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Cannabis May Already be Genetically Modified

Never before in the history of the human race have future generations been uncertain about the security of their food source due to the actions of their predecessors. The world is seeing an unprecedented decline in available food due to the direction that is being taken into the world of genetically modified (GM) foods.Monsanto claimed that GMOs would solve the world hunger problem, when in reality, a larger and much more serious problem was created, or rather, manufactured. Most specifically the “ Terminator Seeds ” by Monsanto, which are genetically altered to produce unusable seed, forcing farmers to buy new seed every year. These GM plants cross-pollinate, spreading this deadly life ending gene with no control . Think of the cataclysmic consequences this could, and most certainly will have on the planet. A future of single generation crops slowly starving the world. When the sustenance and survival of humanity is turned into a business, (the lives of millions hinging on the actions of a corporation) the true nature of the beast is revealed.

They maintain on the Monsanto website that the company is committed to not commercializing this specific biotech, which in and of itself is an admission of the technology’s existence, a point of which many still dispute.

“Monsanto made a commitment in 1999 not to commercialize sterile seed technology in food crops. We stand firmly by this commitment, with no plans or research that would violate this commitment.”

The idea that a multi-billion dollar company such as Monsanto would have such valuable biotech and allow it to sit on the shelf unused is simply naive. There are countless testimonials of forlorn farmers who have lost their livelihood due to this specific technology.

Cannabis is the most versatile and viable plant available to the human race. It is capable of feeding as well as fueling the planet single-handedly. Hemp seeds are the most nutritionally complete food source in the world. They have an astonishingly balanced nutritional make-up. Hemp is one of the plant kingdom’s most concentrated, complete and balanced sources of all 10 essential amino acids, and essential fatty acids, which are necessary to maintaining a healthy human life. It can be grown from seed to harvest in less than six months. If this plant were to be infected by the “Terminator” gene as well, the earth would lose its best hope for nourishing the future generations of this over populated planet. Unfortunately, it may already be too late.

Canada has invested 1.3 billion dollars into a regulated medical marijuana industry that will aim to, “provide access to quality-controlled marijuana for medical purposes, produced under secure and sanitary conditions, to those Canadians who need it,” said the government’s health agency, Health Canada . This embodies much of what the The Marijuana Movement has been striving for on the surface. However, behind the scenes, the dark truth may be worse than any had feared.

Prairie Plant Systems Inc. has won the contract to mass produce medical marijuana in Canada and has already begun production. This is a company who’s primary objective is the genetic modification of plants to fulfill specific needs, most currently, plant-based pharmaceuticals. It’s not hard to see the dangers of adding pharmaceutical traits to a plant that could potentially spread that trait without control. No one knows what the long-term effects of the cross pollinating genes that are being played with will be, or how far they will spread. The possible negative effects of rampant single generation genes and undesired pharmaceutical additions to plant life dramatically out weigh the possible good. This could create plants that cannot be reproduced while simultaneously being contaminated with undesired pharmaceutical effects. Altering the genes of the cannabis plant could hinder the desperate needs of future generations to provide sustenance and fuel. Regrettably, this could have already taken place. According to Huffington Post , Dr. Cascini from Rome has already begun her investigation:

“Dr Cascini has investigated the prospect of genetic modification, and in one sample she tested she found a trace of a substance often associated with genetically modified crops, strengthening concerns that some strains of cannabis have been genetically modified. In her study entitled ‘Investigations into the Hypothesis of Transgenic Cannabis’ just published in the ‘Journal of Forensic Sciences’, Dr Cascini raises the possibility that this substance is a contaminant perhaps from a cover crop used to conceal the illegal cultivation.”

She believes that the contaminate in the cannabis plant, if not added through genetic modification, was simply cross pollinated by being in the same vicinity as a surrounding crop that has already been contaminated. Either way, the process has already begun. Dr. Cascini also points out that:

“Genetic modification of plants used to produce psychoactive drugs has already definitely happened. Research recently published in the academic journal ‘Plant Biotechnology Journal’ demonstrated it was possible to genetically modify the morphine poppy to boost production of morphine-like substances from the plant by 15-30% dry weight.”

The planet is rapidly changing, in very dangerous ways, with every passing day. The momentum that was created within the fight for legalization must not be allowed to diminish. It must be channeled into the next battle for the future of this country and this planet. The human race is setting course to an unknown future with selfish and money driven individuals at the helm. The choices made by those in power have very rarely been motivated by anything other than reputation and personal gain. This is unfortunately the broken system on which the future is currently balanced. The remaining sliver of shinning light on this crippled stage is the power that resides in the consumer. It is every individual’s choice to perpetuate the GMO cycle. All one must do is simply say no. Without the consumer, the product has no power. It may seem like science fiction to talk about the end of the world as we know it. Unfortunately the promises of the GMO savior have not only fallen short , but may have set the planet on an irreversible path to destruction. The only path that can succeed is to seek sustainable, natural and safe directions for the future of the planet’s food source.

Find your outlet, speak the truth and boycott these unsafe practices. Spread the reality of these dangerous plants far and wide and make your voice heard. The only way the masses will know the truth, is if the people can speak louder than the lies.

Cannabis Travel Blog

A wise, old hashishin once told me that our thought process of making hashish is very similar to that of an apple harvest. The maturity of the fruit is the key to a successful and abundant harvest, but the processor can make all the difference in the quality.

The trichome gland is a bulbous sac containing the terpenes and cannabinoids that every cannabis smoker reveres. The wax coating around the gland helps to protect and trap in all of those flavors and compounds. Different compositions of terpenes are the smells and tastes that come from all plants. Being very volatile and evaporative means that if you can smell a terpene, it is no longer part of the plant or extract.

The job of a traditional hashishin is to collect those resin heads, clear away anything that is plant matter or not pure, without damaging the heads or their precious contents. Temperatures of both the material and the environment play a factor in the proper collection of trichome glands while making hashish. This is true in Water Hash and Dry Sift Kief production. Harvest in haste and you may be damaging the trichome heads even further.

Resin glands that are coated in a very thin wax layer are pretty fragile and do not do well with compression. Before being packaged, hashish should be kept as cold as possible to ensure that each head does not melt and solidify to the next. As long as all of the plant material and the trichome stalks have been removed, there should only be high-quality hashish remaning, which will melt or ‘grease up’ at temperatures of 70°f or higher.

Harvesting the resin heads is a skill to be mastered, although anyone can have success on their first try at making hash. Regardless of the method intended on using to collect the hashish, multiple passes of the material usually produces the best results. Everyone has their own methods of washing and time spent on each process, which is why the art of a hashishin cannot be taught in an afternoon.

As an apple tree matures, the ripest, most sweetest apples fall to the ground with what seems like the slightest breeze. The next ripest apples can be had with a shake to the tree. The fruits that are still on the tree and require climbing and plucking are not as sweet, but still tasty. There is always immature fruits and unwanted other surprises along the way. Without proper guidance, those bad apples can spoil a whole batch of cider.

Time, patience, and the prior experience are the ingredients to make a great hashishin. The starting material is what determines the quality of the hashish that can be produced.

Thank you, Frenchy Cannoli, for the knowledge and for encouraging my passion for the cannabis plant and the resin glands she produces.

How to Roll a Perfect Joint

Cannabis Cup 2003 was the first major marijuana-themed event outside of the United States that I had attended. The excitement of being able to smoke the finest cannabis and experience another culture had been a dream of mine that has been shared by many stoners to this day.

The initial excitement of purchasing a ticket to smoke weed is enough. Couple that with attending an event of that scale, outside of your own country, and you have a cannabis enthusiasts’ dream vacation. You have to be aware that during destination events, it will be crowded and there will be many people to share joints with. Finding out that you have no skill to bring to the rolling table can be a downer for any stoner.

I had been in Amsterdam for a couple of days and had found my choice coffeeshop to sit and enjoy a wake and bake smoke with my caffeine. As an American in my mid-20s, I had no clue how to roll a coned joint as perfect as the locals that I had seen. My joints were fat. They smoked, but needed some convincing. Some even had an empty void where a mouthpiece should have been. Regardless of the flaws that each of my joints had, my lack of skills were now on display for any patron of any coffeeshop in Amsterdam.

Struggling to roll a spliff that contained just the proper amount of tobacco to not be smoking a cigarette, while still not smoking a pure joint was a challenge. The effect of sandwiching them together only made for a canoe ride to wasteville inside the ashtray town. It didn’t take long to realize that a blending and infusion of the two was a much more suitable method of approach. Still, this led to more problems. Like rolling it all too tightly and not being able to smoke it; or too loose and it all falls out and doesn’t stay lit.

As I enjoyed my morning coffee, casually spilling my nicotine/ cannabis concoction all over the bar in front of me, a very colorfully-haired older woman smiled and slid closer. She asked if I needed help, in a thick Dutch accent. I laughed and explained that I envy others rolling skills but for now, I would have to deal with whatever sticks without the paper ripping. We both laughed as she watched me continue to roll my excuse of a spliff and start to twist her own.

The timing of me licking the end of the paper and her beginning the finesse of forming a spliff was uncanny and something that I had been missing until then. She smiled and told me not to light mine just yet. I now watched as she finished her twist and gave the spliff its final seal of smoking approval. The spliff was lit and handed to me for the inaugural puffs. Passing it back came with an offer. ‘Break that thing apart and let’s see what we can do about this.’

The idea of breaking apart a joint floored me. We conserve every speck of cannabis at home. The realization of the joint rolling education that I was about to receive, inside of a store that sold weed, put all previous thoughts in the background and I instantly became an attentive student. The morning was quiet and there were no other patrons in the coffeeshop so this woman had my full attention as she went over how having my mash of materials was a good start, but by not mishandling I could encourage a faster or slow burn.

A dutch Cone is s different form of a standard spliff in that it is rolled backwards, making it only 1 paper layer thick, and has a filter, or crutch as a mouthpiece. I saw this as advanced level wizardry but my teacher insisted that I jump right into the deep end. With a couple of twists and funny finger placements, it was done. I had twisted a cone, backwards, and it was together. She smiled at me, examined it, and promptly tore it up into a pile on the bar in front of me.

The horror of having this person teach me, examine my work and then destroy my first creation was unimaginable. She smiled, handed me her prefectly burning spliff, and said: ‘Do it again. But better.’ She showed me to pre-roll the paper to create a pouch to place the guts of the spliff into. This one came out nicely formed. The filter tip stayed in the end as it was supposed to and I had full intentions of smoking it as I held it up for examination. Again the spliff was snatched away, replaced with a lit one, and ripped in front of me. This time with less shock and horror, but still plenty of surprise.

While twisting the end of my next rolling attempt, and going in to wet the paper glue from the backside I hear: ‘now twist the paper and make it more of a cone shape. With a finger and thumb from each hand holding everything in place, I shifted the paper in my hand, spun, licked, ripped off the excess paper, and presented my handy work.

My teacher smiled at me as she looked over the backwards dutch cone spliff that I had just rolled. She did not tear this one. Instead, she pointed out how the cone shape of the paper now held the cardboard filter in place. How the paper had been moistened on just the glue layer, allowing for easy and clean removal of the excess paper. The spliff was lit, stayed lit, and burned evenly and smooth all the way to the filter.

I thanked her as I rolled another to ensure that what I had learned had been grasped. The morning had become more productive than either of us had imagined when we made the decision to be in that coffeeshop for our cannabis and caffeine fix. I thank this nameless, and now after many years, faceless woman who taught me how to roll a perfect joint every day as I roll my morning spliff and enjoy my wake and bake with my morning coffee.