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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 10 Best Stoner Halloween Costume Ideas

    Top 10 Stoner Halloween Costume Ideas - The Oozelife Blog - Ooze Spooky October Dress Up Weed Marijuana 420 Cannabis

    Top 10 Stoner Halloween Costume Ideas - The Oozelife Blog - Ooze Spooky October Dress Up Weed Marijuana 420 Cannabis Pot Brownie

    Pot Brownies

    In 2016, Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner wore yellow Brownies T-shirts, brown skirts, and pot leaf sashes making them "pot brownies" - an idea as cute as they are.

    Top 10 Stoner Halloween Costume Ideas - The Oozelife Blog - Ooze Spooky October Dress Up Weed Marijuana 420 Cannabis Shaggy Scooby Doo

    Shaggy & Scooby Doo

    Zoinks! A costume you can do solo or with a friend. 

    Top 10 Stoner Halloween Costume Ideas - The Oozelife Blog - Ooze Spooky October Dress Up Weed Marijuana 420 Cannabis Super Troopers

    Super Troopers

    Have an old brown cop costume from a Halloween prior? Extra points if you can recruit a group of friends to play the whole gang.

    Top 10 Stoner Halloween Costume Ideas - The Oozelife Blog - Ooze Spooky October Dress Up Weed Marijuana 420 Cannabis Abbi Ilana Broad City

    Abbi & Ilana (Broad City)

    Grab a friend and attend the party as America’s stoner sweethearts.

    Top 10 Stoner Halloween Costume Ideas - The Oozelife Blog - Ooze Spooky October Dress Up Weed Marijuana 420 Cannabis The Dude Big Lebowski

    The Dude (The Big Lebowski)

    AKA "His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino, if you're not into the whole brevity thing" - this may be one of the most chill costumes, ever.

     

    Top 10 Stoner Halloween Costume Ideas - The Oozelife Blog - Ooze Spooky October Dress Up Weed Marijuana 420 Cannabis Captain Zig Zag Papers

    Captain Zig Zag

    Have an epic beard/mustache and the patience to paint your whole face? Throw on an orange beanie and you're the iconic face of those orange papers.

    Top 10 Stoner Halloween Costume Ideas - The Oozelife Blog - Ooze Spooky October Dress Up Weed Marijuana 420 Cannabis Jay and Silent Bob

    Jay & Silent Bob

    Who smokes the blunts? Let everyone at the party know that's YOU.

    Top 10 Stoner Halloween Costume Ideas - The Oozelife Blog - Ooze Spooky October Dress Up Weed Marijuana 420 Cannabis Cheech & Chong

    Cheech & Chong

    Grab a buddy and attend that Halloween party as arguably the most iconic stoners in history.

    Top 10 Stoner Halloween Costume Ideas - The Oozelife Blog - Ooze Spooky October Dress Up Weed Marijuana 420 Cannabis David Wooderson Dazed and Confused

    David Wooderson (Dazed and Confused)

    Don’t have any other ideas? It’d be a lot cooler if you did. Throw on some tan pants & a Ted Nugent shirt and you’re ready to rock that Halloween party.

    Top 10 Stoner Halloween Costume Ideas - The Oozelife Blog - Ooze Spooky October Dress Up Weed Marijuana 420 Cannabis Pot Leaf

    Just a big ol' leaf

    Really out of ideas? Just throw on a bunch of pot leafs, or one big, huge, giant one.

    5 Things You Didn't Know About Vaping

    5 Things You Didn't Know About Vaping - The Oozelife Blog - Ooze Vape Pen Vaporizer Community Culture

    Vaping was invented in 2003, and since then, for some, it has escalated far beyond just a hobby. Here are five facts about vaping and the culture behind it.

    People are Serious About Their Accessories

    And they make serious investments in them. If your tastes are expensive, there are lots of luxury vape pens to indulge with. There are some very sleekly designed, high-tech options that can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

    A Russian oligarch once spent £550,000 ($723,816.50 USD) on a diamond encrusted vape pen for his girlfriend.

    E-Liquid Creation Has Elevated into an Art Form

    Daniel Walsh of FlavorZ is known to be something of a cult hero within the vaping community. This e-liquid creator has said that “vape is a pure art form, there can be no convincing or explaining. Either it tastes good or it doesn’t.”

    Vape Culture is Alive & Well…

    For some, vaping is more than just a hobby: it’s a way of life.

    Vape lounges are open all over the US as well as a plethora of online communities where vapers can come together. They discuss where to find the best products and share tips on how to perform tricks. They also strategize how to remove the stigma and improve the image of vaping to those outside of the culture.

    There are vape meets and even conventions where large gatherings of vapers come together to swap gadgets and trade flavors. The DIY spirit is strong in these crowds, as many make their own mods (vape gear made from repurposed materials like video game controllers).

    …And Can Be Pretty Competitive

    Vaping may itself already be a subculture, but within it is a sub-subculture of users who adjust their equipment to produce more vapor than one would inhale if smoking casually. They’re known as the “cloud chasers,” and they test their vaping skills against each other.

    Creativity is of course a factor in these competitions. These professional vapers know how to impress the crowd with cool tricks, like blowing the smoke into rings, balls, ripples, and lots of other interesting shapes.

    The Inventor of Vaping is Active in the Modern Vaping Scene

    Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik came up with the concept of vaping when he was trying to find a way to consume nicotine without needing combustion. He found a breakthrough in 2003 when he used a piezoelectric ultrasound-emitting element to vaporize a nicotine solution.

    We now use battery-powered heating elements to vape today, but this was the beginning of what we now know as vaping.

    Lik has been quoted saying his “real passion, like many other inventors, is to leave some trace behind.”

    Top 10 Best Cannabis Strains to Boost Creativity

    Top 10 Best Cannabis Strains to Boost Creativity - The Oozelife Blog - Ooze Weed Marijuana 420 Creative Process Art Inspiration

    Sativa strains are known for elevating cerebral effects that tend to enhance the thought process, while indica strains will induce relaxation and ease you into a sleepy haze. People have utilized marijuana to assist in fueling their creativity for a long time, as it can be a helpful tool in removing oneself from a mental/creative funk.

    Here are a few strains to consider the next time you happen to find yourself with a creative mental block.

    AK-47

    A multi-Cannabis Cup winner, this sativa-dominant hybrid is just as reliable and efficient as its namesake. AK-47 offers a long-lasting, uplifting high that allows your mind to wander but still stay focused on the task at hand. Users have found it easier to map out their creative thoughts while consuming this strain, and say it is ideal for hours of brainstorming as they can find themselves in a daze of creativity the entire time.

    If you cultivate your own, this is a strain to consider for your next grow if you are creative. True AK-47 will have a high THC content, but surprisingly you don’t have to worry about couchlock as it can keep you alert and mentally focused – even in social situations.

    Amnesia Haze

    Despite its name, Amnesia Haze is known to aid in productivity rather than make you forget. A regularly sought-after strain in Dutch coffee shops, this strain provides a mind-focused high that is also known to relieve anxiety.

    An 80/20 sativa dominant strain, true Amnesia Haze will have a sweet, lemon-citrus scent. You will feel happy, giggly, euphoric, energized, and, of course–creative–after consuming this strain.

    Blue Dream

    Blue Dream was born in California after a blueberry indica was crossed with the sativa Haze. This strain is known for a two-stage high: a trademark sativa hits first, then a more relaxed high is experienced in the second stage, one in which is known to aid in pain relief. Users say they like to use Blue Dream to unwind after a busy day spent developing ideas.

    This strain is also commonly used as a daytime medicine for those treating pain, nausea, and depression, due to its high THC content.

    Chemdawg

    If you are not a seasoned smoker, use caution when consuming Chemdawg as it tends to be pretty potent, with THC levels ranging from 15-20 percent. But, if you are a veteran cannabis consumer, this strain may be the strong euphoria inducing-hybrid you have been hoping for.

    Chemdawg has a very distinct, diesel-like aroma that can be smelled from a mile away. Users have expressed having a very cerebral experience along with a strong heavy-bodied feeling when consuming this strain.

    Durban Poison

    This strain is a 100 percent pure sativa that features optimal genetics. Originating from the South African port city of Durban, it is notorious for a sweet smell with energetic, uplifting effects.

    Durban Poison offers a unique taste, like that of licorice. It is known for being one of the most energizing strains around, making it ideal for long days of productive creativity.

    This strain’s over-sized resin glands also make it a popular choice for creating concentrates.

    Jack Herer

    This award-winning strain is a tribute to the marijuana activist and author of the same name. Jack Herer is popular as it is known to make its users feel extremely high while still capable of maintaining focus on creative projects.

    The Jack Herer strain was born from a mix of Northern Lights #5 and Shiva Skunk with a Haze hybrid. The creators intended to capture the cerebral elevation associated with sativa strains while also achieving the heavy resin production typical of indicas.

    Kali Mist

    This strain can not only motivate immense energy but also shake your imagination awake with creative inspiration. Users can expect a rush of energy, focus, motivation, happiness, and creativity.

    Kali Mist is also known to be an aid in pain management and is recommended among many women as being reliable in easing menstrual pain.

    LSD

    This strain is known to be especially helpful in breaking through writer’s block or any other barriers of creativity. Users have described it as having a unique ability to provoke an awe-inspiring, trippy high that can fuel immense amounts of creativity.

    Unlike many of the other strains on this list, LSD is actually an indica-dominant hybrid. You’ll feel a calm, anxiety-relieving psychedelic haze that can fuel your imagination endlessly. This strain also aids with insomnia, depression, lack of appetite, and general stress.

    Space Queen

    Want to see the galaxy? Space Queen is the child of Romulan and Cinderella 99, an indica-dominant hybrid that surprisingly delivers a strong, sativa-like cerebral high that then leads into a smooth and easy come down. Users say this strain is great for artistic expression, even citing that they have experienced deep psychedelic states after consumption.

    Space Queen is known to make users feel happy, relaxed, and giggly, and is best for stress, depression, pain, and insomnia.

    Sour Diesel

    A 90 percent sativa strain, Sour Diesel originated in California and has become a popular choice among celebrities. It is even considered to be one of the most powerful cannabis strains, ever, with an aroma so potent that it can’t be mistaken for another. Sour Diesel is known to invigorate a creative flow quickly and deliver energizing, dreamy cerebral effects.

    Ooze & Dabbing Granny at the High Times Midwest Cannabis Cup | September 8-9, 2018 | VIDEO

    Ooze & Dabbing Granny at the High Times Midwest Cannabis Cup 2018 - The Oozelife Blog - Video Ooze

    Ooze had a great time with Dabbing Granny and everyone at the High Times  Midwest Cannabis Cup at the Auto City Speedway in Clio, Michigan last weekend! Dabbing Granny was hanging out and serving dabs, the weather stayed nice, and everyone seemed to be fully enjoying themselves! 

    Click here for a list of cup winners.

    We'll see you at the next one!