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Category: Blog


Weed at (okay, near) the White House

HOUSE OF CARDS SPOILER ALERT… okay it’s not really that big of a spoiler but did y’all catch Frank Underwood saying that his first job as a kid was on a marijuana farm? He was “good with the scales” (okay, weirdo) so he was in charge of packaging the product. And he didn’t even partake! And that’s because the farmer fertilized his plants from his own septic tank.

SPOILER OVER. You’re safe to read on. But House of Cards Season 3 was released on Netflix last week so there’s really no excuse not to be caught up.

In other, BIGGER news, Thursday marked a historic moment in Washington D.C. when they officially implemented Initiative 71, which legalizes recreational marijuana.

But the question remains – how the hell can weed be legal in the District of Columbia, the federal government’s backyard, where weed is prohibited and criminals will be punished?! Well, it’s still illegal to possess on federal land, of course. But where can you even GET weed in D.C.? You can’t sell it. There aren’t any dispensaries. You can grow it, or you can give it or receive it as a gift.

Pay attention, everybody. We don’t know yet how D.C. will model their marijuana industry without dispensaries, but it’s sure to be creative. We’ll keep our ears to the ground.

 
E-Cigarette Safety

Cigarettes are bad for you – we get it, we’re accepting it, and we’re moving on, as is most of the country. Enter e-cigarettes. But nothing can be perfect, right? And now, we’re hearing questions about the safety of e-juice. What kind of chemicals are in there, anyway? What kind of vapor are we sucking into our lungs, and how do we know it’s not just a different KIND of harmful than cigarettes?

High Times posted a great explanation of what goes into e-juice and what current research suggests. Basically, e-juices contain one of three bases – propylene glycol (PG), polyethlene glycol (PEG) or ethylene glycol (EG). Pay attention to these when selecting your e-juice.

Proplyene Glycol (PG):

  • Generally recognized as safe by the CDC
  • Only becomes toxic in large doses – too large to achieve by vaping
  • Used in pharmaceutical products, drinks, foods, non-toxic antifreeze
  • Found in Fireball Whiskey

Polyethylene Glycol (PEG):

  • Has been accused of being unsafe
  • Used in medicines and household products
  • Regulated by the FDA

Ethylene Glycol (EG):

  • Similar to PG in structure, but breaks down into toxic by-products
  • Used in normal antifreeze
  • Should not be ingested!

In 2014, a study found that PEG based e-juices decompose the least in the body, so are likely the safest. Keep this in mind when purchasing your vaporizers and accessories! And remember, we’re always here to help.

 
House Bills Propose Legalization

Are the rumors true? Is the federal government taking steps toward a real framework for marijuana reform? Well, at least two Democratic House representatives are. Rep. Jared Polis from Colorado and Rep. Earl Blumenauer from Oregon have filed bills that propose extreme changes to the federal government’s current marijuana policy.

 
Alaska Legalizes

Yesterday, Alaska became the third state to legalize recreational marijuana use…because what else is there to do?

This November, Alaska voters passed a legalization ballot measure. And now it’s official! Regulated sales are expected to begin in 2016 and generate millions of dollars in tax revenue. As we learned from Colorado and Washington, it will take time for state legislators to figure out exactly how they intend to regulate the industry.

What does Ballot Measure 2 look like?

  • Recreational marijuana use is legal for adults 21 and over
  • Marijuana may not be consumed in public places
  • Possession of up to an ounce is permitted in public
  • Adults may grow up to six plants in their homes, but only three of them flowering at once
  • Adults may gift up to an ounce to another adult (yes, this is real)
  • The state liquor control board will oversee the industry
  • Revenue remains unallocated

Unlike the legalization days in Colorado and Washington, if Alaskans celebrated, they did so quietly. When questioned, advocates responded that they want to celebrate responsibly. They’re concerned about public perception and want to represent responsible, regulated use of the substance.

So, maybe now is a good time for us to start planning a 2016 Alaskan cruise? Just a thought.

Sources:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2015/02/24/alaska-legalizes-marijuana-today-heres-how-its-law-compares-to-all-the-others/

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/legal-pot/alaska-becomes-third-state-legalize-marijuana-n312221

 

 
Designers – Win Cash & a Macbook Pro!

Calling all creative types!

The Natural Cannabis Company has announced their second annual High Art! Design Contest.

But wait! WTF is the High Art! Design Contest? So glad you asked. The contest is an international design competition that helps develop product packaging for the Natural Cannabis Co. It’s hosted by Juxtapoz magazine, who will be taking entries from now until March 9, 2015 at 4:20 p.m. PST.

This year, the competition theme is “Shapes, Patterns, Doodles, Sacred Geometry, Time and Numbers.” So, there are like 6 themes to choose from? Anyway, YOUR MISSION, should you choose to accept it, AND if you would like to be in the running for cash prizes or a new MacBook Pro, is to create three separate yet integrated works of art for Natural Cannabis Co. packaging.

Judges include David Downs from Smell the Truth, Evan Pricco and Mike Stalter from Juxtapoz magazine, Master Bong and Mz. Jill from TGA Genetics.

The first place winner = $5,000 and a MacBook Pro
The second place winner = $2,500 and a MacBook Pro
The third place winner = $1,500

Last year’s winners hailed from all over the globe – Mumbai, India; Las Vegas, Nevada; Syndey, Australia. Want to add Texas to that list? Head on over to naturalcannabis.com/highart.

 

Cheers to PAX on over 500,000 sales of their renowned loose-leaf vaporizer! In celebration of this milestone, we’re happy to announce a price reduction – beginning this Friday, February 20, you can purchase the PAX portable vaporizer for $209.99.

If you’re thinking of adding a more portable piece to your collection or if you’re planning to make the complete switch from glass to vape, now is definitely a great time to check out PAX! Other than the steal of a price, what are its benefits?

  1. It’s compact, making it completely portable. Stick it in your pocket or purse and you’re good to go.

  2. The vapor is odorless, which only adds to the portability factor. Vape anywhere, any time without giving yourself away.

  3. PAX optimizes battery life by cooling down when you aren’t using it, and it’s easily rechargeable.

  4. Speaking of cooling, PAX has customizable heat settings, so you can vape just the way you like it.

  5. It’s pretty. But seriously! It’s very sleek and elegant, which can be a nice change from the more industrial style vapes out there.

  6. It comes with a ten-year warranty, so you know you’re getting the bang for your buck.

If you’ve been on the fence, come visit The Glass House. Let us show you the PAX loose-leaf vaporizer and help us celebrate its success!

 

Science can make people uncomfortable. Why? Because science gets to the bottom of things. It doesn’t rely on cultural norms, oral tradition or storytelling. We’ve seen science get in the way of plenty of religious ideas, and similarly, we see it consistently silenced during the legalization debate.

Today marks the last day of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2015 Annual Meeting. If you aren’t familiar with the AAAS (because unless you’re a scientist, why would you be?), its mission is to “advance science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people.” They are responsible for the publication of the weekly international journal Science. They’re the kings of science, basically.

And! On Saturday of their annual meeting, they hosted a session entitled “Cannabis and Medicine: A New Frontier in Therapeutics,” where they discussed both well-known and new insights into the role of cannabis as medicine. For a neat little recap, visit Science Magazine online.

But stay tuned! Because this is only the beginning. People like to shut the scientists up, but they won’t keep ‘em silent forever!

 

The CRAFTY is a portable, battery-powered Pocket-Vaporizer.

 
Marijuana is Legal and the Sky is not Falling

Things we have heard since recreational marijuana use was legalized in Colorado and Washington:

Basically, two people could read the information that’s out there about marijuana legalization and draw two completely different and even contradictory conclusions. What do we really know? Honestly, it’s hard to believe we could really know much at all after such a short period of time. So maybe everyone could just chill out and wait.

But also, instead of buying into every headline, it’s important to do your own research. Look into the studies being quoted (or misquoted, or quoted out of context). Check out the NORML website, which hyperlinks and makes clear reference to studies you can look further into yourself. You owe it to yourselves not to believe everything you hear!

So, what’s your favorite rumor about legalization? Share it with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/theglasshousetx!

 
2015 SoCal Medical Cannabis Cup winners

High Times just finished another successful Cannabis Cup event – the 2015 High Times SoCal Medical Cannabis Cup, which took place at the Citrus Building in San Bernadino, California. Conference participants enjoyed a huge expo of vendors, seminars, motocross, music, food and of course cannabis. Check out some festive and hilarious photos from the event here.

 
Medical Marijuana Bill in Texas Too Limited

News Journal out of Long View, Texas, published an article today that gives a nice recap of where Texas is with medical marijuana legalization. You may have heard that two Republican Texas lawmakers have filed “medical marijuana bills.” We feel like we have to put that in quotation marks…the bills are limited to making CBD oils available as treatment for children with epilepsy. It would allow the oils to be ingested, not smoked. And, there wouldn’t be enough THC in the oils to have a psychoactive effect.

How could we not support something that helps children with epilepsy, even if it is limited in scope? Couldn’t this be a first step? It’s a question worth asking. But get this – Dean Bortell, the father of 9-year old Alexis Bortell who suffers from severe epilepsy – has stated that their family will have to leave Texas for Colorado if the bill is passed as is.

One of these representatives, Stephanie Klick, says,

“I have been talking to a number of members that feel like this is a way to separate those that want to see the therapeutic benefits of the substance without the potential for abuse,” said Klick, who is a registered nurse. “As is, [these oils] have no street value and no psychoactive effect. If we bump that ratio up, I think we will lose support.”

So, that’s one way of looking at it – take what you can get. Texas NORML representatives have a different viewpoint. From Shaun McAlister, executive director of DFW’s NORML branch:

“If you look at some other states with CBD-only legislation, you will see that bad laws can be worse than no laws at all…We need immediate access to whole-plant marijuana, not appeasement legislation.”

What do y’all think? Check out the entire article here, and then give us your thoughts at www.facebook.com/theglasshousetx.

 

When we talk about medical marijuana, we primarily talk about the tangibles – as in, it can help combat appetite loss and nausea, ease chronic pain and prevent seizures in epileptic children. At times, we talk about the relief marijuana use can provide those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but that one’s been a little more difficult to push through the legal system. When it comes to cannabis, the research just isn’t funded and psychological benefits are a lot harder to prove than physical ones.

But that doesn’t mean its beneficial psychological qualities don’t exist. Neuroscience is peeking its way into cannabis and psychedelics like shrooms, acid and DMT to both help us understand the brain and to remedy chemical problems within the brain. These drugs have been used in spiritual rituals in some cultures, and many have spiritual experiences while taking them, making everyone wonder whether they really can connect us with something bigger than themselves.

An article recently posted in Salon and featured on Cannabis Culture delves into current neuroscientific research on cannabis. It’s long and too scientific to really recap (so you should read it yourself), but it goes over the reasons cannabinoids make us feel the way they do, and what that really means about their effect on the brain. It’s pretty fascinating (and not at all dangerous, so, spoiler alert). The article also outlines what happens when your brain’s cannabinoid receptors are blocked (another spoiler alert, you get depressed).

Some great information here, so please check it out…you know, in between your shopping at our new online store.

 

As we announced last week, The Glass House website now features an online shop with some of our most unique glass. We adore working with so many talented artists and want you to know a little more about the people behind the pieces.

Today, we’re looking at Zach Puchowitz, who works out of his very own Ouchkick Studio in Philadelphia, PA. He began playing around with glass in the late 1990’s, graduated from the Tyler School of Art in 2003, and then commenced his glassmaking career. After some time traveling and studying under various teachers, Zach moved back to Philly and began Ouchkick in 2007.

Zach makes visually dazzling pieces, like the Sherlock featured on our online store, but he also designs a variety of other work both glass and otherwise, including lights and lamps, pendants, and a whole roll of toilet paper featuring his images printed with soy ink. His style is industrial and dark, but with a goofy side. We told you he was creative, and you know we don’t lie.

Check out Zach’s website for a gallery of his past exhibits, too. The Pipeheads are a strange little version of cute – “Legalize Me!,” their signs say. His characters ask questions like, “How does one constantly adapt to keep up with future development [of virtual and digital intelligence]?” and address topics like “human behavior and the internal struggle that we deal with in our modern everyday lives.” In addition to their stunning aesthetic, they make us think further about what this life means.

We hope you’ll take the time to read more about Zach at www.ouchkick.com, then head over to theglasshousetx.bigcartel.com to see his Sherlock pipe.

 

You can now make purchases from The Glass House online! We are thrilled to launch our new online shop – visit www.theglasshousetx.com and click “Specials,” or go straight to theglasshousetx.bigcartel.com.

 

In our last post, we talked about the mystery of the cannabis plant . . . and by mystery, we mean, all the things we don’t know because the government won’t let scientists research it. And why won’t they let scientists research a plant? Great question! Think about it.

Anyway, scientists have always found a way to work around stupid government-imposed limitations on knowledge, so research DOES happen. Here’s what it looks like, according to the Washington Post:

  • Researchers CAN get weed for their studies legally – they just have to jump through a lot of hoops. They have to “get the green light” from the FDA, the Department of Health & Human Services, and *drum roll* the DEA.

  • 156 active researchers are approved by the DEA to study the plant, but scientists report that most of these studies focus on the negative effects of smoking.

  • British pharmaceutical companies, and others popping up around the United States, have begun working on marijuana-based treatments. Often they get around federal law by working with their state officials instead, as long as medical marijuana is legal in their states.

And what does current research say?

Bookmark this link to NORML’s website, which regularly updates its page, “Recent Research on Medical Marijuana.” Or, if you’re more of a podcast person, you can listen to this one that we’ve plugged before, featured on Psychedelic Salon. Claudia Little, a very well-read woman with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master’s in Public Health, shares the recent research regarding the many health benefits of the drug.

Do your research, spread the good news and enjoy!