Can Cannabis Help Panic Attacks and Disorders?

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Can Cannabis Help Panic Attacks and Disorders?

Marijuana Now Treating Panic, Stress, and Anxiety Attacks

While everyone reacts to fear and stressful events differently, it’s a world away from how it happens to those who suffer from panic disorders. Simply put, it feels like the world is going to end.

Panic disorder is a serious condition that can happen without any sign or warning. It can take place anywhere: while you’re at work, showering, in a party, or even as you are relaxing at home. Panic disorders are characterized by sudden attacks of extreme nervousness and fear accompanied by a racing heart and sweating. Other common symptoms include shortness of breath, feeling like you’re about to die, feeling faint, dizziness, trembling, chest pain, and intense feelings of dread. It usually occurs in non-threatening situations, but to the person who suffers from panic disorder, the fear response goes out of control. When this happens frequently, those afflicted with the condition become so afraid of the next panic attack that it affects their ability to live a normal life. Panic disorder is also a co-occurring disease to other conditions such as substance abuse, depression, and anxiety.

The exact cause of panic disorders is still not understood although it seems that a combination of factors contribute to a higher risk for developing the condition. These include a family history of panic disorder, abnormalities in the brain that control fight or flight responses, substance abuse, and major life stresses such as death of a loved one or loss of a job.

Treatment of panic disorders vary, often a combination of psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation techniques, and anti-depressants. These medications include Xanax, Zoloft, Ativan, or Paxil; all of which are addicting and can have serious long-term side effects.

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How Can Cannabis Help?

Cannabis is an excellent natural alternative to these medications in treating panic attacks without the side effects. It’s widely used in the treatment of panic disorders as well as anxiety. When anandamide, what we know of as the “bliss molecule”reacts with the THC in cannabis, it creates a calming effect to the body, providing immediate soothing relief for someone suffering from panic attacks.

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Several studies also show that other compounds in cannabis have a beneficial effect on calming down those who suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. This 2011 showed that cannabidiol (CBD) significantly decreased cognitive impairment, discomfort, and anxiety in patients who had social phobia before they were asked to participate in simulated public speaking.

2014 study led by researchers in Vanderbilt University provides valuable insight on how cannabis affects the brain’s fight-or-flight response; although the study analyzed the effects on anxiety, the results are also extremely beneficial for those suffering from panic disorders. This is the first study that identified cannabinoid receptors in a mouse’s amygdala, particularly in the central nucleus. According to Sachin Patel MD, PhD, professor of Psychiatry and of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics and the study’s senior author, the findings “could be highly important for understanding how cannabis exerts its behavioral effects”. Patel said that other studies in Vanderbilt could suggest that the endocannabinoid system plays an important role in regulating anxiety and the brain’s response to stress by inhibiting excitatory signals that affect the neurotransmitter glutamate.

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What’s also striking is that they suggest stress, both chronic or acute as well as severe emotional trauma reduces the production of endocannabinoids and also affects how responsive the receptors are. Because the endocannabinoids and the receptors are no longer “buffering” in the brain, anxiety increases. However, they also found that chronic use of marijuana can worsen anxiety, which tells us that people suffering from panic disorders and anxiety benefit more from taking small doses or microdoses.

Another study also found that THC has many strikingly similar characteristics with anandamide. Because both anandamide and THC act on the same pathways in the brain, both are crucial in helping people deal with stressful situations. It’s no surprise that people who are always stressed find relief from using pot.

Many users rely on cannabis for its calming properties, whether they have panic disorders or not. This alone proves how useful the plant is in promoting relaxation. There are dozens of great strains that are ideal for providing immediate relief for anxiety; some find that it’s more effective to smoke it while others prefer to vape in order to calm down.

Do you use cannabis for panic attacks? Share your experience with us in the comments below.

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What to Expect on Your First Visit to a Dispensary or Retail Cannabis Shop

What to Expect on Your First Visit to a Dispensary or Retail Cannabis Shop

The allure of legal cannabis is undeniable, and it’s been drawing crowds from every generation. Baby boomers who gave up cannabis decades ago are rekindling their relationship with the plant. Medical marijuana patients are seeking out dispensaries that carry the strain or product they need to help relieve their symptoms. And legal adults are becoming interested in discovering cannabis for wellness purposes.

For those who are curious about cannabis and have no idea where to start, we’re here for you. Although dispensaries may be legal in your state now, it can still feel intimidating to step inside one and not know what to do, which questions to ask, and how to find the products you want. Here’s what to expect on your first visit to a dispensary or recreational cannabis store.

Expect to Be Carded

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This goes for adult consumers as well as for medical marijuana patients. Whether you’ve just turned 21 or pushing 70, keep your state-issued identification handy. If you have a medical marijuana recommendation, make sure it’s still valid (most recommendations are good for six months to a year), and be prepared to hand over your ID along with your recommendation. It’s good practice to make a habit of it. Your budtender will appreciate not having to ask for both.

Be Prepared

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Check out the Finder and read reviews of your local dispensaries and retail shops. Shops range in caliber, style, and selection, so read the reviews before making a choice. We often featured high rated shop List; these are generally going to have some of the best, most informed employees.

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All this preparation will come in handy when you’re trying to order, and it will keep you from being that guy in the dispensary — you know, the one who stands slack-jawed, staring at the menu while the customers in line behind him tap their feet impatiently? Don’t be that guy.

You May Be Required to Wait

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This is fairly standard procedure, especially in the medical market. In many states, regulations require dispensaries to serve only one patient at a time, so you may need to take a seat and wait your turn. This is a great time to check out the dispensary menu and think about what products you’d like.

Ask Questions

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Whether you know what you want ahead of time or not, one of the best ways to get your bearings during a dispensary visit is to ask your budtender. Get recommendations on strains they like, or ask for strains that might be best suited for your needs. Let the budtender be your guide. Looking for something to settle your tummy? Ask. Looking for a bright sativa to inspire you to finally deep-clean your house? Ask. There are no stupid questions. Budtenders have heard it all.

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Make Sure You Have Enough Cash for Your Purchase

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Cannabis can be pretty pricey. Although more dispensaries and retail shops are offering cashless ATM systems for purchasing, most cannabis shops remain cash only. Before you visit, check to see whether they accept cards or have an ATM onsite. Otherwise, be prepared and bring cash. This will help your purchase go as smoothly as possible.

Don’t Feel Pressured

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Not sure about your purchase after all? Is the budtender rubbing you the wrong way? That’s OK. You are under no obligation to spend your hard-earned money, especially on a product that you’re unsure about. (Remember: In most cases, returns are forbidden by law. Once you buy it, it’s yours.) Occasionally budtenders will be less informed on strains. You don’t need to take their recommendations just to be polite. Let them know what you want, and if they recommend a product you’re not interested in, simply say no thanks.

How Was Your Experience?

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After your first visit, reflect on the service you received, the quality of the products you purchased, and the shop’s general atmosphere. Did you feel unwelcome? Let them know. Did you feel you could be honest with your budtender? Did your budtender answer all your questions and help you find the right products? Let them know. This is also the perfect time to visit the store’s page and leave an honest review about your experience. This helps employees improve their service, allows you to give credit where credit’s deserved, and provides future visitors with a sense of what to expect on a first visit of their own.

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How to Buy Cannabis in a Recreational State

How to Buy Cannabis in a Recreational State

So you live in a state that has legal cannabis, but you aren’t sure where to begin. Don’t worry! By the end of this guide, you’ll be ready to walk into a recreational cannabis shop with confidence and walk out with a bag of exciting cannabis products perfect for you.
What to Expect on Your First Visit to a Dispensary or Retail Cannabis Shop

Step 1: Find a Cannabis Dispensary Near You

Note: You must be age 21+ with valid identification to purchase cannabis in any state that’s legalized recreational adult-use cannabis.

While finding the perfect dispensary for you takes time and exploration, the very first step is to assess which shops are near you. Use Leafly’s store locator tool for a bird’s eye view of stores nearby. Click to view their details at a glance, or dive into their full dispensary page to check out reviews, deals, and menus.

Explore Dispensaries Nearby

Don’t be afraid to explore a few different shops. Every shop has a unique staff, atmosphere, deals, and product selection. Consider scrolling through a few user-submitted reviews to get a feel for what customers liked (or didn’t like) about the shop. You can also take our word for it, and subscribe to Leafly’s newsletter where we drop recommendations for shops, strains, and other products.

Once you’ve found a store you love, be sure to leave a review and follow it . Maybe you appreciated how helpful the staff was, enjoyed the atmosphere, or found a product you know you’ll want to come back to. Whatever your positive experience looked like, it’s good to take note!

Step 2: Learn the Cannabis Basics

After you’ve selected a shop, you have one of two options as a first-time buyer:

  1. You can go in and trust that the budtender will make a good recommendation.
  2. Do a little research to get a better idea of which products may be better suited for you.

We recommend option two—if you take a look at your local store’s menu, you may quickly find yourself overwhelmed by the options available. Looking for bud? You’ve got dozens of unique strains to choose from. Trying to re-live that pot brownie experience of yesteryear? Great, what’s your desired potency? Wondering what a dab is? …We’ll get there, but maybe not today.RELATED STORY Advice for First-Time Cannabis Smokers: 10 Tips to Keep in Mind

Luckily, Leafly has an answer to almost every cannabis question you might have. Here are a few of the most common, along with a resource full of answers.

  • What are all these weird new products and ways to consume cannabis?
  • As a beginner to cannabis, what product should I start with?
  • There are so many strains! Which should I start with?
  • What does “indica,” “sativa,” and “hybrid” mean?
  • How will THC and CBD affect me?
  • I want to try edibles. What’s the right dose for a mellow experience?

You can certainly field these questions to a budtender, but when shops are bustling, you may feel pressure to make a decision too quickly. Familiarize yourself with the very basics, and you’ll undoubtedly have a more positive experience than if you were to go in unprepared.

Step 3: Choose and Pick Up Your Products

Now that you’re somewhat familiar with cannabis strains, dosing, and consumption methods, revisit the Leafly menu of your local dispensary. You can sort this menu by any desirable criteria such as:

  • Flower (“I want to smoke or vaporize it!”)
  • Concentrates (“I want to try these discreet vape pens!”)
  • Edibles (“I want something that’ll last longer!”)
  • Pre-rolls (“Roll it for me, please!”)
  • Other (“They make cannabis suppositories, bath soaks, and lube?!”)

Every strain and product delivers a unique experience, so be adventurous and try a few different types and brands until you find the products you absolutely love.

A few more nice-to-know tips before you go include how much cannabis you’re allowed to buy in your state and in Canadawhere you’re allowed to consume it, and what to do if you accidentally get a little too high.BAILEY RAHN

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What Are Magic Tuffles?

What Are Magic Tuffles?

  • Magic truffles are a type of mushroom that grows beneath the ground and are better known for their hallucinogenic and psychedelic effects. Magic truffles contain the substances psilocin and psilocybin, which causes these effects. These are the same substances that are in magic mushrooms.

The largest difference is that magic truffles grow beneath the surface and that magic mushrooms grow aboveground. The official name for the magic truffle is Sclerotium. They are also known under the name “trip tubers” or “Philosopher’s Stones”.

A new world opens before your eyes you when you take magic truffles. You go to places that you’ve never been before and see things that others can’t. For many people, the effects are therapeutic. I personally believe the world would be a different place if everybody took magic truffles a few times a year.

For new users, it is important to know what type of truffle you should take and how much of it you should take. The situation in which you take the truffles and your mood are also important. In this article, I will tell you everything you need to know about magic truffles, their use and a little bit about the history of magic truffles. Pay particular notice to the links in this article, because they go deeper into particular topics.

Magic Truffels:

  • What are magic truffles?
  • The difference between magic truffles and magic mushrooms
  • The effects of magic truffles
  • Dosing magic truffles
  • Taking magic truffles
  • Tripping on magic truffles
  • The history of magic truffles

What are magic truffles?

Magic truffles aren’t actually mushrooms, but a very special finding of the fungus to survive difficult times. If the aboveground circumstances are so bad that the mushroom could not survive, the fungus can’t reproduce, since the mushrooms cannot produce the spores that are necessary for reproduction. For these situations, Mother Nature gave the fungus the possibility of growing its fruits below ground.

The hypha clout together and form a buffer for water and nutrients, allowing the fungus to survive. Not all fungus species are capable of doing this, but luckily there are plenty that do and contain the psychoactive substances psilocybin and psilocin. It is very difficult to grow these truffles, but thanks to our collaboration with the oldest truffle growers in the Netherlands, we are able to grow the best truffles in the world!

Psilocybe Hollandia

Psilocybe Hollandia

Would you like to know more about the types of magic truffles there are and how we grow our truffles? Download my free e-book about truffles and magic mushrooms through this link.

The difference between magic truffles and magic mushrooms

Some people confuse magic truffles with magic mushrooms, but they are two different types of products. From a biological perspective, “a survival mechanism of a growing fungus” is the most accurate description of a truffle. A fungus can grow into a mushroom, but if the mycelium of the fungus does not get enough oxygen or doesn’t have the correct soil to survive in, then under the right circumstances, a fungus fruiting body can develop that grows underground. We call this sclerotia or truffle.

Truffles, therefore, are the underground product of different species of mushrooms. Both hallucinogenic mushrooms and truffles contain the psychoactive substances psilocin, psilocybin, baeocystin and norbaeocystin. Both are funguses, but not in the same form.

There are stories that magic truffles are weaker than magic mushrooms. This isn’t always the case, so beware. A mushroom grows in different phases. The last phase is the most potent, but is not equally potent for all mushrooms. Truffles of the same species are all roughly the same strength, and for that reason they are much easier to dose and, therefore, safer to consume.

I have had amazing experiences on both magic mushrooms and truffles, and they are quite similar in terms of experience. The difference between magic mushrooms and magic truffles is minute in my opinion. A psilocybin trip is a highly personal experience that is different for everyone. For me, it is always a question of the dose and, of course, the set and setting.

The effects of magic truffles

Taking magic truffles leads to an entirely different level of sensual perception and often also causes hallucinations. You start seeing colours and patterns, you are more sensitive to light, and you experience everything far more intensely. Drinking a cup of warm tea or eating a sweet strawberry can be a tremendously intense experience while under their influence.

Magic truffles are also often used for their therapeutic effect. Many people arrive at a certain level in their consciousness that they are usually unable to reach. This helps them gain insights that make them happier people and change their lives for the better.

Magic truffles contain the same psychoactive substances as magic mushrooms, and, consequently, have the same effects. Just like with magic mushrooms, some truffles are stronger than others, but the effect is the same; a lovely trip in which you experience more special things than the average person does in a year!

Magic Truffles effect

Magic Truffles effect

A lot of research has been done into the effect of psilocin and psilocybin that you can use to your advantage. Read my article, the effects of psilocin and psilocybin, for more information.

Dosing magic truffles

Erowid once said: “Determining the right quantity of magic truffles can make the difference between a positive and a negative experience”. As a regular user, I know this to be true. A dose that is too low can cause irritation and discomfort, like having too much coffee before bed. A dose which is too high is much more unpleasant, can be frightening and can even cause a bad trip.

Everybody responds to truffles and magic mushrooms differently, so it’s important to find out what is pleasant for you. If you don’t have a lot of experience with psychedelics, I advise you to take less. This way, you can avoid an unpleasant experience.

Albert Hoffman, a scientist specialised in psychedelics, says that the average oral dose of psilocybin for an adult is between 4 and 8 milligrams. Converted, this means the following:

5-10 grams of fresh truffles for a light trip, perfect for beginners

10-15 grams of fresh truffles for a medium trip

15-20 grams of fresh truffles for a heavy trip, only for experienced trippers

20-40 grams of fresh truffles for a trip at the highest level, only for the real psychonauts

I am confident that most people will have a lovely trip if they take 15 grams of fresh truffles. But, if you’re taking it for the first time, I recommend taking half a portion (7.5 g) to find out how you respond to it. Read more in my article dosing magic truffles for more information on determining the correct quantity.

Taking magic truffles

When we started growing truffles 10 years ago, the taste of the magic truffle wasn’t great. This was mostly because the truffles had a growing period of four months, as a result of which they contained a lot of moisture and tasted acidic. Today, we have been able to extend the growing period to one year; the truffles now contain more sugar and are tastier.

You can eat the truffles, allowing you to taste them well. When eating truffles for the first time, you will have to get used to the taste. They taste a little nutty, bitter, with a hint of butter. You could compare it to the taste of walnuts. By chewing properly, you achieve the maximum effects, which will be noticeable within 15 to 60 minutes.

There are also other ways to ingest truffles; by making tea for example. Cook a pan of water, then allow it to cool while cutting the truffles into small pieces. Add the truffles to the water and reheat the water again. Don’t allow the water to come to the boil, because that will destroy the active substances. Leave the truffles in the water for 15 minutes, and add flavour using sugar or honey.

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Taking truffles true tea

In my free e-book, there’s lots of information regarding taking magic truffles and shrooms. There are also many recipes and there is advice provided regarding the consumption of these fantastic natural products. Make sure you download it via this link.

Tripping on magic truffles

Taking magic truffles is quite an experience, and not something you should do unprepared. Here, I provide a brief overview of the most important factors to consider and I strongly advise you to read my complete magic truffle trip guide. In this guide, step-by-step, I explain what you need to pay attention to and what you can do if things don’t go as planned.

Firstly, it is important that you feel well before taking magic truffles or shrooms. It can strengthen your mood, so don’t take them if you feel depressed, aggressive or sad, for example. Don’t combine them with other drugs or alcohol, particularly if you’re a novice tripper.

Secondly, your surroundings are very important. I strongly advise everybody to trip at home the first few times. This is a very safe and trusted environment in which you have complete control. You decide whether you want to listen to music or whether the television is switched on. You have access to food and drink and it is always very nice to lie down during your trip, which is a little odd to do if you’re out on the street.

Thirdly, you should have someone around who’s sober. This particularly applies to new users. You see, hear and feel things that aren’t real, and that can be quite confusing. It is pleasant to have someone to talk to and someone who can comfort you. If things become scary, this person can also take you out of your trip and calm you down.

I’ll say it again: please read my magic truffle trip guide before taking truffles or shrooms. This guide is chock-full of tips, my own experiences and those of fellow trippers and fun suggestions for during tripping.

The history of magic truffles

Shrooms are as old as the world. The first depictions of hallucinogenic mushrooms can be found in the Sahara Desert. They are estimated to be around 8000 years old. The idea that the use of hallucinogenic substances was a source of inspiration for these images is not new. Research into these images concluded that hallucinogenic mushrooms were often painted.

Psychoactive funguses of the Psilocybe genus have been used for more than 3000 years in Central America. In Mesoamerica (the cultural area consisting of Central Mexico and Nicaragua), holy mushrooms have been used to connect with worlds that are usually outside of our realm of consciousness for as long as people can remember.

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But, generally speaking, only mushrooms were used for their psychedelic effects, and not magic truffles. This is because it is much easier to find or grow mushrooms than it is to grow magic truffles. Because they grow under the ground, they are not visible to the naked eye. It also takes a lot longer to grow magic truffles; up to 9 months until they are ready for harvesting.

Actually, interest in the magic truffle only really took off when Dutch law forbade the magic mushroom. This law specifically states that only mushrooms containing the substances psilocybin and psilocin are illegal for large-scale growth and trade, thereby excluding the magic truffle. These, therefore, are still legal and freely available.

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How to Maximize the Potency of Your Shroom Grow Kit

Now that you have ordered your magic mushroom grow kit, you may be wondering where to store it away. There are a variety of places where you can put your shroom grow kit, but some are better than others. Afterall, you want to ensure that you provide the best conditions possible so that you can have the highest potency and quality possible. There are a few things you can do when you grow your own magic mushrooms to ensure they are ready for picking in pristine conditions.

You Must Focus on These 5 Elements to Maximize the Potency of Your Shroom Grow Kit:

  1. Discrete. If you are having visitors in your home, it probably won’t be very welcoming if they see the mushroom grow kit. If it’s just some friends, they will probably be okay with it. But, if you’re having colleagues come over to your place or your family, you’ll need to find a location to store your shroom grow kit discreetly. This is especially useful if magic mushrooms aren’t legal where you live. You’ll want to keep a low profile and keep your shroom grow kit out of sight.
  1. Clean. You need a clean environment. These magic mushrooms are real living creatures. They have are susceptible to getting mold and absorbing contaminants. Therefore, it’s important that you keep the shrooms grow kit in a location that’s as clean as possible. You obviously want to avoid your magic mushrooms becoming “sick” when you grow your own magic mushrooms. In addition to clean air requirements when you grow your own magic mushrooms, you’ll also need to ensure that
  1. Circulation. When you grow your own magic mushrooms you’ll quickly realize how a little air circulation can go a long way. Shrooms require moving air in order to grow optimally. The airflow needs to be maintained, which can be done is a variety of ways. You can run a fan for a few hours (especially effective after missing your shroom grow kit). Or, if the climate you live in is a bit windy, you could simply open up a window in your house or apartment to get some air circulating.
  1. A Little Light. As with virtually any living creature, magic mushrooms require some light. You don’t want to put your shroom grow kit directly into the sunlight, but you do, however, want to ensure that it gets an adequate amount of indirect sunlight. This can be problematic if you want your shroom grow kit to remain in a hidden, discrete place. You’ll want to aim for a place that’s easily hidden away but still has access to some light. As the shrooms mature, they will be drawn out in the general direction of where they’re receiving light.
  1. Humidity. When you grow your own magic mushrooms, you’ll want to keep things a bit moist. This is achievable in two ways. The first is the easy way: live in a humid climate. Since magic mushrooms are native to forests that are high in humanity, you must replicate their native environments the best way possible if you don’t live in a naturally humid climate. That’s why option two is simply spraying your shroom grow kit with a spray bottle of water. You can do so a few times per day to ensure your shrooms are getting the right amount of moisture.

How to Dry Magic Mushrooms for Optimal Levels of Mycelium

Now that you’ve taken the time to love and nurture your shrooms, now what? After a few weeks, your shroom grow kit will be ready to harvest. You’ll notice with our kits you’ll have around 800 grams! You have a variety of ways to consume the magic mushrooms, including:

  • Making a shroom tea
  • Eating the shrooms “raw” without drying them
  • Drying your shrooms for future use

Why Drying Shrooms Is So Popular

When you dry magic mushrooms from your shroom grow kit, you’ll be able to consume your shrooms for months to come. In fact, if you freeze the magic mushrooms after they’ve been dried, you can stick them right into your freezer where they can be stored for over a year. Additionally, drying helps preserve the active ingredients in magic mushrooms (i.e. the part that gets you high). Fresh mushrooms gradually lose the active component of magic mushrooms (mycelium) so you’ll want to be sure to consume them right away or dry them.

2 Easy Ways to Dry Shrooms

After collecting your first flush, you’ll likely want to dry your shrooms as it makes consuming the magic mushrooms much more palatable since you’re eating less volume. There are a couple different methods of doing that. The first is much more simple and you probably have the supplies on hand, while the second can be more for those who are serious shroomers, looking to sell shrooms or want to have the best trip possible.

  • Method 1: Set shrooms in front of a fan for 48 hours. This method will get your shrooms pretty damned dry. Not completely dry to the point where they can crack. But dry. Dry enough to store. The only downside is that due to the retained moisture, there is a higher chance that the mycelium will gradually begin to disisipi atete, so you’ll want to keep that in mind with this option of drying the fruit from your shrooms grow kit. However, it is much easier than the next and doesn’t require any special materials (just a fan).
  • Method 2: Set shrooms in front of fan for 48 hours + placing in airtight container with silica gel. The next method is basically step 1 plus additional steps. You’ll need to get silica gel (like the gel packets you find in shoe boxes, beef jerky, etc.) and layer the bottom of an airtight container with the substance. Next, place the shrooms in the container on top of the silica, but be sure that the shrooms aren’t touching the toxic substance.

Get the Most Bang for Your Buck from You Shrooms Grow Kit

There you have it. The main things you need to consider are the growing conditions and drying the shrooms effectively. WIth the growing conditions, you’ll want to replicate the natural habitat of the shrooms as much as possible by allowing it indirect light, humidity and circulation.

Maximizing the potency is quite simple. Ready to grow your own strong shrooms? Order some here.

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How to Cure Back Pain

How to Cure Back Pain almost everyone can experience back pain at some point in their lives, irrespective of age, physical differences or gender. Once you experience any back pain, it is hard to shake it off and often need to consult doctors or going through some form of physical or medical treatment to treat or relieve the pain.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF BACK PAIN AND CAUSES

Acute back pain is usually those that happen abruptly. One morning you wake up and feel like you are not able to function correctly or move your body without feeling a strain or sharp pain. Maybe you had exceeded your limit of doing manual work or physical activities that require you to sit or bend for a long duration. The source of pain is commonly the ligaments, muscles, joints or discs.

Chronic back pain usually perseveres for longer than three months. The pain is felt continuously and often gets worse with specific activities. The sources of such pain can rarely be traced, but the causes of the discomfort are usually due to tissue scarring, arthritis, nerve or tendon damage.

Mechanical idiopathic pain: This type of pain occurs in the lower back or lumbar area. The lumbar region is that part of the muscles on your back that you use for heavy lifting or when you move your body in ways that you are not very acquainted with usually. They can be cured conservatively by emphasizing on maintaining activity levels and body functions to the minimum within a few days. however mechanical idiopathic back pain that lasts for more than six weeks need immediate medical attention where doctors may suggest surgical procedures in severe cases or prescribe pain to relieve medicines such as Tramadol.

Sciatic nerves pain or Sciatica: The sacral region is that area of the spine where the sciatic nerve and the lumbar nerves meet. Any disease or injury that affects this region of the back is called sciatica which usually occurs only on one side of the lower body. The pain shoots like an electric shock from the lower back to end of the leg. It can affect the ankle and foot and often hampers walking, severe numbness or tingle in the leg. Doctors often suggest using muscle relaxants such as Lyrica.

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Continuously sitting for a long duration during work, or watching television and spending time on the computer are also some of the activities that severely affect the back. These often lead to chronic back pain as one, and such pain is usually hard to resolve even with therapy, surgery or medical treatments.

For immediate pain relief medications, you can order them online from our store.

How to Cure Back Pain

1. Maintaining a healthy weight: Staying fit is one of the best ways to lower back pain. Whether your professional or social lifestyle demands plenty of physical movements, maintaining a healthy weight is the best way to avoid unwanted complications later in life. Most diseases are the effects of being overweight or underweight. Eating healthy, practicing proper postures and regular sleeping hours are some of the requirements for maintaining a healthy weight. It is crucial because being overweight strains the back whereas being underweight makes the lower-back susceptible to fractures and dislocations or other minor injuries. Maintaining a healthy BMI (Body-Mass Index) is the key to prevent back pain and back injuries.

How to Cure Back Pain

2. Stretch your muscles: Stretching is an essential part of maintaining a healthy body, staying flexible and thus avoiding back problems. It is the first step of recovering from any back injury. Most back pain occurs because the back muscles and spine do not get enough stretches and a sudden or abrupt movement send the muscles into shock. It is best to stretch the muscles before doing heavy lifting or exercise and before going to bed. Stretches such as banding backward, bending forward, bending side to side are some simple steps. Practicing yoga is also an effective way to keep the body flexible and improve muscle strength without the rigor of other physical activities.

3. Focusing on good posture: Most back pains are the result of poor positioning. Whether you are sitting or standing, exercising or lifting heavy weight, bending suddenly or stretching beyond your usual limit, make sure you position yourself correctly. Proper posture helps you to balance your body weight evenly to avoid sudden movements. Exercises such as standing straight with your legs apart and leaning your neck on the sides of your shoulder and leaning your shoulders over the hip joints are some of the most simple stretches that can help with your posture. It is also essential to choose the right kind of seats and back support while traveling on a long journey

The duration of back pain is not always the ultimate indicator of the seriousness of the condition. Both acute and chronic type of back pain is equally uncomfortable and hinders a lot of routine activities such as professional work, housework, sports and even makes it awkward to socialize and may require pain-relieving medications. How to Cure Back Pain

Numerous types of back pain-relief medications can be purchased from our store.

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The Use of Marijuana for Anxiety

The Use of Marijuana for Anxiety

As more states legalize marijuana, both for medicinal and recreational use, more and more people are turning to cannabis in hopes of managing anxiety or generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Although scientific research in this area is still sparse, there are anecdotal and new scientific reports of marijuana creating a calming experience that temporarily relieves symptoms of anxiety for many people.

While the option may sound appealing, especially if you’ve struggled to successfully manage anxious feelings, there are considerations worth weighing. In particular, marijuana doesn’t seem to be a helpful long-term solution.

Self-Medicating

Anytime you take it upon yourself to use a substance to treat or cope with a medical problem or symptom, it is referred to as self-medicating. Often, self-medicating produces an immediate relief of the uncomfortable symptoms, thereby reinforcing its use. The logic is simple: “Substance X makes me feel better when I’m anxious, so I will use it again as long as the risks and consequences are not too great.”

The problem with self-medication is that even though the use of marijuana is becoming more acceptable, not enough is known about the efficacy of the drug for particular medical conditions as well as its long-term consequences.

Short-Term Benefits

Fortunately, the scientific community has recently started examining the effect of cannabis on anxiety, and the verdict is that short-term benefits do exist.

Scientists at Washington State University published a study in the Journal of Affective Disorders that found that smoking cannabis can significantly reduce self-reported levels of depression, anxiety, and stress in the short term. However, repeated use doesn’t seem to lead to any long-term reduction of symptoms and in some individuals may increase depression over time.

Risks

Marijuana can affect your body in many ways beyond just getting you high. The high feeling you may experience after smoking or ingesting marijuana is due to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical compound that gives marijuana its psychoactive effects.

These effects do not come without risks, and long-term or frequent use has been associated with the following:

Psychological Dependence

The central problem with using marijuana as an anxiety coping tool is that it can create a psychological dependence on the substance. Since the effects of the drug are fast acting, long-term behavior-based coping strategies may seem less helpful at first and may be less likely to be developed.

Long-Term Memory Loss

Several studies have found that long-term marijuana use can cause memory loss. Memory impairment occurs because THC alters one of the areas of the brain, the hippocampus, responsible for memory formation. It also can have negative consequences on the brain’s motivation system.

Exacerbation of Symptoms

THC can raise your heart rate, which, if you have anxiety, may make you feel even more anxious. Using too much marijuana can also make you feel scared or paranoid.

In some cases, marijuana can also induce orthostatic hypotension, a sudden drop in blood pressure when standing, which can cause lightheadedness or feeling faint. Cannabis can also cause feelings of dizziness, nausea, confusion, and blurred vision, which can contribute to anxiety.

A rare consequence of frequent marijuana use, particularly with today’s more potent strains, is cannabis hyperemesis syndrome (CHS). This involves cyclical nausea and vomiting. This is paradoxical and can be difficult to diagnose, as marijuana has been used to decrease nausea and vomiting in cancer treatment. Sufferers sometimes find relief in hot baths and showers, but ultimately, abstinence from marijuana is necessary for long-term improvement. 

Higher Levels of Psychiatric Disorders

It is possible that people who use marijuana for an extended period of time have higher levels and symptoms of depression, despite any improvements they may have seen in this regard with short-term use. Some research has also shown that heavy use of marijuana in adolescence (particularly in teenage girls) can be a predictor of depression and anxiety later on in a person’s life. Certain susceptible individuals are also at risk for the development of psychosis with the use of cannabis.

Increased Need

You can develop a tolerance to marijuana. This means that the more you use it, the more you will eventually need to get the same “high” as earlier experiences.

Other Ways to Manage Anxiety

Remember that some level of anxiety is normal and even helpful when you are confronted with something that feels threatening to you. However, when feeling anxious becomes pervasive and difficult to control, it is time to seek professional help to discuss other forms of anxiety management.

Therapy

Proactive coping strategies, learned through counseling, support groups, as well as self-help books and educational websites, can create lasting change without the negative components of extended marijuana use.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and other forms of therapy can help you determine the underlying cause of your anxiety and manage it more effectively. Work with your doctor to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.

Working with a psychotherapist to manage your anxiety will give you a better handle on your condition in the long run. 

Medication

The use of certain prescription medications such as the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have been firmly established as safe and effective treatment for anxiety disorders. Prescription medication is also preferable to marijuana since the long-term risks have been better studied and are potentially less significant compared to long-term marijuana use. Some anti-anxiety medications are taken daily, while others are taken episodically during periods of extreme anxiety or a panic attack.

A psychiatrist or your primary care doctor can prescribe you an anti-anxiety medication, should you need one.

Cannabidiol (CBD) Oil

CBD oil, a marijuana extract that is often dispersed under the tongue with a dropper, doesn’t contain THC, so it won’t give you the same mind-altering effects as marijuana. There is some beginning evidence to suggest that CBD could be helpful in the treatment of anxiety and addiction, but more clinical trials and research are needed in this area.

A Word From Verywell

Symptoms of anxiety are treatable. Studies show that psychotherapy and medication are effective for most individuals, whereas the long-term effects of self-medicating with marijuana have yet to be clearly established. If you’ve recently started experimenting with marijuana use to treat your anxiety, be sure to tell your doctor.

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