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Cannabis and Mold

Thinking about growing your own? Cannabis, by nature is a mold haven and we know that mold affects health. Mold exposure can cause sickness, allergy symptoms, blurred vision, nausea, etc etc. But did you know, that by being exposed to mold, your emotional and cognitive sides are also affected? According to James Schaller, M.D., CMR and Gary Rosen, PhD, CIE, in the book Mold Illness and Mold Remediation Made Simple, Mold chemicals can affect cognition, emotions, and personality! They’ve made a list of all the different affects mold can have: Mold Affects Emotions, Cognition, & Personality mood swings mania irritability impulsivity increased risk taking decreased speech smoothness poor stress coping increased verbal fighting lateness poor empathy poor boundary awareness immaturity spacey rigidity poor insight decreased productivity unable to process trauma or pain increased narcissism forgetfulness poorly or obsessively organized dead creativity depression panic attacks decreased attention eccentric personality increased drug or alcohol consumption Of course mold is not the only cause of these mental issues, but it can be a direct source as well as worsen the prognosis …

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DON’T DRIVE HIGH

Cannabis affects your ability to subconsciously react correctly to more than one event or if many things are going on, for example a ball bouncing out in front of you while driving, would be noticed right away but cannabis will delay the “hey what about a kid chasing it” part of the reaction. It impairs the realization of a series of events (source CBC)  Rear-end collisions become a factor with people” who are under the influence of cannabis.  (source CBC)  You’re simply more distracted than you realize  As far as your insurance companies concerned its impaired driving, depending on you insurer, your policy might not cover ANY loss damages! Your premiums could triple as well. (source Globe and Mail)  Wait a MINIMUM of 4 hours after ingesting “any” amount of cannabis (like 1 puff). If you got “wasted” (very high) wait a full 8 hours (Source …

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Cannabis Effects on Youth

Research shows the brain is not fully developed until around age 25. Thus, youth are especially vulnerable to the effects of cannabis on brain development and function. The THC in cannabis affects the same biological system in the brain that directs brain development.  Cannabis use has been associated with increased risk of harms when it:  is frequent  continues over time  begins early in adolescence  Some of the harms may not be fully reversible.  It is therefore important for parents, teachers, coaches and other trusted adults to be ready to talk with youth about drugs.  So if you’re under 25 and haven’t tried cannabis yet DON’T! If you are under 25 and a regular user, it may be time reconsider reducing the impact to your brain and health by cutting down, cutting back, change to vaping or quitting all …

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How Does Vaporizing Cannabis Differ from Smoking It?

You now know that vaporizing marijuana involves heating it up without combustion. This means you enjoy the plant without setting it on fire. In contrast, when you light up a joint, it burns the weed because the maximum temperature can reach an astonishing 1,093 degrees Celsius! Remember, cannabinoids begin to vaporize at just 190 degrees (THC); far below the temperature reached when smoking weed.  The biggest difference between vaporization and combustion is how clean the vaping feels. When you vape, you inhale the cannabinoids and terpenes and get a better sense of a cannabis strain’s aroma and taste. A 2007 study authored by Donald I. Abrams of UCSF and published in the journal Neurology, for example, found that vaporizing weed just below the combustion temperature caused very little exposure to the toxic chemicals created by combustion. Moreover, there was no reduction in the high.  While smoking weed is still a wonderful experience, it produces over 100 chemicals not released by vaporization and several of them are potentially carcinogenic. When you light a joint, you can expect it to heat the cannabis to a temperature of over 1,000 degrees; not all of the compounds released during combustion are good, and it produces as much tar as a tobacco cigarette. As you can imagine, this is bad news for the respiratory system and lungs.  Vaping uses less cannabis for the same high! When you chose to vape you’re choosing a healthier and less expensive form of cannabis …

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Drug Interactions

CANNABIS IS A DRUG THAT REACTS WITH OTHER DRUGS YOU MAY BE ON!  This is only an example of drugs affected by cannabis; this list IS NOT complete there are many more, so if you’re on ANY PRESCRIPTION drugs know that cannabis WILL affect its performance CHECK WITH YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER (not Google)  According to the Mayo Clinic, cannabis may adversely interact with:  anabolic steroids  barbiturates benzodiazepines central nervous system depressants corticosteroids dopamine antagonists nicotine nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories opioid receptor antagonists pain relievers phytoestrogens  From WWW.DRUGS.COM Bottom of Form  Common medications checked in combination with cannabis:  Adderall (amphetamine / dextroamphetamine) Alcohol (contained in alcoholic beverages) (ethanol) amitriptyline Ativan (lorazepam) Benadryl (diphenhydramine) Cymbalta (duloxetine) Fish Oil (omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids) Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) ibuprofen Klonopin (clonazepam) Lamictal (lamotrigine) Lexapro (escitalopram) Lyrica (pregabalin) morphine Norco (acetaminophen / hydrocodone) Paracetamol (acetaminophen) tramadol Tylenol (acetaminophen) Valium (diazepam) Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) Xanax (alprazolam) Zoloft (sertraline) Zyrtec …

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