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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!

Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun (to Vaporize Weed!)


All living creatures have relied on the sun for survival since the dawn of time.  Hunter-gatherers had no concept of time, yet they knew that their day started when the sun was up.  Plants draw in energy from the sun to grow stronger each day.  We are millions of miles away from the sun and yet we always conjure up more unique ways to utilize its energy for different purposes.

Whether its growing plants for food or heating up our homes through solar panels, the sun is one of our most essential tools for survival in our daily life.  It’s astonishing how our country takes nature for granted since we depend on sunlight for a variety of benefits.  Soaking in sunlight helps us receive the necessary vitamin D3 intake that will help increase our serotonin levels (thus why we love going to the beach during the summertime!). We would be completely screwed if the sun dies out, but that catastrophic event won’t occur for another billion years later.

Advancement in technology helped us trap the sun’s energy for solar panels as a form of alternative energy.  Solar power has become a popular energy source since the 21st century and we are creating more ways of getting the most use of the sun.  It has made waves here in Massachusetts, but it’s gained a lot more popularity in California (because California has over 300+ days of sunshine each year!).  From homes to hot tubs, solar power is revolutionizing the way we utilize energy for personal benefits.  One unique function for the sun’s energy is for consuming cannabis.

Fredericksburg Virginia-based company The Sun Token created the first solar hybrid vaporizers for vaping cannabis.  Creator hector Campos initiated the company in 2015 after being able to source all the materials to create the Sun Token model that would be beautiful as well as affordable.  The product itself provides a hand-finished cherry wood base that is smooth enough to touch.  It comes with accessories such as the mouth piece, a variety of colorful bowls to choose from, shatter-proof acrylic dome with a magnet base, credit-card sized Fresnel lens, and an owner’s manual.

The concept itself is simple: pack your weed into the top carb piece.  Attach the magnetic dome onto the base to keep the flowers from being blown away.  Hold the Fresnel lens near the carb and inhale when you see the flowers being lit up.  Exhale after you take in the smoke and…voila!  You just got stoned through the power of the sun!  It’s like watching mother nature at her very finest

Remember that old childhood science trick where you held a magnifying glass near the sun to try to burn a piece of grass?  It’s just like that unique science concept, only now you’re using that science to vaporize some weed!  Your favorite science experiment now functions as a unique way for consuming cannabis with your friends.  Yeah! Science, bitch!

This is an awesome cannabis product!  If I were living in California, I would definitely vaporize some weed with my friends using The Sun Token.  It’s a perfect product for soaking up the sun while you use that sun to consume some cannabis on the beach.  The sun’s rays are so vital for our health and now we’ve utilized that function to get even healthier through cannabis.  Cannabis seems to be steering us closer to nature as recreational use becomes more popular here in the United States.

Before the digital age of the 21st century, 90s kids like me used to hold a magnifying glass near the sunlight in an attempt to burn pieces of grass.  We may have grown up years later, but our imagination helped shape the new world we live in.  Cannabis has received much more support since I was a kid and that newfound support means a whole range of innovative ideas on how to consume the product.  The Sun Token is just one of many companies bringing in a unique take on the vaporizing concept.

Millions of years later, we continue to discover more interesting ideas on utilizing the sun’s energy.  This is just the beginning for renewable energy sources.  Who knows, we could be taking bong rips by heating the flowers through the sun’s rays!  One thing is for certain: the sun is our most important tool for all living creatures on this earth.

Cannabis Chemistry 101


Here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar, two of the most popular chemicals that are regularly discussed are THC and CBD.  These chemicals compounds are found within the cannabis plant and provide a wide-range of benefits for consumers.  THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive part of cannabis that generates the ‘high’ that people feel after consuming cannabis.  CBD doesn’t have that psychoactive feature and it can help counteract the effects from THC.  It’s also the compound that provides the calming effect needed to treat anxiety or sleep loss.

With cannabis use gaining more popularity after last year’s election results, the scientific research on the plant becomes more essential than ever before.  Newly-discovered compounds are documented, providing unique benefits that THC may not have.  What kinds of unique compounds are found within cannabis?  Do they provide similar medicinal effects that would benefit consumers?

To answer these burning questions, I’ve decided to craft a helpful list of common chemical compounds found within cannabis.  Today’s post is a lesson on ‘Cannabis Chemistry 101’, aiming to educate you on the miraculous chemicals.  So sharpen your pencils and crack open your notebooks, because it’s time to start your less on Cannabis Chemistry 101!

THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin)

Our first chemical compound is THCV or Tetrahydrocannabivarin.  Tetrahydrocannabivarin provides a strong psychoactive feature that will leave you with a euphoric high.  This chemical is so strong that it will leave you higher than THC, but the duration happens only half as long.  Its euphoric high contains energetic effects that will keep you moving.  Ingesting some THCV has been found to effectively counter stress, anxiety, and panic disorders without suppressing any emotion.  Taking in cannabis with THCV also reduces the tremors associated with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and from other neurological disorders.  Users consuming THCV will also see that it diminishes appetite and help stimulate bone growth.

CBG (Cannabigerol)

Cannabigerol is a non-psychoactive chemical that has been found to stimulate both brain cell and bone growth in users (and they say smoking weed will kill your brain cells…pshaw!).  The compound also provides promise as an anti-bacterial and anti-insomnia medicine, which would be useful in combating insomnia.  While there is not a lot of major medicinal effects, cannabigerol is definitely useful for sleeplessness.

CBDV (Cannabidivarin)

Cannabidivarin (CBDV) is another non-psychoactive chemical on the list.  It demonstrates promise in treating seizures for people.  Epilepsy is a well-known disease that is currently being treated with cannabis.  It has shown some dramatic improvement over the years and CBDV is the chemical compound most helpful with the symptoms.  For those suffering from seizures, CBDV is the way to go when scouting for the best cannabis chemicals.

CBN (Cannabinol)

Cannabinol occurs after THC degradation.  It is the most sedating of all cannabinoids on the list and provides mild to non-psychoactive effects.  This chemical provides help in aiding glaucoma, insomnia, and pain.  You’ll have to degrade some THC in order to get some CBN, but the compound will be most useful for aiding sleeplessness as well.

CBC (Cannabichromene)

The last chemical compound on our list is CBC, cannabichromene.  Cannabichromene is another non-psychoactive chemical that also stimulates bone growth.  This compound is found to be about 10 times more effective in treating anxiety or stress than CBD.  If you thought that CBD was the most useful in treating anxiety, then you haven’t seen nothing yet!  While CBC products haven’t become popular on the market yet, it’s proven effects of combating anxiety/stress could become a popular cannabinoid in the near future.

So these are some of the most popular chemicals discovered within cannabis.  There are still many more hidden compounds to explore and legalization will help pave the way for better cannabis use.  Who knows, maybe there will be strains high in CBC hitting the shelves in the near future.  But for now, keep these chemicals in mind when thinking about utilizing cannabis for combating your illness.

Brace Yourselves…Office Germ Warfare is Here!


We are nearing the end of February and I have gotten through the worst of this head cold/cough I caught the past weekend.  After a long week of work/play around Boston, my sickness caught up to me out of the blue.  What followed was a series of coughs, muscle aches, stuffy nose, and an overall lack of motivation to get things done.  Thankfully the weather is getting warmer and I plan to wander outside more to take in some fresh air!

Rather than grossing you out with my cold symptoms, I’ve decided to take the time to discuss sickness during the wintertime.  Every winter, thousands of people catch some form of bug/flu that goes around each year.  Like a parasite feeding off of its prey, viruses spread like wildfire in the office.  It only takes one ‘patient zero’ victim to set off the germ warfare that travels around the atmosphere.  Whether you are just starting out as an intern or living large as the company’s CEO, no one is safe from the inevitable plague that invades the office.

So how does this happen?  Why is it that we catch a flu or bug every winter?  Even when we eat right and keep ourselves moving, how is it that we become an easy target of the virus?

Well folks, it’s about time we start getting scientific about the ‘patient zero’ phenomenon that happens every winter.  It’s sick, shocking, and may be traumatizing for some readers.  Before we open the doors to the office, let’s get some basic science out of the way first.

If you took away anything from grammar school science class, you would remember that the common cold is caused by the spread of viruses.  Viruses are microorganisms that invade normal cells inside your body and multiply in order to produce other viruses.  These tiny capsules are much smaller than bacteria, infecting cells that are contained within your bloodstream.  They eventually eradicate these cells, which causes you to become sick.  A virus could cause severe illnesses such as smallpox, HIV/AIDS, and hemorrhagic fevers.

People spend 90% of their time indoors, especially during the wintertime when it’s cold.  If you are residing in New England right now (like I am!), then you are probably rushing to head inside to keep yourselves warm.  You head into your office building where millions of microbes are floating around the rooms.

To better understand how viruses are easily spread around the office, let’s discuss the day-to-day agenda that happens inside the building.  We will use a public relations office as our example (to keep the entertainment PR theme going!).  Our day in the PR agency starts and people start heading to their desks.  Hundreds of men/women are loading the stuff into their desk and brewing up that first cup of coffee.

What’s the most common office item used daily? Electronic devices, of course!  Various electronic gadgets are used to complete the tasks on the PR agenda each day…which collect MILLIONS of microbes.  That’s right people, those smartphones/laptops you are attached to contain a multitude of harmful bacteria that plagues the office (FYI, your keyboard alone contains 3X more bacteria than your toilet seat!).

While your clicking away at your keyboard, your co-worker will probably come around to give you a second set of eyes on your task.  He/she will tap away on your keyboard to provide some necessary changes for the press release you are working on.  After all’s said and done, your manager will come by to use that SAME keyboard to give you their feedback on what looks better.  And while all that is happening, your desk is sucking up millions of microscopic bacteria that sticks there for days.  Like a magnet collecting pieces of metal, your office desk collects millions of microbes that floats around your office’s atmosphere.

Your building  provides air vents, which ALSO spews out microbes as well.  Pieces of dust are constantly floating around the rooms after exiting the air vent, which land onto your office.  There might not even be a ‘patient zero’ around and you could STILL be infected by the virus.  It’s like you’re in a constant battle of germ warfare and you can’t even see your enemy!

That’s all to it folks: common everyday items we use are constantly collecting microbes that get seeped into your bloodstream one way or another.  Even if you don’t come into physical contact with people, you are still susceptible to receiving the virus one way or another.  They say that sharing is caring, but the virus is certainly NOT something you want to share with your co-workers!

At the end of all of this, there are some simple rules to follow when the plague hits the office.  Always wash your hands constantly and cover your coughs to prevent the virus from spreading further.  Keeping hand sanitizers or wipes with you at all times helps to prevent infection as well.  If you do get hit hard, it is vital to stay at home for the day.  The last thing you want is to spread the virus to more employees after catching it earlier.  Work may be important, but your #1 priority is your health.

It may still be February, but Spring is just around the corner and warmer weather is coming soon enough.  Use these essential tips to survive the office germ warfare that invades the building every year.  With these tips at hand, you can win the germ warfare in order to live sick-free another day.

 

 

Robert Hooke Gets Hooked on Cannabis


After a long day of working in Boston, it’s always great to come home for a Netflix & Chill night.  There’s a lot more choices to find through Netflix rather than changing the channel every second.  One show I recently got into lately was Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.  Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson hosted this 13-episode science documentary that chronicles various aspects of the cosmos.  Tyson discusses groundbreaking phenomena that fundamentally shaped the ideas of science.

Each episode chronicles a certain category about the cosmos.  From discussing the first original species that walked the earth to the public battle against lead, Cosmos: A Space Odyssey gives viewers a glimpse into what earth was like millions of years ago.  It’s a real mind-blowing science series that teaches you the origins of how life came to be (I HIGHLY recommend smoking some cannabis with your friends while watching this because you will NOT regret it!).

A funny incident happened when I was watching the show.  I was on the episode titled ‘When Knowledge Conquered Fear’ and was learning about Robert Hooke’s battle with Isaac Newton.  Neil deGrasse Tyson discussed various things that Hooke was experimenting with and one of those things just happened to be…CANNABIS.  Seriously you guys…Robert Hooke, a famous scientist during the 17th century, experimented with cannabis during his free time.

My jaw INSTANTLY dropped to the floor when I heard this!  I couldn’t believe that Robert Hooke was actually experimenting with cannabis.  Here’s how the story goes: Hooke’s friend Robert Knox brought back “a strange intoxicating herb like hemp” (a.k.a ‘Indian hemp’ or ‘bangue’) from one of his trips and gave it to Hooke for him to try.  His sea captain friend Knox mentioned that there wasn’t any cause of fear, but that there would be laughter.  This story didn’t sound real to me, so I did some research that shocked me even more.

Seriously guys… it gets better!  Not only was this fact true, but it’s also interesting to point out that Carl Sagan was a major cannabis advocate.  Sagan’s wife Ann Druyan, who also co-wrote both of the series, is currently on the NORML Advisory Board.  You guys…what…the FUCK.

I consumed some cannabis before watching this episode and was blown away by this random cannabis reference within the series.  Here I was, watching this cool science mini-series that is teaching me about the origin of the cosmos and I randomly get hit with this fun fact.  One of the greatest scientists of the 17th century, Robert Hooke, experimented with cannabis during his free time.  It’s ironic that teachers around the country (especially those that teach science!) demonize cannabis use when history has shown time and time again that cannabis has a special place here in society.

This was an interesting fact to find out on Cosmos: A Space Odyssey!  Science has always been my favorite subject in school and I always found it fascinating to learn about how certain ideas were discovered.  It wasn’t until I was in college that I discovered various historians have used cannabis during their line of work. From George Washington to Carl Sagan, many historic figures regularly used cannabis on a daily basis.

Maybe this fact is proof that cannabis has always had a place here in America.  If George Washington grew hemp in his backyard, then how did we stray so far from the lessons of our founding fathers?  How did we go from openly using cannabis to becoming so taboo about it among our friends and family?  Robert Hooke, as well as his friend Robert Knox, would roll over in their graves if they saw how we treat cannabis in our society.

Science is about questioning every moment that happens and creating experiments based on our hypothesis on what we think might happen.  Sometimes that outcome doesn’t match our hypothesis,but that’s OK because we’ve discovered something unique in our study.  I believe that Robert Hooke still would’ve struck gold with his scientific discoveries, regardless of whether or not he tried cannabis.  But in the end, we’ll have to become more liberal about our cannabis culture here in society if we ever want to discover something amazing for the sake of science.