Marijuana and Cannabis Product News, Reviews and Views
Companies looking to target America's multi-billion dollar marijuana industry have often had a hard time reaching potential customers online, because ad networks like Google AdSense and Facebook have been none too cannabis-friendly.
The big guys have arbitrarily removed ads for supposedly "promoting drug use" or just for featuring an innocent little pot leaf.
Enter Cheeba.com, the latest push from the Medical Cannabis Network (MCN), a marijuana-based search engine which, according to the company, "creates online advertising opportunities never seen before for marijuana-related businesses.
"While ad networks like Google AdSense seem to flat out ban companies from reaching out [to] the cannabis community, Cheeba is stepping in to give the green light for 420-friendly online advertising," the company said in a Monday press release.
|Photo: Kush Weed|
|Did Facebook make them do it?|
In the ever-popular game of "blame the messenger," a new study claims that teens who regularly use Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and other online social networks are much more likely to drink, smoke and use marijuana.
Supposedly, Facebook, Twitter and MySpace encourage them to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana. Meanwhile, the reality show "Jersey Shore" can inspire them to try prescription drugs. All this, that is, if you believe a questionable new study about the use and influence of online social networks.
The National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse XVI has been conducted by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), reports the Secaucus New Jersey News.
|Tommy McCarthy's "Growing Marijuana" isn't just an instruction book -- it's a celebration.|
Shine is exactly what outdoorsman Tommy McCarthy does in his book Growing Marijuana: How To Plant, Cultivate, And Harvest Your Own Weed. If I'm going to be taking cultivation advice from someone, I want that they should be as passionate about pot as am I, and McCarthy bountifully proves himself in this delightful book.
"...[P]lants your pot garden produces with seeds culled from a bag of street marijuana may vary noticeably because the plants they came from were of different species and strains," McCarthy writes. "I actually kind of like this grab bag of mixed greens, because you never know when you're planting just what will come up -- as I stated at the beginning of this book, personal-use growing should be fun."
|Photo: Steve Elliott ~alapoet~|
|Guru of Ganja Ed Rosenthal at Hempfest last weekend. Ed will be leading a medical cannabis cultivation seminar tonight (Wednesday, August 24) in Seattle.|
The indoor medical cannabis cultivation seminar, presented by Northern Waters Patients Network, will benefit the Seattle-based Cannabis Defense Coalition.
Attend this class and learn the terminology of the indoor gardener: seed germination, clones and cloning, hydro, N-P-K balance, pH, light cycles, begging, flowering, pruning and trichomes are just a few of the terms you'll be using correctly after a session with Ed.
Rosethal will present a comprehensive overview of cultivation. Gardeners at all levels, new or advanced, will find tips and techniques to save time, labor and energy. The seminar will include Q&A time with "Ask Ed."
Rosenthal starts at the basics and takes you through the entire process of how to grow a personal indoor garden -- with little or no experience required. You will learn what equipment to use, how to care for plants, the different stages of plant growth, and how to harvest beautiful buds.
|Graphic: Dispensary Business News|
If you live in one of the 16 states where medicinal cannabis is legal, Dispensary Business News is interested in how you select a shop. Is it price? Location? Ambience? Selection? Specific strains? (If your state doesn't yet allow medical marijuana, keep working until they do.)
This is a good way for you to help keep the best dispensaries in business, and give new ones a fighting chance to win your business.
|All photos by Steve Elliott ~alapoet~|
Seattle Hempfest, the world's biggest and best cannabis protestival, for the first time ever ran three days this year.
We've already given Toke of the Town readers a look at the first two days of Hempfest -- now here are photos from Sunday, Day 3 of the event. Enjoy!
|Photo: Cinema Libre Studios|
It's an extraordinary job by Pitman, producer Doug Ross and a rich cast of cannabis characters including Seattle Hempfest founder Vivian McPeak (who, near the beginning of the show, rightly says America's marijuana laws are "fixing a problem that never existed,"), and it wastes no time in going for the emotional resonance which is the reason many of us are involved in this movement.
The documentary, which compellingly tells the proud story of advocates fighting for the legalization of marijuana, was released by Cinema Libre Studios on DVD last week. The film presents a strong case that the use of medical marijuana is effective, and that it is a safe alternative to pharmaceutical medicines.
|All photos by Steve Elliott ~alapoet~ unless otherwise noted|
Hempfest 2011, the biggest ever (as in, for the first time ever, three days, man) is still happening at Myrtle Edwards Park in Seattle until 10 p.m. Sunday night. The first two days saw plenty of memorable moments.
For me, speaking for the first time from the Share Parker Memorial Main Stage on Friday was a sure enough rush. Looking out, seeing and hearing that many cheering, happy people was definitely one of the high points of my weekend -- and one that I was able to replicate again on Saturday from the Seeley Memorial Stage, where I spoke just before 4:20 and got back up onstage with a big crowd of folks at the magic moment.
Here are some of the best photos from this weekend to remember.
|Leafly helps you make sense of the plethora of medical marijuana strains available.|
When I entered one of my favorite strains, Afgoo, Leafly told me the effects, medical uses, and where I could find it, listing five dispensaries from 10 to 35 miles away.
Toke of the Town had a chance to chat with Mike Juberg, on the sales team at Leafly.com, about what the site has to offer.
|Photo: West Coast Masters|
The West Coast Masters are medical marijuana growers and patients from California, Oregon and Washington state. After researching the leading cannabis cultivation techniques from around the world, including bonsai and tomato horticulture, they developed what they call the "ultimate techniques" for growing medicinal marijuana.
"Throughout the mountains and valleys of the US West Coast resides a secret society of master growers who are producing marijuana of unbelievable yields and potency," we're told on the cover of this $34.99 hardback. "While most growers are content with a yield of two ounces per plant, these West Coast Masters consistently yield over a pound, and in some cases over two pounds, all while staying within the limits of their medical marijuana programs."