Author: Ian

Know Your Medicine: CBD

CBD, which stands for the phytocannabinoid cannabidiol (not cannabinoids), has exploded on the cannabis scene in a way that no other natural compound has. Although it has received a huge amount of media attention over the past few years, there are so many questions about it. Here is everything you need to know about CBD and more. Cannabidiol was first discovered in 1940 from the hemp plant by chemist Roger Adams at the University of Illinois. In 1963, Israeli scientists elucidated its exact chemical structure. Subsequent research in the 1970s showed that CBD did not cause intoxication like THC...

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I Know You, Rider: Just Mark and the Rainbow Family

By: Will Kersten When the blue bus with the boat on top rumbled down the levee and parked by the gate of the boatyard, I was flabbergasted. I’d been reading Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, about the psychedelic adventures of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, and this thing looked like it had jumped right out of my book. I approached the vehicle from behind and read the sign on the back: “Disguise the Limit.” The side door opened with a hiss, and a raspy voice invited me in. Photo courtesy of “Just Mark” He stood next to the driver’s...

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Australia, Marijuana, and MardiGrass: A Discovery Down Under

The Plan The idea of an adventure to ‘Oz’ started as a casual conversation amongst friends about the country’s longest running cannabis law reform rally and festival, MardiGrass. Like many wanderlusters, Australia had a solid position on my bucket list of international destinations. I knew this trip would happen at some point, but serious motivation came along when Nathan (said friend) offered the shotgun seat of a lifetime. While I had a bit of planning to take care of on my side, primarily logistics with work and frantic price shopping for my airline tickets, Nathan was busy on the...

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Founder of Utah Huntsman Cancer Institute Supports Medical Marijuana

The founder of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), Jon Huntsman Sr. has announced that he is a robust advocate of medical marijuana. Huntsman Sr. voiced his unambiguous support during a sit-down interview with Salt Lake City’s Fox 13 News. “I’m a very strong advocate for medical marijuana,” Huntsman explained. “I think some folks have it terribly confused with smoking marijuana.” A founder and primary sponsor of the state-of-the-art cancer hospital at the University of Utah, Huntsman first started HCI in 1993 with a $10 million donation. Two years later, Huntsman bestowed another $100 million upon the Utah-based cancer institute....

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Treating Painful Fibromyalgia Symptoms With Cannabis

Fibromyalgia is a chronic debilitating condition that includes symptoms of chronic diffuse pain, sleep disturbance, migraine headaches, fatigue, joint pain and irritable bowel-type symptoms. Patients may have all or just some of these symptoms. Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS) is considered a subtype of fibromyalgia. It appears that all patients with these conditions suffer a heightened perception of pain thought to be due to abnormal processing of pain signals in the central nervous system. The mainstay of treatment is medication, primarily pain relievers such as NSAIDs and opiates, pregabalin (antiepileptic), duloextine (antidepressant), muscle relaxants and sleep aids. An endocannabinoid deficiency...

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Senate Committee Overwhelmingly Passes Veterans Equal Access Amendment

by Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director July 13, 2017 Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 24-7 to include the Veterans Equal Access amendment as part of the 2018 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which would expand much needed medical marijuana access to our nation’s veterans. Presently, V.A. doctors in states where cannabis therapy is permitted are forbidden from providing the paperwork necessary to complete a medical cannabis recommendation, thus forcing military veterans to seek the advice of a private, out-of-network physician. Veterans are increasingly turning to medical cannabis as an effective alternative to opioids and other conventional medications to treat conditions like chronic pain and post-traumatic stress. A retrospective review of patients’ symptoms published in 2014 in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs reported a greater than 75 percent reduction on a scale of post-traumatic symptom scores following cannabis therapy. This is why, in recent months, two of the largest veterans’ rights groups — AMVETS and the American Legion —  have resolved in favor of patients’ access to cannabis therapy. The amendment was introduced by Senator Daines, R-Montana for the second year in a row. Last year, majorities in both the US House and Senate voted to include similar language as part of the Fiscal Year 2017 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. However, Republicans sitting on the House Appropriations Committee elected to remove the language from the bill during a concurrence vote. The 24-7 roll call was an increase over last...

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Marijuana Laws

The delusionary mindset of Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions is tragic. On Tuesday, before a crowd at the 30th International Training Conference for D.A.R.E., A.G. Sessions offered his appreciation to the “Just say no” crowd. First uttered in 1982 by then First Lady Nancy Reagan, Sessions pandered to the drug war zealots from the onset. “Thank you for that introduction, and more importantly, thank you for the important work that you do to help prevent the spread of drug addiction in this country. Your DARE team is ready to meet this next challenge. Just like you did in the 1980s...

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Switzerland Supermarkets Will Start Selling CBD Joints

On July 24, supermarkets in Switzerland will start selling what has been touted as the first “hemp cigarette” in the world. An independent cigarette maker called Heimat is producing tobacco products out of Switzerland and has now turned its attention to the cannabis market. Switzerland legalized cannabis with up to 1 percent THC in 2011, which only allows Heimat the ability to sell CBD. The 20% CBD joints cost 19.90 Swiss Francs per pack. Initially, the joints will be sold off of the Heimat website and in Coop supermarkets, one of Switzerland’s largest retail and wholesale companies. Coop Spokesperson, Urs...

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Fire OG Marijuana Strain Review

Strain Overview The Scoop: This Fire OG is a special, hand-chosen cut of an SFV OG Phenotype. A Sativa-forward OG Kush, Fire OG is a prime example of a strain we call a “Sativa,” despite maintaining the knockout punch we typically associate with an Indica. Fire OG, first popularized and cultivated by the skilled breeders at Raskal OG Genetics, is a celebrated OG in the Golden State. The Result: Fire OG smacks of citrus-flavored terpenes and is infamous for causing a touch of anxiety in the uninitiated. More likely to leave one feeling relaxed, happy, and euphoric – this...

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Much Smarter Than Grexit: Greece Could Prosper With Medical Cannabis Production

Last week, Greece announced a new law permitting the use of medical cannabis. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras stated that Greek doctors will soon be able to prescribe cannabis for various medical purposes. It is still unclear whether, like their German or Canadian cannabis counterparts, Greek patients will be able to choose from buds, extracts, and finished medicine. Many of Europe’s medical marijuana patients are limited to finished medicinal products like Marinol as opposed to the wide variety of medicinal cannabis treatments available in other markets. Two months ago, Health Minister Andreas Xanthos announced that medical cannabis preparations could be...

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Michigan: Legalization Coalition Effort Reaches Signature Milestone

by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director July 12, 2017 Proponents of Michigan voter initiative effort to legalize and regulate the personal use and retail sale of cannabis statewide has gathered over 100,000 signatures in the past six weeks. Advocates must collect a total of 252,523 valid signatures from registered voters by mid-November in order to qualify the measure — the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act — for the 2018 electoral ballot. The initiative permits those over the age of 21 to possess and grow personal use quantities of cannabis and related concentrates, while also licensing activities related to the commercial marijuana production and retail marijuana sales. The coalition behind the effort, The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, is partnership between the Marijuana Policy Project, the ACLU of Michigan, the Drug Policy Alliance, the National Patients Rights Association, Michigan NORML, MI Legalize, the Michigan Cannabis Coalition, and lawyers from the State Bar of Michigan Marijuana Law Section. Proponents sought to place a similar measure on the Michigan ballot in 2016. That effort was ultimately turned back when lawmakers imposed and the courts upheld new rules limiting the time frame during which signatures could be collected. Marijuana law reform advocates are also presently gathering signatures for voter-initiated efforts in Missouri and Utah. A statewide initiative legalizing the use of medical marijuana in Oklahoma has already qualified for the...

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Grow Guide: 7 Organic Ways to Defeat Cucumber Beetles

The first time I saw these guys wandering around our outdoor plants I thought, “Aww, yellow lady bugs, how cute!” Man, was I wrong. While they might try to disguise themselves as beneficial ladybugs, these yellow scoundrels will chomp their way through your garden in no time. While they may seem like a simple pest, these beetles are surprisingly stubborn. But we’re all about organic cannabis cultivation at Marijuana.com, so while there may be chemical pesticides out there that will eradicate cucumber beetles, those same pesticides will also kill everything they touch, throwing off the balance of the ecosystem and...

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100K Signatures Gathered in Support of Legalizing Marijuana in Michigan

Michigan’s voters first said, “Yes” to medical marijuana in 2008. Great news at the time of its passage, thanks to the 100,000-plus signatures recently gathered by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA), full-blown legalization could be just around the corner for the residents of America’s 10th most populous state. Nearly halfway to their lofty goal, the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol needs to collect a total of 252,523 valid signatures by November 22, 2017, to place the initiative on the 2018 midterm ballot. A spokesperson for the coalition, Josh Hovey, noted “The support we are seeing...

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UK Police Leave Polite Note for Illegal Pot Growers

The British people are known for many things and politeness is one of them. Seemingly, the same goes for some police departments in the United Kingdom as well. On July 7, police in Oxford, about two hours outside of London, found a field of cannabis plants growing in the forest. Instead of launching an investigation, officers with the Thames Valley Police decided to leave a note for the cultivators. The message read, “Oops! Sorry we missed each other. But feel free to call me on 101 so we can discuss a deal.” The police then signed off “Lots of...

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Alaska Weighing its Options with Public Marijuana Consumption

Alaska legalized marijuana for recreational use in 2015, but until this year, consumers found it difficult to get their hands on any merchandise. Now that the supply issue has been addressed, the problem for Alaskan lawmakers is where exactly satisfied cannabis patrons can enjoy their purchases after shopping. Today, the Alaska Marijuana Control Board will meet in Fairbanks to discuss the merits of three different courses of action the state can take on public marijuana consumption. Tomorrow, the board will decide whether or not to implement one of the three plans, which include allowing consumption at approved licensed facilities,...

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Study: No Increase In Problematic Cannabis Use By Young People Following Changes In Marijuana’s Legal Status

by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director July 11, 2017 Yet another study has once again affirmed that the regulation of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes is not associated with increases in problematic cannabis use by young people. Writing in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, federal investigators from the US National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration evaluated marijuana use rates among young people (ages 12 to 17) between the years 2002 and 2014. Researchers reported that the prevalence of past-year cannabis use by youth fell 17 percent during this time period. The prevalence of problematic use by young people fell by 25 percent – with a downward trend starting in 2011. “In the United States, compared to 2002, even after adjusting for covariates, cannabis use decreased among youth during 2005-2014, and cannabis use disorder declined among youth cannabis users during 2013-2014,” authors concluded. The study’s findings are consistent with those of numerous other papers reporting no uptick in youth marijuana use or abuse following the enactment of marijuana regulation, including those here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. An abstract of the study, “Cannabis use and cannabis use disorders in the United States, 2002-2014,” appears online...

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