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How to purify THC from leaves?
Use acetone instead of alcohol. THC is SUPER soluble in acetone - soak the ground-up leaves
in acetone, then distil it off. Best purity from any solvent I've ever tried. Next best choice is petroleum
ether. Seriously, alcohols are too H2O - soluble for really good purity - lots of other nonpsychoactive
stuff gets in the oil.
Ok. so I went to Auckland the first time the other week, I herd about the green party giving a speech on the state of the planet, valid topic. Only to find it was all economics talk. However I did see a few cameras and being fond of my new t shirt I set my self a wee challenge.
bonus points awarded for an interview.
A South Dunedin pensioner was growing cannabis with a potential sale value of $240,000 because his pension was not enough and he "needed the money to survive", the Dunedin District Court heard yesterday.
Maurice David Didham (72) had 200 four-week-old cannabis plants growing in soil in his bathroom last August.
They were under a light with a reflector and on a heat pad.
With an average yield of $1200 per plant, the potential return from the 200 plants was $240,000, prosecutor Sergeant Tom Scouller said.
In another room at Didham's house, police found 657g of dried cannabis, as well as tinfoil, resealable plastic bags and a set of scales.
Sgt Scouller said a conservative estimate of the likely return from that quantity of dried cannabis was $6900.
Didham told police he was growing the cannabis in three-month cycles so he had a continuous supply.
He needed the money to survive because his pension was not enough.
He admitted cultivating cannabis on August 23 and possessing cannabis for the purpose of sale and was convicted and remanded on bail for sentence on March 21.
Sunday Feb 6th (Waitangi Day), JStar one of the UK's hottest reggae DJs plays outside DiLusso in the Octagon.
Doors open 9:30, with support from Jungle FarI and Dave Boogie
There's a rumour floating around that DiLusso turns a blind eye to ganja smoking on their outside patio
A dope smoker sacked from his job while a "heavy user" is taking legal action on behalf of all cannabis users.
Zach Costley, 25, is taking civil action against his former employer, Nelson's Waimea Nurseries.
The Employment Relations Authority ruled his sacking was unjustified, but that he was not entitled to compensation because he smoked during work hours.
Costley, who failed a drug test while employed at the nurseries, denies that, and says he's "definitely" seeking a landmark legal decision.
"If you're under the influence in a job where you could affect someone's safety, I don't agree with drug-use. But out of work . . . it's not like if I smoked one night and woke up the next morning I'd still be stoned."
Employers are increasingly testing their workers for drugs - and nearly one person in 10 is being busted on the job.
The New Zealand Drug Detection Agency (NZDDA) say they performed 29,315 on-site drug tests in 2010 - over double the 13,179 tests they did in 2009.
In many cases those tests were money well spent for employers, with 9 per cent of all tests coming back positive.
Regular cannabis users less likely to be overweight
The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 36:350–356, 2010, published an Australian study indicating "lower prevalence of overweight and obesity among young adult cannabis users". Abstract and full-text PDF below:
BMI = Body Mass Index (i.e. how fat you are); the lower your BMI the thinner you are
Background: There is shortage of evidence about the relationship between use of cannabis and obesity.
Objectives: This study aimed to examine the association between cannabis use and overweight/obesity in young adults. Methods: Data were from a 21-year follow-up of mothers and their children recruited into the Mater-University of Queensland Study of Pregnancy (MUSP), a longitudinal pre-birth cohort. The study is based on 2566 young adults (1264 males and 1302 females) who had data available on cannabis use and age of initiation to use of cannabis and BMI at the 21-year follow-up (MUSP children). Those who did not provide data on cannabis use and BMI were excluded from the analysis.