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  • Crypto-Cannabis: Cryptocurrency Is Helping Cultivate Solutions for The Cannabis Financial Conundrum

    Cryptocurrency and cannabis are hot topics surrounded by a cloud of smoke and confusion. New can mean confusing, but it doesn’t have to be that way. This article will inform you on the who, what, where, when, why, and how of cryptocurrency and cannabis.

    Cannabis faced an attempted eradication by the U.S. Thankfully, it survived. Today marijuana isn’t demonized like it was in the past. Here are some of the countries that have relaxed laws about marijuana today:

    • Netherlands
    • Spain
    • North Korea
    • Uruguay
    • Peru
    • Canada
    • Portugal
    • Australia
    • Switzerland
    • Argentina
    • Cambodia
    • Costa Rica
    • Czech Republic
    • Ecuador
    • Italy
    • Estonia
    • Mexico
    • Israel
    • Germany
    • U.S.A

    We’re already starting to see a global cannabis trading community. This is excellent news for a plant that has faced over eight decades of federal prohibition in America and in places around the world. Cannabis prohibition began in the 1930s, officially in 1937 in America who helped set the pace for the rest of the world with their so-called “War on Drugs.” Today we stand at the forefront of the end, of this heinous prohibition.

    Crypto Meets Cannabis

    Currently, the federal scheduling of cannabis prohibits banks from doing business with those in the marijuana industry. Technically they could do business with them but would stand to lose their FDIC insurance. They could also stand to be subject to other penalties and fines making it entirely not worth it until it unless cannabis is removed from federal scheduling or other special access is permitted.

    For this reason, the cannabis sector has seen multiple issues when it comes to financial transactions. Everything from credit and debit cards, to invoicing, banking deposits, and more have been denied to cannabis business owners. You could say that there is a bit a financial cannabis conundrum happening at the moment.

    While the federal government is still clinging to draconian cannabis prohibition, they’re causing one of the most significant contributors to their campaigns (banks), to lose out on billions of dollars! How long do you think this will last? Unlike the banking industry, cryptocurrency isn’t harshing anyone’s BUZZ when it comes to financial cannabis transactions. In fact, cryptocurrency is even being used to purchase cannabis in some places.

    Who Invented Cryptocurrency

    Bitcoin was created by Satoshi Nakamoto. Mr. Nakamoto invented the Bitcoin unintentionally and by doing so ultimately created a new form of currency. Officially in 2008, Satoshi Nakamoto made the announcement that he’d developed a peer-to-peer electronic cash system giving birth to Bitcoin. On 10/12/2009, New Liberty Standard bought 5,050 BTC from Sirius for $5.02 in the first official Bitcoin-to-Fiat Exchange.

    Bitcoin is the first and oldest cryptocurrency out there. There are dozens of other cryptocurrencies today that exchange from whatever your monetary system is into all types of different tokes and coins which can then be converted into Bitcoin. Bitcoin is then sold, converted, and withdrawn into multiple forms of currency globally.

    This could make crypto the answer for buying chronic. You might call it a crypto-chronic- cannabis-currency-collision. Imagine transferring USD or the monetary domination you use into an account that was converted into cryptocurrency. Then you could use those funds to spend at a cannabis dispensary or use to buy canna merch online. Don’t imagine anymore because this can now be your reality.

    Why Use Cryptocurrency

    The answer to this is easy because you can. Cryptocurrency is the future of financial transactions. A lot of people have a debit or credit card and never touch cash anymore. Many companies are using debit cards for their payroll. Bitcoin is no different than the series of decimals that make up your current currency except the fluctuating price. I wouldn’t keep all my funds in Bitcoin, but when you’re ready to buy something, a quick exchange of your currency to Bitcoin and you can get what you need.

    Cryptocurrency runs on the blockchain. Basically, a blockchain is a series of digital ledgers with has pointers connecting to the last and next chain in the block. IBM even suggested that Canada implore blockchain technology to monitor and regulate cannabis transactions for their impending cannabis legalization. Using crypto can score you some extra loot sometimes too.

    There are all kinds of crypto that you can purchase. Some might jump drastically. Could you imagine buying 5,050 bitcoins for $5.02 and forgetting that you had them? Suddenly 10 years later you find out that they are worth 10k each. That $5 investment you most likely forgot about or left sitting nearly a decade ago could’ve been worth nearly $100 million as of December 2017. So, it may pay to play if you’re thinking about buying something online that accepts crypto. A few extra bucks to buy a couple of dollars in new cryptocurrency like Perkscoin could change your future.

    Where to Spend Cryptocurrency

    You can spend crypto in more places than you think. More and more retailers are starting to take this form of payment. You can buy from both commercial companies and privates sellers using crypto. Wall Street is even warming up the new currency. It only took them nearly a decade. Merchant services saw an excellent year for crypto in 2017 with consumers spending $190.2 million compared to $9.8 million in 2013.

    Here’s a list of some places where you can spend Bitcoin at today:

    As you can see from the list above, cryptocurrency is catching on. There’ve been private sales on everything from land to cars and boats using Bitcoin. It’s not just Bitcoin that’s catching on though. Some cryptocurrencies were explicitly created for the cannabis industry.  Then there are a plethora of other types of crypto too.

    Different Types of Cryptocurrency and How They Work

    There are many kinds of cryptocurrencies today. They start out in an ICO (Initial Coin Offering) phase before being placed on an open exchange like Bittrex or CREX24. When new crypto goes up for trade is when you have the best chance of investing.

    Many times, you can buy them for pennies on the dollar. Recently launched canna-specific Perkscoin is an excellent example of this. You can buy them on CREX24 trading under the name PCT for around 10-20 cents each right now.

    • Litecoin (LTC)
    • Ethereum (ETH)
    • Zcash (ZEC)
    • Dash
    • Ripple (XRP)
    • Monero (XMR)
    • Potcoin (POT)
    • Perkscoin (PCT)

    You can visit Market Cap to view a lengthy list of cryptocurrencies and familiarize yourself with some of the names. You can also check the current value and trading on dozens of cryptocurrencies. Actually, there’s 1,592 of them. They’re a bit like stocks. Once you buy them, you will always have the same amount of them.

    For example, if you were to buy 10 PCT for 10 cents each you would spend $1. Say the value of that PCT went up 10 cents each to $1K each, you’d still have 10 PCT, but they’d be worth $10K. If the value dropped to 1 cent each, you would still have 10 PCT, but they would only be worth 10 cents. You can buy all cryptocurrency types using Bitcoin. Bitcoin is also the method to turn your existing crypto into before selling it and cashing out and depositing your money into a digital wallet or transferring it to your bank account.

    How to Buy Bitcoin, Ethereum, or Litecoin

    Bitcoin (the gold of crypto), Ethereum (the silver of crypto), and Litecoin (the bronze of crypto) are the three most commonly excepted forms of crypto. Buying them is pretty simple. Be warned that it can become habit forming. Especially, if you have luck buying, trading, and selling. Some people make good money doing this, some make free merch, and some always end up losing a little bit.

    Play it safe and learn slowly with small amounts. Do your research before buying crypto and see how it’s performing elsewhere. While you can make some quick cash sometimes the long-term investments with crypto are usually the ones that pay off the best.  If you’re ready to buy some crypto, having a Coinbase account makes this as easy as 1-2-3.

    What A Coinbase Account Is and How to Set One Up

    Coinbase is a secure online platform used for storing, transferring, selling, and buying Bitcoin, Ethereum, or Litecoin.  To set up an account visit Coinbase.com. Once you’re there follow the prompts to set up your account, verify your account, and link a debit, credit card, or bank account. Add funds to your wallet, and you’re ready.

    How to Buy Bitcoin, Ethereum, or Litecoin

    Now that you’ve verified your account and linked a bank account, credit, or debit card it’s time to buy your first cryptocurrency. You can purchase Bitcoin, Ethereum, or Litecoin using your Coinbase account. Letting your crypto sit at the moment can be a bit risky. You may make a few, but at the same time, you may lose a few too.

    1. Click on buy or sell at the top of the page on Coinbase.
    2. Choose the crypto you want to purchase and click on it.
    3. Next, pick your payment method and desired amount of crypto to purchase and click buy.

    That’s it. It really is as easy as 1-2-3. It can take up to 24 hours for your transaction to show but most often this happens almost instantly. Now that you know how to buy Bitcoin, you are ready to buy other forms of crypto. But, where to go to buy crypto like Ripple, Perkscoin, and others?

    Buying Cannabis Seeds at Midweek Song with Bitcoin/Altcoin Is as Easy As 1-2-3

    1. Fill your cart with all the collectible cannabis seeds you need to top off your ultimate cannabis seed collection at Midweek Song.
    2. At checkout choose Bitcoin/Altcoin as your method of payment.
    3. Transfer bitcoins/altcoins and you just bought yourself some chronic with crypto.

    Markets for Buying, Selling, and Trading All Types of Cryptocurrency

    Now that you have your bitcoins in your account you can use them to buy up and coming crypto like Ripple and Perkscoin. It will take a short amount of time, and before you know it, you’ll be trading like a pro. You can buy and sell making money to pay for dinner that day or daily bills. Or you can buy and hang on for a few years to see what kind of luck you have.

    Here are a few markets where you can buy, sell, and trade all kinds of cryptocurrency.

     Bittrex

    • Changelly
    • CREX24

    All you have to do is set up an account much in the same way you did with Coinbase. Most of these platforms use a two-point verification system to log in to them. This means when you log in you’ll receive a text with a code to enter verifying that it’s you. Once you’re in you’ll need to deposit bitcoins from you Coinbase account into your new account to start buying crypto.

    Hopefully, this article helped remove some of the confusion. Don’t try to take it in all at once, it may give you a headache. Money is dirty. You never know where it’s been. People don’t want to touch something that’s been down somebody’s pants, in their shoe, on the ground at a crime scene. With crypto this is never a concern. Cryptocurrency is doing great in 2018 and looking like it’s here to stay.

  • Authorities Urge LEOs to Stop Searching People Based on Cannabis Aroma

    The days of being searched by authorities in the UK simply because they think you smell like weed could soon be a thing of the past. Authorities and other officials are urging law enforcement officers across the UK to stop searching individuals based solely on their assumption that they smell like cannabis. The HM Inspectorate of Constabulary released a report that states the practice of searching someone solely on this assumption does not increase the "likelihood of a conviction, and should not be grounds to stop a suspect in and of itself."

    No laws have changed surrounding cannabis in the UK however, this could be a sign that authorities know they are wasting their time on cannabis offenders. The report states that there have been 596 recorded incidents of law enforcement officers in the UK stopping and searching individuals because of a cannabis odor. Everyone agrees that a suspect's behavior should be taken into more consideration than an aroma when it comes to finding grounds in which to stop and search them.

    In the 2016/2017 financial year, there were over 295,600 stops and searches conducted throughout the UK. According to this article, that is "a rate of one for every 200 people." Hopefully, authorities urging law enforcement officers to stop this practice will drastically reduce this number in the coming years.

  • Bitcoin

    The Advantages of Bitcoin

    As people embrace the internet of things, new and secure online mediums of exchange have been invented. Indeed, this includes the invention of digital currencies like Bitcoin. Bitcoin is a peer to peer and decentralised cryptocurrency system that allows online workers and entrepreneurs to process digital transactions using digital units. Though it was started by a mysterious programmer in 2009, it has elicited a lot of controversy and interest as a third global currency and mode of online payment.

    Bitcoin payments are processed through a network of private computers that are linked through a shared program. Every Bitcoin transaction is recorded simultaneously in blockchain on every linked computer that informs and updates all involved accounts. Bitcoins can be purchased with standard global currencies or mined through a computer process that entails solving highly complex mathematical algorithms. Once acquired, bitcoins are stored in bitcoin wallets that can be accessed through a computer or smartphone connection.

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  • Growing Your Collection of Cannabis Seeds to Perfection

    Growing cannabis in many places is unfortunately still against the law. Growing a prized cannabis seed collection however in many of these places is not against the law. Regular cannabis seeds are what many collectors are after. There is talk that in the future cannabis seeds will only be available in the form of feminized cannabis seeds. If this becomes true, then only those who have regular cannabis seeds would have the ability to produce more seeds without buying from a licensed supplier.

    Could this really happen? Or, is this just another form of propaganda being used a cannabis scare tactic?

    If it were a scare tactic, what would be the reasoning behind it? Could it be to try and discredit the breeders and growers who produce cannabis seeds? If so why? Nobody is sure. Something that is clear about cannabis is that government officials in just about any place have no support for cannabis until it’s them or their loved one who needs it or the financial side of it presents an opportunity for them.  Collect your cannabis seeds because in the future you are going to need them. Just look at the seed collectors from decades gone by. Somewhere, someone has my holy grail of cannabis seeds. A pack of original Skunk seeds from the Sacred Seed Collective.

    Just think of what a joy it must have been when the Exodus Collective went to grow their pack of seeds and one of them phenotyped into what today is “reefered” to as Exodus Cheese aka UK Cheese! Who knows one day in the future this could be you. But, without a good collection on hand, you may not be able to sow the land when the time comes. When you want to build your cannabis seed collection with nothing but the best cannabis seed genetics on the planet there’s only one place you need to go. That place is the legendary purveyor of premium cannabis seed genetics, Midweek Song.

  • Medical vs Retail Cannabis Edibles

    Cannabis edibles are a great way for many people to enjoy the benefits that cannabis has to offer. For those who don't partake in the smoking or vaping lifestyle consuming cannabis edibles can be essential for them to receive valuable Phytocannabinoids. Cannabis edibles are available on both the retail/recreational and medical sides of the cannabis market.

    The average retail cannabis dispensary offers 100 mg cannabis edibles to the public 21 and up with a valid state-issued ID. Medical dispensaries however, are a little bit different. In Colorado, for example, you can get a chocolate bar called FUBAR that is 420 mg of THC. You can also get gummy like candies called Pucks that come in 250mg containers with 10 pieces, each with 25 mg of THC.

    Pucks come in fruit flavors like cherry, watermelon, strawberry, and assorted. They are a little bit different than other edibles as they use a method in making them called Nano-extraction. A 25 mg Puck may hit you much faster than what you would expect. A new consumer might feel a little too relaxed and end up taking a nap consuming one of these whereas a seasoned consumer will want to eat all 10.

    Always be vigilant and careful when consuming cannabis edibles. The best advice is to try them when you have some downtime, so you will know how they affect you. Enjoy your cannabis edibles and always remember to keep them out of the reach of children and pets.

  • Festivals, Cups, and Expos - Which Ones Do You Know?

    When it comes to the many different cannabis festivals, cups, and events surrounding the community and culture they can be found in abundance. Many people are familiar with the High Times Cannabis Cup and a few others such as Spannabis and the Seattle Medical Cup. How many more cannabis cups are you familiar with? Have you heard of the ICMAG Breeders Cup? How about Expo Grow, The Private Cannabis Cup, Treating Yourself Medical Cup, Copa de las Canarias, or Cannabis Tipo Forte Expo?

    There's also legends such as the famous Emerald Cup in California as well as countless other cannabis cups emerging across legal states in America. All of these events have one thing in common. They showcase the best of the best. From gardening supplies and lighting all the way to the best genetics on the planet, these events have it all. Each event will entail a different venue. Some focus on music, the arts, and a good time while others focus on education and information.

    No matter what the focus is the most important thing for all of these events is that people have a good time. Bringing the culture and community together through something we already love to help share and spread knowledge based on this incredible plant, what else could you ask for? Well, of course, other than free weed! That would just be cool AF. Actually, some of these events do cater to the free weed avenue from a certain perspective. If you have the proper medical prescription there are usually open consumption areas designated for medical patients at many of these events.

    When it comes to the multiple cannabis festivals, cups, and expos happening around the world just how many of them do you know? There's a lot more to it than just the High Times Cannabis Cup that so many people are familiar with. Check out some of the local talent at one of the incredibly cool local venues supporting the cannabis community and culture near you. As we all know sharing is caring. So if you happen to know about a cool event coming up pertaining to the cannabis lifestyle be a bud and share with your buds. Let us know what type of cannabis festivals you're planning to attend. Also, we'd love to know where and when. Remember a single seed can tip the scales of ijustice towards the favor of the people. You have the power to be the seed.

  • A U.S. Retail Market Update – Where’s What Legal?

    Last November 4 states in the United States passed laws that would regulate and legalize a retail cannabis market for residents in and tourists to their states. California, Nevada, Massachusetts, and Maine joined Colorado, Alaska, Oregon, and Washington in the ever-growing list of states within the US who have chosen to legalize retail cannabis markets for adults.

    Nevada has already opened up its doors to this market allowing adults over the age of 21 to purchase cannabis products from licensed dispensaries. California is working out the details, but they are not very far behind. The latest news coming out of Massachusetts predicts that the state will see legal retail cannabis dispensaries before next summer. Maine, however, is facing major opposition from the governor. This is despite the fact that the residents of the state voted yes on a retail cannabis market last fall.

    Governor Paul LePage was described by Merry Jane as being a "staunch prohibitionist" and this can be seen clearly in his continued opposition to any piece of legislation that would legalize a retail cannabis market in the state. Recently legislators passed a committee bill that will regulate the legal weed industry that was approved by voters.

    The House and the Senate have finally agreed upon licensing, limitation rules and tax structures thus far. Unfortunately, the bill has now been sent to the governor's desk and it is highly anticipated that he will veto it. He will have 10 days to either sign the bill, veto it, or it will pass automatically after 10 days which of course is what we're hoping for. If the bill is vetoed by the governor, legislators will not revisit the issue again until January. This means that legal retail cannabis dispensaries could still be a far reach away for adults in the state of Maine.

  • What Else Will The Cannabis Act Legalize?

    It has been a long rocky road to get there but next year adults in the country of Canada will have access to retail cannabis. Adults over the age of 19 will be able to purchase cannabis and cannabis products without having to have a physician or medical recommendation. There are many other things though that Canada will see with this change and the passing of The Cannabis Act.

    Not only will adults in Canada be able to purchase cannabis and cannabis products from licensed providers they will also be able to grow their own. This is something only a handful of patients and consumers in legal states in the US are able to do. Unlike states in the United States which allow adults to grow their own cannabis for recreational purposes, in Canada, there has been no cap placed upon how much a resident of legal age can possess in their own private residence.

    With the passing of The Cannabis Act adults will also be able to share cannabis with their adult friends. The only stipulation is the same as what stands in states such as Colorado in the US, no money is allowed to be exchanged but you will be able to gift cannabis to a friend.

    Under The Cannabis Act, Canadian adult citizens will also be able to make their own cannabis extractions using nonorganic solvents. This means that you will not be able to utilize butane or propane to extract and make cannabis concentrates. Alternatively, you will be able to utilize rosin presses to make heat press rosin which is said to be the purest cannabis concentrate available.

    We can't forget to mention that bongs, pipes, and other paraphernalia will finally be legal in the country with the passing of The Cannabis Act. That's right it's still illegal to possess a pipe or bong in the country despite your age and the fact that they've had legal medical cannabis laws in effect for years. This will change though, next summer.

  • Cannabinoid Profiles and What You Should Know

    Phytocannabinoids are plant-based cannabinoids such as THC and CBD. These are two of the most common cannabinoids found in cannabis. While these two are very effective and are truly the root of happiness for many consumers science and continued education about cannabis is teaching us there's much more to it than that. There are 80+ cannabinoids found in cannabis. While our bodies naturally produce endo-cannabinoids we do not produce Phyto-cannabinoids such as those found in the cannabis plant. The Phyto-cannabinoids found in cannabis attached to our endocannabinoid systems’ CB1 and CB2 receptors.

    These receptors are located throughout our body in our skin and tissues all the way to our internal organs and even our brain. A lot of the times unless you go to advanced schooling the endocannabinoid system is not something you will learn about. Education should never stop. Exercise the mind by obtaining knowledge and information allowing you to make informed decisions of your own about things such as cannabis.

    We are still learning the benefits that different cannabinoids offer. CBD, THC, CBD, CBN, THCa, THCv, CBC, and other cannabinoids are helping people who suffer from a wide variety of symptoms ranging from neurological and gastrointestinal to chronic pain, sleep, and behavioral disorders just to name a few. The more we learn about cannabis the better we will understand all this plant has to potentially offer not only the people but the planet as well. Cannabis research is fundamental to the future of humankind. While this research has been anchored by cannabis prohibition the world is finally starting to see the light, the green light! When we create a sea of green our world will be better for it.

  • Girl Scout Cookies - The Cannabis Strain

    Girl Scout Cookies the cannabis strain not the cookies is sometimes referred to as GSC. Girl Scout cookies is a hybrid cannabis strain created from two legends. The legendary Sativa Durban Poison and the legendary OG Kush come together to create the all mighty and powerful Girl Scout Cookies. This strain of cannabis has won countless cannabis cups. THC percentages come in super strong making this some absolutely potent pot.

    Not only are THC percentages high so are flavor profiles. Girl Scout Cookies have an earthy aroma with a very sweet flavor. They don't taste like Girl Scout Cookies, but they may leave you wanting to munch down a box or two. Girl Scout Cookies is an excellent strain for appetite loss as well as chronic pain, nausea, and anxiety. This hybrid provides many consumers with a balance of relaxation and pain relief while at the same time providing mind stimulating effects many people refer to as cerebral.

    Girl Scout Cookies are not recommended for a beginner grower. It's best to have a little knowledge about growing other hybrids before jumping into this one. It's not to say that it can't be done though. The best plan is to make sure to have these incredible Girl Scout Cookie cannabis seeds on hand when the time comes for you to sew and grow what you love. Flowering times will vary between 7 to 12 weeks. The average yield will vary by the grower.

    When flowered to perfection you can expect to see beautiful bright green calyxes wrapping around potent purple leaves. That's not all though. You'll also see fiery orange hairs helping to give this beautiful bud that extra flair and sex appeal. When you're looking for a lovely lady to add to your cannabis seed collection at home if you don't have these in it you must be stoned. If you're looking to get your hands on some Girl Scout Cookie cannabis seeds for your collection you're in luck because you'll find them in stock waiting to head to your door at Midweek Song.

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