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Medical marijuana is increasing in popularity

When recreational marijuana was first legalized in Colorado and Washington in 2012, it felt like we were only a couple years away from the federal government declassifying it as a schedule one drug. Several years later, the federal government has yet to make that step but many other states have followed the examples of Colorado and Washington and have continued to pass laws that decriminalize marijuana activity and allow for individual states to open marijuana dispensaries. One excellent Side effect of the passing of recreational marijuana use laws is that it has encouraged scientists to increase their research on how marijuana use affects the body. This is particularly helpful for people that are interested in marijuana for medical use.

Many claims have been made about the uses and treatment of medical marijuana. While the research is still young, Studies have shown that marijuana can be an excellent pain reliever, and anti-inflammatory, a sleep aid, and an appetite stimulant. While skeptics have scoffed at some of these claims, there is no denying the many anecdotal stories of people that have been able to reduce the number of seizures they have, or gain back some of the normal activities in life that they were not able to do prior to beginning treatment with medical marijuana. Some critics have said that people are making these claims simply because they want to get high, and they are hiding behind this claim in order to do so. However, many patients that use medical marijuana and to treat their symptoms often use CBD oil as their preferred treatment method.

CBD oil is an oil that is derived from the marijuana plant that has very little or no THC in it. THC is the psychoactive chemical compound that creates the euphoric feeling of being high when it is smoked. When you consume cannabis products that do not have THC, then you do not have the psycho active reaction. This allows people to use medical marijuana the same way that you might use Ibuprofen or aspirin. It relieves your pain but it does not put your brain into a fog.

In Denver, there are Canabis boutique shops that cater specifically to medical marijuana products that are low in THC. The most popular way to get a medical marijuana product that is low in THC is to purchase CBD oil which can then be consumed through a vape pen or applied topically, or even put into food and eaten. CBD is the chemical compound in marijuana that has many of the pain relieving aspects. There are growers that are producing cannabis strains that are naturally low in THC and high in CBD, but often the only way to get a marijuana product that is completely free of THC, you need to purchase an oil that has been extracted from the plant. During the extraction process, the lab can filter out THC. Then a patient can enjoy the many different pain relieving properties of marijuana without experiencing any negative side effects.

Glass pipe cleaner kits and other cleaning methods

When you want your glass pipe clean, you want it done quickly and effectively. For the  person that is new to owning a glass pipe, getting it clean can be a little intimidating at first. You can not be too hard on it when you clean it or you could potentially break it, but you want it to be clean enough to use. Here are some of the most popular cleaning methods that can be used to make your pipe look like it is new again, from boiling it to using a pipe cleaner kit (and a few methods that you should absolutely stay away from as well.)

The freezer method – The freezer method is fairly straightforward. You simply put your pipe in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. Once the pipe is good and frozen, use a scrapping tool to clean out the bowl of the pipe. The resin inside the pipe will only stay frozen for a few minutes so it’s important to work quickly.

Isopropyl Alcohol method – To clean your pipe using this method, you want to put your pipe inside an airtight bag such as a ziplock bag and fill the bag up with isopropyl alcohol that is 90 to 100% alcohol. Let the pipe sit for at least three hours and then rinse it throughly in order to ensure that all of the traces of alcohol are removed from the pipe.

Isopropyl alcohol with salt – if you would rather not wait several hours for your pipe to soak, then you can put sea salt or coarse salt in the bag with the pipe and the isopropyl alcohol and shake the bag vigorously. The salt will help remove all of the stuck on resin without having to wait for it to dissolve.

Organic pipe cleaner kit – When you purchase an organic pipe cleaner kit, then you will have everything that you need to get your pipe looking squeaky clean again (including instructions.) Organic cleaning kits are typically non toxic, biodegradable, non abrasive, and alcohol free. These are all qualities that you really want to have in a cleaner that you are planning on smoking out of. You should treat your glass pipe the same way that you would treat a plate that you are planning on eating off of.

Boil it – you can carefully boil your pipe in order to clean the pipe, but beware that this will create a very pungent odor in your home.

Don’t:

Use rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover, or bleach or any other cleaners that have toxic chemicals in them. Remember that this is a pipe and the goal is ultimately to inhale from this piece, so the last thing you want to do is take the risk that there is a still of bit of those chemicals still clinging to the pipe when you use it. Really the best and most reliable cleaning method is to buy a pipe cleaner kit from your local smoke shop, but if you need an alternative you can use any one of the above options.

Glass pipe cleaner kits and other cleaning methods

When you want your glass pipe clean, you want it done quickly and effectively. For the  person that is new to owning a glass pipe, getting it clean can be a little intimidating at first. You can not be too hard on it when you clean it or you could potentially break it, but you want it to be clean enough to use. Here are some of the most popular cleaning methods that can be used to make your pipe look like it is new again, from boiling it to using a pipe cleaner kit (and a few methods that you should absolutely stay away from as well.)

The freezer method – The freezer method is fairly straightforward. You simply put your pipe in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. Once the pipe is good and frozen, use a scrapping tool to clean out the bowl of the pipe. The resin inside the pipe will only stay frozen for a few minutes so it’s important to work quickly.

Isopropyl Alcohol method – To clean your pipe using this method, you want to put your pipe inside an airtight bag such as a ziplock bag and fill the bag up with isopropyl alcohol that is 90 to 100% alcohol. Let the pipe sit for at least three hours and then rinse it throughly in order to ensure that all of the traces of alcohol are removed from the pipe.

Isopropyl alcohol with salt – if you would rather not wait several hours for your pipe to soak, then you can put sea salt or coarse salt in the bag with the pipe and the isopropyl alcohol and shake the bag vigorously. The salt will help remove all of the stuck on resin without having to wait for it to dissolve.

Organic pipe cleaner kit – When you purchase an organic pipe cleaner kit, then you will have everything that you need to get your pipe looking squeaky clean again (including instructions.) Organic cleaning kits are typically non toxic, biodegradable, non abrasive, and alcohol free. These are all qualities that you really want to have in a cleaner that you are planning on smoking out of. You should treat your glass pipe the same way that you would treat a plate that you are planning on eating off of.

Boil it – you can carefully boil your pipe in order to clean the pipe, but beware that this will create a very pungent odor in your home.

Don’t:

Use rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover, or bleach or any other cleaners that have toxic chemicals in them. Remember that this is a pipe and the goal is ultimately to inhale from this piece, so the last thing you want to do is take the risk that there is a still of bit of those chemicals still clinging to the pipe when you use it. Really the best and most reliable cleaning method is to buy a pipe cleaner kit from your local smoke shop, but if you need an alternative you can use any one of the above options.

The right extraction equipment will produce a safer product

Whether you are interested in purchasing marijuana products for recreational use or for medical use, the issue of potency is extremely important. Many people are starting to prefer to use products that are derived from a cannabis extraction method that creates a product that is much more potent than the original marijuana plant. People prefer these cannabis concentrates because they are often odorless and some can be ingested instead of being smoked. This makes the use of medical marijuana as well as recreational marijuana more discreet in public settings, and for people that are opposed to smoking it makes it more accessible to them.

However, the issue of making sure that you are purchasing products that have been extracted through a professional that has the experience and the proper safety measures in place has never been more important. This is important not just because they can make sure to give you the proper dosing instructions, but also because professional companies are more likely to have the right testing procedures in place to make sure that all of their final products that are the result of marijuana extraction are free of contaminates such as butane oil, pesticides, mold, or other microorganisms that could be potentially harmful if ingested.

It is also important to know that the right regulations are in place so that when you purchase any kind of cannabis concentrate from a marijuana shop that you do not have to worry about where they received their product from, because all shops will be required to purchase from companies that do their own cannabis extraction on professional extraction equipment and also carry out regular testing on their products. The best way to guarantee that a shop is following all the safety steps that they should be following is to make sure that their extraction equipment is professionally obtained and used. Xtractor Depot explains that the best way to get a pure product is to start out with pristine equipment. They provide professional grade extracting equipment to operators all over the country, and their equipment as well as their techniques are tested to be tried and true.

When a consumer walks into a shop to purchase a cannabis concentrate, they do not want to have to deal with the extra stress and worry that the product that they are ingesting is safe. They should not have to worry about getting sick from smoking a hash product that has dangerous mold in it, or an oil that still has traces of butane or pesticides in it. That is why professional extraction equipment is so important. When it is used correctly, there is no room for doubt that remaining contaminates are still in the final concentrate. So whether they are looking to purchase hash, resin, shatter, budder, sap, or any one of a number of other products that are now available, they can do so with the confidence that the product is safe to use, and has been tested and dosed correctly based on its potency.

Leasing a car has many benefits

Trying to decide between leasing a car and buying a car is a big decision. Both options require a big time commitment from you, as well as a lot of money, so before you make your decision you want to make sure that you have taken the time to properly weigh the pros and cons of each option. Everyone weighs out their options differently. Some make lists, while other prefer to ask friends or family that have gone through the same experience before what their opinion is. Still others prefer to go straight to the car buying service and talk to an expert about the benefits of each option.

We all know what it means to buy a car, but in order to properly parse out the benefits of leasing, we should first review what is involved with leasing a car. When you decide to lease a car, instead of buying it outright using a loan from a bank, you only put a small down payment up front for the car. Then you continue making small monthly payments during the time that you drive the car. These payments are often about the same size as the payments that you would make if you had financed the car directly. The difference is that you do not own a leased car. It is more like renting an apartment. The car is yours to use however you like, but only for the specified period of time. Many car leasing services will give you the option of either trading in your car for a newer one at the end of the lease, or purchasing the car that you have been leasing up to that point. There are many benefits available to leasing a car. For example:

  •  If you drive a lot and tend to put a lot of miles on your vehicle, you can do so on a leased car without having to worry about the long term wear and tear or depreciation value.
  • You do not have the hassel of trying to sell or trade in your car for the best deal. You can simply return the car to the car leasing company and pick out a new one.
  • There is no need to try to get pre approved for a loan since there are not any large amounts of monies changing hands. If you have poor credit, leasing a car can be a more affordable option.
  • Your car will always be new. A standard car lease lasts about 2 years. At the end of the lease, you simply give the car back and are now open to the option of picking out a new car.

Of course, when you lease a car there is really only one big drawback to keep in mind:

  • When you lease a car you are not the owner of it. That means you never have the option of selling it. If the vehicle crashes you are not able to get the insurance money to buy a new one.

Dental crowns help keep a smile straight

If you have ever had the opportunity to visit your dentist, then you have probably heard of dental crowns. You may have even seen images depicting them or heard a friend talk about their experience in getting their own dental crowns, so you may find it surprising to hear that many people are not familiar with dental crowns and what their purpose is. In case you are not already familiar with them, a dental crown is when a synthetic cover that look like a tooth is placed over an existing tooth. This cover completely encapsulates the tooth, so all that is visible when you examine the teeth is the synthetic tooth; the real tooth is completely hidden by the crown. The crown then takes on all of the jobs that the tooth would typically be responsible for, such as chewing and breaking down food. In addition to taking over the role of the original tooth, a dental crown also protects the tooth.

An example where you might have a dental crown placed over a tooth might be when a tooth becomes cracked or damaged and is extremely sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. There may be a situation where the original tooth is slowing being broken down by tooth decay and the dentist is looking for a way to contain the decay and keep it from spreading to the rest of the mouth. Sometimes when a tooth starts to corrode from decay, a filling might not be able to help the tooth. Depending on the placement of the filling and the cavity, adding a filling might actually cause the tooth to start to break apart, which can be painful and also makes it impossible for the tooth to do its job.

Dental crowns can also be used in situations where a dental extraction has taken place. If a tooth can no longer be viable in the mouth, then the responsible thing to do it to remove it. However, there are often many issues that can go hand in hand with a tooth extraction. Once the tooth is gone, that leaves a space or gap in the mouth that will allow the other teeth to start to move around, causing misalignment of the bite. IN order to make sure that all of the teeth inside the mouth stay in their proper place, a dental crown can be installed in that place in order to keep the smile looking perfect. When the tooth has been completely removed, then the crown does not have anything to adhere to, so in those situations a dental implant will be installed in the jaw bone and the crown will be attached to that. This ensures that the crown will be firmly rooted to a single spot in the mouth which will help keep the other teeth in place.

Dental crowns have a wide variety of purposes and situations where they are needed, but they are always there to help improve the function of the teeth as well as the appearance.

Vinyl windows are designed to fit pretty much any home

If you are thinking that it is time to replace the windows on your home, then chances are good that you have already begun to shop around and look at the different types of windows that are available for your home. Windows can be made up of a variety of materials, from fiberglass, to vinyl windows. If you are confused at this point, let me clarify: the window FRAMES can be made up of many different kinds of materials, the center part of the window is pretty much always glass. However the material that is surrounding the window is what can help make the window more energy efficient and it also directly affects how long the window will last. When the window frames starts to break down, then the window itself becomes pretty useless.

Vinyl windows are a popular option for many home windows because they are durable, visually appealing, and efficient. On average, a vinyl window will last between 20 and 40 years with proper care.

Windows that are made from vinyl are also more cost effective; they cost approximately 10% less than windows that are made out of wood for example. Not only are they more affordable up front when you are initially purchasing them, but they will also save you money once they are installed. Vinyl windows are excellent options for people that want to find ways to be more energy efficient in their homes. They are more effective when it comes to sealing in any small gaps in your home that allow heat to escape through your window area. Vinyl is a natural insulator, so it is the perfect material to make a window out of. When you are shopping around for your new windows, make sure to look for vinyl windows that are specifically labeled as Energy Star certified in order to make sure that you are getting the most energy savings possible out of your new purchase.

No one wants to spend a lot of time taking care of their home maintenance, and windows are no different. Vinyl windows are low maintenance and easy to care for. The only regular care that a vinyl window will need is a quick wipe down with a soapy rag. Many windows even have a tilt in feature which allows for the outside of the window to also be easily cleaned without any dangerous scaffolding or climbing on the outside of your home.

Vinyl is also stylish and easy to accommodate any type of home. It can come in different colors so it can accommodate pretty much any home decor plan. It is extremely durable and is unlikely to peel, chip, stain or sag even when it is exposed to severe weather conditions. In fact, you would have to work very hard to make your vinyl windows look anything less that perfect.

Finally, vinyl windows are also very easy to install. They are manufactured so that they can fit in virtually any type of window frame and will complement pretty much any home.

Radon Mitigation can save your life

Did you know that about 21,000 people in the United States will die this year from radon gas exposure? Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer and is second only to smoking, but unlike smoking which is a tangible choice that people make, you may be exposing yourself to radon gas right now and you do not even know it.

Radon gas is a toxic gas that has no color, taste or odor that is present in every home in the United States. It makes its way into a home through the foundation, often through the cracks and gaps and other little imperfections that exist in all man made structures, and it can build up to toxic levels over time. Even though radon gas is a naturally occurring gas that can never be comply rid of, there are many radon mitigation methods that can help keep the levels of radon down to safe levels inside of a home. The best way to understand radon gas and how it builds up is to think of yourself in an airtight box. Imagine there is a very tiny crack in the box and that box is sitting right on top of a grate that is slowly releasing a radioactive gas into the air and sometimes, into the box. Not all of the gas will make it’s way into the box, but if you do not put in a system to deal with that gas that is coming in, then over time there will be more gas in your box than there will be oxygen. That is what radon remediation does. It creates a system in a house the helps reduce the levels of radon and therefore reduces your risk of exposure to the radioactive particles that will damage your lungs and cause lung cancer.

Some homeowners that are aware of radon gas and it’s detrimental qualities will try to address the issue themselves by creating an air circulation system. That could include leaving the windows open and running a fan or air replacement system that helps “clear out” the radon gas. While this system can help reduce the buildup of radon gas, it does not actually create a long term solution and in the end it might be more trouble than it is worth than it would be to simply call a radon mitigation company.

Radon gas can be a significant health risk, which is the reason why more homeowners are conducting radon test in their home and why more potential home buyers are asking for testing to be done on a home before they complete the purchase. If you are currently a homeowner that has done testing in the past, it is also important to know that radon levels will ebb and flow over time, so you want to make sure that you are doing regular testing on the radon levels in your home. This is  simple and cheap testing process that could potentially save your life one day or the lives of your family.

New roofing can make your home more energy efficient

As a homeowner, you are likely always on the lookout for ways to make your home more efficient and to save money. Did you know that one of the best ways to improve your homes efficiency is to take a look at the kind of roofing and the insulation that you have? Insulation in particular can help make your home retain heat better and reduce your heating costs. Let’s take a look at how this is accomplished.

The role of the insulation in a home is to block the heat from escaping through your roofing in the cold winter months and also to keep out any unwanted hot air in the summer months. A home that has good insulation is going to be better at this than homes with inferior insulation. Good insulation is when you have an insulation with a high R value, and the insulation is installed by a roofer or other professional so that all of the exterior areas have a tight seal around them that keeps out any kind of air leaks.

If you live in an older home, then is it likely that it is in need of an insulation update, but before you pick up the phone to schedule an appointment for an estimate, let’s talk a little bit more about what the differences are between ‘good’ insulation and ‘bad’ insulation. Good insulation is measured by having a higher R value, which means resistance value. The R value is how well the insulation can resist the flow of heat from the inside of the house to the outside. The older types of insulation were typically fiberglass, which usually has an R value of 2.5-4 per inch. The newer insulation types, such as foam board or spray insulation typically have an R value around 6.0 to 7.5 per inch, which is significantly higher. That means that the home with the newer insulation is spending a lot less on their heating and cooling bills than the older home with the older fiberglass insulation.

Thankfully, if you happen to own a home with an older insulation system in place, you do not simply have to accept it and be stuck with it. You CAN make your home more energy efficient by updating the insulation in your home. This is best done during a roof replacement because then the roofer has easy access to your attic areas, but you do not necessarily have to wait until your next roof replacement to update your insulation. Many roofers can add new insulation from inside the home as well, they just need to get up into your attic space from inside the house.

By updating your home’s insulation, you can start to see reduced numbers on your energy bills and it can also increase the value of your home. Talk to your roofer about the current R values of the insulation on your home to see if there is a way to increase that number. If you are ready to learn more about your home’s insulation options, contact Academy Roofing today: www.academyroofinginc.com.

The difference between recreational marijuana and medical

Marijuana has been around for quite a while. Even though marijuana is just now starting to become legal in more states than it is illegal to purchase, the substance itself has been in the United States for many years. There is even historical evidence that suggests that it was used as far back as 2737 in ancient China. Even though cannabis is nothing new as far as nature is concerned, it is still something that the general public is still learning about.

Recreational marijuana is just starting to gain a foothold in the United States, and with that a desire for more information, for more knowledge is spreading. People can purchase marijuana at a dispensary for recreational as well as medical use, but many do not quite understand what the difference is between the two. So let’s examine and demystify the differences here.

There is a lot more that separates medical marijuana from recreational marijuana other than just the label. Of course there is a difference in intention behind the consumption of it: some people are using it to treat symptoms of an illness while many others are using it to get high. However, there are many forms of medical marijuana that do not contain the psychoactive chemical THC, which is what causes the feeling of euphoria in marijuana.  This type of cannabis is often higher in a different chemical, called cannabidoil. This can help relieve symptoms in patients without the stereotypical high that is often associated with marijuana. It is in this form that medical marijuana can be administered to children or people with seizure disorders or even schizophrenia.

There are also many legal differences between medical marijuana and recreational. Many states have chosen to legalize the use of medical marijuana while keeping its recreational use illegal. This means that a person has to have a prescription given to them by a doctor in order to be able to legally purchase and use it. In states where both recreational and medical are legal, there are often differences in the tax rates that are administered to purchases, with less or no tax being added onto sales of medical cannabis. For a patient that is seeking treatment, the price tag is also better as medical cannabis can be cheaper and is often able to be purchased in larger quantities.

While this often tends to be the speculation of the consumer, many people believe that medical marijuana plant strains are much more intense than recreational. In some cases this may be true, but it is important to remember that many people that are purchasing medical cannabis are opting for strains with very low amounts of THC which means that they are not experiencing the same kind of body high that a recreational user is getting.

While many people will gravitate towards one kind of cannabis versus the other, at the end of the day there are more similarities than differences between the two types. Each option also has a multitude of different strains that you can choose from in order to find your perfect high.