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The Netherlands: Cannabis 40 Years Later

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In 1976, the government of the Netherlands formally adopted a written policy allowing for the sale, possession and consumption of personal amounts of cannabis to the general public. Since then, the nation’s world-famous coffeeshops have supplied cannabis to millions of customers from...
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Making Hashish the Rif Mountain Way

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While visiting the family farm of our friend Ali in the Rif Mountains of northern Morocco, PRØHBTD is treated to a special demonstration of the traditional hash­ making technique of the region, which has provided the cannabis­ smoking world with countless tons of hashish since the 1960s,...
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I Harvested Cannabis in Morocco’s Rif Mountains

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It is the middle of September, and the annual cannabis harvest in Morocco is about to commence. While some fields here and there have already been harvested, as is evident from the bare, vaguely oblong patches scattered here and there on the otherwise verdant hillsides, the vast majority are...
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Terpenes

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Along with more than 100 cannabinoids, the cannabis plant contains more than 20 different terpenes. While the cannabinoids are unique to cannabis, the terpenes are found in many plant species. Many terpenes have medicinal properties in their own right and are now being found to interact with...
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710: Rosin Technique

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The rosin technique is rapidly gaining in popularity as a safe, quick and effective method of extracting the active resins from cannabis flowers for medicinal or recreational purposes. Typically, extraction of cannabis oil requires the use of a solvent such as butane, isopropyl alcohol or...

Ancient East Africa: Cannabis Culture Through the Ages

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Due to its convenient location across the Indian Ocean from the Indian subcontinent, East Africa was introduced to the benefits of cannabis at a relatively early date compared with elsewhere in Africa. India has utilized cannabis for thousands of years, and Arab and Indian traders...
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Visiting a Modern Cannabis Farm in Morocco’s Rif Mountains

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The world’s largest supplier of hashish to the global market is currently undergoing dramatic changes to its traditional cannabis-farming industry, with both positive and negative results. So who are the pioneering cannabis farmers responsible for this evolution within the industry, and what...
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Central Asia: Cannabis Culture Through the Ages

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Central Asia is believed to be the ancestral homeland of the cannabis plant, and the ancient peoples of the region are known to have been instrumental in its spread throughout the world, to southern and eastern Asia, Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and Europe.  The Early Evolution of the...
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So You’re Going to Spannabis…

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From March 10 to 12, the world-famous Spannabis festival returns to the fair city of Barcelona for three days of unmissable cannabis-related events, talks, products and parties. If you're headed to Barcelona for Spannabis, it's wise to stay informed about what’s what in the city. It’s a...
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The Complicated History of Cannabis in the Islamic World

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Although the Koran does not specifically outlaw cannabis, and it was apparently never mentioned by Mohammed himself, the plant and products made from it are still considered haraam (forbidden). However, cannabis grows and is processed into hashish in many Muslim-majority countries around the...
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Why Are Amsterdam’s Growers Moving to Spain?

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Over the last decade or so, there has been a noticeable trend of cannabis industry “migrants” translocating in droves from Amsterdam, the traditional heartland of cannabis in Europe, to Barcelona, a city that is beginning to show potential to supplant Amsterdam in coming years. PRØHBTD...
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How THC and CBD Interact

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Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are perhaps the best known of the many compounds found within cannabis, and as a result, there is abundant research into their properties, both in isolation and in combination with each other. Cannabinoids and the EC System As our...
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Cannabis and the Cavemen!

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Cannabis was first domesticated by humans as much as 15,000 years ago, somewhere in Central Asia. It’s not clear exactly where, but there is good evidence to put the heartland of early cannabis evolution in a particular sweet spot that is currently occupied by Kazakhstan, Pakistan,...
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What Happened with the French Clinical Trial, and Why Was Cannabis Blamed?

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Recently, a French drug company trialled a drug of a type known as FAAH inhibitors, which are indirectly involved with the endocannabinoid system. Tragically, the drug ended up killing one study subject and hospitalizing the others. What happened, and why did cannabis immediately get the...
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Ancient Egypt: Cannabis Culture Through the Ages

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Evidence for the use of cannabis in Ancient Egypt is limited; however, it becomes much more abundant from the 3rd century BCE during the era of the Roman Empire in Egypt. Evidence of Hemp and Cannabis Use in Ancient Egypt Although empirical evidence is exceedingly sparse, some...
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CBD as Medicine: Adults, Children and Pets

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Cannabidiol (CBD) is a member of an important class of naturally occurring compounds called cannabinoids that are found within the cannabis plant. Cannabidiol is of unparalleled importance to medical science, arguably even more so than its more famous (or infamous) sister compound...
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Cannabinoid Review: Pinene

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Pinene is a terpene, and more specifically, a monoterpene. Terpenes have been shown to have important medicinal qualities in their own right, and researchers recently discovered that they exert synergistic biological effects in combination with THC and other cannabinoids. What Is...
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What's Up With the Sticky Moroccan Hash?

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Any international cannoisseur worth his or her salt should know a thing or two about Moroccan hashish, given its ubiquity, its range of flavors and effects, and its incontrovertible importance to the global market. One of those things that is a basic, fundamental truth about Moroccan dry-sift...