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Marijuana Quota Gets A Jump Start By DEA For 2019

icon  23 Aug, 2018  /  icon  0        Author: Chloe

The DEA has put forward an increased marijuana quota for 2019. The Department is looking at allowing a higher amount of cannabis to be manufactured in the United States in 2019. However, this latest in California weed news does not mean much for California dispensaries, as the proposed quota applies to marijuana grown for research purposes and it is largely controlled by the NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse).


Despite cannabis still being listed alongside hard drugs as a Schedule I substance, the U.S Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement has proposed to allow more manufacturing of it in 2019.


What does it mean to be a Schedule I substance in the U.S.A?


It means that the substance cannot officially have any medical properties and it is defined as a substance that has a large risk of abuse. Despite many states having legalized both medicinal and recreational marijuana, it has remained on the list. This has not prevented Proposition 64 to allow many California dispensaries from attaining recreational, medicinal or both types of licenses to sell marijuana.


What Does Schedule I Mean?

The DEA states that a Schedule I substance is classified as drugs that carry a high risk for abuse and “the potential to create psychological and/or physical dependence.”


Substances can be removed from the list, or rescheduled if a petition is made. Naturally, many petitions have been made yet marijuana has remained steadfast as a schedule I substance.


How Are The Substances Categorized?

According to the DEA, substances are scheduled depending on their rate of dependency, the potential of medicinal usage and also how likely they are to be abused.


What other substances are listed as Schedule I?

Marijuana shares space on this list with LSD, heroin, methaqualone, and ecstasy. This is despite reports claiming both science and FDA say Cannabis hold medicinal potential.


While marijuana has been on the Schedule I list since 1970, cocaine is classified as less dangerous as it sits on the schedule II list.


The DEA was established by President Nixon in 1970 and there are reports that share secret tapes of his time in the White House where he made it clear that he was aiming at locking down marijuana for the long haul. According to reports, Nixon had a stern stance on marijuana and therefore placed it in the schedule I listing- wanting to prevent the modern day reality of thriving California dispensaries.


Fast forward to the middle of 2018 and the DEA is proposing to increase the amount of the schedule I substance, marijuana, for 2019:


  • 2017 quota: 443,680 gr
  • proposed 2018 quota: 2,450,000


The War On The Opioid Crisis


While the Department has not shown signs of rescheduling marijuana, the increased quota does spell out the beginning of a long-awaited change. This is good news for those not only involved in the marijuana industry, but also for those affected by the opioid crisis.


The six highest used opioids have received a lower quota, by approximately 10%. This comes in the wakes of the current President’s “Safe Prescribing Plan.”


According to the NIH, approximately 115 people fatally overdosed on opioids every day. That’s every day. These opioids could be anything from heroin to regular prescription pain relievers. Here are some quick facts about the opioid crisis, and why President Trump and the DEA are turning to marijuana to help the problem:


  • 21 – 29% of patients using prescribed pain relievers misuse them
  • 8 – 12 % of patients go on to have a disorder related to the abuse of opioids
  • a further 4 -6 % of those patients misusing the opioids begin using heroin
  • approximately 80% of heroin addicts were initially addicted to opioids
  • in the time between mid-2016 to mid-2017, opioid overdoses increased by 30% in almost all the states


In March 2017, President Trump established the Presidents Commision in order to combat the opioid crisis in America and the latest proposed quota by the DEA is one step along the path to solving the crisis.


This is the third year that the opioid manufacturing reduction is put in place and is part of President Trump’s three year plan to bring the rate of opioid prescription down by one third in as little as three years.


There has been much contention among reports of the cannabinoids within cannabis, namely CBD and THC, and which should be unrestricted and which are dangerous and/or hole health benefits. While CBD derived from hemp plants has been legalized throughout the country, THC is more restricted due to its psychoactive properties. The conflicting studies and claims for the efficiency of THC, CBD and full spectrum cannabis products have been in the California weed news since the new marijuana movement begun.


The DEA has also proposed that they allow THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), 384,460 gems to be exact, for the following year. This number has not changed and remains the same for 2019 as it was for 2018. With the increased in cannabis manufactured, it is almost as if the THC could have been reduced and is more restricted.


While cannabis rose from half a ton to more than 2, 5 tons, the amount of THC remains the same. This means that the majority of the cannabis manufactured cannot contain THC.


The general increase for marijuana manufacture in 2019 could be a sign that previous legal barriers are being changed to embrace the new era of marijuana use. However, there are still complaints that the NIDA holds a monopoly on this cultivation and scientists struggle to acquire this marijuana for studies. In a statement by NORML Political Director, Justin Strekal, he says that the 28, 000 studies hosted on the NIDA should be viewed by Congress and that marijuana should not only be removed from the Schedule I listening, but from the “Controlled Substances Act altogether.”


The public will have access to the proposal once it is published in the Federal Register, and comments can be made for 30 days. After this time, the proposal can be amended before being made final.


Connecticut’s Mass Overdosing Incident Highlights the Dangers of Synthetic Marijuana

icon  20 Aug, 2018  /  icon  0        Author: Chloe

If there’s one thing that the recent New Haven Green mass drug overdosing episode has made clear, that’s to stay well away from using K2, a synthetic drug that mimics a marijuana high but with very dangerous consequences.

Six of the 71 people involved in the Connecticut incident nearly lost their lives. Most of the overdose victims were reported to have taken the K2 drug on the New Haven Green near Yale University. Luckily, no deaths have been reported to date.

K2 is definitely no Mr Nice Guy!

K2 is commonly labeled as aherbal mixture, incense or potpourri and is sold under names such as K2, Green Giant, Spice and Mr Nice Guy. But Mr Nice Guy it’s definitely not when considering the terrible side effects of this unstable syntheticdrug.

Chemical compounds present in K2 are linked to frightening life-threatening side effects like seizures, psychosis, agitation, confusion, nausea, vomiting, accelerated heartbeat, lethargy and severe headaches. And, if that’s not bad enough, K2 can cause death.

High profile cases involving K2

K2 has made headlines in recent years in a number of high profile overdose incidents. Earlier in 2018, this synthetic drug was said to be responsible for at least 22 cases in the Chicago area involving severe bleeding in the urine, as well as from the gums and nose. Last year, authorities were told about dozens of people were staggering about in a “zombie-like” trance in a Brooklyn neighborhood after taking K2. This occurred despite the fact that a ban on the sale and manufacture of all synthetic cannabinoid products had been imposed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2015. It was in that year, too, that the highest number of calls – 7,794 to be precise – related to the use of synthetic weed was received by poison control centers throughout the country.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, specific synthetic cannabinoids have been banned by the federal government, while the Drug Enforcement Administration has found that K2 was responsible for the recent New Haven Green incident.

A closer look at K2

K2 has been around since the early 2000’s with manufacturers advertising the synthetic drug as “a safe alternative” to marijuana. K2 can be best described as a designer-drug that is packed with psychoactive compounds that are then sprayed onto plant material.

Users can smoke, drink, eat or vape K2 which mimics the effects of the THC compound inherent in marijuana and which is responsible for producing a high. However, K2’s chemical compounds aren’t disclosed to consumers,that increases the danger of toxicity levels andthe resulting bad side effects.

Alarm bells about K2

Alarm bells started ringing in 2017, when the Trends in Pharmacological Sciences journal published a review of studies on synthetic marijuana, concluding that this form of drug is more hazardous than weed. Researchers found that the compounds in synthetic marijuana produced “a variety of dangerous, acute and chronic adverse effects” and they concluded that synthetic marijuana’s side effects occurred more frequently and were more severe than with the use of genuine weed. They said K2/Spice products were “clearly not safe marijuana alternatives.”

Their findings were echoed by the Assistant Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Health, Dr Hillary Kunins, who described K2 as a “very risky substance” with significant health consequences. Dr Kunins, who was also the leader of the Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention, Care and Treatment, described synthetic marijuana as a drug with unpredictable and serious side effects and a substance that should never be used flippantly.

Her sentiments are supported by health officials nationwide who have appealed to consumers to steer clear of K2 products and to seek immediate medical assistance if suffering ill-effects after use.

Everything to Know about CBD and Your Dog

icon  16 Aug, 2018  /  icon  0        Author: Chloe

In 30 states now, medical cannabis is legal for patients needing relief from a myriad of health issues. You can get medical marijuana delivery Santa Monica with ease. In fact, California weed delivery is big business these days. Now, as science continues to discover the benefits of weed, veterinarians and pet owners alike are finding that dogs can benefit from medical cannabis, as well, and they are buying it in droves.

Regardless of whether your dog has chronic pain, seizures, cancer, anxiety, or another medical condition, cannabis oil promises an alternative medicine to treat his or her symptoms. Science proves it safe, effective, and without any of the side effects associated with some of the conventional drugs used to treat medical issues in dogs. If you considering cannabis oil for your dog, this is all you need to know:

Understanding Cannabis Oil

Extracted from marijuana plants, cannabis oil comes in liquid form. According to Dr. Tim Shu, found and CEO of VETCBD, a California-based pot company specializing in pet products, CO2 extraction is but one of many ways to extract the oil from the plant. “The marijuana flower contains trichomes,” he explains, “which are glands that have essential oils.”

After separating these glands from the plant, it is possible for manufacturers to formulate them into concentrations of cannabinoids and find the ideal ratio between them. There are more than 100 cannabinoids in marijuana plants, the two most of famous of which are tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and cannabidiol, or CBD. THC is the psychoactive compound that gets users “high.” CBD is not.

“When you use cannabinoids together,” Shu says, “it is more effective than separately.” Scientists call this whole-plant approach the “entourage effect,” and it is exclusive to cannabis plants. On their own, hemp plants contain the lowest amount of THC, less than .03 percent. This makes hemp the ideal derivative for making products that cannot get you “high.”

Dr. Gary Richter, who is both owner and medical director of Montclair Veterinary Hospital in Oakland, California, explains that cannabis oil, when dosed properly, has no psychoactive effect on dogs. Hemp oil, for example, is ideal for pets for this reason. “Depending on the nature of the product,” Richter says, “if it contains little or no THC, then the dog is not going to get high.”

How Can Dogs Benefit from Cannabis Oil?

Cannabis oil effectively treats the symptoms of most modern illnesses in humans. The same is true in dogs. Science proves it an efficient solution for treating nausea, seizures, chronic pain, anxiety, arthritis, muscular disorders, back pain, side effects of cancer, cancer itself, even gastrointestinal issues in dogs, among much, much more.

As the concentrated cannabinoids in the oil interact with the endocannabinoid system, Shu explains how they provide dogs with immense relief. He says, “It is a series of receptors that run throughout the body. The cannabinoids interact with the receptors in the body and modulate things like pain, anxiety, and nausea.” In English, they support the endocannabinoid system to effect relief throughout the body.

Unlike most conventional prescription drugs for dogs, medical marijuana has no side effects with the correct dosage. It is non-lethal and does not cause lasting damage to organs and systems. It is completely safe, as Shu points out, “It does not damage the kidney, liver, or gastrointestinal tract. The dogs are not high or sedated.”

Are There Risks Giving Cannabis Oil to Dogs?

As with any medication, too much can cause complications for dogs. According to Richter, “The most significant is THC toxicity, meaning, essentially, they are high. Depending on how significantly a pet has been overdosed, the effects of that can be quite long-lasting, even days.” THC itself is safe, but since dogs to not understand being “high,” it can cause them to panic and injure themselves.

During a THC episode, Dr. Richter says that dogs may have difficulty standing or eating. They may seem scared and display anxious behaviors. If you suspect a THC overdose, then it is advisable to take your dog immediately to your veterinarian. However, as Richter points out, life-threatening risks for dogs are “exceedingly rare.”

Toxicity becomes dangerous when dogs eat cannabis products that contain raisins, coffee, or chocolate. “Even if the toxicity is not excessive, they can sometimes have problems due to these other ingredients.” Having said that, Dr. Jennifer Coates, veterinary advisor for petMD, warns that ingesting excessive amounts of pot has been fatal in dogs before, so preventing overdoses remains important.

Owner and acupuncturist at the Holistic Animal Clinic in San Rafael, California, Graham Quigley, does have concerns that, as popularity for alternative medicines continues to rise, pet owners may fall for “overly ambitious claims about cannabis oil” from unreliable sources. Quigley reminds us all and stress that marijuana oil is not a “cure-all” solution. It only offers relief from symptoms.

How Do You Give Cannabis Oil to Dogs?

Although topical pot products are available for dogs, the vast majority of people administer CBD oil to their dogs orally. Always discuss CBD treatment with your veterinarian before giving it your dog, but it is compatible with most traditional treatments and medications. Emerging science shows there may be “synergistic benefits” between CBD and conventional therapies.

As Dr. Richter says, “There are few, if any, known significant drug interactions that you really need to be concerned about.” Again, the importance of dosing correctly cannot be overstated. He explains, “As is the case with any medication, success has everything to do with dosing. If you dose pets properly, then they are going to get the positive effect that you are looking for, just without the psychoactive effects.”

However, this is where it gets tricky: The data required to establish the correct dose of CBD oil for dogs is not yet complete. As Coates noted, and as if matters are not confusing enough, FDA testing indicates that many CBD products contain little to no CBD at all. For pet owners, the best choice is to discuss treatment with a veterinarian experienced in CBD therapy. He or she can advise dosages and recommend reputable suppliers.

California Weed Delivery

Finding a trusted CBD oil depends on where you live, as well as the laws in your state. “In California, to legally purchase marijuana, you must have a medical cannabis card, which a person would get from their doctor,” Richter explains. “There is no legal mechanism by which I, as a veterinarian, can provide a medical cannabis card for a pet.”

Dog owners wanting to give CBD oil to their dogs should discuss it at length with their veterinarians. Those with an existing medical cannabis card can then get what they need from a reliable dispensary to treat their dog’s ailments. However, if you cannot get a card or live in a state that does not permit it, then consider hemp CBD oils. These are easier to get, since they contain little to no THC.


Illinois lawmakers want to use marijuana to wean opioid addicts off prescription drugs

icon  22 Jun, 2018  /  icon  0        Author: Chloe

The Illinois House and Senate have approved Bill 336 that will allow marijuana to be administered to opioid addicts in attempts to wean then off prescription drugs.

If final approval is given by Governor Bruce Rauner, the new Bill will also scrap the necessity for patients to be fingerprinted or to undergo criminal background checks.

Half a million people died from drug overdoses

Close to 500,000 people died in the U.S. from prescription drug overdoses in a 10-year-period ending 2014, according to the Disease Control and Prevention Centers. In Illinois, 11,000 people have died from overdosing on opioids since 2008.

The cold hard facts are that no deaths have ever been reported from overdosing on marijuana, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Approval of the Bill will undoubtedly see a substantial increase in the use of weed in Illinois where there are only 37,000 registered medical marijuana patients at present compared with the staggering eight million prescriptions filled in the State in 2015.

No more fingerprinting or background checks

Apart from the tacit acknowledgement that marijuana has effective and far-reaching uses in the medical fieldthe Bill also addresses two thorny issues – that of medical marijuana patients being subjected to finger-printing and criminal background checks. These form part of Illinois’ Medical Cannabis Pilot Program that was launched in 2015 and ends mid-2020.

Officials in the Illinois Department of Public Health apparently support the move to end background checks because these cause bottlenecks and delay approving patients for medical marijuana programs, according to Senator Don Harmon, the original sponsor of Bill 336. Their co-operation, he says, could be an indicator that Governor Rauner may relent and sign his approval for the new Bill.

Harmon says he was impressed by testimony from patients at recent hearings in Springfield who had either reduced or totally eliminated their use of opioids such as Vicodin by switching to marijuana. Harmon says this testimony clearly underscored two facts – opioids kill, marijuana doesn’t.

If Bill 336 comes into play, medical patients will not be denied access to marijuana if they have criminal convictions and their doctors will be able to prescribe marijuana for collection at a registered dispensary, eliminating the present four-month wait for approval by State officials.

Whether or not Governor Rauner will sign the Bill only time will tell because he has sternly opposed any expansion of medical marijuana in the past.


Governor Rauner is opposing another Bill calling for the legalization, taxation and regulation of recreational marijuana. Political analysts predict that Rauner may, however, support Bill 336 because he will be opposing Democrat J.B. Pritzker, a supporter of decriminalizing pot for recreational use when voters go to the polls in November to elect a new Governor.

Fewer prescriptions are written for opioids and fewer deaths are recorded from overdosing in those States that have legalized medical marijuana, according to several studies.

Evidence proving the efficacy of marijuana in the treatment of a variety of medical conditions has been substantial, according to the National Academies of Sciences. Cannabis is being used in the treatment of conditions such as chemotherapy, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis and seizures.

But the FDA zero-tolerance stance remains unmoved.

Meanwhile, the Illinois General Assembly has given the go-ahead for the cultivation and processing of hemp plants containing less than 0.3 percent THC. Industrial hemp had wide production uses, ranging from concrete to textiles. Governor Rauner also has to put his stamp of approval on this decision

Doctors remain twitchy about medical pot for fear of retribution

icon  11 Jun, 2018  /  icon  0        Author: Chloe

Many doctors in States that have legalized medical marijuana are twitchy about prescribing pot to their patients for fear of retribution.

However, an issue that is raising growing concern is that many of the doctors who do prescribe medical marijuana have dubious track-records.

Certification requirements that are needed to qualify to prescribe medical cannabis are somewhat slip-shod and it is thought to be fueling the problem. In New York, for example, where the medical marijuana program is regarded as conservative, doctors only have to undergo six hours of cannabis education to qualify to recommend medical variants of the plant.

Do pot doctors have shady records?

According to an investigation that was recently conducted by a Tampa Bay newspaper, doctors in Florida who legally prescribe medical pot were found to be more likely to have been previously arrested, disciplined or have had their licenses revoked in other States.

But, it’s the fear of retribution that is acting as a dampener for more doctors to agree to recommend medical marijuana. The benefits simply do not outweigh the risks, albeit theoretical, says Dr Jason Pirozzolo, the co-founder of the American Medical Marijuana Physicians Association. He described the current situation, in which medical pot may be legal in certain States but is still outlawed by the federal government nationwide, as the “Wild West”. Doctors live in fear of being blacklisted from federal programs and professional opportunities.

A Santa Monica doctor, Allan Frankel, says many members of the medical profession in California are afraid to prescribe medical cannabis because of possible sanctions from their medical boards. He points to the 2006 decision by the Ninth Circuit Board that ruled that while doctors could recommend cannabis to their patients in States where it is legal, they could not prescribe the medication, nor give patients detailed treatment information.

Legal ruling paralyzes doctors

Dr Frankel says this ruling effectively paralyzes members of the medical profession from giving their patients advice on treatments and violated the core-ethics of doctor-patient relationships.

Dr Perry Solomon, a chief medical officer, says many medical practitioners feel that there is a stigma attached to doctors who prescribe cannabis. He says they fear being labeled as “cowboys” by their fellow-practitioners.

Another problem, says Dr Solomon, is that many doctors are pressured for time and find the training courses required in some states too onerous to handle. Many doctors also felt that these training courses provided scant information about medical marijuana that while non-lethal, is nevertheless an extremely complicated medical treatment.

Skype “At HelloMD”

Dr Solomon is associated with At HelloMD, a Skype platform on which doctors can conduct medical marijuana consultations. Doctors who include psychiatrists and oncologists and who are either retired or looking for additional income operate on the At HelloMD platform after undergoing background checks to clear them of possible licensing or other medical-related issues.

New Jersey is taking the lead

There are State programs, however, that recognize the need for doctors to be able to guide and advise their patients about marijuana treatments. New Jersey is one of those States. There are only 622 of New Jersey’s 28,000 licensed doctors who are certified to recommend marijuana treatments, but the state health commissioner,Dr ShereefElnahal, wants to change that around,

He is actively encouraging physicians and medical students to educate themselves about cannabis and to learn how to use the plant in their practices. Dr Elnahal does not regard marijuana as an alternative medication and wants to see it integrated into the medical practitioner’s daily course of recommended medicine.

He firmly believes that marijuana is often the best therapy available to a patient.


There can be no doubt that sufficient education about medical marijuana is sorely lacking. Most importantly, the failure to teach medical students about the association between the body’s natural endocannabinoid system and the cannabinoids found in the marijuana plant is an issue that must be seriously addressed.

Why Athletes are Turning to Cannabis

icon  06 Apr, 2018  /  icon  0        Author: Chloe

The combination of cannabis and training may be a strange concept due to former stoner stereotypes but this combination of cannabis and physical training is on the rise.

This is especially true for the long distance runner, where the use of cannabis is gradually developing into an underground culture. Runner long distances after having used marijuana has become a hit among the more open minded runners. Marijuana is a known anti inflammatory and pain reliever, which is a welcome sentiment on long runs. Runners have also found that being under the influence of sativa dominant weed assists in focus and actually prevents boredom (which is a real issue for long distance runners). The high THC content keeps the mind focused and alert and prevents ‘false’ fatigue that would normally be caused by the mind losing focus and becoming bored. If you are not a long distance runner than this may sound like a completely foreign concept to however, take it from experience, it is a legitimate claim.

Chris Barnicle is a retired professional athlete and has dubbed himself the ‘world’s fastest stoner’. Chris is a weed advocate uses twitter to spread his title as the world’s fastest stoner.

There are currently a couple running groups that focus on running and cannabis education. Such groups are Run on Grass from Denver and the online groups are NORML Athletics and Cannafit. While Runners are certainly in the spotlight for training while under the influence of weed , there are other athletes in various other sports that are finding the use of weed beneficial in their training programs.

Athletes such as mountain bikers, snowboarders and skiers finding marijuana a good kickstart to getting into the right mainframe for their sport. Bodybuilders are also employing the use of marijuana, mainly for the plants anti-inflammatory properties and pain relieving. In addition to that, anyone who has trained hard would know that sometimes training hard can make it difficult to fall asleep, despite many people thinking they would just collapse on their beds.

What Happens when Your Grey Matter is on the Green

A long distance runner can relate to the feeling of constantly thinking about how many mies are still ahead and how much longer still to go. it is natural for the mind to become bored during a long distance run and the right strain of cannabis, with the appropriate blend of cannabinoids, can keep you mind on track, so to speak. Cannabis and the body’s reaction to cannabinoids helps to keep the mind saturated in the moment so that it does not become bored and start to focus on fatigue or pain that may be feeling.

apart from just the experience and feeling, this is what actually happens when you ingest marijuana: the chemical compounds of cannabis (the cannabinoids) communicate with the body’s endocannabinoid system. These receptors are located in body and brain and certain functions are stimulated and/or effected. Essential functions such as pain and inflammation regulation, appetite, emotions and focus are all involved (depending on the cannabinoids of the particular bud). There are two main cannabinoids that our endocannabinoid  system reacts to, one is non-psychoactive (CBD) and the other is psychoactive (THC). CBD promotes an overall sense of relaxation and bodily well being while THC stimulates mental functions like focus, clarity and also stimulates energy.

Some research has shown that our bodies and minds naturally produce such sensations and compounds after exercise. In particular is a natural compound that our body’s produce called anandamide. Cannabis, once ingested into the body, stimulates this natural process.

Studies and research into this phenomenon and the effect that weed has on our bodies and minds, particularly during, before or after exercise is extremely limited. Additionally the studies that have been done have been focused on determining the negative effects of CBD and THC.

While athletes may be using cannabis for individual and differing reasons, these are the main points that have been raised:

  • Cannabis is used as a relaxant to calm nerves before and oftentimes after a race
  • Cannabis can also be used to have a calming effect while still placing the mental focus in a state of high clarity and determination.
  • Cannabis used before a race, training, exercise or any athletic competition or event can also reduce inflammation that can occur during the race
  • In the same sense, cannabis used after exercise can have the same effect on inflammation that has occurred during the training or exercise
  • Some studies suggest that cannabis assists the assimilation of oxygen in tissues
  • Cannabis is used as a pain reliever

All these positive effects are merely circumstantial and based on individual experiences, however as the legalisation of cannabis spreads more studies are surely bound to come. For now, use common sense if you are interested in trying cannabis during your athletic activities and avoid inhalation as a delivery method as that delivery method, no matter what it is that is being inhaled, is potentially detrimental to health.

Cannabis is still illegal under federal law although the state of California is among a few states that have voted on the legalisation of the plant. Among the many positive reports that stream in from cannabis users there are also a fair share of somewhat negative associations as well. Cannabis can also cause the heart rate to rise significantly and this could be inhibiting for some athletes. If the cannabis being used has a very high THC level with little to none CBD than anxiety and nervousness can ensue, a sure recipe for disaster before a big athletic event. In short; know what cannabis you are ingesting and anything (especially self medicating with cannabis) done in ignorance can lead to the adverse effects than the results you were seeking in the first place.

Legally speaking, medical marijuana is legal in twenty five states (so far) and recreational marijuana is legal in only four states. And since we are on the topic of athletes using marijuana, it should be mentioned that cannabis is currently still banned by the World Doping Agency. However, if you are not an elite athlete and are curious about trying cannabis to enhance your athletic experience then be sure to find a reliable and cannabis dispensary that has an ethical growing method and can provide detailed information on the strains and types of marijuana you need.

Pot tourists can smoke it where they buy it in San Francisco

icon  27 Mar, 2018  /  icon  0        Author: Chloe

California is yet, in the news again for another “first” when it comes to marijuana. The state now allows marijuana users to smoke the herb in marijuana dispensaries with specially designed lounges. This is one of the many developments that have followed the legalization of recreational weed in the state, a process that caused a whole lot of political excitement. California is the only state that permits marijuana smoking at marijuana retailers lounges, but it also allows cities to ban those kinds of shops. And as you would expect, San Francisco blazed the trail and other California cities are warming up to the idea.

The Barbary Coast Dispensary, a marijuana retail store in San Francisco has a smoking lounge where recreational users can relax and hit on their weed. As reported by Associated Press, the smoking room is “a darkened room that resembles a steakhouse or upscale sports tavern with its red leather seats, deep booths with high dividers, and hardwood floors. Three flat-screen televisions tuned to sports hang on the lounge’s brick walls. Outside the enclosed room, customers line up at the dispensary’s glass counters to buy marijuana.”

The Barbary Coast secured its state license in January, 2018. The marijuana dispensary initially opened as a small medical dispensary in 2013. It carried out an expansion and opened its smoking lounge to users of medical marijuana last year. On Jan. 11, of this year, the dispensary to all adults when it received its California recreational use license. The issuance of recreational use licenses started from Jan. 1 in California. And the state has continued to approve dozens of applications since when it became fully legal. This is because voters broadly legalized the use and sale of marijuana.

There are indications that new permits will be issued once San Francisco’s health officials finalize regulations designed to protect workers from secondhand smoke, and the neighborhood from unwelcomed odors. West Hollywood city has approved plans to issue up to eight licenses; the San Francisco Bay Area town of Alameda will issue two; and Oakland and South Lake Tahoe have one lounge each. Sacramento, Los Angeles and other cities are discussing the issue but have not made any categorical statements concerning the authorization of such outfits.

Before being granted licenses, it will be required for the lounges to install a top quality heating mechanism, ventilation and air conditioning systems to manage the distinct odor of smoked cannabis and to prevent it from leaking outside. It is speculated that smoking lounges will be set up like traditional bars, but presently, the idea appears to be more of a concept rather than an actual plan.

As trivial as it may appear, the situation causes a lot of concern for both medical and recreational marijuana users, especially when they have to smoke their pot in places other than their rooms or private spaces. Many marijuana enthusiasts are finding it easier to buy pot but harder to find legal places to smoke it. Atlantic City resident, Rick Thompson said with a big smile, “There’s nothing like this in Jersey.” Thompson who traveled to Oakland from Atlantic City to celebrate his 27th birthday together with his cousins decided to do it in style, by getting as high as they could in San Francisco.

It is a fact that there is nothing like the Barbary Coast lounge almost anywhere in the United States. The city of West Hollywood’s business development manager, Jackie Rocco was reported saying that residents and cannabis businesses complain there is “no safe place, no legal place, to use it.”

Are other States going to follow suit?

Massachusetts marijuana regulators are considering the approval of “cannabis cafes.” But the proposal was scornfully criticized by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration and law enforcement officials, who among other things argued that opening allowing such businesses to operate would increase the risk of more dangerously stoned drivers on the plying the highways. The five-member Cannabis Control Commission ultimately succumbed to pressure by agreeing to put off a decision on licensing any cafes until after the initial rollout of retail marijuana operations which is expected to happen this summer. Panel members, however, continue to support the idea.

“Those who wish to consume cannabis are going to do so whether social sites exist or not, and are going to make driving decisions regardless of where they consume,” said Jim Borghesani who is the spokesperson for the Massachusetts chapter of the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project. “Social sites will simply give cannabis users the same options available to alcohol users.”

Colorado was one of the first states to broadly legalize medical marijuana but surprisingly, lawmakers did not succeed in a close vote to make smoking lounges legal. However, cities in Colorado may do it. Denver has given authorization to lounges where consumers bring their own marijuana along. But so far, only a single permit has been awarded.

Nevada puts a hold on the issue until next year and Oregon gave it consideration but ultimately rejected the legislation. Regulators in Alaska rejected onsite use last year but they will be visiting the issue again next month.

Final Thoughts

It is a long time practice in San Francisco, for medical marijuana patients to smoke in marijuana dispensaries, though there was no certainty over whether the practice was authorized when the 1996 California voters made the state the first in the United States to legalize cannabis use with a doctor’s prescription. California sets the pace in a lot of aspects, especially industrialization. It is sure that the concept of having public facilities where medical and recreational cannabis can be used will proliferate. Weed is fully legal in California and a few other states. It is only a matter of time. The campaign will definitely produce positive results.

What to Expect on your First Marijuana Dispensary Visit

icon  26 Feb, 2018  /  icon  0        Author: Chloe

Embarking on  your first trip to The marijuana dispensary can be daunting. All sorts of concerns such as anxieties and nervousness can make your first visit something to fear.

However if you prepare yourself with the right research and knowledge you can turn your potential nightmare into a dream. If you are in a state that has legal recreational use of marijuana then do your research into your city’s allowances. If you are in a state that only allows medical marijuana then you will have to obtain a medical marijuana card an register (each area will have its own set of regulations) before purchasing marijuana.

Once you are ready to head into your first marijuana dispensary the following tips will assist you in making it a smooth experience.

Know your needs

There is a wide variety of strains out there, each with varied effects and experience to offer. These different strains and cannabis forms can be confusing if you don’t know what any of it means. If you are in consultation with a doctor, you may ask him or her for assistance on what type of strain or form to choose.

Staff at dispensaries are very well versed in the different strains and have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share on the matter. It would be further beneficial to do research online as there are many reputable sites that share knowledge on the topic.

It is important to know that there are strains that can cause intense bodily highs; sending your physical body into a stupor and other strains with a higher psychosis effect. There are strains in the happy medium as well, and strains that cause relaxation without sending you into the comfortably numb faze.

For first time cannabis users that are prone to nervousness or anxiety, they should choose a strain with a lower percentage of THC and a more cannabidiol (CBD) dominant percentage.

Some illness require a boost in appetite, for example those experiencing the effects of chemotherapy. For those needing such a boost, strains can be found that are used specifically for their appetite boosting properties.

Quality over Quantity- always!

When visiting a marijuana dispensary for the first time, you will find a wide range of options to choose from. These options extend beyond the varieties of strain; they include paraphernalia, forms and quantities as well. There are many factors that determine the quantity of cannabis to take. It is always a good idea for first time users to take a little first to gauge their tolerance level.

Additionally, the form of marijuana and strain will effect how much marijuana to consume. For example, many dispensaries have a range of edibles on offer. Edibles are a gentle way of ingesting cannabis however the high can last for quite some time. The high also takes some time to kick in and can often be quite a strong experience. If you do opt for edibles for your first time in a cannabis dispensary then start with a small portion and you may adjust from there.

Again, the dispensary should have knowledgeable and friendly staff readily available to assist you in choosing your quantity of marijuana.

Popular forms of marijuana include oils, vaporizers and creams. Oils are a pure way of ingesting marijuana however as a first time dispensary visited you should know that there are different quality oils. The best is the most purest- as your dispensary staff to explain how the oils are made. If the staff members are unsure on the details it is best to find a dispensary that can offer transparency and expertise.

Vaping is a popular alternative to smoking. Vaping works by using a higher temperature and users do not inhale smoke. This manner of ingesting marijuana delivers an instantaneous effect and allows the high to last for several hours.

It is important to note that each dispensary will have a unique set of products. If you want to have a heads up before arriving at a dispensary, then you can call beforehand to ensure the dispensary has exactly what you are looking for.

Ignorance is not Bliss

It is imperative to know the laws of your specific area.

January 2017 saw the passing of Amendment 2. This heralded the dawn of a new era and brought Florida medical marijuana freedom. Throughout the United States, marijuana is still illegal under Federal State Law. Users who are wishing to fly across states with cannabis should be cautious to do so and should first investigate the airport laws as well as the different state regulations.

Marijuana dispensaries are required to review proper identification of customers wishing to purchase cannabis and cannabis products. Some regulations require potential custermers to have a recent medical evaluation as well.

And Last but not Least…

When you are entering a marijuana dispensary for the first time, keep in mind that the dispensary is a far cry from the dingy pot shops of 90’s B grade Hollywood films. Dispensaries of the current times are businesses frequented by businessmen and housewives, sportsmen and bookworms. These dispensaries are businesses that deserve respect. Leave the haggling fish market mindset at the door as you enter. The individuals working there are knowledgeable and deserve respect as well. Marijuana is slowing dissolving it’s previous shanty reputation and will continue to develop in reputable society and people acknowledge the plant for its value.

Visiting a marijuana dispensary for the first time can be a rewarding experience and the dawn of a new era of health and wellness in life. By doing adequate research and keeping and open mind, you can find the perfect dispensary, strain and method for making the most of your first marijuana experience.

Cannabis Genetic Tests: What They Are and How They Help

icon  16 Feb, 2018  /  icon  0        Author: Chloe

We have all heard of genetic testing but don’t really understand what it means. A genetic test is a type of (medical) test that recognizes changes or variations in genes, chromosomes, and proteins. The outcomes of this specialized kind of test can help confirm or dismiss a suspected genetic condition. It can also help establish if there is a chance for a person to develop or pass on a genetic disorder. There are a wide range of health conditions that require genetic testing but in recent times, new knowledge on phenomena that significantly affects the human wellbeing has caused health professionals to broaden their scope of research to include other types of genetic tests.

The last two decades has witnessed a proliferation in the use of both medical and recreational marijuana in the United States. More states in the U.S. are clamoring for weed to be legalized in their respective jurisdictions as cannabis is a Schedule 1 drug which is still prohibited under the federal law. However, states like California and Washington have started to record remarkable success in harnessing its health and economic benefits.

As the awareness of the positive effects of marijuana use keeps increasing by the day, health experts are ceaselessly carrying out various studies to determine that consumption of the substance is not only for short term benefits, but that cannabis can also establish its relevance, permanently, in the field of medicine. Hence, a new niche is created in the area of genetic testing—cannabis genetic tests.


Would it not be awesome to be able to do tests that give results on exactly how a person’s body reacts to the consumption of cannabis? That was a rhetorical question. Yes, it would. People react to drugs differently. While some people’s metabolism process chemicals easily, we have seen situations when others develop a kind of dependence that affects their professional and personal lives, and even processes like cognition and feeding.

Anantlife, a Canadian company is the pioneer of the new niche in genetic testing. The company launched cannabis genetic testing which was developed by its head scientific officer, Dr. Rahul Kushwah, to aid doctors in determining if a targeted treatment is right for an individual or not. The aim was to be able to evaluate the possible side effects of recommending cannabis to a patient before doing so. And since the September of 2017, cannabis genetic testing has been available in many marijuana dispensaries in the United States.


The process of cannabis genetic testing is quite simple. The doctor collects DNA from your saliva or cheek swab to determine two factors:

  • How much cannabis that your system can process
  • The type of cannabis-based product that should be prescribed to you

After a sample of an individual’s saliva has been taken, the company (or individual) will: (1) carry out an analysis of the saliva sample, using the most current DNA sequencing technologies; (2) identify the genetic markers during the sequencing involved in the metabolism of cannabis; and (3) analyze the person’s genetic data and health conditions.

With the information gathered from the processes, the doctor then will then be able to make prescriptions on dosage and cannabis strain.

The cannabis genetic tests also help professional detect if a patient is likely to encounter adverse effects such as:

  • A genetic inclination towards weed dependence
  • Disorders or diseases which can be linked to weed consumption
  • Eating disorders potentially set off by marijuana use
  • The possibility of negative effects on cognition


The simple truth is, even doctors that prescribe marijuana are not usually comfortable doing so without being able to determine these factors. It cannot be overemphasized that cannabis genetic tests help the medical marijuana industry. It increases the confidence of doctors when giving marijuana prescriptions and advice on dosage. It also gives doctors a guide based on evidence, to determine a kind of treatment that is, at the same time, safe and effective.

Before the cannabis genetic tests, there was no personalized approach towards treating a patient. Treatment just centered on what’s most effective for an average person, not taking into consideration that everyone is wired differently. This development however provides the medical marijuana health professionals with information that provides more patient-based treatments.

Cannabis genetic testing may also bring an end to the Opioid menace. Opioid is used by millions of Americans in the treatment of severe pain. The substance is however addictive. Cannabis has analgesic compounds, and proper testing of patients can help them find strains of cannabis to substitute for opiods, and this, potentially, may mark the beginning of the end of the opioid crisis.


How can I Know what Strain I am Buying?

icon  05 Feb, 2018  /  icon  0        Author: Chloe

There are already apps on the market that will identify marijuana strains by a picture. However, knowledge is power and there’s nothing better than being able to identify strains of marijuana yourself.

The very first thing you should know is how to differentiate between sativa and indica. In living plants, they have distinctive characteristics that make identification easy.

The living indica plant is a stubby, stocky plant found in climates a little colder. The indica has very flat leaves that fan out, with the segments of the leaves spreading out and sometimes touching each other. Indicas are more resembling of a short shrub or bush. They usually grow no higher than four feet and during the flowering process they tend to double in size.

The plants are dumpy with broad, fanned out leaves and the branches grow densely together. The plants double (instead of tripled like the sativa) in their size while budding.

Living sativas are much taller, usually slender looking plants. The branches are much more spaced out and are usually found in the warmer climates. When sativas start to bud, they could triple their size (with the right environment). The sativas grow quite high and lofty with thin leaves and thin branches.

Hybrids have been developed over the years by growers wishing to combine positive essentials of different strains. While it may not be possible to positively identify a strain 100% of the time, with a little bit of knowledge you can make an educated guess. In addition, it’s great to be aware of what type of bud you are enjoying instead of just consuming whatever comes your way.

There are thousands of different strains and with a little knowledge you could be on your way to finding a strain that is perfect for the kind of high experience you want. Generally speaking, even in a hybrid you can notice either sativa dominance or indica dominance.

The live plants are easier to identify than their dried counterparts. Once you know how to identify between a nugget of sativa and indica you are on your way to being able to identify the different strains of each. It is also important to remember that there are hybrids, which throws a twist into the identification process.

The dried buds of the indica variety are much more compact. The buds are representative of the tree- it is short and smaller than the sativa variety. The weighty flower buds stick close to the stem. Trees grown in colder climates tend to develop a purple hue so look out for this on buds. Some sativa are also grown in cooler climates so even though it has a purplish hue, the bud may also be a sativa.

A characteristic of the indica is the heaviness of THC; once smoked, the indica gives off a strong scent. Certain countries have cultures and customs that have been using this sativa strain for centuries. Countries like the Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Morocco and others are the original natives for the indica strain.

Indica has a high CBD and a lower THC count. The experience is indicative of both the live plant and the dry buds; heavy and dense. This type of heavy body high is best recommended for the evenings or for languid days. It is also great as a pain killer for those looking to use marijuana for its medicinal benefits. The muscles tend to relax and for those that suffer with spasms this is the perfect strain to use. The Indica strain helps to relieve spasms, insomnia, seizures and muscles. A strong indica tends to have a stoner effect so save this for the evenings.

If you are looking for a strain that you can enjoy during the day then look out for a sativa strain. This strain produces a more light yet focused heady high. After enjoying an indica strain, the euphoric effect helps motivate you with increased creativity and focus on the task at hand. This is the recommended strain for those that are active and helps sharpen focus and concentration.

The sativa strain is quite different in a few ways than the indica. The experience, appearance, the living plant and growing conditions are all characteristics which set the sativas and indicas apart from each other.

In countries like South Africa, the sativa strain is thought of as the “summer plant” as the climate is more suited for the tall growing trees. They require prolonged months of sun as opposed to the cooler climate loving indicas (known as the “winter plant”). Sativa’s tend to require more care, effort and time to grow however they produce excellent yield results.

The sativa strain is used for its medicinal properties to relieve depression, queasiness, nervousness or anxiety and to relax tense muscles.

There are many different strains of sativa, indica and hybrid. The trick is to experience the different types of highs for yourself and to feel which strains are best for you and you can then guide your experience and control how you choose to experience marijuana.