THCa vs THCv: Cannabinoids Compared

The world of cannabis is complex and diverse, with hundreds of different cannabinoids present. Two of the most intriguing and lesser-known cannabinoids are THCa and THCv. In this article, we will explore the differences between THCa and THCv, their potential …

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California’s fentanyl problem is getting worse

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California has allocated more than $1 billion in recent years to combat its opioid crisis. Much of the money has been used to distribute fentanyl test strips and the overdose reversal drug naloxone, as well as deliver medical care to people who are homeless. The state has an opioid awareness campaign tailored to youths and recently called on the National Guard to help detect drug traffickers.

Yet the problem keeps getting worse.

Driven largely by the prevalence of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid up to 100 times stronger than morphine, drug overdoses in California now kill more than twice as many people as car accidents, more than four times as many as homicides, and more than either diabetes or lung cancer, according to California Health Policy Strategies, a Sacramento consulting group. And the state’s overdose surveillance dashboard indicates most opioid overdose deaths involve fentanyl.

Provisional data for last year from the…

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The Best Shows to Watch While High

The scene is set: your weed is rolled or packed, cushions are fluffed, your plateful of snacks is piled high and ready to be indulged — all you need now is something to watch.

Do you spend a half hour or more cruising down multiple streaming service rabbit holes or do you opt for broadcast television? Do you spiral into your YouTube suggestions or finish the video podcast you started last week? Either way, it sounds like a lot of work before you get to relax into your sesh.

We’ve been there too, which is why we rounded up not only our own favorite shows to watch while high, but those of our respective stoner squads as well.

From deep-cut sitcoms to unproblematic classics, to newer, buzzier watches, there’s almost certainly something on this list for all y’all. Plus, we went the extra mile and rounded up some of our favorite deep-stone cultivars we love specifically for spacing out and binge watching.


Party Down

For anyone with food service experience, this is the holy grail of job site sitcoms. An ensemble cast with obvious histories in catering and odd-jobs, Party Down nails it to the most niche detail.

Watchers can drop in on any…

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Cannabis Flavonoids: What Are They, and How They Work

Flavonoids are phytochemical compounds found throughout flowers, fruits, and vegetables. They’re not exclusive to cannabis and are responsible for colour pigmentations, odour, and flavour within nature’s flora.

Many are only familiar with the popular phytocannabinoids, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). However, cannabis contains over 400 chemical entities, including flavonoids and terpenes.

Flavonoids are the least-researched but are way more influential than you could believe! Both terpenes and flavonoids are directly responsible for the flavour and aroma, but what separates them is the vibrant colours expressed by flavonoids. 

What are flavonoids?

The name flavonoid is derived from the Latin word for yellow, flavus, referring to their colour pigmentation. They are comprised of polyphenolic compounds. The general chemical structure is a carbon skeleton made from 15 water-soluble carbon atoms, with two benzene rings connected by a three-linking carbon chain. Researchers have found over 10,000 flavonoids which have been identified and isolated. 

Six main flavonoid subcategories

After identifying and isolating the individual flavonoids, they can be…

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New study examines treatment outcomes of pregnant women with cannabis use disorder

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An estimated 4 to 7 percent of women use cannabis during pregnancy, and cannabis use disorder (CUD) among pregnant women is on the rise in the United States. Growing evidence suggests that cannabis use during pregnancy can adversely impact the health of mothers and their children, including a higher chance of preterm birth, low birth weight, and infant death. Despite the widespread legalization of cannabis, increasing rates of CUD, and associated adverse health effects, limited research exists on treatment for this population.

A new study by Professor Panagiota (Yiota) Kitsantas found that pregnant women are more likely to complete CUD treatment if referred by the justice system, community partners, or health care providers. To the author’s knowledge, this is the first study to examine treatment outcomes for CUD for pregnant women seeking treatment at facilities supported by public funds.

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Marijuana users three times more likely to develop peripheral artery disease

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Findings from a study examining the relationship between marijuana use and peripheral artery disease (PAD) were presented today at the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions (SCAI) 2023 Scientific Sessions. Results found marijuana users are at a significantly increased risk of developing PAD, compared to the general population.

Marijuana use has increased in recent years with nearly 50 million people reporting using it at least once (CDC). While many studies have looked at the impact of marijuana use on health, little research has been done to study the effect of marijuana use on the vascular system. PAD, a condition in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to the arms or legs, impacts 6.5 million people in the U.S. and can lead to a loss of mobility, reduced quality of life, heart attack, stroke and death, if not treated early.

Researchers used de-identified patient data from the National…

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Cannabis Tinctures 101: A Complete Guide to Tinctures

Tinctures are a century-old technique that has survived the test of time. Cannabis tinctures capture the distilled essence of the plant in a concentrated solution and can be an ideal alternative to inhalation. So let us get down to basics and discuss everything you need to know about tinctures.

What is a cannabis tincture?

A tincture refers to a concentrated herbal extract that has been dissolved in ethanol or glycerine-based solution. It is one of the most basic extraction forms designed for sublingual use, entering the system through mucous membranes.

A cannabis tincture is a concentrated extract which binds the compounds of the cannabis plant into a diluted solution. The plant compounds dissolve into a rich solution by soaking the flower in a base solution. The results will leave you with a full-spectrum or broad-spectrum tincture, but what is the difference? 

Full-spectrum and broad-spectrum– what is the difference?

Full-spectrum refers to products made with all the compounds found within the cannabis plant, including cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. It is a complete plant extract, whereas broad-spectrum removes the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol….

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Force-Flowering Cannabis: Beat the Seasons, Maximize Yield

Force-flowering cannabis is a method that intentionally induces flowering of the plant before it would naturally occur. Whether to beat an early-autumn frost or squeeze another harvest in through the growing season, it’s a simple way to bring on the bloom when nature’s pace is a little too slow.

What is force-flowering cannabis?

Force-flowering cannabis accelerates the transition from the vegetative stage to the flowering stage. To initiate force-flowering, growers cover the plants to reduce the amount of light they receive. When exposed to more darkness, cannabis plants increase levels of the flowering hormone florigen which brings the plant into the flowering stage sooner. The process generally involves placing a tarp or garbage bags over the plants. Although advanced grow operations may employ high-tech solutions like a closing roof running on a timer.

Why would you want to force-flower cannabis?

There are several reasons why you may want to consider force-flowering cannabis plants. The primary reason is that it allows you to control the timing of the flowering stage, allowing for harvest before a specific time. This is particularly useful for…

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THCa vs THCv: Cannabinoids Compared

The world of cannabis is complex and diverse, with hundreds of different cannabinoids present. Two of the most intriguing and lesser-known cannabinoids are THCa and THCv. In this article, we will explore the differences between THCa and THCv, their potential benefits, and how they interact with the body. By understanding these unique cannabinoids, we can better appreciate the potential of the cannabis plant for both recreational and medicinal use.

Understanding Cannabinoids

Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant that interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a complex cell-signaling system that plays a crucial role in maintaining homeostasis. It helps regulate various physiological processes such as mood, appetite, pain perception, and immune response.

There are three main types of cannabinoids: 

  • Endocannabinoids (produced naturally by the body)
  • Phytocannabinoids (found in cannabis plants)
  • Synthetic cannabinoids (created in laboratories)

The most well-known phytocannabinoids are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). But there are many others, including THCa and THCv, which have unique…

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Science-focused messaging could help reduce cannabis use during pregnancy

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Short science-backed messages about the health risks of using cannabis while pregnant could be an effective way to discourage the dangerous trend.

In a new study published in Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, researchers at Washington State University found that conveying simple, scientific facts about how THC can harm a fetus was associated with reduced intentions to use cannabis while pregnant. This held true for messaging that was written to a group of women, aged 18-40, in either a narrative, story-based format or a non-narrative, factual-based one.

Additionally, the researchers found that short and simple communications designed to increase media literacy, or the ability to discern factual sources of information from non-factual ones, also reduced intentions to use cannabis while pregnant.

As cannabis use continues to gain popularity across the country, the research could help provide effective guidelines on how…

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Occasional cannabis use during pregnancy may be enough to impact fetal growth significantly

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As more people use cannabis for recreational purposes, attitudes towards the drug have changed. For example, research has shown that dispensaries often recommend cannabis—also referred to as marijuana—to pregnant women to ease pregnancy symptoms, especially morning sickness.

There is a growing body of literature attesting to poor child outcomes if cannabinoids are consumed during pregnancy. The exact effects on the developing fetus, however, remain unclear. Researchers in the US have now examined how timing of cannabis exposure during pregnancy impacts fetal development.

“We show that even when marijuana use occurred only in the first trimester of pregnancy, birth weight was significant reduced, by more than 150g on average,” said Dr. Beth Bailey, professor and director of population health research at Central Michigan University and senior author of the study published in Frontiers in Pediatrics. “If that use continued…

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Marijuana users have triple the odds for leg artery disease, study suggests

Smoking cigarettes has long been linked to peripheral artery disease (PAD), a condition where the buildup of plaque narrows arteries and limits blood flow to the legs or arms.

Now, a new study suggests that marijuana may have a similar impact, after finding that users had three times the risk of developing PAD.

Although the study is preliminary and doesn’t determine whether the impact is all from smoking weed or other popular methods of using the drug, such as eating marijuana-infused gummies, it may be a red flag for users and could be something their doctors should ask about to gauge risk factors for their patients.

“Marijuana users should seek early evaluation by a health care professional if they have symptoms such as leg pain while walking, slower/no hair growth and coldness in the leg as there seems to be an increased risk for developing PAD in this patient population,” said study authors Dr. Hirva Vyas from Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey and Dr. Harsh…

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11 Best Coffeeshops in Amsterdam

There are over 150 coffeeshops in Amsterdam alone, and with so many options, it is hard to know where to go for quality products and a joyful atmosphere. Nevertheless, do not fear. We have compiled a list of the top eleven coffeeshops in the city.

Here at Sensi Seeds, we believe growing your own cannabis is the most reliable method of getting the best product. However, it is not an option for everyone, and there is something special about visiting a coffeeshop. An exciting place to interact with other cannabis users or a quaint retreat where you can relax and enjoy the tranquil surroundings. So for this article, we visited 11 of the best coffeeshops in Amsterdam

1. Club Media – De Pijp 

Club Media opened its doors in 1986 and has become an iconic coffeeshop in the trendy De Pijp neighbourhood. It is within walking distance of the famous Albert Cuyp market and is popular with cannabis enthusiasts. 

The interior resembles a luxurious dinner lounge, with various comfy seating options, from stylish purple and black cushioned benches to slick leather bar stools. Cannabis-based artwork is displayed on the walls, and Club Media is very comfortable and cosy.

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Legal pot is more potent than ever—and still largely unregulated

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Marijuana and other products containing THC, the plant’s main psychoactive ingredient, have grown more potent and more dangerous as legalization has made them more widely available.

Although decades ago the THC content of weed was commonly less than 1.5%, some products on the market today are more than 90% THC.

The buzz of yesteryear has given way to something more alarming. Marijuana-related medical emergencies have landed hundreds of thousands of people in the hospital and millions are dealing with psychological disorders linked to cannabis use, according to federal research.

But regulators have failed to keep up.

Among states that allow the sale and use of marijuana and its derivatives, consumer protections are spotty.

“In many states the products come with a warning label and potentially no other activity by regulators,” said Cassin Coleman, vice chair of the scientific advisory committee of the National Cannabis Industry…

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Americans express worry over personal safety in annual anxiety and mental health poll

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The results of an annual poll conducted by the American Psychiatric Association show that 70% of U.S. adults say they feel anxious or extremely anxious about keeping themselves or their families safe. While the number is lower than what was reported during the early onset of the pandemic in 2020, it is 6% higher than in the past two years.

This survey is complemented by the Healthy Minds Monthly series APA conducts with Morning Consult. Each month, among other questions, the poll asks about levels of anxiety around current events. In the past month, the percent of adults who say they feel very anxious about gun violence has increased 5 percentage points to 42%.

Overall, nearly two-in-five adults (37%) say they feel more anxious than they were this time last year, which is higher than in 2022 (32%) but lower than in 2021 (41%) and 2020 (62%). About half (45%) of adults say they were feeling about the same as the previous…

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Topping Cannabis: Get Bushier Plants and Bigger Yields

Topping weed is one of the best high-stress training techniques available to growers. By topping the main stem of the plant it helps distribute the available energy more effectively. This helps more lateral colas develop rather than one large vertical cola. And ultimately, for you the grower, this means bigger harvests!

Topping cannabis: More than a simple hack

Left to its own devices, cannabis will tend to channel its energy into vertical growth toward the light. This time-tested evolutionary strategy serves the plant well in competition out in the wild, but it doesn’t ensure optimal yields. Improved yields are obtained when the cannabis plant is encouraged to grow laterally as well as vertically. Topping weed involves removing a section of the main stalk of the plant so as it becomes “bushier”. This enables plants to develop multiple colas and use the available light more efficiently.

Why is topping cannabis necessary?

During normal growth, the plant’s energy and hormones are directed upwards in one single channel. By cutting the main stem, the topping process encourages the plant to divert its energy into developing several colas. After…

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