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April 21 2011

Happy Four-Twenty Humour

Happy 320 - happy four-twentyThe National Institute on Drug Abuse interrupts this broadcast to bring you the following misinformation about the health effects of pot. WARNING: The following information may be offensive to people who care about truth.

Q: What happens after a person smokes marijuana?

A: Within a few minutes of inhaling marijuana smoke, the user will likely feel, along with intoxication, a dry mouth, rapid heartbeat, some loss of coordination and balance, and a slower than normal reaction time. Blood vessels in the eye expand, so the user's eyes look red.

For some people, marijuana raises blood pressure slightly and can double the normal heart rate. This effect can be greater when other drugs are mixed with marijuana, but users do not always know when that happens.

As the immediate effects fade, usually after 2 to 3 hours, the user may become sleepy.

Q: How long does marijuana stay in the user's body?

A: THC in marijuana is readily absorbed by fatty tissues in various organs. Generally, traces (metabolites) of THC can be detected by standard urine testing methods several days after a smoking session. In heavy, chronic users, however, traces can sometimes be detected for weeks after they have stopped using marijuana.

Q: Can a user have a bad reaction?

A: Yes. Some users, especially those who are new to the drug or in a strange setting, may suffer acute anxiety and have paranoid thoughts. This is more likely to happen with high doses of THC. These scary feelings will fade as the drug's effects wear off.

In rare cases, a user who has taken a very high dose of the drug can have severe psychotic symptoms and need emergency medical treatment.

Other kinds of bad reactions can occur when marijuana is mixed with other drugs, such as PCP or cocaine.

Q: How is marijuana harmful?

A: Marijuana can be harmful in a number of ways, through immediate effects and through damage to health over time.

Marijuana hinders the user's short-term memory (memory for recent events), and he or she may have trouble handling complex tasks. With the use of more potent varieties of marijuana, even simple tasks can be difficult.

Because of the drug's effects on perceptions and reaction time, users could be involved in auto crashes. Drug users also may become involved in risky sexual behaviors, which could lead to the spread of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Under the influence of marijuana, students may find it hard to study and learn. Young athletes could find their performance is off; timing, movements, and coordination are all affected by THC.

Q: What are the long-term effects of marijuana?

A: Although all of the long-term effects of marijuana use are not yet known, there are studies showing serious health concerns. For example, a group of scientists in California examined the health status of 450 daily smokers of marijuana, but not tobacco. They found that the marijuana smokers had more sick days and more doctor visits for respiratory problems and other types of illness than did a similar group who did not smoke either substance.

Findings so far show that the regular use of marijuana may play a role in cancer and problems of the immune and respiratory systems.

Cancer

It is hard to find out whether marijuana alone causes cancer, because many people who smoke marijuana also smoke cigarettes and use other drugs. Marijuana smoke contains some of the same cancer-causing compounds as tobacco, sometimes in higher concentrations. Studies show that someone who smokes five joints per day may be taking in as many cancer-causing chemicals as someone who smokes a full pack of cigarettes every day.

Tobacco smoke and marijuana smoke may work together to change the tissues lining the respiratory tract. Marijuana smoking could contribute to early development of head and neck cancer in some people.

Immune system

Our immune system protects the body from many agents that cause disease. It is not certain whether marijuana damages the immune system of people. But both animal and human studies have shown that marijuana impairs the ability of T-cells in the lungs' immune system to fight off some infections.

Lungs and airways

People who smoke marijuana regularly may develop many of the same breathing problems that tobacco smokers have, such as daily cough and phlegm production, more frequent chest colds, a heightened risk of lung infections, and a greater tendency toward obstructed airways. Marijuana smokers usually inhale more deeply and hold their breath longer, which increases the lungs' exposure to toxic chemicals and irritants.

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse

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April 21 2010

UK News of USA 420

obama reefersmokeHigh times for American marijuana smokers as police allow thousands of '4/20' pot protesters to light up across the country
Read more from the Daily Mail:

Oh man, if Obama were a young man now, would he be on the front-lines? Sure hope his staff share this brilliant story published about National weed day in America, by the Daily Mail of London today. It's filled with good honest pictures of young people (and old) having a good 'ole time, not hurting anyone, enjoying a reefer or two.
The Daily mail description was fair, I thought:

Marijuana smokers across the America lit up in public parks, outside statehouses and in the posh confines of a Hummer parked outside a pot gardening superstore to observe the movement's annual 'high holiday' yesterday.
Those who weren't within whiffing distance of a college campus or a reggae concert may not have realised that Tuesday was '4/20', the celebration-cum-mass civil disobedience derived from '420' - insider shorthand for cannabis consumption.

This really and outstanding piece of web journalism. Read more from the Daily Mail.

April 20 2010

Four Twenty

Freewheelin FranklinIt seems that the Bloom Dude over at Celebstoner.com has cleared up a lot of mystery about the genesis of the term 4:20 and for older reefer smokers that's a good thing, since I also thought the term was related to a police code, borrowed from the TV show Adam 12 (ie. "marijuana smoking in progress") which makes me chuckle to think that once upon a time a police dispatcher would actually put out a call saying something like that, now a days the cops would just laugh and think it was a joke. However, apparently that's where the students from San Rafael High School got the idea, so I wasn't all wrong, thanks to Steve Waldo of San Rafael for clearing that up.

According to the Celebstoner - Everything you ever wanted to know about 420 but were too stoned to ask it was the Grateful Dead that adopted 4:20 (the time) to turn it into 4/20 (the date) and the rest as they say, is history. The "Four Twenty" significance has long ago gone global. One of the my favorite café's in Amsterdam is called the "420 Café" it's been there for at least a half dozen years, and all throughout the cannabis culture there's tons of 420 artwork emblazoned on a myriad of products sold from a wide array of shops. Perhaps it's the most well known symbol of the cannabis counter culture, and will likely remain so until well after the last law has been changed, to make smoking weed completely legal everywhere, until then it's our own symbol of unity, recognized around the world.

The list of 420 events has grown huge, some of the most notable are at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of California at Santa Cruz, plus my home city Vancouver, Canada hosts a huge smoke-out downtown outside the city library. Many artists and performers plan concerts and special events to commemorate the date, I think the best list can be found on Celebstoner here:

I'll take this opportunity to wish everyone reading this message, who plans on celebrating 420 in style tomorrow, to do so with love and peace. Remember the words of Freewheelin Frankin:

Dope will get you through times of no money, Better than Money will get you through times of no dope. ~ Freewheelin Franklin

March 30 2010

420 Poker Tournaments

rp_weekend_420.jpgWhat is it that makes the Weekend 420 Poker Tournament on Reefer Poker so much fun? Could it be hanging-out with the coolest people online? Or is it just the thrill of the game and the love of the ganja?

Every Saturday and Sunday at 4:20 Reefer Time they host a $4.20 + $0.00 (yup, no fee) tournament with $50 cash added, PLUS an exclusive, highly coveted and cool Reefer Poker Prize Pack for the winner! This is your chance to really "smoke the competition"!

The Reefer Poker Prize Pack consists of a Reefer Poker shirt, hat, papers, and stickers, and will be sent to your address on file. If you are the winner.

January 27 2010

420 Poker Tournaments

rp_weekend_420.jpgWhat is it that makes the Weekend 420 Poker Tournament on Reefer Poker so much fun? Could it be hanging-out with the coolest people online? Or is it just the thrill of the game and the love of the ganja?

Every Saturday and Sunday at 4:20 Reefer Time they host a $4.20 + $0.00 (yup, no fee) tournament with $50 cash added, PLUS an exclusive, highly coveted and cool Reefer Poker Prize Pack for the winner! This is your chance to really "smoke the competition"!

The Reefer Poker Prize Pack consists of a Reefer Poker shirt, hat, papers, and stickers, and will be sent to your address on file. If you are the winner.

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