Monthly Archives: March 2020

It’s hard. Self-isolation sucks big time, but in order to keep each other safe, this is what we have to do. The good news is that the social distancing measures put in place to combat the spread of pandemic COVID-19 are paying off as the rates of new infections are slowing down.Sick or not, this pandemic is scaring everyone and stress levels are rising as the days go on. For many of us, the toll taken on our mental health is hard to handle. Still, as long as we keep on, keeping on, we are going to make it through this crisis.

To try to ease the discomfort and make it a little easier, here are some tools to help you maintain good mental health.

Move it

Boredom sucks. Battle it by getting baked and staying active. Sure, it’s really easy to just sit around unsatisfied, as you binge watch movies, bored with life during self-isolation in this pandemic. But it doesn’t have to be this bleak. Mix it up. Keeping busy means keeping on. Stoned or not, a pot smoker in a pandemic can find joy in simple pleasures and the mental health benefits are surprisingly effective. Beware the trap of doing nothing and laying around. It’s really hard right now but get your mind into moving mode and it will be easier to pass the days.

Look at Art

We use vision in order to interpret the world around us. When we look at an image, blood flows to our brain as nerves fire, helping us to make sense of what we see and how we respond. Looking at art has a profound effect. In one study, research showed that art significantly stimulated the emotional regulation center of the prefrontal cortex; the result was a physical reduction of stress within the body. Taking some time to look at art and analyze what you see, biologically, will help calm you down. To maximize that effect, look at a piece and ask yourself some questions:

  • Describe to yourself what you see and what is lacking.
  • Think about the deeper meaning behind the piece and what the artist wanted you to experience.

Meditate…your way through this pandemic

Think of meditation like taking vitamins: you may or may not always notice an immediate effect, but when used regularly the benefits can be life-changing. Try adding a five-minute meditation to your daily routine. It’s all about breathing, and as long as that is your focus, understand that there is no wrong way to do it. If you would like some instruction, there are beautiful guided meditations on YouTube and through apps. The bonus for a stoner is that regular meditation can help increase your lung capacity, helping you take bigger tokes. If meditation is a struggle for you, here are some tips to help make it easier:

  • Focus on your breathing. If you can’t turn off the voice inside your head, imagine turning down the volume.
  • Give yourself instant forgiveness. Your body and mind is responding to meditation as it should, each time and every time. Let go of any expectations you have for yourself and just breathe.
  • No time, focus or patience? Choose a song to listen to as you meditate and focus on your breathing for the time that it plays. Pick something that affects you personally and deeply. It doesn’t matter what genre it is, as long as the sound massages your soul.

Author Suggestions: Acid Raindrops by People Under the Stairs or 93 ’til Infinity by Souls of Mischief 

Reorganize your house

If you are going stir crazy and you need to be in a new environment, create one by rearranging your furniture and artwork. It’s amazing how different a room can feel when you simply move some things around and the effect is instant. Plus, physical activity can help you burn off any anxious energy and stress.

Practice healthy living habits

No one is going anywhere unless they absolutely have to, thus we all have time for the daily routine activities that keep us all healthy. Not only will you reap the rewards of these activities, but each completed task also provides a sense of accomplishment. When there is nothing to do but stay at home, feeling productive can be a breath of fresh air. Think of the things that you can do for yourself that will benefit you for the rest of your life, for example:

  • Drinking water
  • Getting a decent sleep
  • Stretching and yoga, or a full workout at home
  • Getting some exercise – depending on individual abilities

Read

Check out online e-book subscriptions. Most services will offer a free trial and they let you keep the book, even if you don’t stick with the service. Now is the time to finally learn about any subject that makes you curious or to read for pure pleasure. Plus, finishing a book gives you a sense of accomplishment. If you’re not into reading, you just haven’t found the right book yet but doing so will open your world. Life rarely affords us the time to devour a good time, so take advantage of this opportunity, and read.

Get away and tour a museum…from your living room

Did you know that there are several museums offering free virtual tours? Smoke a bowl and go take a trip to The Louvre or The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Sick of art and feel like something a bit different? NASA offers an online tour of The Langley Research Center in Virginia and it pairs nicely with a strong sativa. You can also tour The Vatican. Search for free online tours to save yourself the lineup and plane ticket – what’s out there will surprise you.

Touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing…

Trying to think about something other than the pandemic coronavirus is pretty hard these days and it’s really easy to let your fear take over your touch with reality. Sensual awareness is one way to practice mindfulness, bringing attention back to the present. When panic hits and you need to calm down, try directing your focus to all five senses. Think about activities that trigger them and the effect it has on you – cannabis, for example. Touching a sticky bud, the sight and smell of that emerald, dank chronic. The taste of a dry toke and the sounds of the lighter strike. Yep. Simultaneously stimulating the senses can be a potent way to ease tension during this pandemic lockdown!

The next time your mind begins to run away, stop and take inventory of all of your senses. Even if you don’t have something nice to focus on, this practice will bring your mind back to the present.

Connect with a loved one

With the technology available these days, there is no reason to feel disconnected from society. If you’re starting to panic but you’re forced to stay indoors, get online or on the phone. Keeping in contact with friends and loved ones will help keep you sane. Plus, thanks to skype and FaceTime, we have visual contact, germ-free, and a daily session online at 4:20 is a great way to stay connected.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

If you are struggling right now with this crisis, you are not alone. Everyone is managing the stress of the situation differently and we are not all equipped the same. If it is becoming too much to manage, mentally and/or physically, ask for help. Do not be afraid to call your network or emergency services, regardless of whether you feel the situation calls for it. It’s better to act rather than wait for a problem to get worse.

Call the need crisis line for stress and mental health. Counsellors are available 24/7, plus the service is free and anonymous.

During his first inaugural address, Franklin D. Roosevelt said that we have “nothing to fear but fear itself” and those words ring true right now. They speak to the fact that fear and how it affects our society, is the only thing that truly stands in our way. Through determination and action, we can surmount any obstacle, regardless of how bleak the circumstances may appear.

We are going to make it through this pandemic as long as we continue our course of action. Stay at home and socially distance yourself until told otherwise, but in the meantime, breathe and remember that this is going to pass. Find ways to take care of yourself to stay happy and healthy.

POWDER CANNABIS FERTILIZER VS. LIQUID FERTILIZER

For anyone who has stepped into a gardening center, the selection of cannabis nutrients has always been kinda daunting. There you will find a wide variety of products in different sizes and containers. It can be difficult to wade through all these different options.

As a grower we want to make 100% certain of the content of the solutions we’re feeding our cannabis plants.

One question I keep hearing is “What’s the difference between a powder cannabis fertilizer and a liquid fertilizer?”. Besides it’s obvious state of matter, the difference can be hard to determine from just reading package labels alone.

While some growers might simply say one is better than the other, advance growers know that there’s a time and place for each. Let’s compare powder cannabis fertilizers to liquid ones, so we can make an informed decision on what to feed our plants.

DISSOLVABILITY

Obviously a liquid cannabis fertilizer will dissolve in water much more easily than a powder. If powder fertilizer isn’t dissolved properly then it won’t work as effectively.
The easiest way to ensure that a powder fertilizer is diluted properly is to dissolve a little first. Dissolving the recommended dose of powder in a small amount of water first is best. Once you have this solution evenly mixed, you can add it to your water can (or reservoir for hydroponic grows).
Liquid fertilizers also have elements that can settle. When using liquid nutrients before to shake up the jug before measuring your dose.

MULTIPLE PART FERTILIZERS

Many liquid base nutrients will come with an “A” solution and a “B” solution. The reason for this is that the elements in the liquid fertilizer solutions will react with each other when combined. These solutions need to be added separately to your water supply.
This is not the case for powder cannabis nutrients. Dry nutrients won’t react with each other, so having a part “A” and “B” is not necessary.

WEIGHT

Liquid fertilizer are made of mostly water. This makes liquid fertilizer heavier and harder to ship. Moving around huge jugs of nutrients can be very hard on the back. If you’re ordering nutrients online, liquids can be more expensive to ship.
Powder fertilizers are lighter because you add them to the water yourself. Because your dealing with a powder, there’s also way less of a chance of spillage and waste. Ordering them online usually comes with cheaper shipping options.

CHOOSING THE BEST POWDER CANNABIS FERTILIZER

The best cannabis fertilizers should have a grow and bloom formula. Each one designed for the two crucial stages of the cannabis life cycle; vegetative and fruiting.
Using a powder cannabis nutrient like Reefertilizer can make the growing process much easier for beginners. Their grow and bloom fertilizer are perfectly suited for all types of cannabis plants. They also come highly recommended by their users.

HOW FERTILIZER IS SHAKING UP THE WORLD OF CANNABIS

As the United States slowly warms to the idea of legal cannabis, many entrepreneurs are finding new and exciting ways to grow and expand the industry. From cannabis infused drinks to specialty lighters, there are countless new products being developed. But one product is changing the way people think about growing cannabis, and it could prove that you don’t need to be a master grower in order to grow your own. That product is powdered cannabis fertilizer, and it’s taking the industry by storm.

But what makes cannabis fertilizer different from other fertilizer products on the market? All plants have specific needs with regard to certain nutrients, and cannabis plants, in particular, have different requirements for each phase of growth. For this reason, the best results are achieved with a multi-stage fertilizer formulated specifically for cannabis plants.

In the earlier vegetative phase of plant growth, cannabis plants like a high level of nitrogen. However, once they’re ready to flower, they do best with low nitrogen levels and higher quantities of other nutrients, including phosphorus, potassium, calcium and magnesium. Many cannabis fertilizers take this into account, offering specially formulated nutrients for the initial starting stage, the growth stage, and the flowering stage of cannabis plant growth.

For many years, small growers had very little choice with regard to commercial nutrients or fertilizers available. Although specially formulated cannabis fertilizers are now readily available, the more commonly available liquid format has its fair share of limitations. Powdered fertilizers, on the other hand, are just as effective as any liquid fertilizer on the market, with a wealth of benefits over their liquid counterparts.

Powdered fertilizers are more concentrated than liquid fertilizer, allowing the user to tailor their nutrient dosage more specifically for their needs. But the higher concentration of nutrients per unit weight in powdered fertilizer also means that less packaging is required, and shipping costs can be substantially reduced. Powdered fertilizers also have a longer shelf life than liquid nutrients, meaning less wasted product and lower costs in the long run.

These benefits translate to a more environmentally friendly product that creates less waste, less packaging, and reduces emissions related to packaging and shipping of the products. Powdered fertilizers are also easy to use: simply mix them with water and shake to fully dissolve, and plants can be easily fed in any type of growing medium.

Cannabis is awesome!

For these reasons, it’s no surprise that many industry leaders have already made the switch to powdered cannabis fertilizers. As such an easy to use and environmentally friendly alternative to liquid nutrients, powdered cannabis fertilizers are proving to be a gam