Feminized strains tested

22 08 2008

White Labels’ Northern Lights strain achieved first place in a test conducted by the Spanish Cannabis magazine Cáñamo.

Cáñamo conducted a grow test of 23 feminised strains and published the results in their August issue. Ranking was determined by the yield of bud produced per plant.

canamo feminised test

Northern Lights´ first place is especially noteworthy, as her yield was double the average weight of the tested varieties and around 30% greater than that of the nearest runner-up.

White Label´s X-Haze achieved 18th place in this competition, which is a very respectable result for any Haze variety.





Famous painting made on Hemp

4 08 2008

The famous Dutch painters Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (July 15, 1606 – October 4, 1669) and Vincent Willem Van Gogh (30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) are both famous painters who are known to have done most of their painting on hemp based canvas.

Hemp canvas is especially well suited for oil paintings.

These self-portraits of the great masters are made on hemp

Rembrant van Rijn Hemp Canvas

Rembrant van Rijn Hemp Canvas

Vincent van Gogh Hemp Canvas

Vincent van Gogh Hemp Canvas





Top 5 Celebrity Stoners

4 08 2008

Our very own selection of our favorite celebrity stoners taken from celebstoner.com

Barack Obama

He is on number one because of this quote: “The War on Drugs has been an utter failure. We need to rethink and decriminalize our marijuana laws.” He will remain our number one all time favourite if he actually does what he says.

Jack Black

On number two because of his roles in Bongwater and Orange County. Most importantly, let’s not forget his band Tenacious D. If Jack Black doesn’t make you laugh you probably do not have a clue of what humour is.

Method Man

On number 3 for his continuing effort to the legalisation movement, him hosting the cannabis cup hemp fashion show and his arrest for marijuana possession in Brooklyn on May 17, 2007. Need we say more?

Paul McCartney

McCartney has called for decriminalization of marijuana on many occasions. “People are smoking pot anyway,” he says. “To make them criminals is wrong.”

We couldn’t agree more.

Oliver Stone

On number 5 because of the quality of his work and the memorable quote in a German television interview: “I did more dope then you can possibly dream about”





Medicinal cannabis in Australia?

1 08 2008

I’ve introduced a bill which would allow fines to be waived for the personal cultivation and use of marijuana for people suffering designated medical conditions. This would be on the proviso that a medical practitioner has signed a palliative cannabis certificate, saying that the person is suffering from a specified illness or disease, the symptoms of which might be palliated by the smoking or consumption of cannabis or cannabis resin.

Each year in Australia there are approximately 19,000 deaths from the use of tobacco, 2,000 from alcohol and 1,000 for all other illicit drugs combined. Paracetamol kills 400 people per year, and even aspirin causes more deaths than cannabis. In fact, ABS figures do not show cannabis as causing any deaths.

There is not anywhere in the literature a causal link between cannabis and psychosis. Certainly, there is evidence that shows that some people who are psychotic have a tendency to self-medicate with cannabis and, of course, that is interesting in itself because there is an ingredient in cannabis called CBD that inhibits psychotic symptoms among schizophrenics. It may be, in fact, that they have cottoned on to that and are using it to effectively alleviate some of their symptoms.

Dr Syril D’Souza and Dr Asif Malik from Yale University published an article on the website psychiatrictimes.com they say:

“If cannabis causes psychosis in and of itself then one would expect that any increase in the rates of cannabis use would be associated with increased rates of psychosis. However, in some areas where cannabis use has clearly increased, e.g., Australia, there has not been a commensurate increase in the rate of psychotic disorders. Further, one might also expect that, if the age of initiation of cannabis use decreases, there should also be a decrease in the age of onset of psychotic disorders. We are unaware of such evidence.”

The war against marijuana is ideological; it is a matter of what substance fits with what set of values. In the West there is a view that nature is bad and synthesising is better. It is time for us to consider the use of medical marijuana as part of being a humane and compassionate society. If we know that a substance works by improving the health of people and we continue to deny access to it, particularly when so many people use it illegally without any bad effect, then there is something else driving the argument – and it is certainly not science.

Source: SA democrats








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