Indica vs Sativa | The Age Old Debate

The age old smokers delight debate is one that will most likely outlast the human race itself – presuming artificial intelligence will be fickle about their bud as well. Cannabis Sativa or Cannabis Indica? The fury of the fiery dilemma is inflamed in the effects one feels. Is it going to have you floating up there in the stratosphere or put you on lockdown sofa duty?

The characteristics of the two strains are visible even at a glance. Sativa’s stand taller and have skinnier leaves, while Indicas are more stout and sturdy. Growing conditions are the lead factor in the traits they exhibit – particularly if they are not native to the region resulting in the arrival of new traits that stabilize or destabilize their natural properties. In the case of Canadian produced strains, you are generally going to get one Indica-Sativa hybrid or another.

While both strains are furnished with cannabinoids and THC and the same terpenes—chemical combo producers distinctive odors and oils—some Indicas are extra heavy in one terpene that kick the THC high up a level. Some argue there is no difference and it’s a phony argument constructed by growers to broaden their product selection. But then again, plant properties are a real thing making both distinctions plausible if not absolute truth.

It’s all comes down to what type of experience you are in the mood for. For some an afternoon hammock swing will chase the clouds away; for others, the “up and up” serves their purpose. For the many that won’t stray from their preferred strain the debate is null and void, but for others, it’s all about the right high at the right time.

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Phoenix Tears Rising | A Cure for Cancer?

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There’s been plenty of talk of the effectiveness of Phoenix Tears much to the credit of pioneer Rick Simpson. For nearly a year Rick went through the process of extracting the oil from the cannabis plant and consuming it orally. He had been taking the oil for other health reasons, but the cancer diagnosis reminded him of something and gave him an idea. He remembered a radio segment he heard over 30 years earlier. The radio broadcast cited a University of Virginia study that had found the cannabinoid in cannabis THC could kill cancer in mice. He figured that if it kills cancer in mice it would kill his cancer too.

Rick’s decision was to apply cannabis oil to his skin cancer. He applied his cannabis oil to some bandages and put them on the skin cancer. After 4 days of waiting he decided it was time to see if anything had happened under the bandages. To Ricks surprise the cancer was gone.

Quite simply, Phoenix Tears are a potent, concentrated form of the cannabis plant. This therapy is also known as R.S.O (Rick Simpson Oil), Cannabis Cure Oil, Run From the Cure Oil, F.E.C.O (Fully Extracted Cannabis Oil), Ronnie Smith Oil, Jamaican Hash Oil (like you used to get “back in the day”) Cannabis extract, or simply hash oil. Whatever you call it, it is a strong medicine that cures most cancers and can treat many disorders/diseases in the body.

The average person should take about 90 days to ingest the full 60 gram or 60 ml oil treatment. A recommended dosage for beginners to start with is three doses per day. Every 8 hours a patient should ingest this dosage, first thing in the morning, again in the afternoon and then they should take their last dose of the day, about an hour before you retire to bed. A patient won’t feel the effects of Phoenix Tears for about an hour.

Increasing dosage after 4 days (3 times a day) by doubling it every four days is preferred by most patients. By following this simple procedure, many patients have reported that they felt that they had not experienced the high, which this oil can cause. Everybody has different experiences in regards to tolerance so some will increase their dosage quicker than others. In reality, even if one does become what is commonly referred to as being high this will not harm them in any way, if the oil they are ingesting was produced from the sedative strains of Indica, which is recommended and the resulting oil was produced in the proper way.

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4 Tips to Ensure Online Security with Your Online Dispensary

Today in Canada we’re seeing cannabis dispensaries pop up everywhere.First Vancouver, then Toronto and now online. Most commonly product selection, product quality and price are probably your biggest drivers for picking one over the other. On the other hand, when it comes to the internet and site security, one decision should come before all. The security of your personal data (your information). This is not something you want to leave up to chance. Many measures must be taken for sites security there is no opportunities for hackers to compromise your personal data. There are many websites that do not incorporate the necessary measures for site security and some with no security implemented at all. That’s a big no­ no!

Understanding the importance of this, we have outlined a few key and important points that help you verify the level of security from one online option to the next and ensure your personal information is not at risk. We’re sharing this info to protect you from the many sites that do not value your security due to negligence or ignorance.

1) HTTPS

This security step should be done by any site that is focused on commerce and one of the easiest security strategies to point out. Have you ever noticed the little lock icon in your browser’s URL address bar? This is showing you that the site is HTTPS secure. If your online dispensary has not done this you can more or less be certain they have done nothing for your security as this is the most basic step in online security. Here at WhitePlam we use SUCURI, a leader in the field of online security. Go ahead and click on the little lock to see what kind of information you see.

2) ENCRYPTED COMMUNICATION

Ensure your communication with the online vendor is on an encrypted email provider. This communication is personal and you would hate for any of this information to be exposed. How to know if your website is doing this:

a) You can ask them straight up

b) There should be some information on the signature of the email. Here at WhitePalm we have gone with the global leader in encryption SOPHOS and all of our data is stored on our own server to protect your information.

3) PURGING DATA

Purging data means that any information kept online is removed and stored externally so that access is limited to the company and nobody else. A lot sites keep your data on a local server and that is really unnecessary.

How to find out: you can simply take a look in their “help” section OR they should have security section and this should be a part of the process. Here at WhitePalm we purge our data every month to ensure your safety.

4) AUTHENTIC SECURITY BADGES

Today, we see way too many security badges trying to tell us the site is secure, encrypted, safe, etc. but in reality, a site can easy google an icon image that they want and photoshop it into the design of any page. So, all those badges actually mean nothing in most cases. If installed properly they should be clickable and open a popup to give you information on the site, such as when the site was last scanned for possible leaks. You can easily click on the SUCURI badge in the footer of our site to see how this works. While many of us feel more comfortable with a storefront in your community and real life interaction with a person, the reality is that many of these establishments have your information at more risk than online, as they rely on hard copy personal information and may not  have proper security protocol in place.

Be healthy and be safe. We hope these tips help you make the best decision
for YOUR needs. Please feel free to ask us any questions you might have.

Ode to Dude Chilling Park

Michael Dennis’ “Reclining Figure” is the unofficial mascot for Westcoast ethos. The wooden statue, located in Vancouver’s Guelph Park, is a jaunty but unquestionably relaxed fellow made out of wood. He embodies the pose of so many people who flock to the West, simply so they can sprawl around him at 2 p.m. on any given Tuesday. Or on any day when the sun is out.

Guelph Park was famously renamed after prankster artist Viktor Briestensky erected a replica Parks Board sign that read Dude Chilling Park. After the city took it down – totally not chill – a petition was launched locals fought to get it back. And they did! The park is now widely (thought not officially) known as Dude Chilling Park.

It’s a heartwarming story about what happens when a neighbourhood bands together to fight for something they truly believe in: the privilege to forever be associated with the being the chillest place on earth. Put that on a map.

There’s an unspoken acceptance that the West, championed by Vancouver, is a region where chilling, as oppose to the opposite of chilling, is top of mind. It’s not the type of place where you go to work, then an after-work function, where you talk about work, then go home to do more work, and then do it all the next day.

Naw, the West lives and yearns for its downtime – it’s a driving force in the collective Westcoast psyche. And while that may give the impression that we’re lazy or inefficient, that’s not the case at all. How can we continually top Most Livable Cities lists if we’re couch-bound sloth-heads? We’re certainly getting something right.

Yes, shit gets done, but we don’t care to let that define us. We’d prefer not to come across as stuffy or stain. Leave that to Toronto. Productivity is a force, sure, but it’s also an afterthought. What drives us is a quality of life and a quality of living. And that quality factors largely on how we spend our downtime – usually outside, sprawled out somewhere where the sun can find us.

This is why we embrace and even fight for our reputation as down-time-loving folk. Because if we’re going to be known for one thing, it might as well be our passion for unwinding, and hopefully inspiring others to get on board.

Workers Delight Playlist

Listening to music while you’re at work can be distracting, but it’s not like silence is an option. In many cases the alternative is the mundane symphony of office din that somehow seems to slow the passage of time and lead one’s mind to wander all the same: the rhythmic sound of printers coughing up documents that nobody will ever read, the choir of ringing phones, the belting chorus of Brenda complaining that somebody ate her Chicken Enchilada Lean Cuisine, even though her name was written clearly on the box…

Without silence as an option, music remains as viable a means to get through your day as anything else. One might even consider this mix of diverse contemporary highlights an effective time saver that keeps you from having to waste company hours searching for whatever new music is worth listening to. Just press play, and then get back to work.

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Deadbeat – Ain’t No More Flowers

Blundetto – The Sun Goes Down

Jeremih feat. Juicy J & Twista – Woosah

Future feat. The Weekend – Low Life

SBTRKT feat. D.R.A.M. & Mabel – I Feel Your Pain

Kanye West – Fade

Lapsley – Cliff

Sonns feat. Tobias Buch – Teacher

Junior Boys – Baby Don’t Give Up On It

Jessy Lanza – It Means I Love You

Choir of Young Believers – Serious Lover

Emile Haynie feat Charlotte Gainsbourg & Sampha – A Kiss Goodbye

et aliae feat DAWN – Sober

Young Thug – Worth It

SADEVILLAIN – Air

Kendrick Lamar – untitled 06 6.30.2014

Niki & The Dove – So Much It Hurts

Porches – Glow

Anderson Paak – Celebrate

Leon Bridges – There She Goes

Charles Bradley – Good to Be Back Home

White Denim – (I’m the One) Big Big Fun

Underworld – Motorhome

The Masterworks of Green Literature

The English language is a magnificent bastard tongue, a genuinely weird mix of Germanic, Celtic, French, Latin and a kitchen sink full of various other linguistic do-dads and whatchamacallits. It’s open, and it’s flexible, so it’s no real surprise that some of the greatest writers to ever put the language to use have done so after partaking in the odd spliff. And I’m not just talking about the screenwriter of Pineapple Express.

Pipes with traces of cannabis have been found in Shakespeare’s former home. Maya Angelou was reported to have “smoked with abandon”, Stephen King was a chronic, and Carl Sagan not only smoked but vocally advocated for legalization.

Which begs the question – if some of our greatest literature has been written under the influence, what should one read while faded?

Here are White Palm’s five greatest works of green literature:

Inherent Vice

Before the strange, hilarious, rambling and intentionally confusing film directed by PT Anderson, there was the stranger, funnier, rambling-er and far more confusing book by Thomas Pynchon. Taking its name from “a defect in a physical object that causes it to deteriorate due to the fundamental instability of its components,” Inherent Vice follows the blunted exploits of one Larry “Doc” Sportello, as he fumbles his way through multiple layers of conspiratorial weirdness in a rainbow-hued 1970’s Los Angeles.

The Wonders of the Invisible World

Written by Pulitzer Prise-nominated David Gates, Wonders is darkly comic collection of stories populated by an extraordinary cast of premillennial New Yorkers. They are conflicted,mordant, sardonic, but hopelessly in love with the world around them. If one book can be singled out as the godfather of our super “meta” moment, it’s Gates’s vivid, stream-of-conscious exposé of what it means to be self-conscious in our curious modern times.

Invisible Man

Ralph Ellison’s masterpiece about being a young, black man in the 1930’s is not only a vital piece of social history, a brilliant meditation on race, but also triumph of herb lore. It opens with the protagonist having a transformative epiphany while smoking “reefer” and listening to Louis Armstrong’s “What Did I Do to Be So Black and Blue”. He goes on to conclude that jazz, gin and weed all pretty much have the same effect in that they are catalysts of a profound shift in perspective – an epiphany that continues to reverberate to the present day among anyone who has gotten lit to a good tune.

Infinite Jest

Infinite Jest is definitely a book, but it’s also a magic carpet ride. And it’s sort of like climbinga mountain. It will challenge you at every step, expand your mind as a result and challenge
the very act of mind-expansion. It is an opus of ‘90s post-modern fiction, and it’s equal parts
cross-fit workout for your brain. So I guess what I’m trying to say, is that this hulking mass of
words requires a large amount of labour to get through, but if you make it, you won’t be sorry
and your once soft brain will come out of it carved from hard-wood.

The Hasheesh Eater

Written in 1857 by American explorer Fritz Hugh Ludlow, The Hasheesh Eater is considered the world’s first in-depth trip report. Throughout its pages we find many a curious autobiographical account of ol’ Fritz cruising around the Middle East ingesting various forms of cannabis extract.

Here’s an extract about the first time he got high:

Ha! what means this sudden thrill? A shock, as of some unimagined vital force, shoots without warning through my entire frame, leaping to my fingers’ ends, piercing my brain, startling me till I almost spring from my chair.

The popularity of the book inspired a newfound interest in hashish back in his native New York and a few enterprising businessmen used the related buzz to create cannabis-based
products, such as Gunjah Wallah Co’s “Hasheesh Candy” which billed itself as “enchantment confectionalized”.

The rest, as they say, is history, man.

Terrior | How The Soil’s Diversity Affects The Taste On Your Table

While food trends wax and wane, infuriate and delight (gluten-free cronuts with fermented bacon foam anyone?) there is one ideology so pervasive, so infallible, that it had become scarcely identifiable as a single technique; instead seeming the unspoken instinct of all excellent farmers and cooks. Until this A complete definition of terrior would be the set of all environmental factors and conditions (soil, climate, topography etc.) and traditions (cultural) in which a crop is grown that determine the final qualities and characteristics of that crop. Most likely it is a grape or wine cited as the term first originated to better classify distinctions among wines as affected by their growing regions.

The French may have coined the term “terrior”, but they didn’t invent the concept. Granted, they deserve heaps of credit for not (entirely) abandoning it in the last half of the 20th century as Americans did. But since September 2008 and the gentle inevitable arc of the pendulum to a simpler more authentic time (or at least the highly marketable pursuit of simpler more authentic, “slow-living”) the concept of terrior has returned to the New World with a vengeance. Which allows us to see that it was here and it was ours all along. It was where we started from.

The American South is a region getting a lot of attention in the world of terrior right now. Chef Trey Cioccia (of the The Farmhouse Restaurant in Tennessee) drives to middle Tennessee to hand-catch sweet local trout by fly at Bob’s White Springs Trout Farm for his seasonally changing menu. Most notably, Sean Brock (Author of “Heritage”, chef-owner of Husk restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina), is credited with heralding the return of terrior to the “New South” by highlighting local harvest, heritage pork and poultry and Carolina heirloom grains such as Carolina Gold Rice and stone-ground grits. These grains have been bred from Civil War-era starch varietals and are milled in the historical tradition of slow water and stone at Anson Mills (Columbia, SC) by terrior zealot Glen Roberts. Glen explains his business model, which chefs and purveyors across America are rushing to adapt:

“You have to step back away from yield, and stop thinking (about farming and cooking) in a profit-finance model, even though you can make a profit from it. You have to step a ways from that and say, “People lived doing this for thousands of years and they weren’t worried about yields… they were worried about flavor and nutrition.
It’s not about me, it’s not even about Anson Mills, It’s about how we develop this culture and pass it on for the future. When you take a stake in it like I have, the rewards are really kind of quiet. And it’s the human to human interaction that carries this forward.”

Edna Lewis, the undisputed First Lady of Southern Food, was born in Freetown, Virginia, the granddaughter of emancipated slaves. Her most acclaimed book, “the Taste of Country Cooking”, is full of passages that celebrate farm to table dining, born of necessity, not trend. Edna passed in 2006, but she would argue that true Soul Food is the essence of Terrior.

Centuries ago indigenous crops of West Africa such as rice, sorghum and okra made their way to the Americas though transatlantic slave-trade routes. Inhumane slave-owners fed their captive workers as cheaply as possible, forcing them to make do with ingredients at hand. Dietary staples of “home” (Africa) were combined with “new” foraged game and greens such as collards, kale, squirrel, possum, turtle and the limitless potential of native American corn/hominy. The creativity and industriousness of the slave-cook’s kitchen garden was sprung from longing and survival. And Soul Food, the South’s original Terrior, put down roots.

The pantries and food suppliers of the Deep South may be renowned for their sorghum molasses and light-as-air flours (such as White Lily) that produce the most ethereal biscuits unduplicated anywhere else, but the Pacific Northwest is just as famous for having foodways that run through its backyard. It’s literal backyard. This includes inland orchard produce and livestock, ideal conditions for vineyards, a wide ranging mushroom harvest from the coastal rain forest and what is arguably one of the world’s finest seafood regions at its heart.

Long before locavorism and the “100 mile diet” were trendy, indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest were terrior pioneers, immersed in this way of eating and reaping the region’s bounty of berries, elk, seed and grasses, rivers and oceans of teeming salmon, shorelines rich with kelp and clams and molluscs. Food in the form of potlatch was central to traditional life and celebration. For First Nations, food is what connected them to family, community and the afterlife.
We know how and why this changed in the twentieth century. The awareness of First Nations, the way food was honoured, celebrated and left whole was undermined in order to mass produce and make it benign to the foreign palate. Food was stripped of its nuance and sense of place in favour of homogeneity. Everyone lost in the decades to follow. First Nations lost in too large parts their tradition of nutrition and nose-to-tail hunting and harvest. And everyone else lost the lesson inherent.

Gone but not forgotten, traditional food and foraging of Pacific Northwest First Nations is making a mighty comeback, and the world is listening, learning and most of all enjoying food in it’s best and purest incarnation; plucked from the sea, the soil in your own backyard. Clinging dirt-tang, warts, kelp-bulbs, barnacles, leafy tops, snouts and all.

The True Source of Runners High

The mist lingers somewhat motionless. The sound of cloaked forest birds in the distance competes with the swaying branches of towering fir trees that give slow waves as I cut past them. The ground is soft from the resident rainfall and streams that constantly change course in an ever changing landscape. This is the tail end of Autumn in the Pacific Northwest and it is one of the most renewing experiences you might find yourself in. This is my preferred setting to get loose and also the reason I came to be a dedicated runner. Curiously enough, If I remove all those sublime elements and find myself in a second rate place to gallop about I still somehow finish with the same positive sentiments.

For years I gave most of the credit to the areas I chose to trail-blaze, but as I became short on time, I found myself looking for alternatives to get my runner’s fix that didn’t burn the clock. And so there I was, trying to catch a break in traffic on the busy streets that interrupted a carefully considered surrounding neighbourhood route. I was back home before I knew it with endorphins to boot. It wasn’t quite the same as the woods, but I still felt happy as Trump at an NRA convention. It had occurred to me it was the chemical balance that was the key to it all. I had routinely cited endorphins as the reason I’m pumped and borderline addicted to running. Endorphins, produced by the pituitary gland and the central nervous system got all the glory. I never thought twice about it and why would I when all that mattered was the elation that remained with me throughout and after a jaunt. Well it turns out I and many others, including the scientific community, we were crediting the wrong source.

The Basic-ness of Being Busy

“Oh man, I’m just so busy,” a casual acquaintance replies to your polite but somewhat disinterested inquiry as to how things are going. 

Ugh.

It’s truly remarkable this overachiever was able to get away from responding to hundreds of undoubtedly pressing emails to simultaneously acknowledge you while try to make you feel like a pathetic failure at life. What a multitasker.

This oft-made remark is always delivered by those benefiting from an economy that is slowly bleeding out—a lame justification of one’s existence to stave off a trip out back behind the barn. “How could the business possibly survive without me? I’m just so busy!”

You certainly know the type. Despite having virtually no employable skills, this person gets a decent salary with benefits for merely showing up at their one job and sitting at a desk all day. Sure they may be there until, gasp, 6 p.m. on some occasions, but they’re not actually doing anything. When the economy eventually collapses, these people will be the first in the soup line. And when the apocalypse happens shortly thereafter, these people will be the first to get eaten.

Christ, what the hell does this basic even do again? Project management, marketing, or communications for some shitty app that’ll never launch? According to their Twitter bio they’re a social media proselytizer who’s passionate about food, wine, and the outdoors—it’s also careful to note that their vanilla opinions are they’re own and retweets, which are mostly links to listicles, are not, in fact, endorsements. Telling you how busy they are is the most interesting thing they’ll do all week.

The truth is they’re really not very busy, and if they are it’s probably due to their own incompetence. Unless you have a plum gig contributing to an artisanal weed blog, you really have no business dropping how busy you are in casual conversation. (Seriously, it was agony to bang out 600 words out on the topic of self-identifying busybodies.)

People who are actually busy never proclaim it. They’ll tell you they’re tired or exhausted. That’s the surefire way to tell the difference between the legitimately busy people and the fakers who are trying to show off some weird metrics-based badge of honour.

Yes, Vancouver is a tough city to hack it in. The rent is astronomical and even if you could afford a nice apartment, it doesn’t matter because they’re rare as decent paying, full-time work that won’t crush your soul. The struggle, as the millennials say, is real. So sure, it’s a little gauche to boast that you’re happily coasting by and couldn’t be happier, never really that busy and living off of one unpredictable pay cheque to the next. But that doesn’t mean you need to join their weird faux-busy club, which seems rather cultish—minus the fun of doing mind-altering drugs, swapping partners, and drinking the prefect’s bath water.

So how do you possibly respond? Well, you can lie and one-up them with tales your equally if not more busy lifestyle. You could even tell them to hold that thought as you have a really important email that requires your attention immediately, then whip out your phone. Or you can concede you’re less important and productive, before you tell this loser off.

Do so the latter at your own risk though. It’s very possible the main reason they’re telling you they’re busy is because they don’t have time for your overly critical, lazy ass. 

This Is How Marijuana Can Solve All of Your Problems

Here’s a scenario you’ve probably experienced: You’re working on something, either at your job or on your own personal project. Maybe it’s some sort of quarterly report, or maybe it’s something purely creative, whatever it is, you’ve hit a dead end. Your head is against the wall and you’re stuck. A problem that should be solvable, somehow isn’t and you can’t seem to find a way around it.

If you’re up against a deadline, it may feel you’re in a crisis. It could be that you’ve got too many options and can’t narrow them down, at the other side of the spectrum, that you can’t come up with one decent idea.

But don’t fret, there is a rather simple way to climb this problem mountain without breaking a sweat: simply leave your desk, smoke a joint and forget about it.

Now, this might seem a little bit too counterintuitively groovy to make any sense, but it’s actually a perfectly logical approach backed up by science.

Firstly, once you take a break from a problem and put it out of your mind, an interesting mental process takes place called “the incubation effect”.

The incubation effect is part of a four-stage theory of creativity, first put forward in by Graham Wallas, an English psychologist, in 1926. The stages are as follows:

1. Preparation
2. Incubation
3. Insight
4. Verification

There are a couple things that happen when you take a break and forget about what you’ve been working on. The first – your mind gets some much needed rest. The second part is that your subconscious does the heavy lifting.

When you exert conscious effort to understand a problem, you’re training your brain to view that specific problem as important, a byproduct of this is that your subconscious will also see the problem as important and will work overtime for you while you’re off sleeping, playing videogames, or at the gym.

After you’ve taken an appropriate amount of time doing something unrelated to the problem at hand, you will be able to experience some sort of new insight into what you’re struggling with and see a solution that was right in front of you the whole time. Sometime you might need a few hours of incubation, or depending on how complex the problem is, a few days or weeks.

Now, wait, where does the joint come in?

If you’re someone who feels inspired and creative when using cannabis, it has the capacity to enhance the incubation process and propel you towards epiphany. Why? Well, there are many different reasons, including increased frontal lobe activity, deep brain stimulation, and many other neurological effects related to cannabis use.

Most interestingly, a 2010 study by Morgan, Rothwell, et al. showed that one of cannabis’s central properties is its ability to increase “hyper-priming” ; which is related to your ability to make connections between seemingly unrelated concepts. Or in other words – cannabis use can lead to creative epiphanies.

Now, this isn’t earth-shattering, mind-blowing or revolutionary news, and most people who have used cannabis in creative pursuits already know this. Nor does it mean that taking a few hits of sativa will magically put your brain on autopilot and make everything easier (quite the opposite).

But understanding how your conscious and subconscious works, and how cannabis can factor into that process, can definitely help you out the next time you find yourself with your head against the desk.