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Contents Neighborhood Directory Atwater Village..............................................13 Downtown la...................................................16 Cover story:

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Weed Be Gone How to Get Mary Jane to Leave Your System By Rob Starr

We all love it so. For some, there’s nothing like a big bowl in the morning

and others favour brownies and other treats laced with delicious and inspiring cannabutter. We roll it, push it into homemade bongs and ornate pipes, and even get the best minds in science to tinker with it in their labs so we can take it with us in various forms wherever we go. But the world isn’t a perfect place just yet and there are those times when we need to make sure there’s no reefer in our bloodstream. Yes, dear readers, even though our leafy friend is finally legal, there’s still a need to be clean for a drug test in some workplaces.

Frowning Visages

And even though those sad times when the frowning visages of old school establishment crew cuts are getting smaller and smaller in our collective rear view mirrors, you’ll need to know the best ways to flush your system out. It’s important to keep in mind that one of the most common things that employers will be looking for in your pee is something called metabolites. These are basically little markers that are left inside your body after you process something through and when it comes to pot, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in your bloodstream is what will give you away. In this case, the THC metabolite is called tetrahydrocannabinol carboxylic acid (THC-COOH).

Mumbo Jumbo

Enough of all this mumbo-jumbo you’re probably saying by now. How do I get to enjoy myself and still pass a drug test? How much or little pot can I smoke and still remain employed so I can buy some more? Well, because everybody’s different there’s no simple answer but THC cannabinoids can generally be found in the bloodstream 1 to 2 days after using for infrequent users and for the rest of us, it acts like a red flag to your bosses for 7 to 14 days afterward. So, what’s left is trying to beat a drug test or not smoking it all before one. You should be careful who you get advice from here because that dude in your neighbourhood who looks just like James Franco in Pineapple Express is steering you in the wrong direction when he tells you adding a little dishwasher detergent in your sample will render pot invisible to a discerning scientist’s eye in a laboratory. In fact, this old wive’s tale can actually make your urine start to bubble when it’s being transported to the lab and if that’s not a red flag, we don’t know what is.

Another Dodge

Getting your friend’s clean urine sample is another dodge that might work but you’ll need to know how to work it. You might very well be able to tape a clean sample to the inside of your leg if no one is there to watch you pee, but you need to make sure the piss that you’re switching yours out for is at room temperature and properly labelled when you hand it in.

Finally, here are few tips for those of you who don’t have the nerve for the cloak and dagger route. Drinking lots of water the day of your test should help to dilute your urine but it’s really a gamble based on how much you smoked whether you can water it down enough to pass a test. Keep in mind that after drinking a ton of water your pee will be colorless so it’s a good idea to add some color with some vitamin B. The last bit of advice might seem a little counterintuitive to a real stoner but exercise is one of the best routes you can take to rid your body of the toxins that could cost you your job. Where the grass is ALWAYS GREENER on the other side

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AN EXAMINATION OF THE CALIFORNIA MARIJUANA MARKET THE SUPPLY-SIDE If the changes in California policy are expected to lower sanctions, and the supply of marijuana is perfectly competitive, the adoption of these policies should not affect the monetary price of marijuana. However if the supply is upward sloping, because of the policy change, the increase would cause a temporary demand shift to the right. Resulting in a short-term increase in the retail price of marijuana. It is important to note that the cost of marijuana will only increase during the adjustment period of the new California policy. Afterwards, the retail price is expected to substantially decline. “The price the consumers face will depend heavily on taxes, the structure of the regulatory regime, and how taxes and regulations are enforced.” A contributing factor to this, is changes in marijuana production. For example, the widespread adoption of hydroponics has enhanced productivity while reducing costs. Another factor that affects the price paid for marijuana is the demand for a particular product in a specific region. As mentioned earlier, regional differences affect the price paid for local markets. As you move further from the source, the cost of transportation, maintenance, etc. increases. For example the popular hybrid Girl Scout Cookies originates in Northern California, however you can find the strain in most San Diego storefronts. Therefore it is safe to assume, that the price for GSC increases as you travel further South. The green economy is in a critical state of transition. As the market further develops from the policy change, dramatic shifts in consumer experiences are expected to increase. Because the exact nature of the market can not be predicted, there needs to be further analysis on the subject. Stay tuned as we traverse the marijuana landscape. With Love, TBC

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@jeanetteaffolter Jeanette is 24 yrs. old from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain She lives in Sherman Oaks. Measurements: W-23”, H-34”, B-32DD, Height-5’ How did you get your start in modeling? “Through networking - I would follow photographers on Instagram and they would message me about shoots.” What do you do to stay in shape? “I go to the gym 5 to 6 days a weeks. I am there about 1.5 hours – Cardio, Abs, Lifting. It changes, but that is the basic structure. I believe that weed heightens my metabolism. I also host a radio show called Fitness & Cannabis. @cannabistalk101” What is Fitness & Cannabis? “I want to provide people with more information on how you can tie fitness and cannabis together and really get the benefits out of it. A lot of people steer clear from “movement” when they are on cannabis and I want to show people that you can still exercise and lift weights while medicated. Medicating can really help with the soreness of muscles and get really good sleep so that every morning you wake up it’s like a reset button. For more information check out @cannabistalk101 @fitnesscannabis” What do you like to do in your free time? “Building my social media – My normal day is scheduling shoots, working out, building my networking, I have a bucket list.” What did you want to be when you were growing up? “When I was little I definitely wanted to be a model or an actress – or a singer but I cannot sing.” What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why did you watch it? “Regular Show – I just love the little cartoons and I have met the animator.” Favorite re-run? “House Hunters – I just love looking at the different types of houses that are out there.” What were you like in high school? “I was quiet – Not the way that I am now. I had a reduced schedule my senior year so I got my first job at McDonalds.”

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the 420 Honey Who is your celebrity look alike? “Kourtney Kardashian” What chore do you absolutely HATE doing? “Laundry – My boyfriend and I have a deal I do the dishes and he does the laundry.” What is the nerdiest thing about you? “I won a guitar hero competition back in High School – I still have the trophy.” What is your preferred method of medicating? “Water bongs – I have a huge water bong. My favorite strain is Blue Dream (sativa).”

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VAPORIZATION Vaping technologies are a sub-sector of the vaporization industry with the cannabis and recreational market. Vaporization has a history beginning about seven years ago, with the advent of e-cigarettes. However, the transition from the tobacco market to the recreational and medicinal cannabis market has created some issues with the hardware. To better understand how this technology works, I spoke with Dave from Jupiter Research who is an engineer in the field of vaping technology. By: B.C.

Within the sector of vaping technologies, it became apparent that consumers were trying to use valuable cannabis oils with inefficient hardware designed for tobacco derived nicotine, e-liquids. Members of the industry were trying to adapt the original tobacco hardware designs for high-viscosity extractions, but this doesn’t work. It burns the liquid, or the liquid doesn’t properly transport to the heater. When a person overheats oil, or gets a bad taste, it’s connected to the oil transportation process. It’s is also important that in the cartridge when the product transports the oil in a closed reservoir, as the oil is being consumed, it needs to be replaced with air—it is just as important for the oil to breathe. The biggest difference between tobacco vaping and marijuana vaping is the viscosity of the fluids. E-liquid has the viscosity of 500, and most oil extracts of cannabis have 80,000 and above. The viscosity interferes with the flow of the fluid, the higher the viscosity the slower the fluid travels towards the atomizer for vaporization. In regards to the health benefits of vaporization, there are some pros compared to the traditional methods of smoking. With traditional methods of smoking there exists side effects. During the combustion process of organic materials, when you burn cannabis or tobacco, there isn’t enough oxygen in the 48

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environment to complete the combustion process which then results in partial molecules which recombine into new organic chemicals which may or may not cause problems. Along with the THC, you consume these organic chemicals. With vaporization, the process is changing the physical state of the product and not the chemical structure. You’re heating the oil from a liquid to the state of a vapor, which then coalesces into tiny droplets—which is what you see, tiny droplets of oil which has been vaporized. Dabbing is also a vaporization process. The nail is heated, and the fluid goes on the nail, and the oil is vaporized. The science behind vaporization shows us that it is necessary to use the correct paraphernalia when using high quality extractions, because using tobacco based vaporizers will result in burnt liquid and a bad taste. This is because of the difference in viscosity levels between the two types of fluids. Ultimately vaporization causes less stress to your body when consuming cannabis, because it lacks the combustion process associated with traditional forms of cannabis consumption. Finally, dabbing or vaping high quality extractions are the purest way to appreciate the cannabis.


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While conducting research on affordable, yet local (Southern Californian based), shatters I encountered my first dab bar. Some gentlemen had lined up, awaiting their free dab. A woman prepared the oil and the rig, and administered the dab for them. After making my purchase, the lass who assisted me offered me a complimentary dab. She was new—the other woman had gone to the back. First she alcohol swabbed the oil rig—thank goodness! Next she proceeded to torch the nail. Then she placed a cotton swab in the hot nail. TBC: Excuse me, what are you doing? Young Lass: It’s called Q-Tipping. To be clear, it is not advised to place the cotton swab in the hot nail before the oil. The Q-Tip Technique is a popular cleaning method commonly used with quartz bangers. After taking a low-temperature dab, the user cleans the inside of the nail with a cotton swab. This prevents residual oil from burning and turning the nail black. The rest of my experience was unorthodox as well. The manager had returned, and had henceforth banished the young lass. However the influx of customers had caused the manager to make some inappropriate decisions. She turned to a friend, not an employee, and asked him to administer my dab. It was too fat. I asked for half, I know my limitations. As one who has dabbled in the practice of dabbing, I can say that I am not a novice practitioner. However after receiving my complimentary dab, I felt it necessary to sit in my car for 10 minutes before driving. The point is, dab bars are dangerous. By providing this service, storefronts are an indirect contribution to driving under the influence. TBC: Isn’t dangerous for people to drive home? Young Lass: Huh. I’ve never thought of that.

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While visiting a regular dispensary in North County, I encountered my second dab bar. Long story short, they didn’t clean their pieces after each use and had no regard for proper dosage. Easily tempted by the free dab, I regretted my decision again. TBC: Isn’t it dangerous for people to drive home? Budtender: Its cool—you live nearby. San Diego dispensaries are taking advantage of the legalization lapse; without regulation each storefront acts autonomously, resulting in varied experiences. At first glance, the dab bar is enticing. Free oil! But the reality is they are dangerous and disgusting. Sharing pieces with everybody in town is how patients get the acne ring around their lips—fun fact. Moreover, driving under the influence is not cool. The dab bar is an exciting concept but without a designated driver, I encourage patients to refrain. With Love, TBC Where the grass is ALWAYS GREENER on the other side

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