Spores in Space: These Mushroom Trips Last Light-Years

Before Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin wrote Tuf Voyaging, the darkly comic tale of a solo space traveler zipping from planet to planet with his own unique brand of problem solving. His magic weapon? Mushrooms. As far-fetched as it sounds, fungi are the perfect long-distance travel companion. In the right environment, spores keep indefinitely and are small enough that you could pack an entire farm on a postage stamp. Looking toward to the future and our inevitable trek to the outer reaches of space, mushrooms might just be the ticket we need to get off the planet.

In fact, we’ve already given zero-gravity mushroom growing a shot. In 1993, cultures of Flammulina velutipes were sent into orbit on the joint Space Shuttle Columbia/Spacelab D-2 mission. As observed by amateur mycologists, mushrooms tend to grow as a veiled cap atop a long, spindly stem. Remove gravity from the equation, however, and the mushrooms grow in every direction. Gills flipped inside-out like windblown umbrellas, and mushrooms fruited in every orientation imaginable. The results were promising. The mushrooms grew unexpectedly, yet still produced fruit under off-world conditions. Though the experiment lasted just long enough to make these observations, we’ll need to push our fungal gardening experiments further if we aim to observe how zero gravity affects mushroom growth.

Fungi tech here on Earth has grown by leaps and bounds in the past couple decades. Mycoprotein is a vegetarian meat substitute, originally developed to combat food shortages, made from Mycelium—not the fruit, but the tiny white strands that act as a sort of root for mushrooms. Nutritious protein as a blank canvas. For now, you can find it amongst the faux meats in your grocer’s freezers, formed and flavored into shapes like bacon, burgers and chicken-less nuggets.

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THE UNCLE WE ALL WISH WE HAD: Interview with Nevada Senator Tick Segerblom

Nevada’s Senator Richard Segerblom, or Tick for short (because “Tick is better than Dick” according to him), is a fourth generation public servant for the state of Nevada, and huge advocate for the legalization and normalization of cannabis. Largely due to his efforts, the state of Nevada is now added to the list of states that have legalized recreational marijuana, so we sat down with Tick and talked about everything from his days of smoking in the White House to his love for our DOPEN while streaming live on Facebook. We even had our live viewers jump in for some questions direct from YOU!

DOPE Magazine: You are a fourth generation Nevada public servant, your great grandfather, your grandmother, your mother and now you. Did you always know you wanted to follow in those footsteps?

Senator Tick Segerblom: I think it was assumed that I would eventually run to keep the tradition going but it kinda happened randomly as far as the time of my life. I was hoping to do it later in life but a seat became available where I live and I took the opportunity. It’s one of those things where we’re very smalltime legislature so it’s not like we’re running for governor or something. It’s a neat thing to have in your family and I thought I would carry on the tradition.

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Video Killed the Sports Star? What Pro Sports Can Learn From Action Sports

After attempting to kill any and everything from napkins to wine corks to sex, Millennials—the oft-criticized generation born between the early 1980s to 2000—have their sights set on a new target: sports. Once known for being impervious to the drop in TV ratings, sports have seen a decline in viewership and attendance while the median age of fans continues to rise. Sports media behemoths such as ESPN, Fox Sports and Sports Illustrated have all recently dealt with massive layoffs and downsizing due to the changing climate of the market.

According to a Magna Global Study, the median age for NFL and MLB fans are 50 and 57, respectively. And while the action sports crowd has gotten older, their median age is still 47—a decade younger than that of baseball’s crowd. In fact, action sports are the fourth most-watched sport by the prized 18-to-35 demographic.

And the future of sports has never been murkier than it is today, thanks—in part—to those blasted millennials who aren’t watching sports at the same rate as their elders. Millennials might not be the only reason that sports are on the decline, but the Big 4—NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL—can learn a lot from their tendencies, and how action sports cater to the ever-important youths.

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PHANTOM FARMS: A Spirit of Friendship and Experimental Cultivation

Nestled between two hills in a small, secluded valley, rows of cannabis plants stretch as far as the eye can see and drop off over the edge of a hill like a vineyard. There are no structures or people in sight, and Phantom Farms’ two side-by-side Tier II grow sites are silent and peaceful—except for the distant sound of the garden boom box playing Pink Floyd. A picture-perfect setting for this tight knit group of friends to grow their dream.

Phantom FarmsPhantom Farms was born when a close group of family and friends saw an opportunity to do what they love, do it well and do it together. Their diverse backgrounds included experience in general contracting, law, advertising and many years in the medical cannabis industry, uniquely positioning them to start their business themselves.

The PF team is excited about experimentation, which is evident in their diverse growing styles. From greenhouses to outdoor, seeds to clones, varying bed styles and even the number of plants per bed, they test different methods to dial in a perfect system. Even their impressive 45 strain lineup is diverse, including many genetics they’ve bred themselves. One cross combines Lemon Dream and Super Lemon Haze for a terpene-heavy strain they’ve named Cascade Lemonade, after the mountain range that serves as the backdrop for their picturesque location.

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SOCIAL MEDIA’S WAR ON CANNABIS: The silent attack of deleting accounts

Imagine what it means to be deleted online: All of your friends and followers, gone…the images you shared, gone…the stories you told, all gone. My company’s Instagram account, Kiva Confections, has been shut down eight times. We’ve lost over 60,000 followers and countless hours of community building, original content and user feedback.

What type of content would get an account shut down eight times? Graphic nudity? Direct-sales to followers? Minors abusing drugs?

Here are a few examples of the content Kiva Confections shares on social media:

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THE HOLISTIC CENTER’S WHITE NIGHTMARE: You Won’t Want to Wake Up

Test Results: THC 24.26% – CBD 1.04%  |  Tested by: Desert Valley Testing

Don’t let the name deceive you—this sativa-dominant hybrid won’t put you to sleep! In fact, it will keep you lucid throughout the day. A cross between White Moonshine and Blue Dream, White Nightmare is a potent strain that stays true to its origins.

A pungently sweet scent erupts from the jar as I remove the lid, smelling of freshly-baked blueberry pie zested with lemon. My mouth waters as I hold one of the beastly buds. They’re bursting with fiery-orange hairs that cover rich leaves of light and dark green.

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HULK SMASH DAB!: MPX’s Bruce Banner Sauce is Boss

Test Results: THC: 75.858% – CBD: 0%  |  Tested By: Ace Analytical Laboratory

MPX creates the Bruce Banner Sauce by taking the time to separate, then recombine High Terpene Liquid with THCa crystals. I could smell the labor of love the second I opened the jar. The sauce glistens with small THCA crystals—my eyes couldn’t believe the juicy treasure. That exhale was amazing; I could taste the pine and the strawberry as it lingered on my tongue. I had to have more, dipped back into the jar and got an even bigger dab. Hulk mode. My experience was amazing, the effect was strong and left me with that heavy-behind-the-eyes feeling, not to mention …lots of giggles. Will make you feel like a superhero!

Bruce Banner Sauce on…Instagram: @deeprootsharvestnv | Twitter: @deeprootsNV

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Nevada’s Recreational Inventory ‘Emergency’ Is Ending

The widely-reported “emergency” facing Nevada’s burgeoning legal cannabis market has been resolved, or will be as soon as more distributors get licensed.

It took less than a week after recreational cannabis dispensaries in Nevada opened for business for an emergency to arise — but it wasn’t anything like the social perdition that anti-legalization doomsayers predicted. Instead, it was a crisis of supply: The state was running out of weed.

Thanks to restrictive regulations — the result of a power play by liquor distributors eager to get a cut of the multibillion-dollar action — Nevada’s 47 dispensaries began the recreational marijuana legalization era on July 1 with limited supply, and no way to re-up without receiving shipments from big booze shippers, none of whom have yet qualified for a recreational distribution license.

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Nevada Recreational Rollout Still on Schedule for July 1

Las Vegas, Nevada has long been associated with indulging in vices that are forbidden back home. For Sin City visitors flying into The Strip from states or countries without decriminalization, recreational cannabis is about to become a major attraction.

For the thrill-seeking traveler, Las Vegas’s allures are many: Gambling, a Penn & Teller show, all-night dance clubs, a dinner whipped up by a Michelin-starred chef — and now, beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 1, an armful of recreational marijuana.

Eight months after voters in four states approved recreational marijuana legalization, Nevada will be the first of the four to record the first sale.

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Legal Tiff with Vegas Liquor Distributors Holds Lesson for Feds

The success of recreational cannabis regulation in Nevada relies on the often messy legal mechanisms of democracy. So far it seems to be working, and the feds should take heed.

The federal right to buy and sell marijuana is a crucial political issue, but one with much larger ramifications than the immediate outcome of legalization initiatives.

Since 9/11, the U.S. Government has used the threat of terrorism to roll back Constitutional rights to privacy, free speech, religion and assembly: We’ve handed our national representatives near unlimited power to self-serve and then refuse to explain themselves based on the Patriot Act.

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