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    The Nature’s Gift Shop blog is a valuable resource to keep you informed and up to date on legal developments, medical research, and other stories from the expanding universe of legal marijuana in Colorado and throughout the U.S.

    Diane Campbell

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    Keep Mold, Mildew, & Fungus Out of Your Cannabis Garden

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Jan 2, 2016 9:30:00 AM

    Mold, mildew, or fungus can quickly devastate a cannabis crop. Avoid this heartbreaking experience by taking steps early to keep these organisms out of your garden, observing your plants closely throughout their lives, and acting quickly to address any problems that arise.

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    Topics: growing cannabis

    Selecting Seeds for Your Cannabis Garden

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Dec 26, 2015 11:49:00 AM

     

    If you’ve decided to grow indoor cannabis from seed this year, one of the first choices you’ll need to make, along with whether to grow in soil or a hydro system, is among different types of seeds. While during prohibition, growing from seed usually meant using whatever bag seeds you were able to scrounge, legalization has brought a wealth of choices when it comes to starting your marijuana garden. Not only can you select a strain that has specific qualities to suit your individual taste, but you can also choose seeds that produce mostly female plants or plants that flower without having to maintain a particular light/dark cycle. Here are some things to consider when you start shopping for cannabis seeds.

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    Raw Cannabis – Medical Marijuana’s New Frontier

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Dec 17, 2015 9:30:00 AM

    Raw cannabis may be the next frontier in medical marijuana. While the benefits of activated cannabinoids, especially THC and CBD, are becoming better understood, researchers are only beginning to investigate the effects of cannabinoids in their raw, acidic form, such as THCA and CBDA. However, some doctors and their patients claim that raw cannabis can be a powerful medicine as well as a valuable dietary supplement.

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    Topics: medical marijuana

    Cannabis Extracts – All About Shatter

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Dec 8, 2015 10:46:57 AM

     

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    Topics: concentrates

    Natural Pest Control for Your Indoor Cannabis Garden

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Dec 1, 2015 4:00:00 PM

     

    Your marijuana plants are vulnerable to many pests and diseases throughout their lives. For a successful harvest, you must take steps to prevent these invaders as well as watch your plants closely for signs of infestation or infection. Your ability to respond quickly and appropriately to attacks on your indoor marijuana plants is key to keeping them healthy and strong until harvest time.

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    Marijuana and Motherhood

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Nov 21, 2015 8:30:00 AM

     

     

    Mothers receive a lot of advice about how to treat their bodies during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Along with the ubiquitous caution to avoid cigarettes and alcohol, most mothers in the U.S. also receive a warning to avoid cannabis use. The effects of alcohol and tobacco on the developing child are well documented; however, those of cannabis are far less understood.

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    Spotlight on CO2 Oil

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Nov 19, 2015 4:00:00 PM

    What is CO2 oil, and how is it different from other cannabis concentrates?

    What has become known in the cannabis industry as “CO2 oil” is a type of marijuana extract that’s made by using carbon dioxide as a solvent. The process is called “supercritical fluid extraction” (SFE), and it’s widely used in a variety of industries, including dry cleaning, agriculture, food, and herbal supplements. Supercritical CO2 is a common method of decaffeinating coffee, for example, as well as extracting metals and pesticides from crops.[1] Although the technology has been used for decades, the relatively recent legalization of cannabis products in the U.S. has sparked great interest in using it to produce pure, potent, and clean marijuana concentrates.

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    Topics: concentrates

    How Are Edibles Different from Inhaled Marijuana?

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Nov 16, 2015 11:57:38 AM

     


     

    When you walk into your local marijuana dispensary, you’re greeted with an array of choices, which may include a broad spectrum of flowers, concentrates, topicals, tinctures, and edibles. Each form of cannabis has different effects on the mind and body, and these effects can vary considerably among users. Which form is best for you depends on the effects you seek, your personal preferences, and your individual endocannabinoid system.

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    Hydro or Soil for Your Indoor Cannabis Garden? (Part 2)

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Nov 10, 2015 10:46:48 AM

    When you set up your indoor cannabis garden, you need to decide between growing your plants in soil or a hydroponic medium. In this 2-part series, we’re examining the advantages and disadvantages of each to help you make a decision you’ll be happy with. This article focuses on hydroponic systems.

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    Topics: growing cannabis

    Hydro or Soil for Your Indoor Cannabis Garden? (Part 1)

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Oct 30, 2015 5:21:11 PM

    When you set up an indoor garden to grow your own marijuana, one of the first critical choices you will have to make is whether to grow your plants in soil or hydroponically. The debate over which is better is decades old, and each grower has individual preferences. In this 2-part series, we’ll look at some of the benefits and drawbacks of each method so you can make an informed decision before you go shopping for a growing medium.

     

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    Topics: growing cannabis