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Ayahuasca – Vine of the soul (Documentary)

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Can a sacred plant from the Amazon heal our minds and spirits?

For centuries, indigenous people of South America have used ayahuasca, a psychoactive plant medicine, to cure all manner of psycho-spiritual ills.

Today, thousands of Westerners, seeking healing and spiritual awakening, attend ayahuasca ceremonies around the world to drink the vision-inducing tea and experience dramatic transformations in their lives.

Ayahuasca Vine of the Soul is a documentary that explores the mystery of ayahuasca shamanism, offering insights into the nature of spirituality, mystical experience and self-healing through a heightened state of consciousness.

Filmmaker Richard Meech follows key protagonists as they journey to Peru – and back home – capturing in verité style both the life-altering epiphanies and nights of terror encountered after drinking the sacred brew.

Is ayahuasca a doorway to direct knowledge of the divine or a path that leads to psychological trauma? Can it cure modern addictions to drugs and alcohol or is ayahuasca itself a possible substance of abuse? Some people call it a medicine, others a sacrament; the Amazonian shamans say it is simply a ‘plant teacher’ that tells you what you need to know.

Throughout the film, in-depth interviews with indigenous and Western curanderos, ethnobotanist Dennis McKenna, addiction expert Dr. Gabor Maté and scholar Kenneth Tupper speak to the increasing use of ayahuasca outside the Amazon and the potential benefits for Western medicine, personal spiritual growth and a new understanding of nature.

Featuring Guillermo Arévalo, Metsa Niwue and Ronin Niwe. Shot on location at Espíritu de Anaconda near Iquitos, Peru and at other locations in North America.

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Smoking Marijuana vs. Eating Marijuana | Marijuana

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Depending on how you ingest cannabis, your body is going to feel different effects and for different periods of time. If you ingest cannabis by smoking or vaporizing you’re actually going to feel the effects of cannabis right away, probably within anywhere between 30 to 90 seconds. Now, this can be good for people who need pain relief right away, but it’s also a good way to see how much cannabis you want to consume. You can take a small inhalation and wait a few minutes and see what the effects are before you take more. Now for people who need longer lasting effect of cannabis, they find that eating it actually stays in their body longer, and they can feel those side effects of inflammation relief or pain relief. They’re going to feel that longer. And so people either choose to either make butters or oils and put into their food.

Now, with eating cannabis, it actually takes anywhere from, it could take like 45 minutes all the way up to an hour for you to feel the effects. And so people often eat too much cannabis and then they feel unwanted side effects. For some people they feel a raciness of the mind. They can even feel paranoid or frightened. And if you’re using medical cannabis and this happens, it’s a good thing to have someone near you or have someone you can call. And just know that it’s going to go away. Know that the longest that you’re going to be in that state is going to be a few hours. And so, you know, be careful about the amount you’re going to take so you don’t get to that state, but you should also feel comfortable in knowing that that’s the worst that’s going to happen. So it’s my suggestion that if you’re going to try to eat cannabis to really take some time during your week to figure out just how it’s going to affect you. So knowing that it’s going to take 45 minutes to even set-in, when you first eating cannabis, probably do it at dinner or after dinner and really give yourself some time to feel the effects and start getting an idea of what your dosage is. And again, if you are inhaling it you’re going to feel it right away. If you’re eating it it’s going to take a while, but it’s also going to last longer.

Now, another form of ingestion are tinctures, which are a liquid form of cannabis where you use alcohol usually as a base or glycerin to pull the compounds out of the plant. And taking cannabis in this way you’re going to feel the same side effects as eating cannabis and it’s going to take almost as long to kick in.
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The BEST Cannabis (Pot) Brownies – EASY recipe!

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here is an easy recipe for tasty cannabis brownies. Be a major hit at your next pot luck (wink). If you are not sure how to make cannabis butter check out this link
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Cooking with Cannabis: Which Fat is Best at Absorbing THC?

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HIGH TIMES edibles editor Elise McDonough investigated which fats best absorb THC in her Fat City experiment (in the July issue of HT).

Since cooking with cannabis always comes down to infusing fats with THC, Elise and marijuana chef Payton Curry compared butter, olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil and bacon fat to see which was the most efficient medium for making edibles.

Each fat was infused with the same amount of pot. And, each was heated the same way. After being poured in Mason jars with 3.5 grams of cannabis, each medium was placed inside an immersion circulator, which uses water to heat the fat. This method also eliminates odors – a stealthy benefit for those living near nosy neighbors or with roommates.

After each fat was infused over a period of four hours, a sample of each was sent off for lab testing to determine which best absorbed THC.

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You may remember 91-year-old weed chef Nonna Marijuana from our premiere episode of Bong Appetit. The ganja-friendly grandma got quite a bit of attention for her cannabis culinary skills, as well as her signature dishes such as Chicken Pot-cciatore.

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