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Funny Cannabis Strain Names


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There are over hundreds of known cannabis strains around the nation.  Some strains are named for an aspect of the plant (Panama Red, Purple Urkle) while some names play off of pop culture references.  As cannabis becomes more popular among American culture, the motivation to spread out unique strains becomes more relevant than ever.  Nowadays, most new strains are discovered from crossing different strains among each other.  Many more strains have yet to be discovered and the names are getting crazier than ever!

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To dive into this topic, MakeSandcastlesNotWar decided to look at a few interesting choices for strain names.  Some strains referred to aspects of popular culture while other names were just flat out strange.  These strains are a few of many others that have a funny name for the plant.  Here are a few hilarious strain names that are out on the market:

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Alaskan Thunder Fuck:  Alaskan Thunder Fuck is just one of those strains that will make you think ‘what the fuck?’.  Originating in the Matanuska Valley area of Alaska, this legendary sativa strain possesses a relaxing yet intensely euphoric high.  It’s also known for having the ‘creeper’ effect and cause you to get the munchies after consuming.  This strain produces strong odors of lemon, pine, menthol, and skunk.  Consuming Alaskan Thunder Fuck produces happy, euphoric effects that are great for combating depression and stress.

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Herijuana:  While this strain sounds more like something you inject through needles, Herijuana does NOT pose any similarities to heroin.  Herijuana is a classic indica strain that produces THC levels of over 25%.  Consuming herijuana will cause a heavy, numbing feeling (NOT the numb feeling from heroin!)  that will keep you relaxed and sleepy.  This strain is perfect for those suffering from pain and insomnia.

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Phishhead Kush:  Before I start the description…YES, this strain IS an homage to the band Phish.  Another indica-dominant strain, Phishhead Kush produces heavy hypnotic effects that leave the mind and body feeling pure bliss.  This strain inherits this spicy, woody aroma that comes from the Afghani indicas.  Blast some of your favorite Phish records and kick back with some good Phishhead Kush!

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Zombie OG:  Ironically enough, Zombie OG will NOT transform you into some flesh-eating monster.  This indica strain should be consumed during a lazy night because of its strong sedative effects.  Zombie OG is a cross between Blackberry and OG Kush.  Consuming Zombie OG is great for treating muscle spasms, depression, and even stress.  Consuming Zombie OG would go perfect with The Walking Dead episode premiere on a Sunday night.

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Skywalker OG:  May the Fourth Day happened a few days ago, so it’s only makes sense that we add Skywalker OG into the mix.  This indica-dominant hybrid strain could take you to a galaxy far, far away…with its strong body effects such as mild tingling and numbness.  Skywalker OG is a cross between Skywalker and OG Kush that is here to rescue you from pain as well as physical limitations.  Consuming Skywalker OG will leave you feeling happy, relaxed, and euphoric that will melt away that stress or depression.

So there you have it, 5 hilariously-named cannabis strain.  One sounded similar to a harder drug (heroin!), another strain was an homage to Phish, and there was even a strain after a flesh-eating monster.  As wacky as these names were, these are definitely some go-to strains if you’re looking for something different.

I hope you enjoyed reading through some of these funny strains.  If you ever come across one of these strains, be sure to pick them up at your local dispensary!

Hempcrete Homes For Humanity


Ever since legalization made waves on the elections last year, there’s been a lot of 4/20-friendly topics cranking out for MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  It has only been 2 months and the cannabis community has already seen some major progress with their social/cultural issues.  Just a few days ago, the DEA erased some false information regarding some ‘health facts’ about cannabis.  Social media helped peddle the positive cultural influences into the mainstream media, raising awareness of its numerous medicinal benefits.  It was one of many PR miracles that the cannabis community needed to broaden its identity within the social culture.

With cannabis stealing the spotlight, there hasn’t been much light shed on hemp.  Hemp is basically cannabis’ shy, introverted cousin that doesn’t a lot of coverage in the media.  This tall, sturdy plant is a member of the cannabis sativa species that contains no flowering buds during its life cycle.  Unlike cannabis, hemp is a non-psychoactive plant with a high CBD content and contains very little THC.  While consuming hemp won’t get you high, it’s still considered an important product here in America.

Hemp is considered a schedule 1 drug (like cannabis!), yet it’s still grown in over 30 countries.  Ironically enough, it is legal to import hemp into the United States.  Its versatile use made hemp an essential commercial and industrial product for thousands of years.  Some key uses for hemp include food, textiles, fiber, plastics, and other important materials.  One of the most important functions of hemp is utilizing it for a building material known as hempcrete.

Hempcrete is a bio-composite material made from a mixture of hemp hurds and lime.  Hurds are the inner woody core of the hemp stalk in a mineral matrix utilized to form a material that is non-toxic, carbon-negative, and energy-efficient for building. The mixture of hemp hurds and lime is used during the construction and insulation process of home building.  Like most plants, hempcrete absorbs the carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere as it grows.  Being that hemp hurds is an energy-efficient material, hempcrete is great a great tool for sustainable housing.  It’s also naturally fire and pest resistant, so you won’t have to worry about uninvited guests spoiling your dinner (Waiter, there’s a fly in my soup!).

The first use of hempcrete material was when Italian mater brick mason and builder Charles Rasetti renovated the Maison de la Turque (aka House of Turkey) in Nogent-sur-Seine, France in 1986.  Originally built around 1550 A.D., the Maison de la Turque is a timber-framed building that utilized hemp for numerous products in new construction or renovation.  Such projects including work for the insulation of floors, coatings, walls, roofs, and other major projects for construction. Hemp may have been illegal to grow in the United States at the time, but countries like France were already paving the way for sustainable homes.

With climate change being one of the most prominent environmental issues of the 21st century, it’s HIGH time we start searching for more renewable materials (no pun intended!).  Other countries have already been growing hemp for decades, thus advancing further in the fight against climate change.  When it comes to sustainable housing, hempcrete should take center stage as a renewable building material.  We need to take advantage of the ever-growing cannabis culture by discussing more about hemp as a building material.  Hemp needs to be pushed into the spotlight more in order to raise awareness of its versatile use.

Our founding fathers utilized hemp when America was gaining its national identity.  George Washington grew hemp in his backyard while Benjamin Franklin established the first hemp paper mill.  These men would be rolling in their graves if they discovered that we’ve criminalized this versatile plant.  Climate change has been problematic for our natural environment for decades.  With this ever-changing climate, maybe the secret to reversing the damages is going to pot…literally!  Maybe the key has been hidden within cannabis and hemp all along and the PR nightmare caused by the ‘Reefer Madness’ mindset has caused dramatic effects within our environment.

Social media may have shed the light on cannabis, but now we have to shed more of that light towards hemp as building material.  Hemp is something we need to take seriously if we want to win our battle against climate change.  Mother Nature provides so many useful tools on this earth and one of those special tools could shape the way we construct sustainable houses in the near future.

 

Saturday Quote!


To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

A Sunset/Silhouette Discovery at Point of Pines


After finishing a piece for MakeSandcastlesNotWar, it’s always great to unwind for a bit from work.  There are times where you just need to get far away from your laptop to explore the things around you.  You can be inspired of an idea just by going about your day.  This post was constructed with this idea in mind.

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You see this picture right here?  That right there is Point of Pines, a mere few blocks away from my apartment.  The sun was just setting, casting shadows that were reflected onto the wet sands of the beach.  A blast of yellow light brightened the area and set the course for sundown.  What followed next was something that couldn’t be explained through words.

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As the sun lowered deeper, silhouettes started forming from where I was standing.  These structures weren’t buildings anymore because they were now basic outlines.  It was then that I started seeing rectangles and triangles morphing together within one big cube/rectangle.  What looked complex before now became simple shaped structures in a matter of hours.

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The sun moved farther down and the dark blue sky was moving slowly up within the atmosphere.  From the top of the buildings, the sky turned into a golden yellow-orange color that blanketed the surrounding area of Boston.  Within my left side, the sky was darkening into a pinkish-orange hue that covered Nahant area.  Boston continued to turn a golden yellow-orange color because the sun was not ready to leave just yet.  Further out to Winthrop were more silhouettes of buildings surrounded by the sea.

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A few minutes later and the sky transformed itself to a myriad of colors.  Hues of pink, yellow, orange, green, and blue were laying upon themselves within the atmosphere.  It was then that I saw what natural art truly was.  Not art created by human beings, but art crafted by nature.  This was TRULY a jaw-dropping visual I was grateful to look at.

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I continued roaming around to see that a reddish-orange hue started to sprout up behind the John Hancock building.  The reddish-orange hue blanketed the top of the silhouetted buildings, rising higher each minute.  A blast of yellow reflected on the sand, brightening the activity happening on the water.  At one point, the wet sand and sweeping sea started mixing itself into similar colors.

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To the right of my direction was a silhouette of surrounding trees.  By looking at the object from the right perspective, you can see these trees connecting to form a certain shape.  A circle formed in the bottom left with a line extending to the right, only to come down in the end.  I was astonished to find something so extraordinary in this hustling city on the beach.

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It was then that I wandered more through the beach as the sun was setting.  More silhouettes were created as the sky was darkening into a dark blue hue.  Night was slowly creeping in, but the sun still peaked from underneath the skyscrapers and towers.  Reflections of towers painted themselves on the wet sands, which made me want to enter this upside-down reality being created.

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When looking down at the sand, the midnight blue hue crept its way in.  Street lights started brightening up the walkways.  That reddish-orange hue was vanishing from my sight, seeping away only to come back the next day.  It was time to say, “so long!” to the sun and start walking back to my apartment for the evening.

This was an INCREDIBLE experience I had watching the sun setting on the beach.  I walked outside to discover how nature forms art right from our very eyes.  Any self-respecting artist/graphic designer needs to understand how colors form around us.  From the sky to the patches of dirt on your feet, you are surrounded by a myriad of colors bursting everywhere.  It isn’t something you discover through media, but rather through what you see within your surroundings.

If you want to truly understand how colors work, you have to look closely at nature’s designs.  I recommend all artists/graphic designers to take a hike to a place of solitude where you can pay close attention to your surroundings.  Something simple like taking a stroll through the beach is enough to generate ideas.  Wherever you decide to go, it’s important to pay close attention the natural world you live in.  You could come to a point where reality and fiction wrap itself together to form a whole new world in itself.

 

Leonardo DiCaprio Heading to Mars


Leonardo DiCaprio has had quite the adventure while on-screen – sailing on the Titanic with Rose Bikater, fighting off grizzly bears in the wild west, and even explored other people’s dreams.  He has played audacious characters and finally won an Oscar for portraying Hugh Glass in The Revenant.  When he isn’t making movies in Hollywood, DiCaprio shifts his gears to his charity work on environmental activism.

DiCaprio made a visit to the White House last night for the South by South Lawn event.  South by South Lawn is an all-day festival dedicated to art, ideas, and action.  President Obama established the festival after traveling to South by Southwest earlier this year, calling for all creative thinkers and entrepreneurs from across the country to tackle some of the hardest challenges we are facing today.  Leonardo DiCaprio joined President Obama and Dr. Katherine Hayhoe last night to discuss the issues of climate change.  At one point of the discussion, DiCaprio discussed his latest venture – Mars.

This is NO publicity stunt for a new movie, folks!  DiCaprio has revealed plans of traveling to Mars help colonize the infamous planet.  The subject of SpaceX and Mars came up when Hayhoe was talking about how essential it was for people to connect with the reality of climate change on a universal, human level.  Hayhoe made a joke about how it would be crazy for someone signing up for a trip to Mars, in which DiCaprio chimed in to say that he signed up for the trip.  It is unclear whether Leonardo DiCaprio was serious or not, but we do know that he his next project may involve heading to Mars soon.

Last week, Elon Musk announced his plans to get humans to Mars in as early as 2025.  The mission, titled “Heart of Gold”, intends to carry up to 100 people into Mars and there’s a chance that some participants could die during the trip.  Musk estimated that the cost of sending humans to Mars could be about $10 billion per person, but he plans to reduce the costs to $200,000 per person.  Anyone who has $200,000 will be able to take a trip to another planet for a while.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s future trip to Mars was surprising to read about.  I knew that he had a lot of passion about the environment, but it’s interesting that he is taking it a step further by traveling to another planet.  While there hasn’t been a plan set in stone, it would be interesting to read what DiCaprio and other participants will accomplish during the journey.  This could be an intriguing publicity stunt for DiCaprio if he sets forth with the idea.  All we can do know is wait to hear more word about the trip.

If I had $200,00 to shell out, I would definitely sign up for the trip to Mars.  I know I would be leaving my home planet for a while, but I would learn so much from the journey.  As an avid traveler, I love traveling to new places that I have never been to before.  Traveling to Mars would be a huge accomplishment to cross off on my bucket list.  I usually don’t get homesick because I am too excited about exploring what’s around the area.

Since I don’t have that kind of money with me, I will have to settle for short trips around Massachusetts for an adventure.  Like DiCaprio, I am environmentally conscious of what is going on in the world.  I work to reduce my carbon footprint by walking to places rather than taking short drives.  Walking to places not only reduces time using my car, but it is also great exercise that keeps me clear-headed.  Climate change is an issue that should not be taken so lightly.  If more people joined together to reduce their carbon footprints, we would have a cleaner and greener earth.