Whether it’s acne breakouts or eczema, relieving skin problems can feel like a battleground. There are many things you can try, from face creams and washes, to prescription ointments and even pills. For many, these things can work, but for some nothing seems to work. For those who have tried just about everything or for those who want a natural product, cannabis may be the answer.
It’s no surprise that cannabis may possess skin-healing benefits. Cannabis is anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and also has antioxidant properties. Hemp seed oil consists of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which deliver moisture and protection from the sun. When it comes to skin care, topical products are key. Smoke, no matter the substance, is never good for the skin. If skin care is a top priority, it is wise to eliminate smoking altogether in exchange for vaporizing or edibles. For skin care, there is a range of topical products to consider. Hemp oil and cannabis-derived CBD oil, for example, are gaining popularity as skin natural treatments.
There are many stories from those who have been successful using cannabis for skin problems. One such story is a case of contact dermatitis that a patient developed on his face after a reaction to tea tree oil. The rash lingered for two weeks before he went to a dermatologist, who prescribed a steroid and anti-fungal cream. This brought relief initially, but over the next few weeks the rash returned worse than ever. His dermatologist then prescribed an anti-seborrheic cream and also instructed him to stop his previous steroid and antifungal creams because they could cause scarring. He decided to do some research on the new prescription and discovered that it to find it would not cure his problem, only suppress his symptoms.
After further research, he decided to give CBD oil a try. He acquired activated, pure CBD oil, and mixed it on a 1:1 ratio with organic coconut oil. After a hot shower to open the pores, he applied the mixture delicately on his face until it started to absorb. He did this daily for a week and by the seventh day, his dermatitis was entirely gone. A year later, he had not relapsed; it never returned. Unlike the prescription creams he used, which simply treated the symptoms, the CBD method clearly addressed the problem.
The benefits of cannabis and hemp seed oil for skin are just being realized.
How to make a thin-layer chromatography
Probably, many of you wonder what kind of test is performed to determine if a marijuana strain has significant rates of the main cannabinoids, as well as the method used to know the precentatge (more or less accurate, as we will see) of each cannabinoid contained in the tested sample. In this post we will explain step by step how to do a thin-layer chromatography (TLC), an analisis that will show us the approximate percentages of the main cannabinoids detected in each sample. To do this, we used eight different samples of the marijuana strain Fruity Jack / Jack el Frutero from Philosopher Seeds, with the simple purpose, in this case, to know which of the analyzed phenotypes have high amounts of the cannabinoid CBD.
The medical use of marijuana is constantly gaining ground in the past few years, as well as the interest from breeders and consumers to know the exact amounts of cannabinoids present in their favourite cannabis strains. That’s why expressions such as “thin-layer chromatography” or “gas chromatography” are becoming more and more familiar for the cannabis community. To learn more about these analysis systems, we met with a good friend and collaborator who explained us a system based on the thin-layer chromatography with which we get reliable results quickly and safely for our health.
Diaries and growing reports of several cannabis strains. Usually, beginner growers have lots of questions: Which strain to grow? In which substrate? Which fertilizer should I use? Is this lighting system suitable for me? In this category we want to show you different growing setups, step-by-step instructions to properly take care of your plants and several farming techniques like SOG and SCROG. You will also see many pictures to help you obtain high quality marijuana harvests.
lthough marijuana is generally consumed by inhalation (vaporization or burning) it is also possible to consume it in food, both for recreational and therapeutic use. The main advantages of taking it via ingestion are the protection of the respiratory system as opposed to burning it, and the duration of the effect, which will last considerably longer (several hours), significantly reducing the frequency of use. To cook marijuana, we must first extract their phytocannabinoids, which are the active ingredients of the plant. As they are not soluble in water, we use concentrated vegetable fats (olive oil, coconut butter, …), animal (butter, cream, whole milk, …), or food alcohol (eg Bacardie 151), for a cannabis tincture. We hope you enjoy cooking!
Germinating Medical Marijuana Seeds
There are many methods that can be used to germinate medical marijuana seeds, but this one has been proven to work consistently.
Fill a small glass (1.5 ounce size) 3/4 with water and add a half a cap full of hydrogen peroxide. This helps open up the shells and improve germ rates. Place your seeds in the glass and tap the seeds so they go under the water a couple times. This ensures that the seedsare moist on the entire shell. Leave the seeds in the glass for 24 to 48 hours and then give them a tap and see if they sink to the bottom. If they sink to the bottom, it means that the seeds are ready for the next step. If they are still floating, give them a tap and let them soak until they too drop to the bottom.
In the next step, you will need a re-sealable plastic bag or a plastic container that can be sealed to put the seeds in once they are ready. Take a 1/4 piece of paper towel and soak it. Squeeze the excess water off and place the seeds in a line in the center. Simply fold the paper towel over a few times and then place that in the bag or container you will be using. Now you want to make sure they get some heat. This can be accomplishedseveral ways. You can place the bag or container on a cable box, TV or anything that gives off above room temperature heat but not hot temperatures. Leave it alone for 2-4 days. You are looking for something that can keep the seeds warm and in a perfect environment to germinate.
You need to check the seeds daily to make sure that the paper towel remains wet but not saturated. The seeds need moisture but cannot be saturated with water or mold can arise. After 24 hours some of the seeds will start growing their taproots. After a seed has grown around 1/4″ to 1/2”, you can then place them where you plan to grow the plant.
This proven method will allow you to keep a higher ratio of your medical marijuana seeds to germinate. . This method is far better than simply putting a seed in the soil and hoping for the best. This is used by medical marijuana growers above most others because of its proven success.
Ballasts and growing cannabis plants indoors
hen we are about to set upe an indoor marijuana growing space, there are many factors to take into account if we want our plants to enjoy proper ventilation, lighting, etc. If we grow with discharge lamps (HPS or MH) we are going to need a ballast to correctly operate our lighting system.
The main doubt that can arise is whether to choose a magnetic or an electronic ballast. Electronic ballasts are a step forward in lighting systems for growing cannabis, replacing the traditional power transformer of the magnetic ballasts with electronic components.
Although the price of most electronic ballasts is a little higher than that of magnetic ones, they have a number of advantages in comparison with these:
Nutrient imbalance in marijuana plants?
n this post we will focus on the macro and micro-nutrients necessary for the development of cannabis plants. These elements are available in the nutrients, so the chosen type of fertiliser and its correct use will lead us to a crop without deficiencies or excesses, thanks to a properly planned and balanced feeding.
There are different factors to take into account, so we’ll try to explain them in a simple way so that all growers can dispel all the possible doubts which may arise relating to the nutrition of their cannabis plants.
How to hide marijuana plants
Nowadays, it is getting more and more difficult to grow marijuana outdoors . It’s not about pests, diseases or adverse climates… the number one enemy of marijuana growers are thieves.
Here you will learn a system to camouflage your marijuana plants -a rather curious technique as well as safer than the usual methods.
With the increase of information and number of people growing marijuana, it is hard to find a place where the plant can go unnoticed.
It will be easier if you have a small garden with fruit trees, olive trees and ornamental trees. If this is not the case, you can also try the camouflage method, but it requires a little more work because you will have to apply this technique to the trees you find in the woods, always in private land – we must own it..
Growing marijuana step by step
When you start growing you should take into account the final size that you want for your plants. If you want the largest possible plants, the best is to start growing at mid or late March. You will get plants between 250 and 350 cm in height, depending on the strain. If you do not want them to grow that much, then you should plant them a little later.
Germinate the seeds and once the small roots can be seen, transplant them to a 9×9 cm (0.25 l) pot with moistened substrate. During the next few days water them only with tap water (pH adjusted at 6) when you see the soil dry. Place the pots under the sunlight and wait for the small seedlings to start growing, which may take 5-10 days. Throughout this process the plants should be exposed to full sun, otherwise you will get very tall and weak plants.
After approximately three weeks, your plants should be about 20 cm tall and have about three pairs of true leafs. At this point, remove the plant from the pot if it has a good rootball. You can then transplant your plants to an 11 litre pot. Prepare the soil mix containing 80% of the recommended soil + 20% of vermicompost + 1/2 kg of bat guano and 250 grams of Nutrihemp per 100 litres of soil. Mix it thoroughly and proceed to transplant.
During the first two weeks after transplanting, water your plants whenever the soil is dry, always using tap water. You only need to add the required acid to adjust the pH, lowering it at pH=6.
By the fourth week after transplanting (eighth weeks after having started growing the plants, early June) you should start sexing the plants, as they reach full sexual maturity at this moment. This should be done if you have used regular seeds, ignore this step otherwise.
A single outdoor crop per year?
Normally, when growing outdoors we only take advantage of the best period of the year, late Spring and Summer. However, in many areas is it possible to perform several outdoor crops per year, especially during Spring and Autumm. To do this, we only need a small greenhouse to stabilize the temperature of the plants. For this type of crops we can use either autoflowering seeds orcuttings from motherplants; the only disadvantage of using cuttings is that, once we place them outdoors from our indoor growing tent, they practically don’t grow and start flowering immediately regardless their size.
For this reason, we should grow our cuttings indoors a few weeks before placing them in our outdoor greenhouse. In this way, we can control the final height of our plants keeping in mind that, while our plants will start flowering as soon as we place them outdoors, they will have the typical stretch during the pre-flowering stage just like in any other type of cultivation. Protecting our plants from the cold, frost, wind and other bad weather conditions with a greenhouse is also a good idea, since our plants will have a more abundant flowering.