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    Top 5 Marijuana Myths & Why They’re Wrong

    Top 5 Marijuana Myths & Why They're Wrong - The Oozelife Blog - Ooze Fact Fiction Rumor Demonize Weed Cannabis

    The stigma surrounding marijuana may not ever go away entirely, regardless of how much more accepted cannabis may seem to be – and surely you’ve heard lots of misinformation about this plant. Here are five myths about marijuana and why they just aren’t true.

    MYTH #1 | Cannabis Kills Brain Cells

    A 2003 report was corroborated by University of Louisville research to say that marijuana use doesn’t actually kill any brain cells. While it may alter your short-term memory, consuming cannabis doesn’t affect memories that already exist or cause long-term memory loss.

    In many regards, cannabis is neuroprotective and can aid in neural activity instead of hindering or damaging it, like alcohol, which is a neurotoxin. Indulging too much can affect short-term memory and spatial awareness – which may simply make you feel brain damaged.

    MYTH #2 | Weed is Legal in Portugal and the Netherlands

    Portugal decriminalized pot (and all other drugs) in 2001, which means citizens can possess, but cannot buy, use, or sell without risking fines or community service. In the Netherlands, you’re not supposed to have any at all, but the government sort of lets it slide – due to the immense amount of tourists that flock to Amsterdam yearly to indulge in their famed coffee shops.

    MYTH #3 | Pot is Worse For You Than Cigarettes

    While the two share some similar components, a national study showed that the smoke from marijuana was less harmful than all the chemicals found in an average cigarette: things like ammonia, arsenic, formaldehyde, lead, and tar, to name a few – none of which are found in weed. Additionally, while an average cigarette smoker may smoke a pack a day, a regular pot smoker most likely won’t smoke 20 joints in a 24 hour period.

    MYTH #4 | Weed Stays in Your System for 30 Days

    The longevity of weed in your system correlates to the amount you smoke – among many other aspects. If you only smoked one time, you should be clear in a few days. A weekly smoker would need a couple weeks, and a daily smoker could hold THC in their system for at least a month, if not more. Exercising can help expedite the process as THC is stored in fat.

    MYTH #5 | Ganja is a Gateway Drug

    Perhaps one of the longest-running myths about marijuana, there isn’t any actual evidence that weed is a gateway drug. The Institute of Medicine reported that "no conclusive evidence that the drug effects of marijuana are causally linked to the subsequent abuse of other illicit drugs." This myth could have stemmed from how common marijuana is in America, and how many users are simply exposed to it before anything else. Cannabis has even been shown to assist addicts in getting off drugs that are arguably more dangerous.

    Top 15 Books For Mary Jane Enthusiasts

    Top 15 Books For Mary Jane Enthusiasts - The Oozelife Blog - Ooze Summer Reading List Weed Marijuana Cannabis 420 Literature

    Looking for some reefer-related reading material to finish off your summer reading list? Here are 15 of the best cannabis-centric book recommendations for those who love mary jane.


    ‘Beyond Buds: Marijuana Extracts – Hash, Vaping, Dabbing, Edibles and Medicines’

    By Ed Rosenthal

    Ed Rosenthal, expert marijuana grower and a leading authority on weed, created this book that has been considered the ultimate guide to creating concentrates. Creating extracts without any prior knowledge can be dangerous, and this book delves into the safest, cleanest ways to produce them.

    This book provides insight on making kief, water hash, tinctures, topicals, edibles, and other extracts from the leaves, trim, and bud bits of weed.


    ‘Cannabis: A History’

    By Martin Booth

    This book chronicles the process through which marijuana became outlawed in the Western world, and the effect that legislation has had on the global economy. Booth goes into the smear campaign against weed in the early 20th century and the seemingly never-ending war on drugs.


    ‘The Cannabis Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to Cultivation & Consumption of Medical Marijuana’

    By Jorge Cerventes

    This award-winning book contains basically everything you could ever want to know about marijuana cultivation and consumption. It delves into the techniques needed to grow indoors, outdoors, and within a greenhouse. The techniques are well-researched and illustrated with step-by-step instructions.

    Each stage of plant growth is explained: seed, seedling, vegetative growth, clones and mother plants, and flowering. Information on harvesting, drying, and curing in a way that preserves the cannabinoids is explained.

    Case studies about two different indoor garden setups, a big garden in Humboldt County, CA, and Cerventes’ backyard garden is included. Every aspect of cultivating cannabis is explained in detail.


    ‘The Cannabis Manifesto: A New Paradigm for Wellness’

    By Steve DeAngelo

    Steve DeAngelo is an activist and the founder of Harborside Health Center, the largest medical marijuana dispensary in the world. This book serves as both a vision and a call-to-action.

    DeAngelo answers important questions about cannabis while asking his readers to challenge all they know about the plant. He discusses cannabis law and science, and the plant’s physical, spiritual, and psychological effects.

    DeAngelo creates an argument around health and social justice for why cannabis should be legal. He claims there is no such thing as recreational weed, that any use of the plant can be therapeutic.


    ‘The Emperor Wears No Clothes: Hemp and the Marijuana Conspiracy’

    By Jack Herer

    Chances are you’ve smoked down on some Jack Herer, the sativa strain that was named after this activist. A cannabis classic, this book was first published in 1985. Herer spent years collecting and compiling data before publishing, and it remains to be one of the most accurately informative books about cannabis.

    In this book, Herer discusses the plethora of uses for hemp and the war against the marijuana plant. He also delves into the lies surrounding cannabis, the petroleum industry’s attempts to keep legalization from occurring, and the history of the plant. He additionally digs into the racial implications of prohibition.


    ‘The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Cannabis: Concentrated Advice From 25 Industry Leaders’

    By Michael Zaytsev

    Interested in starting a cannabusiness? Let your motivation, creativity, and drive be kick-started with this book. This guide provides interviews with some of the most knowledgeable minds in the marijuana industry. Experts include CEO Scott Reach (multiple Cannabis Cup winner), CEO Steve Angelo (owner of the world’s largest dispensary), Cy Scott (Leafly co-founder), and more.

    If you are considering opening your own dispensary or otherwise entering the cannabis industry, this is a must-read. It offers advice from 25 of the industry’s most notable innovators and investors, like Ethan Nadelmann, the Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, who ‘Rolling Stone’ once referred to as the “real drug czar.”


    ‘Green: A Field Guide to Marijuana’

    By Dan Michaels, photographs by Erik Christiansen

    A book with hyperdetailed photography, this field guide provides the lineage, flavor, and characteristics about some of your favorite strains.

    Whether you’re a seasoned stoner or general pot enthusiast, this book will teach you more about what you’re smoking so you can better enhance your high.

    You’ll learn about the variations of lineage, flavor, and mental/physical high that accompany 170 different strains.


    ‘How to Smoke Pot (Properly): A Highbrow Guide to Getting High’

    By David Bienenstock

    David Bienenstock is the cannabis journalist (former editor of ‘High Times’ and ‘Vice’ columnist) who wrote this entertaining guide to all things weed. This book will teach you the history of marijuana, the difference between wax and shatter, and how to properly roll a joint. This guide is perfect for both newbies and veteran enthusiasts.

    This book includes insider advice from Willie Nelson, Melissa Ethridge, and Dave Chapelle. It answers questions like “How can I land a legal pot job?” and “Should I eat a weed cookie before boarding the plane?” It will take you through the plant’s lifecycle from farm to bowl, explore cannabis customs, culture, and travel.


    ‘Just Say Yes: A Marijuana Memoir’

    By Catherine Hiller

    In possibly the first marijuana memoir ever published, author Catherine Hiller recalls her positive relationship with cannabis over a fifty-year period, how it has affected all aspects of her life, from motherhood, work, sex, friendship, and marriage. Hiller describes her experience with weed at Woodstock and during her time in New York City in the ‘60s. This book proves that it is possible to live a normal life while being a regular marijuana consumer.


    ‘The Little Black Book of Marijuana: The Essential Guide to the World of Cannabis’

    By Steve Elliott

    This concise cannabis guide explores weed culture and history. It covers the essentials in terms of using, cultivating, cooking with cannabis, identifying strains, and understanding the legal and health issues that can accompany use.


    ‘Marijuana for Everybody!: The Definitive Guide to Getting High, Feeling Good, and Having Fun’

    By Elise McDonough

    Presented by ‘High Times,’ this illustrated handbook is a comprehensive, accessible guide to marijuana, the culture behind it, and its uses. Subjects include: what pot is and how it works, tips to manage your high, cooking with cannabis, FAQs and a section titled “I’m High, Now What?” with activities for the freshly baked.


    ‘Marijuana Grower’s Handbook: Your Complete Guide for Medical and Personal Marijuana Cultivation’

    By Ed Rosenthal

    Another work from Ed Rosenthal, this prepares beginner to advanced level readers with the knowledge, skills, and techniques necessary to grow great ganja both indoors and outdoors. Rosenthal has over 30 years of experience growing marijuana, and this book can teach you the most efficient ways to save time, labor, and energy, resulting in lots of bountiful buds.


    ‘The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook: More Than 50 Irresistible Recipes That Will Get You High’

    By Elise McDonough and the editors of ‘High Times’ magazine

    This cookbook is the first from ‘High Times’ magazine. It includes easy, accessible recipes and tips to make cooking with cannabis easier. You’ll find an array of recipes for any occasion, like appetizers, entrees, stoner sweets, cannabis cocktails, and holiday feasts. Recipes include Time Warp Tamales, Sativa Shrimp Spring Rolls, Pico de Ganja Nachos, and Pineapple Express Upside-Down Cake.


    ‘The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis’

    By Julie Holland

    A complete educational guide to weed, this book can teach you about marijuana’s psychological and physiological effects, along with its place in policy, parenting, creativity, spirituality, and business. Julie Holland is well-known psychiatrist, and this includes contributions from Andrew Weil, Lester Grinspoon Tommy Chong, Allen St. Pierre from the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, and more.

    This book delves into the top ten marijuana myths and encompasses a broad spectrum of information from stoner customers to scientific research. This guide provides necessary facts and authoritative opinions on a subject full of myths, misconceptions, and stereotypes.


    ‘Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana – Medical, Recreational and Scientific’

    By Martin Lee

    Martin Lee, an award-winning investigative journalist, observes a complex landscape where legal ambiguity and scientific breakthrough meet. Lee sheds light on underreported scientific breakthroughs that have been reshaping the therapeutic landscape. He discusses how treatments for cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, chronic pain, and lots of other conditions have been developed using the marijuana plant.


    Top 15 Apps for Today’s Smoke Sesh

    Top 15 Apps for Today's Smoke Sesh - The Oozelife Blog - Ooze Weed Smoking Cannabis Marijuana Mobile Applications Games Assistant

    Marijuana is becoming much more mainstream, and app developers have been ready. Lots of mobile apps already exist for locating weed, learning how to grow, and to connect you with other cannabis enthusiasts. The following is a list of 15 of the best weed-related apps on the market.

    Top 15 Apps For Today's Smoke Sesh - The Oozelife Blog - Ooze Mobile Application Weed Marijuana 420 Cannabis WeedMaps Dispensary Bud Locator

    Basically: Google Maps for dispensaries

    Weedmaps points out the nearest dispensaries within your area, along with reviews and lists of strains and products currently available at each location. You can also search by brand, product, and more. Weedmaps additionally offers content like full-length documentaries, how-to’s, and more on their Weedmaps TV channel.

    iOS: Free
    Android: Free

    Top 15 Apps for Today's Smoke Sesh - The Oozelife Blog - Ooze Mobile Application Leafly Weed Marijuana 420 Strains Info
    2. Leafly

    Basically: The Wikipedia of Weed

    Leafly maintains a database of known weed strains available in US dispensaries, as well as keeping you up-to-date on the latest cannabis news. It provides information on each strain, like the parent strains, reviews from other users, and offers a profile of the effects that can be expected from consuming the strain.

    If you’re looking for something that will specifically relax you or energize you, Leafly can be helpful in finding the perfect strain for you. Patients, recreational users, and growers can leave reviews of strains, dispensaries, and more.

    If you’re an MMJ patient, this app can tell you which strains have worked for other people who share your ailment or condition.

    iOS: Free
    Android: Free

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    Basically: A munchies delivery service

    Seamless allows hungry stoners to order any snack, meal, or grocery item they want, and have it delivered to their door within minutes. Delivery options are dependent on your location and whether restaurants/stores in your area have joined Seamless, but users can expect continued expansion as this app keeps growing.

    iOS: Free
    Android: Free

    Top 15 Apps for Today's Smoke Sesh - The Oozelife Blog - Ooze Weed Marijuana 420 Cannabis High There! Dating App

    Basically: Tinder for stoners

    Aptly billed within the cannabis community as the Tinder for weed enthusiasts, High There! is a location-based dating app. Users are matched by location and a set of variables based around likes and dislikes, and are offered the ability to swipe left and right to select/reject.

    Users can indicate whether they’re more high or low-energy based on preference of sativa or indica (or both, which is classified as “medium-energy”). People who prefer vaping would be matched with other vapers, or you could be matched with others who prefer eating edibles.

    Also included are a set of lifestyle/activity options like Outdoors, Culture, and Food, to add an additional layer of common interest to match-ups.

    If you’ve been finding that your interest in weed seems to be a deal-breaker on regular dating apps, High There! may be just what you need.

    iOS: Free
    Android: Free

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    5. Duby

    Basically: Stoner social network

    Duby offers a “safe space” to share your cannabis-related activities and connect with fellow enthusiasts. This network allows you to post your photos and videos anonymously and connects you with other users via private messages.

    Duby isn’t promoted as a dating app, however a swipe right/left functionality exists for the uploaded photos and videos posted within the community.

    iOS: Free
    Android: Free

    Top 15 Apps for Today's Smoke Sesh - The Oozelife Blog - Ooze Weed Smoking Marijuana 420 Cannabis Photography Photos Instagram MassRoots

    Basically: The Instagram of weed

    MassRoots allows you to create a profile and browse through “thousands of photos and videos of beautiful nugs and glassware from all over the planet.” This app provides cannabis-related content local to your area, or you can see everything with a “global” view.

    iOS: Free
    Android: Free

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    7. MJ

    Basically: Twitter for tokers

    MJ provides cannabis news and reviews in a streamlined manner, similar to Twitter. Users are consistently updated on legal, cultural, and political stories from both national and international news sources. This app also includes reviews and stories provided by other users.

    iOS: Free
    Android: Free

    Top 15 Apps for Today's Smoke Sesh - The Oozelife Blog - Ooze Weed Smoking Marijuana 420 Cannabis tokr

    Basically: A personalized cannabis experience

    tökr helps users find brands and products that can assist in enhancing their cannabis experience. This app provides information on the right products for sleep, relief from pain, exercise, sex, and more.

    tökr aims to provide a safe, consistent experience, and therefore only work with legal, licensed brands, and helps users locate those brands at state-licensed nearby dispensaries.

    iOS: Free
    Android: Free

    Top 15 Apps for Today's Smoke Sesh - The Oozelife Blog - Ooze Weed Smoking Marijuana 420 Cannabis Releaf MyFitnessPal Experience Tracker
    9. Releaf

    Basically: MyFitnessPal for MMJ patients

    Releaf helps users track their usage regarding the ailments they may suffer from. This app allows you to record the equipment you use, the dispensaries you purchase from, and tracks your experiences being high. It then reports on what works best for you.

    Releaf is especially helpful for those who want to track which strains do what to them, and how each method affects them differently.

    iOS: Free
    Android: Free

    Top 15 Apps for Today's Smoke Sesh - The Oozelife Blog - Ooze Weed Smoking Marijuana 420 Cannabis Weed Scale 4.20 Phone Mobile Weight

    Basically: Turns your phone into a weed scale

    Weed Scale 4.20 was developed to ensure you’re not getting cheated by your supplier, according to its creators. A slight catch is that it works best for a range of 1-5g, so if you’re weighing all your stock, it may take a little time and involve some extra math.

    iOS: Unavailable
    Android: APK Only

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    11. My Canary

    Basically: A stoner sobriety test

    My Canary was designed and is promoted by NORML, a cannabis activist group. This app will assist in assessing your level of inebriation, and let you know whether you are fit to drive.

    My Canary takes you through a series of sobriety tests, based on methods that have been used by law enforcement for decades. Tests like the ability to balance on one foot, memorize numbers, and estimate time spans. The results will give you a red, yellow, or green light, meaning stoned, semi-sober, or sober.

    This app can’t prevent you from driving, but it can help you make the right decision.

    iOS: $2.99
    Android: Unavailable

    Top 15 Apps for Today's Smoke Sesh - The Oozelife Blog - Ooze Weed Marijuana 420 Smoking Cannabis Grow Buddy Growing Plants Assistant

    Basically: A virtual growing assistant

    GrowBuddy’s phone app is a companion app to more powerful desktop and tablet software. This app allows you to record data on the feedings for a single plant or multiple crops.

    This app tracks and monitors the progress of your plants and provides a strain-by-strain guide on how to care for your plant, like nutrients, light, and water needed. You’re also able to connect with other growers who may have similar growing experiences. Even better: GrowBuddy is anonymous and encrypted.

    iOS: Free
    Android: Free

    Top 15 Apps for Today's Smoke Sesh - The Oozelife Blog - Ooze Smoking Weed Marijuana Cannabis 420 simLeaf Virtual Plant Grow13. simLeaf

    Basically: Tamagotchi for tokers

    simLeaf is a comprehensive grow simulator with adjustable settings and variables. Users choose the strain, decide lamp wattage, adjust pH and nutrient regimes, and more. Users must ensure each one of their plant’s needs are met, as they will die if not taken care of properly. This app is targeted for a more novice user base as it could be useful in learning what’s required to take care of a plant in real life.

    iOS: $2.99
    Android: $2.99

    Basically: Toker Trivial Pursuit

    Ultimate Weed Trivia serves as both a game and an educational app for marijuana enthusiasts. This app asks questions about all things weed, from pop-culture references, the science behind it, 4/20, and more. Different levels of difficulty are offered, and you can challenge your friends to beat your high score.

    iOS: Free
    Android: Unavailable

    Top 15 Apps for Today's Smoke Sesh - The Oozelife Blog - Ooze Weed Smoking Marijuana 420 Cannabis Weed Inc Farmville Mobile Game

    Basically: Farmville for weed fans

    Hemp Inc allows you to manage all aspects of running a weed empire. You can grow and sell up to twenty different strains, purchase property to expand, and more. Celebrity cameos include Jimi Hendrix, Snoop Dogg, and Tommy Chong, who you can interact with and even sell weed to.

    The creators of this app have been proactive about promoting NORML, and their goal is to “speed up cannabis legalization.”

    iOS: Free
    Android: APK only

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