Pubdate: Thu, 26 Sep 2013
Source: Sacramento News & Review (CA)
Copyright: 2013 Chico Community Publishing, Inc.
Author: Ngaio Bealum


I've just started using cannabis for a spinal problem I've developed, 
and it's at least as effective as ibuprofen for my pain. The only 
problem is it makes me so hungry that I end up eating everything and 
anything in the house that's not tied down. Last evening, I smoked 
around 6 p.m., and then at 8 p.m. I ate pizza, ice cream, a 
hamburger, two Snickers bars-and the daily newspaper. Just kidding 
about the paper, but I would have tried it if I hadn't had any food 
in the fridge. I can't afford to gain any more weight, so is there 
any way to turn off this intense need for food after smoking? (By the 
way, I'm Hawaiian, and in the Hawaiian language the word for 
"marijuana" is paka lolo.)

- -Leliano

Aloha. Yeah, the munchies can be pretty vicious. I used to eat a pint 
of Ben & Jerry's ice cream almost every day.

Weed stimulates the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is what sends 
hunger signals to the body. And while a stimulated hypothalamus is 
great for people suffering from cachexia (also known as wasting 
syndrome-I like big words), it may not be so great for people that 
don't really need any extra calories.

There are a few solutions. Have a big glass of water; you probably 
don't drink enough water, anyway. Chew gum. Stock up on healthy 
snacks. If you eat a giant salad (easy on the ranch dressing) or a 
whole bunch of crudites (a veggie plate-Big Words Bealum strikes 
again), you can have the munchies and be healthier at the same time. 
Experiment with crazy homemade salad dressings and dipping-sauce combinations.

Or, you could be like my boy, Todd. He figured that eating a bunch of 
food would lessen his high, so when he got the munchies, he wouldn't 
eat until the weed had worn off. I wouldn't do that, but he was 
always higher longer, if that makes sense.

I have a tiny little bonsai-sized female clone that is starting to 
bud. What can I do to ensure that I get a good harvest in October?

- -GBomb

Give it love? I mean, it's a plant. Keep the bugs away, make sure it 
gets good water and light, don't overdose it with nutrients, and 
enjoy watching it grow. You say it's a bonsai-sized plant, so don't 
expect to get a huge yield. If you are looking to start a small grow 
with nice results, take a look at Ed Rosenthal's book Marijuana Buds 
For Less. This book shows how to set up and harvest 8 ounces of 
medical-grade cannabis for about $100. That's a good deal.

Any good festivals coming up?

- -Peter Potparty

October is usually a slow time for festivals, what with the harvest 
and all, but there is the Marijuana Policy Project Bootleggers Ball 
in San Francisco on October 12 
( And the 23rd annual 
Humboldt Hemp Fest ( in Redway, Calif., is 
on November 9.
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