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Ideas to Cultivate

ISSUE #1

Ideas to Cultivate

There’s a lot of reasons why a person would decide to grow their own marijuana. Contrary to what modern propaganda would have you believe, funding terrorists groups or Mexican mafia drug lords are not the primary reasons. Walking the streets aimlessly bangin on mailboxes while foaming at the mouth is not a side effect after smokin a joint either..

In this zine….

1.  Why people smoke pot
2.  Becoming Greenman(or woman :)

3.  Making it a habit
4.  Apple pipe

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1. Why people smoke pot
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Sure, there’s large gang organizations and there’s petty thugs. There always has been and always will be those who wish to exploit others. But don’t generalize the entire stoner counterculture based upon a few bad examples. Most cannabis smokers are normal, sane, affectionate, loving individuals who contribute to society in a very positive manner.  So why do people like to smoke weed then?

The largest percentage of people that smoke marijuana do it for recreational purpose. They are responsible smokers that like to wind down after work, conversation with friends, enhance life experiences, seek refuge from ailments, and to become closer with the universe while seeking their path. Many cannabis growers love the gardening aspect and feel that immersing themselves in this purpose soothes their soul bringing great satisfaction. There’s nothing like smoking your own bud. I guess it would be similar to brewing your own moonshine, minus the headache the next day. And that’s just it…..marijuana is simply an alternative to alcohol with many more benefits. Don’t believe me? Compare the pros and cons of cannabis to society to those of alcohol.

There are an exponentially large number of cannabis users that are now seeking safe alternatives to prescription drugs. This gig is up in my opinion. These pharmaceutical drugs are overpriced, hyped up, addictive drugs that kill far more people than cannabis. Marijuana is being embraced now for its beneficial relief to cancer patients, aids patients, spinal/back pain patients, migraines, insomnia, and so many other. No wonder its been around for thousands of years. Duh!

In this time of economic retraction (at least here in the US) marijuana definitely helps to ease the frustration and stress from the everyday BOMBARDMENT of negative media and doom and gloom. It seems to open a pathway of appreciation to nature drawing out your connectedness to your surroundings. You WILL become more aware. You WILL slow down your pace of life taking time to enjoy what matters most to you. Family, friends, your time, your purpose. Life will become a bit more clear to you.

(Thought)
“It is always in giving that we receive. Meaning that when we are living in a state of lack, the very gesture we may least want to give is the very act that could help us create the abundance that we seek. ”

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2. Becoming Greenman(or woman :)
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How do you grow marijuana? Is it hard? Will it take a lot of money to get started? These are only some of the topics we’ll cover here in the zine. I’ll be showing you what the fundamentals of growing are. Yeah, I know… its a weed, lol. How hard can it be? Seed, dirt, water, light. That simple. Well….kind of.

There are basically 2 ways to grow marijuana. Outdoors or Indoors. Both have there benefits. I grow indoors as I feel its better for my current situation. If I had the right property in the right area though, i’d be outdoors enjoying nature even more. You can grow using soil or you may choose to use a soil less medium and opt for hydroponics. Again, this is a personal preference. I find that this aspect really reflects a persons personality. People who enjoy fidgeting with gadgets and making simple things complicated usually opt for hydroponics. Yields can be improved and flowering time shortened a bit but overall most smokers are enthusiasts and do not choose the method of growing based upon these things. They usually choose what they are more comfortable with, or seek to gain knowledge in. Like organics for example. Going green or sustainability are HUGE trends in the US right now. Its all about the green movement baby. I’m surprised with all the talk about “green” that more people don’t vote green party! Demand for organic products increases each year and I find that most people who grow organic in soil also eat organic and either purchase or grow there own vegetable. They usually have killer gardens!

Acquiring good genetics can be the most expensive part of the equation. Really as far as investment to get started goes, a simple seed is all you need. Plant a seed outdoors where it can get full sun. Water the plant as needed and keep close inspection for outside elements that may damage it. Like ripping it right out of the ground! Just like any hobby, the sky is the limit on what you want to spend. Factors such as what type, what amount, what method, all way heavily on the cost. If your a medicinal patient with a chronic illness(no pun intended), you be spending upwards of $1000(USD). Mobility is a major concern here, so you’ll more than likely be growing indoors. You’ll need a system in place to accomplish this. Grow mediums, nutrients, lights, etc. they all add up real fast. How much medicine you need to consume and how often will have a direct effect. But compare it to the alternative. Prescription drugs cost far more in most circumstances.

Lets discuss in this article the basic steps needed to grow marijuana outdoors. We’ll assume you want to grow out a few plants and not give them a lot of attention initially. You simply want to stick your toe in the water and test this marijuana growing thing out. You want to invest as little as possible initially until you find out if its right for you. First you’ll need a seed. You can purchase some really great marijuana seeds http://www.marijuana-seeds.net/NirvanaSeeds.htm. Next, choose the site your going to plant your seed. Scout out a site thats going to get direct light. Usually you’ll want to find a north facing slope. Do not plant it in the open in plain view but rather blend it in next to another shrub or amoung other vegetation as a backdrop. THIS SITE is useful in determining the daylight for your area and when the best time to plant is. Dig a whole about 3 feet deep and 2 or so feet wide. Replace the soil in the hole and leave it loose. Do not pack it down. Water it but don’t flood the hole. Place your seed in the soil about a ¼ – ½ inch or so under the surface and let nature take its course. Sweet. Thats it.

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3. Make it a habit
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Everyone needs a hobby that satisfies them on a deep and emotional level. Getting high on gardening is just as much about the process as it is about smoking the end result. Gardening actually lifts your mood! When you develop a connection with nature it can have profound effects on your body. For instance, gardening is great exercise. Did you know gardening for 30 minutes could have the same effect as riding a bike for 30 minutes? While enjoying yourself in the garden you are working all of your major muscle groups.

Research is showing that gardening for just 30 minutes daily will help:

Increase flexibility
Strengthen joints
Decrease blood pressure and cholesterol levels
Lower your risk for diabetes
Slow osteoporosis

Research is also showing that exposure to dirt may effect your mood as well as boost the immune system…MORE HERE.

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4. Ideas to cultivate
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Apple Pipe:

Traveling with paraphernalia is never a good idea. If you don’t care for rolling joints and are tired of collecting pipes on vacation, pick up an apple. They taste good too :)

Remove the stem. Push a stick or skewer or something into where the stem was.  Push down about half way into the apple. Next push it through the side of the apple perpendicular so the two tunnels meet. Put your weed on the top where the stem was removed. Inhale through the front while you light the top. Yum Yum.

HERE’S a video I found that demonstrates this perfectly. These girls are smokin  :)

All the best,

Eric

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