¿Qué es el CBD (Cannabidiol) y qué hace? • High Times


El cannabidiol (CBD) es verdaderamente uno de los compuestos más notables en el mundo natural.

¿Qué es exactamente el cannabidiol (CDB) y lo más importante, qué hace? Esas preguntas y más están en el corazón de esta guía integral de uno de los compuestos más fascinantes e importantes de la planta de cannabis.

Las plantas de cannabis son potencias químicas que producen más de 400 compuestos diferentes. No todos estos compuestos son exclusivos de la marihuana, por supuesto, y aparecen en muchas otras especies de plantas. Es por eso que la marihuana puede oler a pinos o sabor a limones frescos. Pero de esos 400 compuestos, más de 60 de ellos son totalmente específicos para el género de plantas de Cannabis. Los científicos llaman a estos compuestos especiales “cannabinoides”. Sin embargo, no todos los cannabinoides son creados iguales. Uno de ellos, el cannabidiol, o CDB, la clave de la gran variedad de efectos terapéuticos y medicinales que ofrece la marihuana.

Cuanto más aprendemos acerca del CDB, más parece estar a punto de revolucionar la medicina como la conocemos. Descubra por qué el cannabidiol es tan importante y por qué debería preocuparse por él, especialmente si consume cannabis.

CDB: Los fundamentos del cannabidiol

Quizás lo único más complejo que la bioquímica del cannabis es su farmacología. Las formas en que la marihuana interactúa con el cuerpo humano son sumamente complejas. Y la verdad es que no sabemos tanto como deberíamos sobre esas interacciones, al menos no todavía.

Sin embargo, sí sabemos algunos de los conceptos básicos. Así que aquí está su hoja informativa fundamental sobre el cannabidiol.

El cannabidiol no es psicoactivo

Una de las cualidades más importantes de la CDB es su falta de psico-actividad. En términos laicos, esto significa que el cannabidiol no te va a drogar. A diferencia del THC, el cannabinoide con el poder legendario de producir sensaciones de euforia, el cannabidiol es inerte.

Por lo tanto, cuando se toma sólo CBD, los usuarios no experimentan ninguna de las sensaciones de estar drogado. Y esta es la propiedad más importante del cannabinoide desde la perspectiva médica y legal.

El cannabidiol es legal en casi todas partes

Debido a que el CBD no te droga, los productos que contienen solo este cannabinoide pueden eludir la prohibición legal de la marihuana.

Técnicamente hablando, el THC, el cannabinoide que te droga, es ilícito. Cuando se realiza una prueba de detección de drogas, el objetivo es detectar el THC en su cuerpo, no el “cannabis”. Si poseía hierba sin ningún THC, técnicamente no estaría violando la ley. Porque “la hierba” sin THC tiene un nombre diferente: cáñamo. Y las reglas que rigen el cáñamo son bastante diferentes de las restricciones impuestas al cannabis.

De hecho, todos los estados que todavía tienen que legalizar la marihuana para uso médico tienen algún tipo de ley que permite que las personas obtengan y utilicen productos de CBD solo (o de bajo THC) con fines médicos o terapéuticos. Y en la mayoría de los casos, eso significa obtener Cannabidiol de cáñamo, en lugar de flores de cannabis.

En lugares con programas legales de marihuana medicinal, los productos de CBD están ampliamente disponibles y son fáciles de encontrar.

El cannabidiol puede provenir de plantas de cáñamo o marihuana

Hay dos fuentes principales de CBD: las plantas de cáñamo y la marihuana. El origen de un producto determinado depende del estado legal de la marihuana en un estado en particular.

Si la marihuana medicinal es ilegal en un estado determinado, los niveles de THC determinan si un producto de CBD es ilícito o no. En la mayoría de los lugares, el límite es extremadamente bajo. Estamos hablando de menos del 1 por ciento de THC, y algunos estados optan por un límite tan bajo como el 0.3 por ciento. En este caso, la única fuente que funciona es el cáñamo, y los productos del CDB, por lo tanto, serán derivados del cáñamo.

En otros lugares, los límites pueden ser más altos. Delaware, por ejemplo, permite que el aceite de CBD contenga hasta un 5 por ciento de THC. Pero eso todavía no es suficiente para que alguien esté drogado.

Dejando a un lado las cuestiones de legalidad y de origen, el consenso general dice que el CBD derivado de la marihuana es más potente y más efectivo.

Muchos atribuyen este fenómeno al “efecto de séquito” o a la teoría de que un cannabinoide puede hacer su trabajo mejor cuando trabaja junto con sus cannabinoides acompañantes. La extracción de cannabidiol de las flores de cannabis ayuda a mantener estos otros cannabinoides intactos, por lo que la gente lo prefiere a los productos derivados del cáñamo.

En otras palabras, la fuente importa. Y los brotes de la planta de cannabis tienen un complemento de cannabinoides más rico y más amplio en comparación con las hojas de cáñamo. Así que mientras estamos en el tema, aquí presentamos un rápido resumen de las mejores variedades de cannabis con CBD y dominantes con CBD.Los cultivadores están elaborando cepas especializadas de  marihuana dominantes de CBD.

La demanda de cannabidiol de grado médico ha alentado a los criadores y cultivadores a buscar nuevas genéticas de cepas que promuevan la producción de cannabidiol. Estas cepas no intentan eliminar el THC. En cambio, aumentan la proporción de CBD a THC, lo que permite que los efectos del cannabidiol brillen a través de ellos.

Katelyn Faith: llamada así en honor a la niña de 8 años para la que fue creada, Katelyn Faith cuenta con una proporción de cannabidiol a THC de 34 a 1, lo que la convierte en una de las cepas más ricas en CBD del mundo.


Arlequín: una cepa médica legendaria que pesa en una proporción de 5: 2.


ACDC: esta variedad ampliamente disponible supera el 19 por ciento de cannabidiol.


Remedio: como su nombre indica, una potente variedad de curación con una impresionante relación de cannabidiol de 15: 1.

Cannatonic: con una proporción perfecta de 1: 1 de CBD a THC, esta cepa logra un efecto de conjunto óptimo para pacientes médicos que también buscan los beneficios del THC.

La red de Charlotte: Curiosamente, esta “cepa” no es para nada marihuana. Más bien, es una planta patentada de cáñamo que produce cogollos solo con el cannabinoide cannabidiol.


Si estás buscando una variedad de cannabis medicinal de alta calidad que ponga énfasis en el cannabidiol, estas seis variedades son un excelente lugar para comenzar.

 

¿Qué hace el cannabidiol en realidad?


Hemos cubierto los detalles de qué es el cannabidiol, sus propiedades básicas y de dónde proviene. Ahora es el momento de dirigir nuestra atención a lo que puede hacer este pequeño compuesto poderoso.

Por una buena razón, el cannabidiol domina la conversación sobre las aplicaciones médicas del cannabis. Pero eso no significa que el CDB no sea valioso para los usuarios recreativos. De hecho, CBD tiene algunas cualidades especiales que pueden convertirlo en una parte importante de cualquier experiencia recreativa.

Primero, nos sumergimos en el lado médico de las cosas. Luego, analizaremos la importancia del cannabidiol para los usuarios recreativos.

¿Cómo interactúa el cannabidiol en el cuerpo?

Todos los más de 60 cannabinoides exclusivos del género de plantas Cannabis interactúan con nuestros cuerpos gracias a una red de neuronas llamada sistema endocannabinoide.

El sistema endocannabinoide se ejecuta en todo el cuerpo. Y está cargado de receptores que se unen a los cannabinoides que introduces en el torrente sanguíneo cuando consumes hierba.

Y son las interacciones químicas de esos enlaces lo que crea una serie de respuestas amplias y en gran parte desconocidas en tu cuerpo.

Sin distorsionar demasiado la ciencia, se podría decir que los seres humanos están “cableados” para la hierba. El sistema endocannabinoide es profundo y toca todos los sistemas principales del cuerpo. Y es por eso que la marihuana puede hacer muchas cosas por nosotros, desde alterar y regular el estado de ánimo hasta estimular el apetito y reducir el dolor.

Y aunque el cannabidiol no tiene toxicidad para los humanos, lo que significa que no lo intoxica (es decir, lo droga), es altamente reactivo con el sistema endocannabinoide.

Para poner las cosas de la manera más simple posible, el CBD hace que las cosas sucedan. Cuando se une a los receptores del sistema endocannabinoide, estimula todo tipo de cambios en el cuerpo

La mayoría de esos cambios son increíblemente beneficiosos, y los investigadores siguen descubriendo usos médicos reales y potenciales para ellos.

No te aburriremos con las minucias técnicas de cada uno de esos cambios. En su lugar, aquí hay una descripción general rápida de los estudios más importantes y los hallazgos más prometedores sobre la importancia médica de el CDB.

 

Esto es lo que realmente puede hacer el CDB y la investigación que lo respalda

No hay mejor manera de apreciar lo que puede hacer el cannabidiol que echando un vistazo a la apasionante investigación que se encuentra detrás de él. Este resumen enumera los principales beneficios médicos de la CDB y luego explica los estudios clave que los respaldan.

El CDB puede detener las convulsiones epilépticas
Uno de los estudios de CBD más importantes jamás publicados fue un estudio innovador sobre la eficacia del uso de CBD como tratamiento para la epilepsia.

En 2012, los investigadores de la Asociación Británica de Epilepsia publicaron un artículo llamado “El cannabidiol ejerce efectos anticonvulsivos en modelos animales del lóbulo temporal y convulsiones parciales”. ¿Su conclusión? “La evidencia apoya firmemente al CBD como candidato terapéutico para una amplia gama de epilepsias humanas”.

 

El CBD puede aliviar el dolor

El cannabis medicinal se está convirtiendo rápidamente en la mejor opción para los peligrosos y adictivos analgésicos recetados, como los opioides que causan una epidemia de muertes por sobredosis en los Estados Unidos.

Generalmente, el poder de la marihuana para aliviar el dolor proviene en su mayoría de su cannabinoide psicoactivo, THC. Sin embargo, el cannabidiol también es un potente analgésico. En el 2015 se dió el estudio más importante para descubrir los efectos de alivio del dolor del CDB. En ese estudio, los investigadores compararon el cannabidiol con la morfina.

Para su sorpresa, el CBD funcionó bien en combinación con la morfina y contrarrestó los riesgosos efectos secundarios de esta última. Esto significa que el cannabidiol puede ayudar a tratar condiciones de dolor agudo, junto con más beneficios a largo plazo.

 

Cómo funciona es bastante increíble. El cannabidiol en realidad dificulta el crecimiento de las células cancerosas. En algunos casos, causa un aumento en la eliminación de  células cancerígenas. No es de extrañar que abunden las historias acerca de las curas “milagrosas” del CDB que reducen los tumores.

 

El CBD puede reducir la inflamación
El cannabis es ampliamente reconocido como un tratamiento para la inflamación. El crédito va tanto al THC como al CBD en ese sentido, pero el cannabidiol tiene algunas propiedades antiinflamatorias especiales propias.

Específicamente, el cannabidiol se une al sistema endocannabinoide para producir una respuesta que reduce la inflamación del nervio. Esta es otra de sus cualidades “neuroprotectoras” y una de las principales razones por las cuales el CBD es un tratamiento tan efectivo para las enfermedades neurológicas.

 

El  CDB puede tratar los trastornos del estado de ánimo
El trastorno por estrés postraumático (TEPT) afecta a casi el 8 por ciento de todos los estadounidenses durante su vida. Las mujeres tienen el doble de probabilidades que los hombres de padecerlo. Encontrar un tratamiento asequible, seguro y confiable para el TEPT afectaría profundamente las vidas de millones de estadounidenses cada año.

Con ese fin, un innovador estudio de 2013 descubrió que el cannabidiol mejoró las capacidades de las personas para olvidar sus recuerdos traumáticos. Estos hallazgos son increíblemente importantes y podrían ser relevantes para descubrir cómo el cannabidiol puede tratar otros trastornos de ansiedad y estrés.

 

¿Qué puede hacer el CDB para los usuarios recreativos?

El tema del tratamiento del estrés y la ansiedad nos ayuda a determinar la importancia del cannabidiol para los usuarios recreativos de marihuana.

Una de las cosas más asombrosas sobre el CBD para la multitud recreativa es su capacidad de actuar como una especie de contrapeso para el THC. El Yin pasivo, que sostiene al Yang activo y creativo de THC, si así lo desea.

 

El CBD puede producir una sensación de “high” más suave y equilibrado

Cuando los usuarios recreativos reportan una experiencia negativa con la marihuana, el problema casi siempre tiene que ver con sentimientos de paranoia y ansiedad. Sin duda, cualquier usuario recreativo serio ha estado allí. La hierba de hoy puede ser increíblemente potente en términos de THC. Y sin mencionar los concentrados.

Las dosis altas de THC pueden provocar alteraciones negativas en el estado de ánimo. Y algunas personas son más sensibles al THC que otras. Tanto para las personas que accidentalmente se pusieron “demasiado high” como para aquellas hipersensibles al THC, el cannabidiol puede ayudar a bombear las roturas al inhibir parte de la toxicidad del THC.

Este es un mecanismo realmente único y poco comprendido cubierto bajo el efecto de séquito. Pero si observa detenidamente los productos de los dispensarios, verá muchas cepas, alimentos y concentrados que incluyen una dosis saludable de CBD además de altas cantidades de THC.

La razón de esto es que el cannabidiol funciona como un antídoto para el THC. Contrarresta algunos de los efectos más fuertes e inductores de estrés del THC, lo que lleva a un sensación más suave y equilibrada.

Por lo tanto, las cepas 1: 1 u otros productos con una mezcla equilibrada de THC y CBD son súper populares entre los consumidores de cannabis recreativo.

 

Los productos de CBD más populares disponibles en la actualidad

 

Aceites de CBD
Hoy en día, la forma más popular de comprar productos y consumir cannabidiol es como un aceite. Sin embargo, recuerde que el aceite de CBD puede provenir del cáñamo o de las plantas de marihuana, y la calidad puede variar dramáticamente.

Productos de Salud y Belleza
Además, los ungüentos tópicos, que permiten que el CDB se absorba a través de la piel, también son tremendamente populares. Los humectantes con extractos de CDB dominan los mercados de salud y cuidado de la piel para el cannabis terapéutico. Al igual que otros productos con infusión de CBD, como champús, limpiadores faciales e incluso desodorantes.

Vaporizadores
Vapear extractos de CBD en forma de concentrado de cera es otro modo popular de consumir cannabidiol.

Comestibles
Y, finalmente, están los viejos recursos: comestibles y tinturas para hacer alimentos y bebidas con infusión de CBD.

El futuro del cannabidiol: ¿El futuro de una cura milagrosa?
Ese es el resumen de lo que es el cannabidiol, lo que puede hacer por usted y las formas más populares de ponerlo en sus manos. Como puede ver, el futuro tiene algunas cosas interesantes para el CDB, gracias a su promesa como un medicamento eficaz y seguro.

Capaz de luchar contra las enfermedades más graves, mientras que también es lo suficientemente suave para ser parte de un régimen de salud diario, el cannabidiol es verdaderamente uno de los compuestos más notables en el mundo natural.

Y por esta razón, el cannabidiol (CBD) está impulsando la innovación en la industria del cannabis. ¿Quién hubiera adivinado que la parte de la planta que no te droga se convierte en un jugador tan importante en la revolución del cannabis de hoy?

Traducido por Silvia Muñoz Campo





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David Crosby Joins WeedCon Cup Judges Panel – Weed News


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Singer/Songwriter, David Crosby will participate in the 2019 WeedCon Cup competition as judge and presenter supporting the United States’ premier cannabis cup competition awarding excellence for cannabis products.  The 2019 WeedCon Cup Awards will take place at WeedCon West, a two day B2B education and networking expo held in Los Angeles, CA in June.

David Crosby, Grammy award-winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and founding member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and The Byrds will join Swerve of The California Connection, Michelin Chef Michael Magallanes of Opulent Chef, Erin Lumley of Strain Kind of Love, Suhum Shah former critic for The Cannabist, actress Patricia Tackett, Producer/Director Petrie Alexandra Williams, cannabis photographer Larry Silverman, CEO of Bare Roots Farms Kevin Hagar and entrepreneur Phillip Delacruz on the WeedCon Cup Judges Panel.

The WeedCon Cup award is a 15 lb. cut crystal and sterling silver trophy given for Best Flower (sponsored by Flow Kana), Best Concentrate (sponsored by SHO Products) as well as Best Edibles, Tinctures, Topicals, Vaporizer, Packaging and Best Dispensary.

Flow Kana is the first sustainable, sun grown cannabis company to embrace the small, independent farm ecosystem. Flow Kana offers a wide range of processing, co-packing, white label, and distribution services to brands, dispensaries, distributors, and manufacturers.  Featuring a wide variety of tested and graded products, Flow Kana provides partners with a one-stop shop for clean, compliant cannabis products of the highest quality through a suite of strategic processing and distribution points throughout the state of California.  Flow Kana’s supported brands include Willies Reserve, Eel River Organics, Brother Davids, Juna and Foria.

SHO Products is the leading equipment and technology provider in the world for solventless extraction equipment.  SHO both manufactures its own products and operates as a distributor of complimentary product lines. SHO’s extraction equipment includes rosin presses, filter bags, parchment paper and dry-sift tumblers.  Committed to distributing the best products in the industry, SHO distributes equipment, tools and accessories through their retail partners and online portals.  Brands SHO Products brings to market include Dab Nation, Be Lit, and Rosin Tech.

WeedCon Cup entrants include California Dab Company, Cali Kush Farms, Dr. Delights, Flor Pure Flower, Green Shock, The Original Jack Herer, Kushy Punch, Ignite, Island Medibles, Lit Club, Liquid Flower, Legit Tasty, Mary’s Medicinals, Dr. Norms, The Package Company, Papa & Barkley, Rove Brand, Sunderstorm, Silver Dragon Cannabis, Sol Spirit Farm, Stone Road Farms, Tinley Beverages, Talking Trees Farms, WildLand Cannabis.

WeedCon West will include exhibitors, special entertainment, investors forum, networking luncheon and the WeedCon Cup awards.  Ticket sales will go to support orphans, foster and homeless children through nonprofit, Safety Harbor Kids.  Visit www.weedcon2019.com.

Source: PR Newswire



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#GetPounded To Celebrate 420 At Diego Pellicer – Colorado

#GetPounded To Celebrate 420 At Diego Pellicer – Colorado

Diego Pellicer Worldwide, Inc. branded location offers raffle, exclusive deals and more

DENVER (April 9, 2019) – On 420, millions of citizens will show their support for the legalization of cannabis, taking to state capitals in states where the struggle continues and taking to dispensaries where progress has taken place. At the Diego Pellicer Worldwide, Inc. (OTCQB: DPWW) branded location in Denver, it will be an all-out celebration.

“April 20th isn’t just a date on the calendar. It marks a moment in history when this nation began to realize the benefits of cannabis. We support those who continue the fight in states considering legalization and celebrate with those who had achieved success,” said Ron Throgmartin, chief executive officer, Diego Pellicer Worldwide, Inc.

#GetPounded in April

Diego Pellicer – Colorado is raffling an entire pound of an exotic flower strain of cannabis to one lucky winner. Each purchase between April 1 and April 30 enters customers into a raffle for a chance to win. The grand prize “pound” winner will receive a total of 16 ounces of marijuana, to be purchased in 16 separate ounce increments for $1 each ($3,840 retail value). The winning name will be drawn on April 30 at 4:20 p.m.

On April 20, the first 250 customers through the door will receive a limited edition gift bag filled with gear from the top names in Colorado cannabis including Nomad, GreenDot, Olio, Loves Oven, Northern Standard, Sweet Grass, Viloa, Cannapunch, Craft and more. The line starts at 7 a.m. on April 20 and the store opens at 8 a.m. The store is located at 2949 West Alameda Ave. in Denver.

Colorado customers can also look for additional deals, coupons and discounts in “Westword” through the store’s “takeover” of the 420 edition of the independent print and digital news source in Denver.

“Colorado has been progressive in understanding of the importance of cannabis,” said Nicholas Jack, chief retail officer, Diego Pellicer – Colorado. “We are proud to be here and celebrate this day.”

Pre-order via the Diego Pellicer – Colorado App

To better serve increasing demand, Diego Pellicer – Colorado has introduced an app for Android. Customers can order from current, in-store inventory, browse the product photo gallery, take a virtual tour of the store, get instant notifications of product specials and stay connected via Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. The app can be downloaded directly at https://co.diego-pellicer.com/android/

About Diego Pellicer Worldwide, Inc. (OTCQB: DPWW)

Diego Pellicer Worldwide, Inc. is the premium marijuana brand and management company. In addition to its branded locations in Colorado and Washington, the company actively seeks to develop and manage high-end, turnkey cannabis retail stores. When federally legal, DPWW is positioned to become a national, vertically integrated marijuana company. To learn more about how to become a branded Diego Pellicer retailer, cultivator or investor visit www.Diego-Pellicer.com.

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CONTACTS:           Suzanne Herrick, Fedoruk & Associates, Inc., 612-247-3079, suzanne@fedorukinc.com

Nello Gonfiantini, Diego Pellicer Worldwide, Inc., 775-690-2188, nello@diego-pellicer.com

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Kentucky Gubernatorial Candidate Calls for Marijuana Decriminalization


Gubernatorial candidate Adam Edelen called for the decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana in Kentucky on Monday. Under the plan, possession of less than half an ounce of cannabis would be charged as a civil offense, similar to a traffic violation, and subject to a fine of up to $100. Currently, possession of cannabis is a Class B misdemeanor, the lowest level crime in Kentucky, with convictions penalized with up to 45 days behind bars.

Edelen, who was elected as Kentucky state auditor in 2011, planned campaign stops in Lexington and Louisville on Monday to share the details of his decriminalization proposal. He said in a press release that it is time to reform cannabis policy in Kentucky.

“We need modern laws that reflect our modern world and that means that no one should be held in jail for weeks or be forced into a criminal justice system that limits their potential just for having a small bag of marijuana,” Edelen said. “It’s bad policy and the time has come to change the way we treat marijuana.”

More than 11,000 Kentucky residents were convicted of marijuana possession last year, according to Edelen’s campaign, which also noted that research in 2013 determined that Blacks in the state were six times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than Whites. Decriminalization would also save state resources now being used to incarcerate those convicted of marijuana possession.

Four Democrats Vying for Nomination

Edelen has three opponents in the race to be the Democratic nominee for governor of Kentucky: Attorney General Andy Beshear, House Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins, and former congressional candidate Geoff Young. Beshear’s campaign has said that he supports a ballot measure to legalize the medicinal use of cannabis but has not expressed support for the decriminalization of marijuana.

“Criminal justice reform is important to Andy, and he thinks that people shouldn’t have to serve jail time just for the possession of small amounts of marijuana,” said Eric Hyers, Beshear’s campaign manager. “Andy is also committed to rooting out the bias and discrimination that exists in our criminal justice system, which leads to disproportionately high incarceration rates for people of color.”

Gov. Matt Bevin is running for reelection and faces a primary challenge for the Republican nomination from state Rep. Robert Goforth, William Woods, and Ike Lawrence, who ran for mayor of Lexington last year. Woods, a former state House of Representatives candidate, has called for increased revenue for state government through the legalization of marijuana and casino gambling. The Kentucky primary election will be held on Tuesday, May 21, to be followed by the general election on November 5.





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LED Or HPS? Which Grow Light Is More Ideal For You? – Weed News


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The question of LED vs HPS and which is “more ideal” has been around since the LED grow light hit the market place. While LED grow lights have absolutely come a remarkable way since, can they complete, watt for watt, with the HPS grow light? And where do other types of HID grow lights come into play?

If you search on any on-line grow discussion forum, you will regularly discover growers debating whether HPS or LED lighting is most efficient. It is interesting that if you were to check 4 or 5 years earlier, HPS would be the crystal-clear champion of the dispute. Nonetheless, LED grow lights technology has developed jumps and bounds over the last few years, and the debate these days is much less obvious.

The expense of LED grow lights has also fallen considerably over the last few years, which creates the argument for LED grow lights stronger. Those who have been making use of HPS lights for years may be willing to change to LED grow lights, especially because of a higher upfront cost. However, LED grow lights are normally cheaper to run in the long run thanks to decreased power usage and removal of routine repair and maintenance. With HPS grow bulbs, the intensity loses substantial power over time so you will have to switch out your HPS light on a regular basis to ensure you are receiving the most out of your grow light. LED grow lights don’t reduce intenseness like HPS light bulbs and are generally just as intense until the actual end of their life cycle with an overall service life of 50,000-100,000 hrs.

HPS Lights:

High Pressure Sodium lights have frequently been observed as the greatest grow light available for newbies and professionals alike, and the secret to their recognition is their unbelievable abraded light output. HPS grow lights produce a massive amount of light, which is especially good for flowering; nevertheless, they also produce a large amount of heat in doing so and a lot of the actual light produced is of lesser value for growth. Individuals who work with HPS lights frequently use Metal Halide for vegetative growth also since its light spectrum is better suited for vegging. This means that many growers with HID light systems have different veg and flowering lights or at least numerous bulbs, which adds to the expenses of maintaining a HID setup.

Pros Of HPS

  • HPS lights are much more consistent among makers, making it a bit much easier to comparison shop.
  • HPS light setups have a less expensive start-up price, however, the price gap in between equivalent HPS and LED grow lights has become considerably less as LED grow light setups become less expensive each new generation.
  • HPS bulbs provide a tremendous level of raw light strength so they can create great yields, especially when working with very big plants.
    Cons Of HPS
  • HPS lights use far more power to generate light than similar LED grow light systems and are much less efficient.
  • HPS lights also produce a lot of heat energy, which often needs extra air flow tools to keep an appropriate grow room climate. If not actually managed as necessary, the added heat energy can easily make growing hard. This is especially daunting if your grow area is already prone to temperature complications (growing in a very hot attic, for example).
  • HPS grow lights diminish in intensity dramatically gradually and must be replaced routinely every 12-18 months leading in added operation costs.

LED Grow Lights bring the outdoors indoors

LED grow lights are a truly remarkable feat of modern technology and are by far the most efficient lighting type offered. Utilized in many of today’s most advanced professional grow operations in addition to many hobbyist gardens, LED grow lights combine precise spectral outputs, advanced optics, and thermal control design to transform almost 100% of used electrical power into growth-targeted light energy. This is how LED grow lights are capable to generate great returns while using up much less energy than their HPS counterparts. LED grow light installations also require very small servicing beside from the occasional cleansing. Generally, growers make use of just one LED grow light device from kickoff to wrap up as a lot of LED’s have spectrums optimised for the complete development cycle. There certainly are also LED grow lights readily available that can be calibrated for the different stages of growth.

Pros Of LED Grow Lights

  • Today’s best LED grow lights can rival the production of HPS lights that utilize nearly twice the wattage, which in turn adds up to terrific cost savings on the power bill.
  • LED grow lights operate much cooler than HPS turning out in an evident series of advantages for the indoor grower.
  • LED grow light devices usually come as all-in-one components, which are much easier to work with in constricted spaces. They can also be installed closer to plants in confined areas with quite minimal risk of heat damage.

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Drawbacks Of LED Grow Lights

  • LED Grow lights do have a greater beforehand price but have been certainly indicated to spare in the long run thanks to a reduced charge of operation.
  • LED Grow Lights are not as standardised around manufacturers quite yet, helping make comparison-shopping a lot more difficult. Nevertheless, the LED grow light industry has come a very long way and design methods are transforming into more consistent.
  • LED Grow lights produce less heat, which for many is an advantage. However, those growing with LED’s in colder indoor places may need to supplement the additional heat a HID light such as an HPS or MH would certainly produce.

Conclusion

Both of these LED grow lights and HPS grow lights are similarly qualified of producing wonderful returns, and both have benefits over the other. If initial expenditure is not a problem, the answer to which one is better really comes down to additional main variables contributing to your grow such as the growing method you intend to perform as well as the ambient conditions and size of the grow area.

 



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¿Cuánto tiempo permanece el THC en la orina? • High Times


Dejando a un lado las críticas de las pruebas que se realizan de detección de drogas en el lugar de trabajo y los debates sobre la eficacia, la precisión de las pruebas y el sentimiento generalmente humillante e invasivo de la privacidad de toda la operación, analicemos una sola pregunta: ¿cuánto tiempo dura el THC en la orina?

En resumen…… Es complicado decir.

Desafortunadamente, no existe una respuesta simple. Así que volvamos a formular la pregunta. Con seguridad, no estás aquí para un tratado académico sobre el metabolismo de los cannabinoides.

Lo más probable es que desees saber cuánto tiempo permanece el THC en la orina porque probablemente tienes una prueba de detección de drogas.

Entonces, realmente, la pregunta no es cuánto tiempo permanece el THC en la orina. La pregunta real es: ¿En cuanto tiempo disminuye el nivel de THC en la orina por debajo del límite para no dar un resultado positivo?

Para poder responder esta pregunta, es crucial entender por qué y cómo el THC termina en la orina en primer lugar y las variables que controlan la rapidez con la que el cuerpo la elimina.

¿Cómo termina el THC en la orina?

El THC, o más específicamente, el THC delta-9 que da el efecto eufórico no termina en tu orina.

Entonces, ¿Por qué temer a una prueba de drogas? Los exámenes de orina no están buscando moléculas psicoactivas, ilícitas delta-9 THC, sino que detectan lo que el cuerpo produce como producto de desecho después de que se metaboliza el THC que es consumido.

Este producto de desecho se llama metabolito. La versión del THC es el THCCOOH, que los científicos llaman como “carboxi”.

Los sistemas de excreción son los encargados de eliminar los metabolitos de desecho como el THCCOOH. Para hacerlo, el THCCOOH se une con un ácido urónico llamado ácido glucurónico, que sale del cuerpo por la orina.

Resumiendo, cuando inhalas THC en el humo de la marihuana, tu cuerpo lo metaboliza rápidamente y te droga igual de rápido. Su metabolismo convierte ese THC psicoactivo en el THCCOOH inactivo, que es desechado a través de la orina.

Dicho esto, del 15 al 20 por ciento de la dosis de THC consumida sale del cuerpo a través de metabolitos urinarios ácidos.

¿Cuánto tiempo permanece THC en la orina?: Examinemos las variables.

Las pruebas de drogas en la orina para detectar cannabis, esencialmente tratan encontrar evidencia de que el cuerpo todavía está trabajando para eliminar los desechos de su último consumo de THC.

No muestran cuando fumaste por última vez. No pueden determinar si estabas drogado cuando tomaste la prueba. Lo que revela es que el cuerpo de alguien todavía está trabajando para eliminar el THCCOOH, lo que significa que el cuerpo tuvo que haber metabolizado una cantidad ilícita de THC. En algún momento, al menos.

Con una prueba tan dependiente de todos los complejos procesos corporales involucrados en el metabolismo humano, no es de extrañar que sea imposible ofrecer una respuesta simple y directa a la pregunta: ¿Cuánto tiempo permanece el THC en la orina?

A continuación, se muestra una lista de las variables más influyentes.

Dosis de THC

Como mencionamos anteriormente, los científicos creen que del 15 al 20 por ciento de una dosis de Delta-9 THC termina eliminada a través de la orina. Por lo tanto, cuanto más potente sea el cannabis, más metabolitos terminarán en tu orina. Esto también explica cómo los administradores de pruebas pueden correlacionar las pequeñas cantidades que detectan con una dosis real de cannabis.

Hábitos de uso

Lógicamente, los fumadores habituales son más vulnerables a la detección de orina durante más tiempo que aquellos con hábitos más ocasionales. En realidad, mucho más.

Los fumadores de cannabis que lo hacen solo una vez, en tan solo cinco días podrán tener una orina normal, o tardar hasta ocho. ¿Fumas sólo unas cuantas veces a la semana? Una semana y media a dos semanas y media y deberías estar bien. ¿Fumas todos los días excepto unos dos días? Le llevará de un mes a un mes y medio, o más, eliminar todo el THCCOOH de su sistema.

Y si usted es un usuario diario, espere un período de dos meses antes de que su prueba de orina se vuelva negativa. Un estudio importante informó que un sujeto con hábitos de uso diario tomó 77 días antes de publicar 10 pruebas negativas consecutivas.

Aquí hay una tabla práctica de estas ventanas de detección promedio. Una vez más, estos no son límites exactos. Son promedios. Y tu cuerpo podría ser extraordinario.

1 vez de uso: limpio en 5-8 días
2-4 veces a la semana: 11-18 días
5-6 veces a la semana: 33-48 días.
Uso diario: 50-65 días, hasta 77.

Limpiando tu sistema a través de un programa de desintoxicación

Si tiene al menos siete días antes de tu prueba, un programa de desintoxicación podría acelerar el proceso de limpieza natural del cuerpo y eliminar completamente de tu  cuerpo el THC en tu sistema en aproximadamente una semana. Estos programas también vienen con kits de prueba caseros para verificar que estés limpio.

Limpieza Inmediata o para el mismo día

Si tu prueba es antes de lo pensado,  existen algunas bebidas desintoxicantes que podrían limpiar tu cuerpo el mismo día, manteniendo tu cuerpo limpio durante un periodo de 4 o 6 horas.

¿Inhalado o ingerido?


¿Cuánto tiempo permanece el THC en la orina después de comer comestibles en comparación a fumar o vaporizar marihuana?

Teniendo en cuenta lo diferencia que se puede sentir la euforia de los  comestibles al lado de fumar marihuana, se podría esperar que los niveles de THC en la orina varíen.

En verdad, lo hacen.

Los comestibles harán que el THC permanezca en la orina un poco más, desde varias horas hasta un día más. Pero ese no es un grado lo suficientemente significativo como para marcar una diferencia real en el resultado de tu prueba.

En otras palabras, ambos métodos de administrar la dosis de THC colocarán suficiente THCCOOH en la orina para hacerte  fallar una prueba de detección de drogas en la orina.

Pero debido a la forma en que el cuerpo procesa el THC cuando se consume, convirtiéndolo en un metabolito psicoactivo llamado 11-hidroxi-THC, y luego en el THCCOOH inactivo que detecta la prueba, los comestibles pueden dejarte en evidencia por más tiempo, según sus hábitos de uso , en comparación a fumar o vapear cannabis.

Factores fisiológicos

Cuando se trata del cuerpo, dos factores juegan un papel clave en el tiempo que el THC permanece en la orina.

El primero es su tasa metabólica. Si tienes un metabolismo más acelerado, sacarás el THCCOOH más rápido.

El segundo es tu nivel de hidratación. Cuantos más fluidos pida el cuerpo que procese y más orina produzcas, más rápido saldrán del cuerpo los metabolitos del THC.

Resumiendo: ¿Cuánto tiempo permanece el THC en la orina?

Las pruebas de orina para detectar marihuana tienen todo tipo de deficiencias e insuficiencias.

Pero son buenas en una cosa: revelar si la persona a la que se realiza la prueba ha consumido cannabis, de alguna forma, en algún momento en el pasado. Desafortunadamente, para muchos empleadores con políticas de tolerancia cero, eso es suficiente para despedirlo o pasar al próximo candidato.

Por lo tanto, saber por cuánto tiempo permanece el THC en la orina es un conocimiento crucial para cualquier persona que consuma marihuana, independientemente de la frecuencia o la cantidad.

Traducido por: Silvia Muñoz Campo





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// Hoffman: Cannabis Control Commission Is ‘Not Going To Allow’ National ‘Big Weed’ Companies To Takeover (WGBH)

// Gov. Lujan Grisham signs medical cannabis omnibus bill (New Mexico Political Report)

// Kent girl Teagan Appleby’s medicinal cannabis seized at airport (BBC News)


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// 1st Massachusetts farmers moving toward approval to grow marijuana outdoors (Mass Live)

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// New Yorkers are flocking to Massachusetts for their legal weed fix (NY Post)

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Representative Earl Blumenauer, the Biggest Legalization Advocate in Congress


Marijuana legalization has been a long, uphill battle, but Representative Earl Blumenauer is positive things will only improve from here.

“I know for a fact that this is the most pro-cannabis Congress in history,” the Portland-based legislator said over the phone. “It’s going to continue.”

The Democratic representative for Oregon’s third district since 1996, Blumenauer is a lifelong public servant who has fought for legalization since his time in the state legislature and Portland City Council. A state legislator fresh out of college when Oregon became the first state to decriminalize marijuana in 1973, Blumenauer points to those early debates as foundational for his long standing outlook on the issue.

“I became firmly convinced then as a part of the debate’s research that the failed policy of prohibition of marijuana was ill-advised and unfair and made no sense. It’s something I have continued to work on, it’s an issue I have felt strongly about in Congress.”

At 70 years old, Blumenauer is the fiercest advocate for marijuana in Congress. Assisting nearly 90 candidates throughout the 2018 campaign season, he has become a source of information for those curious about the substance’s current legal standing and future legislative opportunities. The bow-tie loving Congressman may represent one of the safest Democratic districts in the country, but he understands the importance of working across the aisle to end the federal government’s restrictive outlook on weed.

Blumenauer is a co-founder and co-chair of the Cannabis Caucus, a bipartisan group that works to narrow the cannabis policy gap and support other members of Congress with their legalization proposals. Originally established in 2017, the Cannabis Caucus is now co-chaired by Democrats Blumenauer and Barbara Lee (CA-13) as well as Republicans David Joyce (OH-14) and Don Young (AK), another co-founder. Blumenauer calls it a forum for members and staff “to exchange ideas and work together.”

When asked why legalization is often labeled a Democratic issue, Blumenauer blames President Nixon’s “blatantly political” War on Drugs. The restrictive, law enforcement heavy approach proceeded despite the lenient recommendations made in The Report of the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse. In Blumenauer’s view, the policies enabled the administration to “demonize people they perceived as their enemies, people of color and kids,” and that attitude set the tempo for the Republican party.

Even though the Congressman can point to numerous examples of Republican leadership torpedoing cannabis legislation, including his own amendments that would have made it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to access medical marijuana, he believes federal legalization is becoming an increasingly non-partisan issue.

Meet Representative Earl Blumenauer, the Biggest Legalization Advocate in Congress

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“We work with Republicans,” Blumenauer said of his ongoing efforts. “All our legislation we work to have bipartisan support to give them another chance, but I think the reason it’s been perceived as something more oriented towards Democrats is Republicans have been on the wrong side of this issue.”

Countering the narrative that marijuana is a gateway drug, the Congressman pointed out that states with legal medical marijuana have fewer opiate deaths per year. Furthermore, he believes that the current system has made it easier for black markets to thrive and target young customers, with dealers often introducing new products as a way to diversify their selection and retain their clientele.

“Having a failed policy of trying to suppress cannabis, failing to regulate, tax and educate, is key to having a thriving black market,” Blumenauer said. “I’ve been campaigning all over the country for years on this and I’ve never been any place where people felt that a young person had a harder time getting a joint than a six-pack of beer.”

To assist his allies in the 116th Congress, Blumenauer released a memo laying out a multi-pronged approach to achieving legalization. With Democrats firmly in control of the House for the first time since the 2010 elections, Blumenauer wants to see a number of different committees hold hearings related to marijuana policy. He even introduced his own bill, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, aptly designated H.R. 420, in January.

The Financial Services Committee, chaired by Maxine Waters (CA-43), was recently approved by the House Financial Services Committee. If signed into law, the bill would allow businesses and individuals associated with the legal cannabis industry to use federal banks, allowing them to safely deposit their cash and access expanded lines of credit.

“The problems surrounding denying the state-legal cannabis industry access to banking services is so ludicrous on its face if you care about money laundering, or theft, or tax evasion,” Blumenauer said of his support for the bill. “This is going to be evolutionary.”

Of critical importance to the Congressman are issues related to social justice, like expunging criminal records and performing acts of restorative justice, to make it easier for communities who were impacted by prohibition to benefit from the legal changes.

“Being able to give them a clean slate, give them an opportunity to participate in a growing economic sector, is important. [The marijuana industry is] going to be bigger than the N.F.L. in a few years and I think that’s going to be an important conversation that we’re going to have more attention on.”

As Congress hums along, the early days of the 2020 campaign have also brought renewed attention to the issue with multiple candidates talking about their former use and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) reintroducing the Marijuana Justice Act. No matter what happens in 2020, Blumenauer isn’t ambiguous about his beliefs for the future as more states get behind legalization of some form.

Let me just state unequivocally: there will never be another president elect who’s anti-cannabis. It will not happen.”

Of the nine states that had legalization measures on the ballot in 2016, including swing states like Florida and Nevada, cannabis often received a higher percentage of votes than Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, meaning it has become a nonpartisan issue as far as the electorate is concerned. 2016 even saw medical marijuana breach the Bible Belt with the passage of Arkansas’ Issue 6, breaking the seal for neighboring states to develop their own medical industries in the coming years.

It’s a bit of an understatement to say that Blumenauer is optimistic about where things are headed. Sure, someone may rise up and become the new Pete Sessions, a fiery anti-marijuana Republican who Blumenauer referred to as “public enemy number one” in Congress, but with the debate finally moving towards substantial policy questions that’s not what Blumenauer’s focused on.

“There may be a few other people who are there, but I think in the main, it’s highly unlikely that people are going to run out there and lift this banner and crusade against this,” Bluenauer theorized. “We’ll be ready if they do, but I think it’s much less likely.”





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I’m A Parent and I’m Against Child-Resistant Packaging for Cannabis • High Times


In 2017, 16 million of the American adults who smoked or consumed cannabis were parents of young children. I’d wager that, with incremental legalization efforts, that number today is much higher. I know something about it: I’m one of those parents who didn’t partake just two years ago, but now I do—often, and with pride.

Cannabis helps me with migraines and the right strain can give a nice boost to my mental focus. I like a mellow indica for rainy weekends spent reading Harry Potter with my two elementary-aged kids. Weed in its many incarnations has added to my life and—though it would have been hard to imagine it just a few years ago—I’m a better-late-than-never convert.

I probably don’t have to convince you that I can be a weed smoker, while also an attentive, loving, and responsible parent. Some of that time I’m just (mildly) high, and that might make me even a little better at all those things.

Yes, weed’s become a fixture of my home life—one that I don’t hide from my children. In Southern California where we live, cannabis billboards pepper the freeways and legal dispensaries are practically a dime a dozen. I frequent a number of them (without my kids, of course) and have weed delivered to my home on occasion with my children present. You could say that they are aware of cannabis.

I care about my kids’ wellbeing and about my legal right to parent them. So of course I don’t want my kids eating one of my edibles, accidentally or otherwise. I absolutely don’t want them sucking on a pre-filled vape, or slipping a sublingual tab. And yet, I think child-resistant packaging for cannabis is a really bad idea. Let me explain.

Plastic

Child-resistant (CR) packaging, in its current incarnation, is an environmental fiasco. Yes, throwaway products are part of contemporary capitalism—from food packaging to plastic water bottles and straws to single-use shopping bags to Keurig coffee pods, and on and on. Though some people are working hard within the confines of runaway capitalism to reduce it, wasteful packaging is still everywhere.

But the cannabis industry is the only one I can think of where the packaging vastly outweighs and outsizes the actual product. You can buy a gram of flower—and I have, many times—that occupies one sixteenth of the space of a heavy-duty glass jar or a child-resistant mylar bag. And why, I wonder, do we even need to child-proof flower? Raw cannabis can’t hurt anyone. And if someone underage is savvy and dexterous enough to figure out how to smoke their parents’ weed, they’re way past child-resistant packaging. With cannabis sales in North America projected at $47 billion by 2027, and with a growing sector of users as newbies, millions of annual sales will be in small quantities—with unfortunately big packaging.

A budtender recently told me that packaging for cannabis products sold in California dispensaries has increased fivefold in the last several years. With products like plastic straws and single-use shopping bags being phased out in many consumer markets around California, this trend toward over-packaging in cannabis is absolutely headed the wrong way.

Some part of the move toward more packaging has to do with branding, and some has to do with labeling requirements that adult-use regulations introduced. And some of it has to do with child-resistance. In fact, by January 2020, every orally-consumed product sold in a dispensary must come in primary packaging that is resealable and child-resistant. I would never argue against truly protecting children from harm—but this will lead to tremendous and unnecessary waste.

Let’s be real about it. Most of us don’t keep our products in their original packaging, especially if that packaging was a pain to get open in the first place. Take the infused gummies I bought recently. They could come in a simple cardboard box with a blister pack. Instead, the heavy-duty, hard-shell plastic box with a fancy-pants enclosure went to waste once I popped that first gummy. Most of the time I keep my cannabis in a locked stash container, like one of these 25 recommended by other weed-smoking parents, not in the CR packaging.

Worse, many of the materials currently used in cannabis packaging are not even curbside-recyclable. Plastic bags, for instance, need to be taken to particular drop-off sites, and mylar is effectively un-recyclable. If it’s not easily recycled by a consumer at home, it’s not likely to be recycled at all. Another sad fact that you may already know about: a significant portion of what goes in the recycling bin isn’t actually being recycled anymore because China has curtailed buying and processing our waste.

Some people in the cannabis space are advocating for hemp-based plastics in packaging. And if CR can be accomplished with hemp or other plant materials, that would surely be preferable, but any kind of packaging has an environmental footprint. Reducing usage is still hugely better for the environment.

I’m A Parent and I’m Against Child-Resistant Packaging for Cannabis

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Kids Can Get into Packaging

There are future aeronautics engineers among us who can almost certainly access some of the child packaging I’ve seen. I recently emptied the CR gummy box mentioned above and ran an experiment on my son. “Crack this code in five minutes and you can have an extra half-hour of screen time,” I told him. Then I watched as he puzzled his way to an open box.

Cannabis Isn’t the Devil’s Weed

Alcohol can cause seizures, coma, and death in young children. Nicotine poisoning from eating cigarettes (sounds disgusting, but it happens) can also harm smaller people. It’s incredibly sad, but true, that some kids die of these causes each year. Kids sometimes eat laundry and dishwasher pods—also toxic. But none of these comes in resealable, package-heavy, child-resistant form. Why? Probably because of almost a century of federal prohibition that stemmed from a racist, elitist smear campaign against the plant and continues in more subtler forms today. Reefer Madness. Devil’s Weed. That recent NYT bestselling book, Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence. You get the point.

And while young kids absolutely shouldn’t be consuming cannabis—unless for therapeutic reasons under a qualified provider—cannabis is not known to cause fatality, even in high doses. Anyone who’s honest about the science and the statistics can see that cannabis isn’t nearly as harmful as alcohol and tobacco for kids.

What Will Work Better

Reusable, locking containers are not foolproof because older kids can hunt down keys, but they’re a significant and environmentally-conscious first line of defense.

The second line of defense—which, I would argue, should actually come first—is talking to kids. Little kids can be told simple versions about what’s safe for them and what’s not. If we can talk about hot stoves and street safety, we can talk about cannabis, too. For my two kids, I’ve talked about how cannabis is medicine for some adults and something fun for others. For me, it’s both. But while it does a lot of good, it’s not right for developing brains like theirs. If they ate one of my edibles, they would feel sick and we might have to go to the hospital.

I’ve shown them everything I keep at home so that they know how to identify it if they’re at friends’ houses, too. “When you’re old enough,” I’ve told them, “I’ll help you figure out if it’s something you want to try.” Kids are smart enough to understand that some things are okay for adults (see examples above re: hot stoves and crossing streets), but not for kids. Let’s give them some credit.

It’s age dependent, and not accomplished all at once. By all means, keep cannabis locked up at home if you have toddlers. But also talk to them… and keep talking to them. Just like the conversations about alcohol, drugs, and how babies are made—the information you provide will grow in complexity and depth as they age.

In short, build the relationship so that kids feel comfortable coming to you with their questions and problems. Be honest and trustworthy so that they know they’re getting reliable information. Treat them like capable and intelligent people. No packaging solution can ever take the place of that.





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