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Should I try Cannabis Microdosing?

Cannabis Microdosing

You may have read about microdosing THC recently or heard about it from friends, family or even your doctor.  Microdosing has been gaining popularity recently as an effective way to treat a wide variety of medical conditions.  So what exactly is microdosing and are you a cannabis user who may benefit from giving it a try?  As the name suggests, microdosing is consuming a very small quantity of cannabis, specifically THC, as a way of treating a medical condition.  You don’t have to have a diagnosed medical condition to reap the benefits of cannabis microdosing as we will explore other reasons it is beneficial.

Medical Conditions that can be treated by Microdosing

Naturally you should talk to your doctor about your specific medical condition and also make sure to check if any pharmaceutical drugs you are taking may be affected by cannabis.  Once you have the go ahead from your doctor,  cannabis, THC, microdosing can be used to manage pain and in fact small doses may be more beneficial than larger doses of THC in terms of controlling pain from cancer according to this 2012 study.  Other medical conditions that can be significantly helped with cannabis microdosing are depression, anxiety, PTSD, Multiple Sclerosis and Crohn’s Disease, just to name a few.  Additionally microdosing is gaining a positive reputation as an excellent method of achieving focus and enhancing creativity as well as working wonders for insomnia.

Why Microdosing is Preferred over Higher THC Cannabis

As most people that have consumed cannabis even once or twice but especially daily users know well, side effects are a real issue for some consumers. By ingesting cannabis, specifically THC in very small quantities, any negative side effects are basically non-existent.  Side effects that can potentially cause problems for medical users are dry mouth, dry eyes, even an increased appetite can be problematic for certain patients, particularly those with Crohn’s Disease.  The most problematic side effect for many medical cannabis patients is surprisingly, the feeling of being high.  As a recreational cannabis user, that is pretty much the whole point of consuming cannabis but for so many medical patients, the idea of feeling too high is a reason to forego even trying cannabis at all.  That is why cannabis microdosing is a perfect solution for those folks, the benefits without the unwanted side effects.

How to Get Started with Microdosing

If you are a current cannabis user, recreational or medical, it is best to start microdosing fresh.  This means stopping all cannabis use for at least 48 hours to give your system a chance to reset.  Once you are ready, start small, that’s why it’s called microdosing after all.  A good place to begin is between 1 and 2.5 milligrams.  Continue with the same dosage for 3 days, paying close attention to any changes in your condition, positive or negative.  You can increase the dosage after the 3 days if you feel you are not getting enough of the THC benefits, but do it in small 1 milligram increments, waiting 3 days before making any further increases.  If you choose to use edibles or tinctures to microdose, getting the amount spot on is fairly easy however if you are a cannabis smoker or like to vape, it’s more of a challenge but not impossible.  If you are smoking flower, go with a mid-range cannabis with about a 15% THC percentage to start.  Pack a medium sized bowl and take just one hit from the bowl, not a super big bong clearing hit, just a moderate hit.  Now wait about 5 minutes and see how you feel.  Most likely one hit should be all you need to get the benefits of THC without the high.  This way of microdosing is obviously imperfect when it comes to getting the dosage right but all microdosing, regardless of the method, takes some trial and erro to get the dose you want and need.

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Favorite Famous Cannabis Connoisseurs – Part 1

Celebrities That Smoke Weed

Hollywood and the music industry have plenty of cannabis users.  Some of them are well known celebrities who are proud to announce their enjoyment of cannabis to the world while others prefer to keep their love of cannabis private for a variety of reasons.  Being a celebrity makes having a private life difficult and anything you do, good or bad, seems to find its way into the media where lives are judged and in some cases, careers affected.  The famous stoners below have been very open about their cannabis use, their love of getting high and in some cases have become involved with the politics of cannabis legalization.  Celebrity endorsement of legalization is important as it gets the issue more publicity.  Take a look at our favorite famous celebrities that smoke weed and see if your favorite made the list.

Snoop Dogg

From the beginning of his rap career with Dr. Dre and with the release of his solo album in 1993 Snoop Dogg has been very open about his use of cannabis and the cannabis lifestyle in general.  He may be one of the most recognized celebrities that smoke weed. He does hold a medical marijuana card in California and as a migraine sufferer, has found real relief by using cannabis to treat his migraine pain. Snoop Dogg has had a kind of a love hate relationship with cannabis, announcing way back in 2002 that he was going to stop all cannabis use.  That announcement was short lived, he was back to being a cannabis connoisseur pretty quickly.  It is rumored, only a rumor, that by 2013 Snoop Dogg was smoking upwards of 80 blunts a day,  Hopefully he is now mixing in some edibles with the help of his friend Martha Stewart, as smoking that much cannabis would be tough on the lungs every day.  Blunts, bongs, pipes or edibles, Snoop Dogg is a very cool and talented cannabis connoisseur.

Willie Nelson

The literal OG of cannabis connoisseurs, Willie Nelson, a country western singer and actor, has been open about his love and use of cannabis for decades.  Recently former President Jimmy Carter admitted that Willie Nelson and his son got high on the roof of the White House, back when he was President.  Willie Nelson has been attempting to educate his fans and politicians about the benefits of cannabis for years and is heavily involved with efforts to legalize cannabis for both medical and recreational use at the federal level.  He is currently the co-chair of the advisory board for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). After years of smoking both cigarettes and cannabis, Willie Nelson had to make the decision to quit one for health reasons.  The decision was an easy one to make for him, he quit cigarettes and switched to vaping cannabis to keep his lung problems from getting worse. As Willie Nelson has been arrested multiple times in several states for possession of marijuana, he is a huge supporter of recent states’ decisions to pursue not only decriminalization but also record expungement for cannabis possession. Willie Nelson has been right about the benefits of cannabis all along!

Seth Rogen

There is a reason why Seth Rogen plays such a convincing stoner in movies such as Pineapple Express and Knocked Up, he is a self-admitted stoner.  He is another one of the most recognized celebrities that smoke weed. Seth Rogen is an actor who is originally from Canada and has been open about his cannabis use for years.  It is even rumored that he likes to toke up before getting into character for various roles.  Seth Rogen also likes to share and keep things social when it comes to his status as a cannabis connoisseur.  He prefers to get high with friends and that includes some other pretty famous stoners like Jonah Hill, Dave Chappelle and of course our favorite stoner, Snoop Dogg.  When it comes to movies and cannabis, Seth Rogen prefers to be high when watching new movies or old favorites and has been known to organize screenings in venues where it is possible for everyone to enjoy cannabis during the movie.  What an amazing friend! Most recently Seth Rogen has launched his own cannabis brand in Toronto Canada along with a close friend and longtime film collaborator Evan Goldberg.  No doubt the cannabis will be top shelf!

Matthew McConaughey

It is fitting that Matthew McConaughey got his big break in a film called Dazed and Confused in 1993.  His star has been on the rise ever since and in addition to earning himself an Oscar, he has earned himself the reputation for being a cannabis connoisseur.  Well known for taking on more challenging acting roles in recent years, Matthew McConaughey is also involved with several charities.  All cannabis connoisseurs have good stoner stories, and although it is likely Matthew McConaughey has quite a few, one of the best ones goes all the way back to when he was king of the romantic comedies, in 1999. Apparently in addition to being a great actor, he is also a drum fan and was once arrested for playing the bongos naked after getting super baked.  It seems a neighbor did not like the noise and called in a complaint and Matthew McConaughey was taken into custody for disturbing the peace.  No word on if he also faced a possession charge but what kind of neighbor has a problem with naked Matthew McConaughey?  In 1999?  Insanity!  Hopefully now he is enjoying more quiet cannabis sessions or at least has nicer neighbors.

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Cuomo Continues Push to Legalize Marijuana in New York

Andrew Cuomo Supports Marijuana Legalization

Andrew Cuomo supports marijuana legalization in New York and surrounding states. The New York Governor is renewing his push for marijuana legalization in 2021, and plans to issue fresh CBD rules in New York.

Canopy Growth recently launched a video series, “Under The Canopy“. In a discussion from that series, Axel Bernabe, one of Cuomo’s top cannabis advisers, told David Culver, an executive with Canopy Growth, that Cuomo intends to add adult-use cannabis legalization in New York’s 2021-2022 budget, which takes effect April 1.

Bernabe also disclosed that Cuomo intends to issue fresh CBD rules to regulate how the chemical is manufactured and marketed in New York state, including how it could be infused into beverage and food items, which is now prohibited.

Cuomo mentioned that New Jersey may get there first with the legalization referendum on their ballot next month.  Cuomo stated, “We’re watching New Jersey closely. We’ve always been confident that we get to this before New Jersey, so if they pass the referendum they still have to have agreement between the governor the Senate over there. We’re working on this. We’re going to reintroduce this in our budget in January. We think we can get it done by April 1.”

Governor Cuomo supports marijuana legalization and pushed for adult-use marijuana legalization in 2019 and 2020, with a legalization bill stalling in the state legislature in 2019 and another legalization proposal cut from the New York’s budget earlier this season. In 2019 Cuomo signed a cannabis decriminalization bill into law as well as had meetings with the governors of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut to have initial conversations around a coordinated adult-use cannabis legalization plan.

The Governor also signed a hemp extract bill into law last year to create a regulatory framework for processing and growing hemp in New York. However, the legislation didn’t include the regulation of CBD in food or beverages at the time and is an issues that Cuomo would like to address as soon as possible due to the rapidly increasing popularity of the industry and the health and safety of consumers.

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Canada Reviewing the Effects Legalizing Cannabis Had on the Country

Effects of Legalizing Cannabis in Canada

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, through their formally recognized National Cannabis Working Group, will be reviewing the Cannabis Act that presides as legislation over the cannabis industry in Canada. The goal being to analyze the effects of legalizing cannabis in Canada.

The review will be a opportunity to look deeper at the effects of legalizing cannabis in Canada and to offer insight on how Canada can enhance their cannabis industry structure, and what sort of changes could be made to make legal cannabis better as well as solve current problems in the industry. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is a group that will help look into the economic consequences on and from the cannabis industry, and they expect to learn a great deal from taking a closer look at the industry as a whole.

Ryan Greer, senior manager of the Cannabis Policy in the Chamber and co-chair of the Working Group, stated, “As the first among larger developed economies to legalize recreational cannabis for adult use, Canadian cannabis businesses have learned first-hand about what portions of the Cannabis Act and related regulations have worked and what have not. During this review, the industry will offer comprehensive recommendations to the federal government about what changes are required so business can better compete with the illegal market, create more new jobs and maintain Canada’s leadership in global markets and help the government achieve its safety and health objectives.”

The Cannabis Act has to be reviewed three years after legalization, which happened in 2018, so as to keep up with the arrangements of the initial legislation. The review has to be launched October 17, 2021, on the anniversary date, so it is essential that the industry starts preparing now. Eric Foster of Dentons Canada will lead the review. Dentons Canada is a significant cannabis practice in the nation providing legal counsel to the Canadian cannabis market. Davies, a cannabis industry and investment law firm will support the review on the effects of legalizing cannabis in Canada.

Talks will start this fall to learn more about what ought to be looked at during the review. These discussions will also offer the public with a opportunity to let their feelings be known. The first conversations will set the stage for the real review to occur in 2021.

It’ll be a while before Canada has the results of the review and will know about any changes, but discussions have started to take a serious look at ways to enhance the industry for the next few years. A year from now, more will be known about the future of cannabis in Canada, among those nations paving the way for a global cannabis industry. This discussions will be held publicly with the next one November 11th, 2020,and if you are interested in attending you can click here to register.

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Kamala Harris Reiterates Cannabis Decriminalization and Expungements Are a Priority

Democrats Support Marijuana Decriminalization

In a recent interview, Kamala Harris (Democrat-CA), Democratic Party vice-president nominee, stated again that decriminalizing cannabis would be an administrative priority if Joe Biden and herself win the election. Democrats support marijuana decriminalization and expunging marijuana criminal records, in general, and have consistently voiced support for legislation to push these initiatives.

The interview was last Saturday on The Grio and the Harris spoke about the prospective Democratic government’s criminal justice agenda, comparing it with that of President Donald Trump. Harris reiterated the cannabis reform would be one of their policy objectives.

Harris stated, “We have a commitment to decriminalizing marijuana and expunging the records of those who have been convicted of marijuana offenses. When you examine the horrible war on drugs and the disproportionate effect it had on black males and generating then criminal records which have deprived individuals of access to housing and jobs and basic benefits.”

Cannabis reform advocates have enjoyed the senator’s repeated calls for marijuana reform on the campaign trail, they do not like her trend to refer to the drug war in the past tense, as she did here by referring to the impact the policy “had”, not recognizing that those prosecutions and enforcement disparities have persisted.  FBI data shows that there were over 1.5 million drug-related arrests in the U.S. along last year and approximately one third of them were for marijuana. 

Some people are also claiming that Harris has scaled back her reform drive since joining the Democratic ticket as Joe Biden’s running mate. When Harris was herself running for the presidential nomination, she strongly supported cannabis legalization while Biden did not. In general, Democrats support marijuana decriminalization and expungement and Biden does back modestly rescheduling the drug under federal law, allowing states set their own policies and legalizing medical cannabis.

Harris, who’s the lead Senate sponsor of a bill to deschedule marijuana on a federal level, said last month that a Biden government wouldn’t be “half-steppin” cannabis reform or chasing “incrementalism.” Harris has repeatedly discussed cannabis decriminalization on the campaign trail. She said during a vice presidential debate earlier this month she and Biden “will decriminalize marijuana and we will expunge the records of people who were convicted of marijuana crimes.”

Click here to watch the Kamala Harris interview on The Grio and discussions on the black male vote and Democrats support marijuana decriminalization and expungement.

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Psychology of a Modern Day Stoner

cannabis lifestyle

Gone are the days of the stereotypical stoner who sits in his mom’s basement for decades without a job or a direction in life.  Yes those stoners do still exist but with so many states in the US and countries legalizing cannabis, there are many types of people who have embraced the cannabis lifestyle for a variety of reasons.  These modern day stoners have little in common with the negative stoner stereotypes however they do often share similar cannabis lifestyle psychology traits that make them generally good people to be around.  Whether you’re a stoner, you have a partner who is or your friends embrace the cannabis lifestyle.  See if the traits below apply to you or to them.

Resilience

Most people who enjoy and have the cannabis lifestyle psychology traits are resilient folks.  Being resilient is more than just being strong or tough at all times.  It goes far deeper than that.  True resilience is the ability to bounce back when things are not going your way and to overcome obstacles or at the very least, to maneuver around obstacles.  For example, if you go to college and work hard and earn a degree, then you graduate and can’t find work in your field, then what?  Some people become angry and believe the world is against them and they are destined for failure.  People that are resilient take the skills they learned and find a new direction to pursue.  Why are stoners resilient?  Of course each person has their own reasons but generally overcoming negative stereotypes associated with the cannabis lifestyle and thriving in the ever evolving world of legalized cannabis is true resilience.

Curiosity

Stoners are a curious group.  The love of new experiences is one of the cornerstones of learning and so that also makes stoners great learners.  Being curious really means being open to new ideas and experiences and those qualities are such a big part of the cannabis lifestyle.  From trying new strains of cannabis to switching up delivery methods to growing your own cannabis.  There is definitely a learning curve when it comes to cannabis, no matter how you view it, stoners are figuring things out all the time that can’t be easily learned from picking up a book or checking out a website.  Without a healthy dose of curiosity stoners would settle into the same routine day after day.  Not to say that is a bad way of life, it’s just not the cannabis way of life.

Creativity

Some stoners are obviously creative people.  They are artists, musicians or writers and have incorporated cannabis into their creative process in a way that enhances both the buzz and their creative talents.  Other stoners who claim not to be creative have perhaps not realized what their creative potential truly is and for some people that takes time and encouragement.  For example if you grew up in an environment where your attempts to express your creativity were not supported, you may have come to believe you are just not very creative.  Once you change the environment and find a community that supports your creative pursuits, the cannabis community for example, it will be much easier to explore your own creative ideas without fear of judgment.

Introvert vs. Extrovert

If you asked 100 stoners to identify themselves as either an introvert or an extrovert, you may get some definitive answers but you are likely to get a lot of “it depends” as an answer.  There is good reason for this, most stoners have the adaptability to sometimes embrace their extrovert qualities and other times their introvert qualities depending on the situation they are in and who else is around.  Consuming cannabis on the regular seems to give people the ability to read and assess a situation and adapt accordingly.  This ability is one of the most useful stoner qualities as it can be used around work colleagues, difficult family members or even with strangers in awkward situations.  This innate understanding is a very impressive cannabis lifestyle psychology skill and usually is the result of stoners finding themselves in some strange situations and over time, learning how best to modify their behavior and responses to keep things chill.  For those who enjoy the cannabis lifestyle, chill is the default place to be.

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Wedding Cake Strain Review

Wedding Cake Strain Review

Wedding Cake Strain

Factoids:  Grower-Old Apple Farm/ Dispensary-Broadway Cannabis Market

Indica Dominant Hybrid THC 21.47% CBD 0.09%

Terpenes- Limonene, Caryophyllene and Myrcene

Bud Buzz: This is an unusual hybrid, especially because it’s supposed to be an Indica dominant one. First of all the smell and taste of this delicious strain is a little citrusy with a slight spiciness. Like a true Indica there are some noticeable body waves and a good body buzz that is obvious from the first toke.  The surprise is the Sativa side of the hybrid that seems to takeover pretty quickly.  It’s an interesting balance, the body buzz stays strong and noticeable but at the same time the head buzz and general feelings of happiness and euphoria are just as strong.  It’s a complex strain of cannabis to be sure but that is definitely a good thing for people who are looking for a unique high.  Wedding Cake delivers.  This cannabis strain is great for focus and creativity, for about two hours, then the Indica dominance takes over and staying focused becomes more challenging. Excellent for stress, anxiety and anyone who is having problems with loss of appetite.  The only real negative with the Wedding Cake strain is dry mouth.  Overall one of the most layered strains out there in terms of obvious and distinct Indica as well as Sativa qualities to the buzz.  Much like a Wedding Cake!

Drinkables– As dry mouth is an issue you are going to want to stay hydrated generally but also keep some hard candy around to keep your mouth moist if you are out doing something or even at home if you get caught up in a creative project and forget to drink.  Carbonation is your friend with this cannabis strain.  If you prefer carbonated water, great choice or you could go with either a clear soda like sprite or something with more color.  Dr. Pepper for some reason really was a favorite with this strain.

Munchables-The munchies hit very hard after about an hour or so with this cannabis strain.  Sure you could stay true to the name and go with cake.  Forget wedding cake though and go with carrot cake instead.  You can at least pretend you are being healthy.  As it is easy to mindlessly eat with this particular strain, stay away from large bags of chips or cookies, anything where you can easily eat the entire bag, because you will.  Portion out a few different snacks to keep the munchies under control.

Doables– This is a strain for creative types who love to write, paint or play an instrument while stoned. It’s easy to lose track of time when you are doing something that you love and you are stoned.  Wedding Cake strain really elevates this feeling and you could spend hours painting and be convinced only 30 minutes has passed.  A good marijuana strain for socializing with a small select group of close friends.  This cannabis strain doesn’t really make you sleepy despite it being an Indica dominant hybrid but that does not mean you can’t enjoy some good Netflix shows and for a change you will stay awake through the entire show!

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Super Dave Strain Review

Super Dave Strain

Super Dave Strain 

Factoids:  Grower-KGB Farms/ Dispensary-Broadway Cannabis Market

Sativa Dominant Hybrid THC 30.97% CBD 0.01%

Terpenes- Caryophyllene, Linalool and Myrcene

Bud Buzz: This is a super Sativa, although it was recommended as a Sativa dominant hybrid.  The Sativa is definitely dominant.  Not sure who Dave is and the budtender was not sure either but he is clearly a very social, happy and talkative dude.  Super Dave strain is a very potent cannabis strain so newbies tread lightly.  One bong hit and that Sativa mind buzz was already firmly in place.  The feelings of happiness, euphoria and kind of a focused energy were present throughout this buzz, which lasted for about 4 hours total.  So although it was a top shelf cannabis strain and a bit pricy, it is well worth the money.  If you are trying to get things done and need to stay focused, this is your strain.  If you have a high cannabis tolerance, this is also your strain.  The smell is slightly pine tree and diesel and the taste is super spicy with a slight diesel aftertaste.  No matter what you have planned for your day, with the addition of a little bit of Super Dave, you will be happy to get it done.  Excellent social strain for lighthearted types of conversation or deeper ones, which is rare.  Good for stress or depression and some mild pain management.  The only negatives are serious dry mouth and dry eyes.

Drinkables- You will need a lot of liquids to combat the dry mouth that comes with the Super Dave strain.  Staying well hydrated is only the start.  Keep some water around to sip on from time to time and if you want something with flavor, orange juice, cranapple juice both are good healthy options, with a little sugar thrown in for good measure.  Your mind will be preoccupied so don’t forget to drink on a regular basis during your buzz.

Munchables-There was not a serious munchies issue with this cannabis strain however you may feel a little hungry after about 3 hours.  The issue, as with many Sativas, is that once you start eating something, it’s tough to stop.  Keep your snacks light and healthy, hummus and carrot sticks are a good options that you can eat a lot of or if you are craving something sweet, try those small cuties, mini tangerines that are so flavorful and sweet.  The bonus is they have a decent water ratio so snacking on them will help keep you well hydrated.

Doables- If you are planning a Zoom session with friends, or certain family, this is a perfect strain for that.  You will feel talkative but still have the focus to be a good listener.  Super Dave is a happy cannabis strain so any activity you choose will be fairly enjoyable, even if it’s cleaning out your closet.  You are likely to feel pretty energetic so it’s also a good strain for getting outside and taking a walk.  If you can combine walking and talking, socially distanced of course, all the better.

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AOC Looks For Republican Support to Legalize Cannabis & End War On Drugs

AOC Supports Cannabis Legalization

AOC supports cannabis legalization and ending the war on drugs. Democrats and Republicans are usually divided on a range of big policy issues, however Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Democrat-NY) said on Thursday that legalizing cannabis and ending the war on drugs are standing out as exceptions to hyper-partisanship in Congress.

During a virtual town hall with cannabis reform ally Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Democrat-OR), Ocasio-Cortez said that since she took office, it’s been encouraging to see members on both sides come together on issues concerning “civil rights policy and civil liberties,” including ending “drug prohibition laws.”

“We have been able to suggest solutions on a broad spectrum towards cannabis decriminalization, towards legalization, and that’s increasingly turning into a stance that more Republicans are amenable to,” Ocasio-Cortez stated.

Examples include her spending bill amendment to divert $5 million in funding from the Drug Enforcement Administration to an opioid treatment plan has been approved with no opposition in the House this past year, she stated. This shows the commitment that AOC supports cannabis legalization.

Blumenauer also stated that “part of why we’re fighting so strongly to get rid of the failed prohibition on marijuana is because that has been a tool that’s been used against people of color in particular that has horrible consequences and helps fuel that prison pipeline that has wreaked such havoc on our communities.”

Ocasio-Cortez explained that, beyond federally legalizing marijuana, it is important for lawmakers to make certain that any regulated markets which emerge are organized in a manner that encourages participation by communities hurt under prohibition. Considering AOC supports cannabis legalization on a federal level will have a big impact going into 2021.

Ocasio-Cortez said, “There are various ways that we may go about legalizing marijuana in America, and you can go about it in a manner that concentrates power in large agriculture, that concentrates power in large banks and that cuts out small mom and pops, and then there is another route towards cannabis legalization where regular people and especially the black and brown communities which have been disproportionately affected by the war on drugs can be in the front of enjoying the financial benefits of legalization.”

Watch the joint town hall with Reps Blumenauer and Ocasio-Cortez.

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Cannabis Quarantine Prep

cannabis use during quarantine

As winter closes in on us, and warnings of Covid surges in nearly every state in the US and quite a few other countries as well, it may be time to think about preparing for a stricter quarantine.  For many people that simply means making sure your household is stocked up in the kitchen and bathroom but for cannabis connoisseurs, a lengthy quarantine entails some additional preparation.  Unlike the spring quarantine, this one is going to be tougher for most folks because nearly everyone is suffering from lockdown fatigue and the weather in many places will not be as inviting for those short sanity walks that were so necessary in the spring. Here are some tips to be ready for cannabis use during quarantine.

Stock Up

While it may not be financially possible to stock up on cannabis to get yourself comfortably through the next few months, you can make sure you have as much weed as your budget allows.  There will be days when you will just consume more cannabis than others so keep that in mind as you plan a stock up trip to your favorite dispensary.  Diversify your purchases as well.  Even though you have your favorite strains and plan to stick mostly with those, consider adding a few new items to the list to keep your cannabis sessions exciting.  Pick up a few edibles as well because you never know what your mood will be from day to day.  Also it’s important to make sure you have plenty of rolling papers and cleaning supplies for your glass if you use a pipe, bong or dab ring.  Keep plenty of spare lighters in your stash box and if you are one of those unlucky cannabis consumers who tends to break things, no judgement but pick up a cheap pipe while you are out gathering supplies, just in case.

Cannabis Self-Care

If you are someone who uses cannabis to help ease anxiety, and who doesn’t, make sure you leave time in between work, family and other obligations for cannabis use during quarantine self-care.  What that is will differ drastically from person to person but for some people that means a good long bong session with your favorite music and for others it could mean an edible, a glass of wine and a long soak.  As long as it helps you to relax, your cannabis self-care can be pretty much anything.  Also don’t forget to tap into your creativity.  This can be a huge part of self-care for a lot of cannabis users.  If you get the feels from working on a new song or painting while stoned, make sure that is part of your routine.  When the weather allows try to take advantage and take your cannabis session outdoors.  That sunshine can be an instant mood booster, in addition to the cannabis.  This takes some willingness to be more flexible with your schedule.  If the sun is out and the temperature is decent, work can probably wait for two hours and that break in your routine will go a long way towards keeping you physically and mentally healthy during this quarantine.

Keep the Cannabis Flowing

If you were not able to fully stock up on cannabis, consider utilizing your local dispensary’s delivery service if they have one.  If they don’t, many cities have started services similar to DoorDash or UberEats but for weed, meaning they will pick up what you want from a local dispensary and delivery to your door for a minimal or sometimes no fee at all.  As many people make the decision to take social distancing much more seriously this winter, knowing what services will be available is just one less thing you need to stress over and having plenty of cannabis on hand is part of good planning. If you are planning to make a big purchase at a dispensary and they don’t advertise delivery, ask.  Often if it’s close to the end of the day and you don’t live too far away from the dispensary, they may just agree to swing by your place if you are a good customer.  Another option is to check with friends and neighbors and pool resources and requests together to save time and money.  For example, one person makes a trip to a dispensary and makes purchases for several neighbors.  Assuming you are not exceeding the cannabis limits, it’s a great way to limit trips out.  Plus we are all in this together so hopefully these tips help you be prepared for your cannabis use during quarantine.

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Federal Cannabis Legalization in the Crosshairs After the U.S. Election

Federal Cannabis Legalization

Federal cannabis legalization could become a reality after the upcoming presidential election in November. Washington D.C. marijuana advocates are taking a hard look at what the post-legalization landscape would look like.

Many Washington D.C. trade institutions and nonprofits are predicting a bill to federally legalize cannabis could pass Congress in the near future if Joe Biden wins the presidential election and the democratic party controls the House and the Senate.

Randal Meyer, executive director of the International Alliance for Cannabis Commerce (GACC), said “If the Democrats do a clean sweep, then descheduling with interstate commerce is absolutely within the realm of possibility.”

Descheduling would be the best case scenario for federal cannabis legalization and would have the following impact immediately:

  • Legalizae cannabis federally
  • End 280E taxation restrictions
  • Open banking accessibility
  • Permit for interstate and worldwide cannabis trade

Steven Hawkins, the executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, said, “Descheduling unlocks everything else, such as banking, relief on 280E, everything, It’s a stone that kills three birds.”

Meyer, a former staffer in the office of Kentucky Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, said the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement, MORE Act “are the principal vehicle” if the Democrats do take the White House and the Senate, in part because it is already teed up in the House this year.

There are still many outcomes depending on how the upcoming elections pan out.

If, for example, Republicans retain control of the Senate or the White House, then the fallback strategy for several groups is to concentrate on piecemeal bills like the Secure And Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act. That piece of legislation would allow financial institutions to deal with cannabis-related companies without fear of governmental punishment.

But if Democrats are the majority winners this November, following the presumed passage of the MORE Act or legislation near to it, would turn into the regulatory framework that supports federal cannabis legalization.

GACC issued a 66-page draft of a bill which “ends cannabis prohibition and generates an all-encompassing regulatory framework” that would make it possible for states to take the lead and allow the U.S. FDA and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to manage interstate cannabis trade.

The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) issued a 48-page white paper touting a similar approach, asserting that a “one-size-fits all” regulatory framework could be ineffective.

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Cannabis Karma

cannabis karma

First of all I’m a big believer in karma generally.  I think if you put good things out into the world, that’s what you will get back and vice versa, eventually.  I never really thought about karma being more specific of a concept than that however when I had my first party some years ago, I learned a valuable lesson about cannabis karma and about friends.

I was so stoked to finally live in a place that was big enough and had the right kind of environment for a party.  I had never hosted one before and always wanted to try it.  At the time I was living on the second floor of a house near the campus where I was attending school.  I had the whole floor to myself and although the sloped roof was a little annoying, my downstairs neighbor was super cool and had no problem with parties as long as things didn’t get too crazy. I wanted to start small so I only invited 15 people and figured I would end up with 10.  That proved to be accurate and I think 10 or 11 people showed up.  I also decided since this was my first party and I wanted to be mature as a young adult, the party should have a theme.  Looking back I have no idea why I thought this was necessary but I digress.  The theme was blended drinks and cannabis, not together of course, separately!

I had all party supplies ready to go including half an ounce of some dank weed, a little bit of hash, various kinds of alcohol, juices and of course plenty of snacks.  As people started arriving I encouraged them to get creative with their blended drinks and although I was super stoned, I had a feeling mixing crème de menthe, vanilla ice cream and Grapenuts cereal was not going to go well, I will never forget the faces of my friends who were brave enough to try it. No matter how much cannabis you consume and how hard the munchies hit, I do not recommend this particular drink.

The party went very well, disgusting drink combinations aside and everyone had plenty of food, drinks and weed.  I shared the hash with a few friends and by 1 am the party was starting to wind down, everyone had left with the exception of two friends who offered to help me clean up a bit.  As we were doing just that I noticed my weed was gone or at least not on the table where it had been sitting for the entire party.  I asked my friends and neither one of them had seen it so as I grew more and more freaked out, we tore apart my place and looked literally everywhere.  By around 3 am we all came to the conclusion that someone had stolen it.  It was pretty heartbreaking to know someone I considered a friend would steal from me and anyone who has had something stolen knows the feeling well.  First you don’t believe it but once you accept it, it’s just sad.  I wasn’t even angry at how much cannabis had apparently walked out my door, just really sad.  Nothing to do but try not to dwell on it and go to sleep.

I woke up late the next day as I had not fallen asleep until after 4 am.  I was still in a state of shock that my first party had ended in such a shitty way and as word spread throughout the day I began to get calls and texts from everyone who had been at the party expressing disbelief and other similar sentiments.  I admit I was holding on to hope that someone would say they had accidently taken it, thinking it was their cannabis but no such luck.  Goodbye weed.  I tried to put it out of my mind and hope that karma would do the rest.

The next morning, as I was leaving my place to head to school, I saw one of those small brightly colored gift bags with a green ribbon tying it closed sitting on my front porch.  Since it was not my birthday or any type of holiday I was a slightly nervous to open it.  Curiosity soon won over my initial apprehension and I opened the bag.  Yes you probably guessed, my cannabis was inside along with another baggie of cannabis and a note that said “sorry”.  Years later I still have no idea which one of my party guests took the weed and then returned it plus more weed and so much time has passed, I will likely never know.  That’s just fine though as my belief in karma, even cannabis karma, was reinforced and remains strong to this day.

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Nug News – Weekly Cannabis Update October 18, 2020

cannabis news update october 18

Weekly Cannabis News Update October 18, 2020

St. Louis Missouri Opens States First Medical Marijuana Dispensary 

Located in the suburbs of St. Louis, N’Bliss is the first medical marijuana dispensary in the state, with several more expected to pen in the coming days.  Saturday morning saw a line of patients waiting for their opportunity to make their first purchases.  N’Bliss has been open since the beginning of this year selling only CBD products.  Larry Simpson was first in line on Saturday morning, making him the first medical marijuana patient to legally purchase his medication in the state of Missouri.  Mr. Simpson has been a strong proponent of the benefits of medical marijuana for help in dealing with the side effects of chemotherapy and urges others who are unsure about medical marijuana to at least “give it a chance”.  The state of Missouri has issued approximately 65,000 medical marijuana cards with 12,000 more pending approval and for now despite the state limit of 4 oz for a 30 day supply, N’Bliss is limiting patients to just 1 oz to ensure as many customers as possible are able to get their medication. A second location also opened on Saturday as well.  The state of Missouri has big plans for expansion that have been curtailed due to the pandemic however it still has approved licenses for 192 retail dispensaries and 60 cultivation sites.  As it does in most states, it will take time for supply to catch up with demand. Additional details can be found here.

Weekly Cannabis News Update October 18, 2020

The Path Forward for the Cannabis Industry Should Focus on Social Justice

The International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) recently released a report directed at cannabis industry executives regarding necessary steps they can take to ensure that as cannabis continues its global trend towards legalization, carefully attention must be paid to ways it can be done in a socially responsible way.  The London based group, which consists of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who are focused on global drug reform have some specific advice for cannabis businesses regarding social justice.  People of color have suffered disproportionally from the “war on drugs” and should be prioritized through strong affirmative action measures so that those who chose to be a part of the developing cannabis industry will be given financial as well as technical assistance and resources to ensure their success.  Additionally women have long since been marginalized within the cannabis industry and many have experienced harassment and discrimination.  The IDPC advises cannabis executives to ensure a level playing field within the industry and wants companies to address and take seriously all forms of harassment, discrimination and abuse directed towards women.  The IDPC also encourages certifications that promote fairness and sustainability across the supply chain.  Acknowledging that smaller businesses may not have the resources for expensive certifications, peer led schemes seem to be the obvious solution posed by the IDPC. Click here for more details.

Weekly Cannabis News Update October 18, 2020

Promising Study about How Cannabis Can Help Those with OCD 

A recent study conducted by Washington State University and subsequently published in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that there was a significant reduction in some of the symptoms associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).  OCD sufferers, depending on the severity of their symptoms, can struggle to maintain a good quality of life as much of their time and mental energy is spent addressing often overwhelmingly intrusive thoughts as well as compulsive acts and associated anxiety.  This important study looked at data from 87 people who self-identified with OCD.  The study tracked their symptoms over a period of 31 months before and immediately after 1,810 cannabis use sessions.  The cannabis in this study was inhaled by the participants.  The study participants reported a 60 percent reduction in compulsions, a 49 percent decrease in intrusions and a 52 percent drop in anxiety.  Extremely promising results however it must be noted this study did not have a placebo group so more research will need to be done.  Read more here.

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Is Cannabis the Fountain of Youth for Seniors?

Cannabis Health Benefits for Seniors

As the boomer generation reaches retirement and beyond, quality of life becomes the main focus for many seniors.  It is tough to enjoy those golden years when your health affects your quality of life in a major way.  While cannabis can’t stop the clock on aging, we’re still waiting on Elon Musk to tackle that, it can go a long way towards helping seniors manage some of the most common complaints about getting older in general.  Many seniors have to deal with a variety of health problems from sleep disturbances to aches and pains to cognitive function issues and cannabis health benefits for seniors help with all of these and more.

As we age the quality of our sleep declines.  For some staying asleep is the biggest problem and for others falling asleep is a common complaint.  The bottom line is that it is impossible to feel your best when you consistently have trouble sleeping.  One night here and there is not a big deal but not getting good quality sleep most nights will of course begin to take a toll during waking hours with mood changes, trouble focusing and daytime fatigue being the biggest complaints from seniors who struggle to get a good night’s sleep.  Cannabis can do wonders for sleep problems.  Choosing the right strain is important and although a heavy duty Indica with a high THC percentage may sound like the solution, for seniors less really is more.  Consuming an Indica dominant hybrid with a THC percentage between 15-20% seems to work best for seniors for both ease of falling asleep and sleeping more hours without waking.

Getting older is not for the faint of heart and even the healthiest seniors experience aches and pains from time to time and for some seniors with various types of medical conditions such as arthritis, dealing with aches and pains is an everyday occurrence.  Cannabis health benefits for seniors who want to use cannabis to alleviate this type of pain, there are a few options.  One is to try CBD, either in the form of a tincture or balm to spot treat problematic areas or soreness.  Another option is to go with a 1:1 THC:CBD strain which so far seems quite popular and effective for seniors.  Yet a third possibility is to go with a medium THC strain of cannabis of between 15-20% THC.  The only issue reported with the third option is that mornings tend to be the worst time of day for seniors with aches and pains, that morning stiffness takes an hour or two to dissipate and if the cannabis strain makes you sleepy, it’s tough to have a productive day after consuming cannabis in the morning for some seniors.

A common challenge for seniors is a decreased appetite.  This is due to several reasons including a slower metabolism and the fact that taste buds are not functioning as well as we age so eating in general loses some of its appeal.  Not eating enough can lead to low energy and a vulnerable immune system so keeping a healthy appetite is crucial for seniors.  The right cannabis strains can stimulate the appetite for seniors.  In general Indica dominant strains are more likely to increase the appetite than Sativa cannabis strains so consuming cannabis about an hour before dinner is an excellent way for seniors to ensure they are getting the proper amount of food. Making healthy food choices is also an important element for everyone, not just seniors and unfortunately there is no specific cannabis strain that can help with that.  Goals for 2021!

Yet another reality of aging is a decline in overall cognitive function.  This can present itself in a variety of ways including a decreased ability to learn new things and memory issues as well as dementia.  THC has been found to supply the body with cannabinoids that decrease over time as we age, keeping cognitive function at a higher level without any negative side effects that are so common in pharmaceuticals, especially for seniors who tend to take more medication than their younger counterparts.  Additionally cannabis health benefits for seniors have been shown to improve the links between nerve cells and the brain.  This benefit can help seniors learn more easily and also help with memory retention which is paramount to learning over the long-term.  Although cannabis cannot transform the brain of a 65 year old into the brain of a 25 year old, it can still go a long way towards maintaining healthy cognitive function well into the golden years.

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Cannabis Use and Employment: What You Need to Know About Drug Testing

Drug Testing For Employment

Many things have changed in the last year.  An unprecedented number of people are working from home and unfortunately a large number of people are unemployed and searching for a job.  Even in states where cannabis is legal for both medical as well as recreational use, drug testing for employment as a prerequisite, is fairly common across most job industries.  Once you have the job random drug testing is not as common as it was five years ago but it is certainly not unheard of in many industries.  Understanding how your cannabis use, both the amount you use and your unique physicality can impact the outcome of a mandatory drug test is important for getting and then keeping a job.

Methods of Testing Matter

Luckily for most cannabis users, the gold standard for mandatory drug testing for employment is a urine test which is a test that detects THC in the form of metabolites that are in your body after the THC in cannabis has been processed several times by your liver. So essentially the test is not really testing for THC, it’s testing for the byproducts of THC left in your body after you have consumed cannabis.  The two metabolites that are specially being tested for are THC-COOH, the most common, and 11-OH-THC.  Testing for both metabolites in a standard urine test is expensive so most companies will choose to only test for THC-COOH to keep costs down.  Speaking of costly testing for cannabis, the reason why most if not all companies do not use a blood, saliva or hair test, which would yield much more accurate results in most cases, is because of the high cost of those tests.  It is possible some high level and high paying jobs may spend the money but it is extremely unlikely.

How Long Does it Take for THC to be Out of My System?

The short answer to this question is, it’s complicated.  One of the most important factors is the amount and frequency with which you consume cannabis.  For occasional users the timeframe is between 1-3 days.  The real challenge is to determine what an occasional user means.  Broadly speaking it means consuming cannabis less than twice a month, so once every other week.  If you are a moderate cannabis user, it will take between 5-7 days for the THC to be out of your system.  A moderate user is someone who uses cannabis at least once a week with the average being twice a week.  So probably a weekend stoner.  If you are a daily user it will take between 10-15 days for the THC to be out of your system and for a heavy user it will take 30 days or more.  A heavy cannabis user is someone who consumes cannabis multiple times per day on a regular basis.  The cutoff point used by the lab and requested by your employer also matters.  For standard testing, the test will be considered positive if THC-COOH is detected at 50 ng/ml.  What that means is for most users except heavy users, they can easily pass this type of drug testing for employment after about 10 days of not consuming cannabis.  Some employers, for example law enforcement, test at a much lower threshold of 20 ng/ml.  So knowing if your employer has an absolute zero tolerance policy is useful information because they may test at this more rigorous level.

Your Unique Physicality Matters

There are factors besides what type of test you take and how much and long you have been consuming cannabis that affect the results.  Your metabolism is one such unique element.  Some people just naturally have faster metabolisms than others and for those folks, any THC and metabolites will be eliminated faster than for others.  The myth of ramping up your exercise frequency and intensity in the days before a test to ensure clean results, is just that, a myth.  In fact it may actually do more harm than good in terms of your test results.  Your hydration level matters as well.  Staying properly hydrated should be a normal part of your routine regardless if you have a test coming up or not but being dehydrated definitely increases the chances that THC and metabolites can be detected through a standard urine test.  Stay away from alcohol in the days before your test as that can contribute to dehydration.  One of the most important elements is body fat.  THC metabolites are stored in body fat meaning the more body fat you have the higher the likelihood of metabolites being detected for a longer period of time.  Cannabis users who are thin with a low BMI will have a shorter testing window to be concerned with.  In most cases woman naturally have a higher body fat percentage than men so for all you female stoners out there who are concerned they may have to pass a urine test any time soon, work on getting to a healthy BMI.  This is true for men as well but men tend to naturally have a lower body fat percentage to be worried about.

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Cory Booker Hammers Amy Coney Barrett on Cannabis Criminalization and War On Drugs

Cannabis Reform

Senator Cory Booker (Democrat-NJ) raised the problem of racial disparities in cannabis enforcement and the wider war on drugs during his questioning of Amy Coney Barrett, the Supreme Court nominee. Cory Booker is a strong advocate for cannabis reform, including decriminalization and dealing with the racial inequalities due to the War on Drugs, in the judicial system.

Booker stated, “The war on marijuana in 2017, there were more possession of marijuana arrests in America than all the violent crime arrests combined and they were disproportionately African American people.”

“My point is, you see an African American is not more likely to use marijuana, but they are more likely to be convicted of a felony for it in some three-to-four times compared to white people, I hope you can see that means they’re going to be more inclined to lose other rights and liberties that deeply affect their lives.”

“Their ability to vote, to raise their children when a parent has been placed in a position where today, because of the felony conviction for doing things which among their past 3 presidents admitted to doing, they can’t vote, they now can not get jobs, they now can not get business licenses,” Booker stated.

While Booker did not ask Barrett any particular questions on cannabis reform, the senator did inquire whether she has read any books or articles that delve into racial disparities in the criminal justice system. He explained “The New Jim Crow” by civil rights advocate Michelle Alexander for instance. The prospective justice replied that she could not remember having done any of this reading, however, during her academic career, did have regular discussions about the subject. Booker recommended the identical publication to now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing in 2018. Also, during Wednesday’s hearing, the senator more widely discussed the racial inequities of the war on drugs, including marijuana conviction records.

Booker stated, “One of the best drivers of disparities in the justice system, I have worked with partners of mine on both sides of the aisle, is the war on drugs, which is in fact a war on black and brown folks due to the outrageous disparities.” “There is no difference between blacks and whites in the case of using drugs, as well as dealing drugs, but in America blacks are numerous times more likely to be arrested.”

He explained that significant sentencing disparities for crack versus powder cocaine is “among the most tragic examples” of how this issue has played out and needs to be at the forefront of cannabis reform.

Under this system, Booker said, “someone caught with the quantity of crack cocaine the size of a candy bar would get roughly the exact same sentence as someone caught with a briefcase filled with powder cocaine,” and it just so happened to be the case that black people were often arrested with the latter drug.

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Creating a Healthy Cannabis Lifestyle

Healthy Cannabis Lifestyle

As we head into winter and, for many people, the holiday season it is a good time to take a look at your cannabis lifestyle and see if there are any changes that need to be made.  Despite the fact that the holiday season is supposed to be all about fun, family and friends, the reality is it can be an extremely stressful time for a lot of folks.  This year’s holiday season promises to be more stressful than typical years with many families still under a pretty strict quarantine plus the uncertainty of the times adds yet another layer of stress.  Cannabis can go a long to helping manage that stress however creating a smart and healthy cannabis lifestyle plan can be the difference between using cannabis to help navigate the season and allowing it to become another cause for undue pressure.

Setting a Realistic Cannabis Budget

Especially for those who are living in states or countries that have recently legalized marijuana for recreational or medical use, it is so easy to want to try nearly every strain in the dispensary.  Much like a kid in a candy store whose eyes are bigger than their stomach, your eyes may be bigger than your wallet.  Unless you are independently wealthy, creating a cannabis budget for yourself or you and your partner makes smart financial sense and will take away a lot of stress that comes from overspending.  If you are having difficulty sticking to the budget you created for cannabis, try talking with your favorite dispensary about ways to save some money.  It might be changing the day you visit the dispensary to take advantage of deals or utilizing discounts for seniors, students or artists, you would be surprised at the types of discount available.  Also as it is harvest season and dispensaries will soon be stocking new strains, ask about deep discounts for existing strains.  Those budtenders can’t take it all home after all!

Take a Look at Your Cannabis Consumption Habits

Are you normally a nighttime cannabis consumer, a wake n’ baker, an all-day stoner or a weekend only user.  For many folks their anxiety amps up during the holiday season and the normal outlets for that anxiety become more limited.  Long leisurely walks are not as relaxing when it’s pouring down rain and freezing or snowing outside so the temptation to increase your cannabis use as a way of coping with stress and anxiety is normal but you want to make sure you are still using cannabis in a healthy way and not as a means to permanently hide out this winter, although it’s tempting.  Talking to your partner or friends helps as well because they know you and won’t be afraid to be honest.  If your partner says your cannabis use is getting to be too much and is interfering with quality time between the two of you, readjusting your cannabis consumption may be the best thing for your relationship, plus you’ll save a little money too.  It is common when visiting a dispensary to want to try out the super high THC strains of cannabis but just because a strain is north of 30% doesn’t mean as much as you might think.  Terpenes and whether it’s a Sativa, Indica or Hybrid are also factors and so is your own body’s chemistry.  Try those strains out in small amounts rather than spending a ton of money on something that may prove disappointing.  A good budtender will give you their honest opinion if you ask for it.

Manage Procrastination Levels

The key here is being honest with yourself.  If you plan to work out three mornings a week and your wake n’ bake session are keeping you in bed instead of on the treadmill, it is time to be more flexible with your cannabis schedule.  If you find that your creativity and focus is lagging because you are out of your favorite strain, it might be time to switch up your routine and try creative pursuits with a different strain or one or two days a week, try to see how creative you are without cannabis.  Flexibility is so important to managing stress levels and keeping a healthy cannabis lifestyle.  Routines are obviously important and crucial to maintaining some semblance of sanity through the long winter months but if your routine is causing you or others problems, rethinking how you do things will save you undue stress.  When we have a routine that is healthy and sometimes productive, procrastination is not a real obstacle to a calm and happy lifestyle. You know you will get things done because you have created a healthy cannabis lifestyle that works for you and including cannabis will only enhance your life!

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Signs You’ve Become a Cannabis Connoisseur

Cannabis Connoisseur

As more people consume cannabis than ever before, trying new strains and new delivery methods, gone are the days of the uneducated stoner.  Making cannabis a vital part of your life means doing your homework, not just about new strains, although that is vital information but about the cannabis industry in general and how you fit into it.  Are you sharing your knowledge with other stoners?  If so that makes you a cannabis connoisseur.  Are you experimenting with different delivery methods and strains?  Great.  Are you a proud member of the cannabis community?  Finding your place in a growing global community can be a challenge but it’s an important step to being a cannabis connoisseur.

People Look to You for Advice

Whether its friends, family or a random stranger at your local dispensary, people have a way of gravitating towards those with knowledge.  That doesn’t mean you have to spend all your free time offering unsolicited advice about how much you know about weed, that in fact is the opposite of a cannabis connoisseur, that is just someone with a big ego who needs attention and applause, steer clear of those types of cannabis users. Being a good listener is one of the best ways to establish your reputation as someone who can be trusted to give advice about all things cannabis.  If you hear a friend talking about how sleepy weed makes them, listen to their whole story, ask the right questions such as what time of the day are you using cannabis and what is the cannabis strain and effect?  Using the right language can go a long way from differentiating yourself as a cannabis connoisseur rather than a general know it all.  Beginning every sentence with “you should” is not the way to go.  Soften your language and people will seek out your advice.  Using “when I was in a similar situation” is much more authoritative but in a quiet confident way not a bossy way.

You Expand Your Knowledge Beyond Cannabis Consumption

This does not mean you should learn everything there is to know about cannabis but think about your own interests and how you can expand your cannabis knowledge based on those interests.  If you are a political junkie, take the time to learn about how the legalization process is going in your country and even other countries around the world.  It is interesting to find out how a country is planning or not planning to legalize cannabis and the reasons why.  Are you a pretty decent cook or baker?  If so take those skills and apply them to learning about the world of cannabis edibles.  Not to say you should quit your job and become a cannabis baker but if you already enjoy and know a fair amount about baking, why not expand that knowledge base.  Do you have a green thumb?  If so there is a lot of interesting information out there about growing your own cannabis.  Whether you plan to start growing or not is secondary to learning about something you already enjoy, in this case two things, cannabis and growing things.  It’s a rare person that has ever expressed regret about learning new things and you never know when that knowledge will come in handy as you become even more of a cannabis connoisseur.

Your Cannabis Consumption Skills are On Point

To truly be a cannabis connoisseur, you may need to up your consumption game a little bit. Not the amount you consume necessarily but the methods. Think of it as the best kind of practice in the world.  Can you roll a perfect joint or at least a pretty impressive one that has no stems poking through and does not fall apart with the slightest of breezes?  No?  Consider it research and keep practicing until you get it right, or at least improve your joint rolling skills.  Do you dab?  Finding the best, for your budget, dab ring and learning how to use it properly takes a little practice but this is the best type of practice ever!  Some dab rings are fairly simple and easy to use but others resemble a mad scientist’s laboratory and knowing about the different styles and the benefits is important as a cannabis connoisseur. Layering is very popular right now and you can do that in many different ways, with pipes, bongs, even joints or blunts.  Essentially you are combining different types of cannabis in one bowl, or joint.  It can be either an effective way to get incredibly baked or it can be an art form or possibly both.  Starting off with some flower in a bowl and drizzling some wax on top, then a finish of kief is a beautiful thing and this type of skill improvement is all part of your journey to becoming a cannabis connoisseur.

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New Zealand Cannabis Legalization Vote This Saturday

New Zealand Cannabis Legalization Vote

This upcoming Saturday, voters in New Zealand will vote on a nationwide referendum that would legalize the possession and use of marijuana by people 20 years old and older. The world population has been anxiously awaiting for the New Zealand cannabis legalization vote. If passed, the vote could make New Zealand just the third nation worldwide to legalize cannabis in the federal level. The first two being Uruguay and Canada.

The Cannabis Legislation and Control Bill will require New Zealand Parliament to set regulations and rules for  commercial sale and production of cannabis and products infused with cannabis. The measure would also allow adults at least 20 years old to buy up to 14 g of herbal cannabis each day. Home cultivation of around four marijuana plants per family would also be permitted under the ballot measure. Under current New Zealand law, the use of cannabis by adults is a crime punishable by up to 3 months in prison.

Last week, a group of New Zealand’s major public health professionals expressed their support for the New Zealand cannabis legalization vote on the referendum in an editorial printed in the New Zealand Medical Journal. Professor Michael Baker at the University of Otago, one of those health specialists who helped guide New Zealand’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, said that the country is a world leader in using “innovative and evidence-informed approaches” to addressing complex public health difficulties. Baker also stated, “It is time to take the identical fresh approach to cannabis law and put public health first.”

“Our prohibition position for cannabis is obsolete and does not work,” Baker added. “Supporting law reform is about reframing cannabis use as a health problem which opens up new, more effective methods of reducing effects caused by this drug.”

Public opinion polling on the referendum has shown a tight race for the New Zealand cannabis legalization vote, with one survey published last month showing that 49.5percent of respondents were in favor of legalization and 49.5percent were against, while 1 percent had no opinion.

Chief executive of Helius Theraputics biotechnology company, Paul Manning said, “The ‘yes’ vote has firmed up slightly, but it is still looking very close, with public opinion set to keep altering up until voting closes.” “Turn-out of 18- to 34-year-olds are also key. Young adults are the strongest supporters of the bill, but they also have the lowest intention and registration to vote.”

“Those wanting to find a yes vote needed to convince a fair number of individuals that their past prohibitionist views were incorrect,” he explained . “At the moment, it does not look like they’ve been able to do this and time really is running out.”

Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of the Labour Party, who currently serves as the chair of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, launched a publicity campaign calling on Republicans to support the legalization referendum.

Early voting for the October 17 election has already started. The vote was initially scheduled for September 19, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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How Cannabis Affects Dreams

How Cannabis Affects Dreams

For people that consume cannabis on an occasional basis, their dreams will likely not be affected unless you stop and start with a specific rhythm but for those regular cannabis users, their dreams will be significantly affected.  To understand how cannabis affects dreams and why, it is first necessary to talk a bit about sleep in general.  As most people are aware, there are four distinct sleep cycles of varying lengths.  The first three cycles grow increasing longer and produce deeper sleep.  It is common for people who are light sleepers to wake up during one of the first 3 sleep cycles, maybe to use the bathroom or as a response to noise or some other distraction.  The fourth sleep cycle is the longest and deepest and that is the one during which we dream.  Called the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) cycle, this part of sleep lasts the longest, anywhere from 10-90 minutes and this is the sleep stage when we dream.  The THC in cannabis suppresses our dreams during this stage.  Why would this be a desired outcome?

Most of the time we associate dreaming with positive images but in reality it’s not all rainbows and unicorns when it comes to dreaming.  The vast major of our dreams are simply neutral or slightly strange in nature.  So why would we want to suppress something that is not harmful like dreams?  The answer is, we may not but if you are someone who suffers from frequent nightmares or even just disturbing dreams on occasion, it can be a breath of fresh air to drift off to sleep each night knowing that you will not wake up in fear or confusion.  As cannabis use controls the very ability to dream during REM sleep, for many people that can be a welcome relief, at least on a temporary basis.

If you are an occasional cannabis user, your dreams will definitely be affected based on when you actually consume cannabis and when you stop.  For example, if you consume cannabis only on the weekends, once Tuesday or Wednesday rolls around and the THC is out of your system, you will start dreaming again and those dreams will likely be fairly vivid.  Some people have reported very colorful dreams or especially strange dreams and a few unlucky folks have nightmares.  This is temporary as your body readjusts and usually only lasts a few nights however if you repeat the cycle of consuming cannabis on the weekends, you may spend your midweek nights having some pretty strange dreams.  Other factors come into play as well including how much cannabis you consume, just an edible or two will not affect your dreams much at all or a few bong hits is unlikely to stop your dreams completely.  The amount of THC in the cannabis also matters as does the particular terpenes and other cannabinoids.  The exact ways cannabis affects dreams is still be studied.

What benefits could there be from suppressing your dreams on a long-term basis?  One area in which cannabis is proving extremely effective is in treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Upwards of 70% of people with PTSD experience regular nightmares that interfere with the quality of their lives in a profound way.  Treatment with cannabis has been quite successful in addressing PTSD nightmares.  Up until recently PTSD sufferers were treated with antidepressants or hypnotics or often both and did not get much relief especially considering the potential for serious side effects.  Cannabis has proven itself to be an effective treatment for this particular symptom of PTSD and allowed people with PTSD to get much better quality sleep and feel better during waking hours as a direct result.  So although the idea of suppressing dreams may not sound appealing to everyone, for some it can truly change the quality of their lives in positive ways with little to no negative side effects.