s because people hold different vibrations and vibratory rates, when a person with their unique vibratory rate shares the space with a cannabis plant, the person’s vibration has to match the vibration of the cannabis plant, otherwise they cannot share the same space”.

In shamanic tradition, plants were thought of as gateways or portals between realms or dimensions, and the vibratory relationship between the person and the plant was called friending. We friend the plant so the plant can allow us to pass between realms. Cannabis inhibits the brain from functioning at a normal capacity, which provides a great deal of relief for many people who are bombarded by their own resistant thoughts.  The brain is a transceiver of information designed to keep the illusion of a static three dimensional world.  When the brain is inhibited by a substance it begins to dismantle the 3D reality it is used to transcoding, and a person is able to see beyond their normal dimensional realities. Furthermore, Teal goes on the explain, cannabis sometimes allows a person the most of his/her own true being to be fully present or unrestricted.

So why is it that people react differently? Teal claims there are two reasons. The first being that someone’s vibration may be higher or lower than the plant. If someone with a lower vibration than cannabis uses the plant, it is likely they will feel better because the plant raises their vibration. Conversely, if someone with a higher vibration ingests or smokes the plant, they will most likely feel worse, experiencing feelings of paranoia or sadness.  The second reason involves intent.

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Cannabis enhances the truth of the universe, which is intention directs energy and creates your reality. If you do not set an intention before you use cannabis, then it is going to respond to the intention of your subconscious. For example, if your subconscious fears the loss of boundaries, or wishes for you to know something that is buried in the subconscious, then the ingestion or inhalation of cannabis will surface these subconscious fears and emotions. This is why many experience the paranoia associated with cannabis use.

One of the main benefits of cannabis use for most people is that it helps to release resistance. It is perhaps the best spiritual drug to help with this challenge. It forces the mind to let go of thoughts, which induces a stress reaction for the body. This is why it is the best release of stress for people with anxiety or pain, as pain is a form of resistance. It forces a person to go with the flow, and allows more of their true being to be present, hence why people experience such profound spiritual experiences while using cannabis.

The situation gets sticky when advocating for the use or non-use of cannabis. This area is grey because it is an individual case for every person. What can be said, however, is that when cannabis is used without intent, and a person  uses the plant on a regular basis to escape resistance, then there is likely no more personal lessons or growth proceeding. In this case, a person can be addicted to the escape, and is ultimately holding themselves back with regards to their personal development and spiritual expansion. They become unable to reach the organic space of non-resistance without the use of the substance.

Although not always defined as, marijuana is an addictive substance, whether habitually, psychologically, or physically, it is an easy escape route if used in that manner. Addictive means that we are dependent on a substance to produce a feeling state. Ultimately, we have the ability to reach these states without the help of tools, even though these tools can yield many benefits if used respectfully.

It’s important to remember that stress and resistance are what make us grow the most. Denying these two feelings is cutting your expansion short. If resistance is creeping up, then there is always something that needs to be addressed or looked at. Covering up these sorts of things with cannabis can be bypassing the root of the issue, therefore preventing you from fully learning.

That being said, there are many cases in which cannabis use can be beneficial. Besides the potent health benefits associated with the ingestion of cannabis concentrations, if someone is caught in a mind pattern of negative, anxious, depressive, or angry thoughts, then the use of cannabis can help break these patterns. If someone is in pain or is nauseous from a debilitating illness, cannabis can strongly aid in masking these types of agonies by eliminating resistance. In these cases the person’s vibratory rate is so low that cannabis picks them back up into realignment.

All in all, cannabis should never be a long term plan in treating resistance. If we want to be expanding at our highest capacity then we need to be looking at the root of our resistances so that we can continue to move forward. Being conscious about our decisions with any mind altering substance is the most important thing we can do. However, psychoactive plants and substances are tools that were put here in our world for a definitive reason. These plants are teachers. With the proper intention put forward, cannabis and other psychoactive plants have the ability to expand our consciousness in ways never thought possible.

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https://www.youtube.com/user/TheSpiritualCatalyst

Researchers say medical marijuana use cuts painkiller overdoses




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–>Marijuana pot smoker via AFP

States that legalized medical marijuana use saw overdoses from prescription painkillers drop by nearly 25 percent per year, according to a study released on Monday.

“We [found] it surprising that the difference is so big,” lead researcher Marcus Bachhuber told ABC News.

The study, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, found that, while painkiller overdoses around the country increased between 1999 and 2010, the increases were higher in states that do not allow patients to use marijuana. On average, states where the drug is legal had 24.8 percent less painkiller-related overdoses than those where it is not.

“Examination of the association between medical cannabis laws and opioid analgesic overdose mortality in each year after implementation of the law showed that such laws were associated with a lower rate of overdose mortality that generally strengthened over time,” the study stated.

A spokesperson for the Marijuana Policy Project, a pot advocacy group, told Think Progress that the study refutes claims that medical marijuana runs the risk of being a “gateway drug” for users.

“What we found was that in states where patients have access to medical marijuana, they experienced a better quality of life when they cut their use of hard prescription drugs, which have a very high potential for addiction and fatal overdose,” Morgan Fox was quoted as saying. “Even for the nine percent of regular users that become addicted to marijuana, the harms associated with marijuana addiction are far less dangerous and never fatal.”

CNN reported that, according to the Centers for Disease Control, 55 percent of fatal overdoses were connected to prescription medications as recently as 2011. Of those deaths, 75 percent involved opioid analgesics like methadone, morphine, and oxycodone.

Medical marijuana use is currently legal in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Legalization measures in Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania will be decided at the polls this November.

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5 States (And One City) Ready to Legalize Marijuana

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It’s an interesting time to stand on the sidelines and watch marijuana legalization efforts take over the country. Colorado and Washington both jumped the gun and passed initiatives to decriminalize and legalize cannabis by popular vote in 2012, and since then have both opened the first legal marijuana markets in the U.S. Legal retail sales began this year, and so far things have settled into place, and the novelty has started to wear off to some degree.

But many other states are following Washington and Colorado’s path, getting closer and closer to legalization every election cycle. So far, legalization advocates have had to rely on voter-backed initiatives to get legislation passed, as the federal government seems as though it still won’t budge on reclassifying cannabis out of its current schedule -1 status. Local governments across the country have taken baby steps towards ending prohibition, with many cities passing ordinances that either have decriminalized small amounts of marijuana or marked them as a lowest priority for law enforcement officials.

Many people are still struggling with the concept of legalized marijuana. For decades and generations, Americans grew accustomed to knowing marijuana as a powerful and dangerous drug — one that could lead to deaths and criminal behavior if it was allowed in their community. The past decade has really opened up a lot of people’s eyes to the facts, which almost wholly dismiss those worries. The medical marijuana communities in several states have also shown the immense benefits cannabis can have for the sick, which is one of many factors that have led to a seismic shift in public opinion regarding marijuana legalization.

As time marches forward, more states are preparing for coming marijuana legalization initiatives, either derived from state legislators or from citizens themselves. A few states have gotten close in the past, but so far only Colorado and Washington have been able to pull through. That doesn’t mean that several others aren’t on the cusp, however.

Here are six states that are the closest to legalizing marijuana for recreational use in the near future, hot on the heels of Washington and Colorado.

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1. Oregon

Perhaps the state that was the closest to becoming the third to end prohibition is Oregon, Washington’s neighbor in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon has a reputation for being a hippy haven of sorts, although that stereotype really only holds true in a few select cities, like Portland, Eugene, and Corvallis. Despite the conservative-lean of most of the remainder of the state, Oregon still came very close to legalizing cannabis in 2012, but voters turned down a measure that would have probably done more harm than good.

This year, a new initiative is on the ballot for voters to consider, so Oregon could join its northerly neighbor in November. The Huffington Post reports 87,000 signatures had been collected to get the measure on this fall’s ballot, and seeing that 57 percent of the state’s residents support legalization, it’s likely to pass. Legislators also like the possibility of up to $40 million in new tax revenue.

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2. California

Perhaps the biggest domino on the board that could drastically change the national landscape in terms of prohibition is California. If Oregon and California are both able to pass legalization measures, then the entirety of the U.S. west coast would be comprised of states that have ended prohibition, creating a Mecca of sorts for cannabis fans. Of course, California is the most populous — and probably most demographically complicated — state in the union.

California represents one of the world’s largest economies all on its own, and if cannabis is legalized, it will have a dramatic effect across the country. The state is already home to one of the most robust medical marijuana markets in the world, so the state’s residents aren’t exactly unfamiliar with the product either. Although it’s not expected to reach the ballot until 2016, the wheels are in motion to make California one of the next states to end marijuana prohibition.

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3. Alaska

Sticking out west, and quite far north, Alaska has long been rumored to be on legalization’s doorstep — although it hasn’t happened just yet. Alaska has had some of the nation’s most lax marijuana laws for a long time, likely due to its incredibly sparse population, and vast landscape. Although law enforcement agencies have maintained that they don’t plan on relaxing their duties when it comes to cannabis, even as other states have legalized, Alaskans are holding out hope.

Like Oregon, a ballot measure is in place for November, which will give Alaskans the opportunity to vote for legalization. There is a lot of support for passing the measure, but as some sources are reporting, there is also a lot of resistance. If Alaska can stick with its west coast cousins and formally end marijuana’s prohibition in the great white north, it should be a victory for Alaskans statewide and for entrepreneurs, legislators, and the state’s budget as well.

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4. Hawaii

Staying out west — way out west, that is — Hawaii should be one of a handful of states to opt for legalization. Hawaiians are famous for growing some of the most famous marijuana in the world, and it’s a plant that is fairly heavily ingrained in the island culture. Although legalization efforts have been stopped short thus far, it’s hard to believe that prohibition laws will remain intact very much longer, especially considering Hawaii’s fiercely independent ideals regarding self-reliance and governance.

A bill to legalize was brought before legislators earlier this year, although it died shortly thereafter. Once again, it looks like the voters of the state will need to pass a voter-backed initiative in order for legalization to happen. Legislators will most likely need to take a close look at the revenue Colorado and Washington are bringing in to sway them back to the idea, and with the amount of tourists the state sees annually, there’s a lot of potential for heavy tax revenues that could be convincing.

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5. Maine 

Far from the western states that seem to dominate the legalization discussion, the northeastern bastion of Maine is also sitting pretty, getting ready to mount legalization efforts of its own. There was recently enough signatures collected to give the movement some momentum, and several cities across the state are looking at decriminalization efforts as well.

If Maine is able to pass legalization legislation, then some of its New England counterparts may follow suit as well. There are already groups working in states like Vermont to get initiative on state ballots, and if Maine is able to kick over the first domino in the northeast, it should do nothing but help.

As David Boyer, Maine political director for the Marijuana Policy Project told local news affiliate WCSH6 that, “We have bigger fish to fry. There’s violent crimes going on, there’s property crimes, and that is where our police resources should be spent.”

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6. Washington D.C.

The irony would be thick if D.C. was able to pass a legalization measure, wouldn’t it? Well, voters living in the District of Columbia will get a chance to pull it off, just like Oregon and Alaska this November. There was an apparent overwhelming show of support in order to get an initiative to the voters this fall, and although D.C. isn’t actually a state, its residents look as ready to end prohibition within their jurisdiction as any other place in the country.

Being the heart of the federal government, a voter-backed legalization law could have some pretty resounding effects. It would be pretty hard for the federal government to continue justifying federal prohibition laws in say, Kentucky, while the city surrounding the nation’s capital don’t even enforce those laws themselves. One thing is for sure — it will be interesting to see what happens if D.C. is able to pull off a successful legalization effort.

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CU completes registration to grow industrial hemp for research

CU completes registration to grow industrial hemp for research

BOULDER – The University of Colorado this week completed the registration process with the Colorado Department of Agriculture that allows the school to begin growing industrial hemp for research purposes.+

The school will partner with the department of ag and Colorado State University, which completed its registration earlier this year, to study things like drought resistance of the plant, which strains are best-suited to Colorado’s climate, and which strains contain higher concentrations of non-psychoactive cannabinoids.+

“It’s good because Colorado could become the leaders of knowledge and research and applications for a whole class of compounds that have been off-limits to study in the U.S.,” said Bob Sievers, the director of the Environmental Program at CU who will also now act as the coordinator of faculty research on cannabis. “It will mean we can become pioneers in a new field of biotechnology.”+

Industrial hemp is a member of the cannabis family that has concentrations of THC – the psychoactive component of the plant found in marijuana – of less than three-tenths of a percent. It can be used for everything from textiles to building materials, with possible medical applications also coming into play as laws surrounding cannabis loosen.+

Growth of industrial hemp is illegal at the federal level. However, an amendment to the 2013 U.S. farm bill passed last year allows colleges in states where industrial hemp growth has been legalized to grow and cultivate the plant for research. About 10 states so far have legalized the growth of industrial hemp.+

Sievers said CU has also applied to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for registration to handle Schedule 1 substances like marijuana in case any of the strains of hemp created at the school inadvertently contain more than three-tenths of a percent of THC.+

“We’re going to extraordinary measures to ensure we’re operating strictly within the law,” Sievers said.+

The CU registration covers the entire system for the state school, not just the Boulder campus. Sievers said he expects that departments ranging from biology to chemistry to integrated physiology to psychology to business will all have interests in conducting research.+

Research will be limited to graduate programs and people over the age of 21, Sievers said. Funding will come on an individual basis for projects. Sievers expects the sources will range from private companies to non-profit foundations interested in a variety of uses for the plant.+

“I’m excited about it,” Sievers said. “It’s a special opportunity for universities in only 10 states.”+

Follow Josh on Twitter: @JoshLindenstein+

Study: Cannabinoid Therapies May Help Treat S…Medical Jane

Cannabis is considered by many people to be a natural source of stress relief. In fact, an Israeli study published last year validates this claim, suggesting that “cannabinoid system activation could represent a novel approach to the treatment of cognitive deficits that accompany a variety of stress-related neuropsychiatric disorders.”

Hoping to expand on these findings, a team of researchers from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee published a study in last month’s issue of Translational Psychiatry. Their results suggest that increasing one’s levels of endocannabinoids, particularly anandamide, could be a viable treatment for stress-induced anxiety.

What Is Anandamide?

Anandamide is an endocannabinoid, which means our body produces it naturally. It operates in a similar manner to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and effects the CB1 receptors as well as the CB2 receptors.

Past research has shown that anandamide can fight against human breast cancer and aggressive skin cancer, among other benefits. It is also likely that anandamide plays a role in many of the benefits offered by cannabidiol (CBD), considering the fact that CBD inhibits the production of fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH), an enzyme that degrades anandamide.

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A few months ago, we published a piece about the apparent relationship between CBD and Social Anxiety. However, the study offered little evidence as to the mechanisms underlying the cannabinoid’s benefits.

That being said, it’s entirely possible that anandamide was responsible for the significant improvement in anxiety experienced by patients in the previous study. The research performed at Vanderbilt University seems to increase the likelihood of this hypothesis.

Increased Anandamide May Help Treat Stress-Induced Anxiety

In order to test the relationship between anandamide and stress-induced anxiety, the Vanderbilt research team conducted a series of tests using mice as subjects. First, they shocked the mice’s feet six times for two seconds each to induce stress – there was a one-minute interval between each shock.

24 hours later, the mice were subjected to a number of behavioral assays to determine whether this foot-shock would result in an anxious response. The results of two different tests suggested that the mice were in fact dealing with anxiety, according to the research team.

“The endocannabinoid was able to reverse the stress-induced state of anxiety in mice.”

In an attempt to counter the effects of this anxiety, the researchers administered an inhibitor of fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) to prevent the enzyme from degrading anandamide. Their results suggest that the endocannabinoid was able to reverse the stress-induced state of anxiety in mice.

Perhaps more interesting, the Vanderbilt research team reported that anandamide levels throughout the brain were reduced 24 hours after shocking the mice’s feet. This was negatively-correlated with their experience of anxiety (more anandamide = less anxiety), which lead researchers to the conclusion that “central anandamide levels predict acute stress-induced anxiety.”

The Vanderbilt research team explains that their findings “strongly support the utility of anandamide augmentation as a therapeutic approach for stress-related affective and anxiety disorders.”

Considering that cannabidiol (CBD) can inhibit the degradation of anandamide and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) can mimic its effects, one can reasonably infer that cannabis-based therapies may help counter stress-induced anxiety. Of course, more research will be necessary to verify the effectiveness of such treatments.

Marijuana & Spirituality: What Is The True Relationship? | Collective

Marijuana-Spirituality2

The question of what role cannabis plays in my spiritual experience has been a topic of great evaluation in my life in recent years. The plant has played an interesting role in my journey of self-discovery, aiding me in times of emotional hardship as well as being a catalyst for some of my more profound observations about reality and my own existence therein. I believe that all plants are teachers, they hold within them a primordial wisdom without the limitations of the mind, and through the use of these various plant teachers we are able to expand our normally restricted ways of thinking. But as much as we can learn from cannabis, can this plant be just as much of a distraction from the truth? There are a few things to consider, one of these being someone’s vibratory state, and the other being their intent.

Cannabis has been used as a spiritual drug since 3/2000 BC, indigenous to ancient Central and South Asian cultures. The reason being was for its psychoactive properties, the ability to alter one’s state of consciousness. By altering one’s state of consciousness, we are able to view our reality from a different perspective, one that differs from the normal confines of the 3D reality. For thousands of years, Shamans held the knowledge that each plant contains a unique set of frequencies that could ultimately teach us a new way of thinking and being. Accordingly, cannabis can teach us about a number of things such as the path of least resistance, oneness, surrender, release, letting go, inhibition, the present moment, communion, allowing, the fear behind the insistent ego, and the effortlessness of being.

Teal Scott is a bright up and coming spiritual advisor, offering free tips and guidance through her website (www.askteal.com) and her YouTube channel (The Spiritual Catalyst). She covered the topic of marijuana and spirituality quite eloquently, and so I’m using her video as inspiration for this discussion.  She begins by explaining people’s altering reactions to the plant,

“People react differently to cannabis, that’s because people hold different vibrations and vibratory rates, when a person with their unique vibratory rate shares the space with a cannabis plant, the person’s vibration has to match the vibration of the cannabis plant, otherwise they cannot share the same space”.

In shamanic tradition, plants were thought of as gateways or portals between realms or dimensions, and the vibratory relationship between the person and the plant was called friending. We friend the plant so the plant can allow us to pass between realms. Cannabis inhibits the brain from functioning at a normal capacity, which provides a great deal of relief for many people who are bombarded by their own resistant thoughts.  The brain is a transceiver of information designed to keep the illusion of a static three dimensional world.  When the brain is inhibited by a substance it begins to dismantle the 3D reality it is used to transcoding, and a person is able to see beyond their normal dimensional realities. Furthermore, Teal goes on the explain, cannabis sometimes allows a person the most of his/her own true being to be fully present or unrestricted.

So why is it that people react differently? Teal claims there are two reasons. The first being that someone’s vibration may be higher or lower than the plant. If someone with a lower vibration than cannabis uses the plant, it is likely they will feel better because the plant raises their vibration. Conversely, if someone with a higher vibration ingests or smokes the plant, they will most likely feel worse, experiencing feelings of paranoia or sadness.  The second reason involves intent.

marijuana

Cannabis enhances the truth of the universe, which is intention directs energy and creates your reality. If you do not set an intention before you use cannabis, then it is going to respond to the intention of your subconscious. For example, if your subconscious fears the loss of boundaries, or wishes for you to know something that is buried in the subconscious, then the ingestion or inhalation of cannabis will surface these subconscious fears and emotions. This is why many experience the paranoia associated with cannabis use.

One of the main benefits of cannabis use for most people is that it helps to release resistance. It is perhaps the best spiritual drug to help with this challenge. It forces the mind to let go of thoughts, which induces a stress reaction for the body. This is why it is the best release of stress for people with anxiety or pain, as pain is a form of resistance. It forces a person to go with the flow, and allows more of their true being to be present, hence why people experience such profound spiritual experiences while using cannabis.

The situation gets sticky when advocating for the use or non-use of cannabis. This area is grey because it is an individual case for every person. What can be said, however, is that when cannabis is used without intent, and a person  uses the plant on a regular basis to escape resistance, then there is likely no more personal lessons or growth proceeding. In this case, a person can be addicted to the escape, and is ultimately holding themselves back with regards to their personal development and spiritual expansion. They become unable to reach the organic space of non-resistance without the use of the substance.

Although not always defined as, marijuana is an addictive substance, whether habitually, psychologically, or physically, it is an easy escape route if used in that manner. Addictive means that we are dependent on a substance to produce a feeling state. Ultimately, we have the ability to reach these states without the help of tools, even though these tools can yield many benefits if used respectfully.

It’s important to remember that stress and resistance are what make us grow the most. Denying these two feelings is cutting your expansion short. If resistance is creeping up, then there is always something that needs to be addressed or looked at. Covering up these sorts of things with cannabis can be bypassing the root of the issue, therefore preventing you from fully learning.

That being said, there are many cases in which cannabis use can be beneficial. Besides the potent health benefits associated with the ingestion of cannabis concentrations, if someone is caught in a mind pattern of negative, anxious, depressive, or angry thoughts, then the use of cannabis can help break these patterns. If someone is in pain or is nauseous from a debilitating illness, cannabis can strongly aid in masking these types of agonies by eliminating resistance. In these cases the person’s vibratory rate is so low that cannabis picks them back up into realignment.

All in all, cannabis should never be a long term plan in treating resistance. If we want to be expanding at our highest capacity then we need to be looking at the root of our resistances so that we can continue to move forward. Being conscious about our decisions with any mind altering substance is the most important thing we can do. However, psychoactive plants and substances are tools that were put here in our world for a definitive reason. These plants are teachers. With the proper intention put forward, cannabis and other psychoactive plants have the ability to expand our consciousness in ways never thought possible.

Source:

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheSpiritualCatalyst

Inside the world's largest legal medical marijuana greenhouse | wivb

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ONT. (WIVB) – Less than an hour from Buffalo, a Canadian company is shaping what could be the future of medical marijuana.

Park Lane Farms in Niagara-on-the-Lake operates a 350,000-square-foot greenhouse.

President Angus Footman said, “This is the largest legal medical marijuana facility in the world once we expand into the entire facility.”

The facility is blanketed in security systems and everything from sanitation to production is tightly regulated.

Footman explained, “Every single plant has an individual tag so we track them from birth to harvest.”

The farm received its license earlier this month and it’s already growing 17 different strains of medical marijuana.

It’s head grower said, “We bring them in as cuttings and starter plants, we transplant them and then we are going to grow them onto finishing flower height.”

It’s a process that has never been legally done before and with so much space, they’re pioneers for a growing industry.

“There’s no science that’s ever been done on this crop that’s reliable. There’s no ‘University of Medical Marijuana’ that you can go to or we can hire people from, so everything we are doing here is new science for everyone,” said Footman.

This is a controversial crop, but these growers believe what they’re doing will change perceptions.

“Really, it’s just another greenhouse and I think the net benefit to a community is regulating an industry that was underground, the alternative is illegal grow ops happening in houses as it has in the past controlled by organized crime,” said Footman.

This is a controversial crop but these growers believe what they’re doing will change perceptions.

“Really, it’s just another greenhouse and I think the net benefit to a community is regulating an industry that was underground. The alternative is illegal grow [operations] happening in houses, as it has in the past, controlled by organized crime,” said Footman.

Park Lane Farms grows the marijuana and their sister company Tweed Incorporated sells it.

Footman said, “There is no retail or storefront at this facility. All of our sales are direct mail, online.”

New York law only allows medical marijuana in oil or pill form for severely debilitating or life threatening illnesses. In Canada, it is available for a wider variety of conditions and can be smoked, so demand is high.

Tweed Marijuana is a publicly traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Footman said for him, it’s not just about profit.

He explained, “It’s not just a corporate money making venture. This is actually benefiting sick Canadians and providing them medicine that they haven’t had access to before in a very professional and sanitary environment.”