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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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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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Psychology of a Modern Day Stoner

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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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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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Exploring the Benefits of Tinctures

Benefits of Tinctures

There are many delivery methods for both THC and CBD but tinctures is one method that is not talked about as often as the more commons methods such as smoking or vaping.  Many cannabis connoisseurs have rejected the possible benefits of tinctures outright as they view them as only for newbies or specifically for medical marijuana patients.  Nothing could be further from the truth and if the tincture is purchased from a reputable source, it can be something fun and new for even the most experienced cannabis user.  The key is to do your homework before making a purchase as there are a lot of options out there, some better than others.

Give Your Lungs a Break

Yes you can clear a bong better than anyone you know and your lungs are in tip top shape. Let’s keep them that way and give them a break every so often.  Using a tincture does exactly that, gives your respiratory system a break.  If you are not a fan of edibles, consider giving tinctures a try.  If this is your first time, definitely ask your budtender to recommend just the right one for your needs.  If you use cannabis for any medical condition, tinctures are an easy way to make sure you get your medicine and unlike with an edible, as this is a sublingual (under the tongue) delivery method, the cannabis bypasses your digestive system and the effects are felt much faster.  If you do like edibles and want to add a little something extra to your brownie, a few drops of a good tincture can really elevate your buzz.

Dosing Made Easy

More benefits of tinctures are the dosing is super easy.  Any bottle you buy will have specific dosage instructions on the label and most tinctures are dosed by the dropper full.  If you think that might be starting off with too much you can always scale back to literally one drop at a time.  Just wait 15 minutes and do a “how am I doing” assessment.  This method is excellent for newbies who are nervous about getting too high.  With tinctures, it is very unlikely unless you down the entire bottle, not recommended.  For the cannabis connoisseur, adding tinctures as part of your session can really change things up.  If you feel you need to be a little bit higher, add a few drops under your tongue and enjoy. Conversely, having a tincture around that is high in CBD can work wonders in those rare moments when you find that you’ve gotten too high, just a few drops to bring you down a little bit.  It’s all about creating the right balance for yourself.

A Few Downsides

As with so many nearly perfect things like cannabis, they are not in fact perfect and there can be a few downsides as opposed to benefits of tinctures.  With regards to tinctures, the biggest downside is probably taste.  If you view using a tincture in the same way you view taking any medication, then the taste most likely won’t bother you as much but for other cannabis users who want their cannabis to taste good, or at least not taste bad, finding the right tincture to satisfy your taste buds can be a challenge.  Again this is why a good trustworthy budtender is essential.  They will know which ones to avoid, tastewise.  Another downside of tinctures is there has been so many of them on the market in the last year or so and the claims companies have started making about what their particular tinctures can do are unreasonable and in some cases just outright lies.  Reading labels carefully is important as many companies advertise cannabis tinctures that people believe are high in THC when in fact they have little to no THC and are high in CBD.  This is fine if that is what you are looking to purchase but take the time to confirm either verbally, by text or email exactly what you are buying.  Ask direct questions and if you are not sure about a product, don’t spend your money on it.  There are plenty of good quality tinctures out there to choose from whether you want CBD, THC or both.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Why Budder is the Better Concentrate

How to Make Budder

So before we explore why budder is the best cannabis concentrate, for those unfamiliar, what is budder and how to make budder?  Budder is one of many cannabis concentrates of various consistencies and made via slightly different processes.  As you might guess budder has the consistency of slightly melted but thicker than normal butter.  Heavier than honeycomb concentrates but lighter than crumble and shatter, budder is definitely a favorite amongst cannabis users who like to dab, vape and can even be added to joints or a bowl.  It is a completely potent versatile concentrate.  At the present time budder is popular mostly with recreational users but that may soon change as more and more medical marijuana patients are seeing the benefits of budder especially if they require high potency cannabis to treat their medical condition.

How to Make Budder

Like most other cannabis concentrates, the first stage of how to make budder involves butane and CO2 to blast the cannabis flower so that cannabinoids like THC and CDB can be extracted.  Next comes the process of using heat and air pressure to remove all potential harmful solvents so that at the end of this part of the process you are left with just the concentrated parts of the cannabis plant.  So how to achieve that nice fluffy texture?  Time and patience and a little baking experience can’t hurt.  While the cannabinoids are being purged at a high temperature, you must carefully and at the right time, whip the budder like you do a cake batter.  It takes some preparation to keep things at the right temperature and at the same time make sure you are whipping enough but not too much.  This process takes some practice to get the consistency just right but is definitely worth the effort if you are a DIY type of cannabis user.

Budder Benefits    

There are quite a number of benefits that make budder the preferred cannabis concentrate and potentially the preferred cannabis in general.  The first is potency.  Budder is the most potent of all forms of cannabis and if made correctly with good quality flower, you can expect a potency level of between 80-90%.  That’s some powerful weed!  Another obvious benefit is how clean it is when prepared correctly.  Today’s marijuana is certainly cleaner in general than a decade ago but removing all harmful chemicals and potential toxins is pretty rare, even these days.  Budder, again made correctly, has a purity level of over 99%, with an average of 99.6%.  With that level of purity you can feel good, not to mention really stoned, that what you are consuming is just cannabis, nothing else.  As most cannabis connoisseurs know, terpenes are important, very important and budder retains more terpenes than any other cannabis concentrate which equals a better taste and overall high.

Enjoying Budder

Now that you know how to make budder, you can enjoy budder in basically any other way you enjoy cannabis, with the exception of edibles.  Rolling that gummy in budder is not going to do you much good unless you light the gummy on fire, which would taste, well maybe someone will give it a try and report back.  Putting budder in a blunt or joint is called twaxing and is one possible way you can add some budder to your flower to really enhance you high.  You can also do something similar with a pipe, bong or bubbler, just add the budder in with your raw bud.  Keep in mind though that the budder has a higher melting point than just flower so you need to heat it longer before taking a hit.  Dabbing and vaping are arguably the best ways to enjoy the clean potency and taste of budder.  Heating the budder up to the right melting point is just easier to control with a dab ring or vaporizer.  That being said, everyone has their favorites and trying out different ways to experience the quality of good budder is all part of the fun of being a stoner.

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France Giving Away Free Medical Cannabis Starting in 2021

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The French government will start a medical cannabis experiment that entails giving free cannabis to individuals participating in the experiment.

Last week, the French government published a decree that declares the medical cannabis experiment formally. According to their statement, up to 3,000 patients will be participating and qualified to receive free medical cannabis.

Nicolas Authier, a college professor and chair of the French Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products’ (or L’Agence nationale de sécurité du médicament et des produits de santé [ANSM]) medical cannabis committee, said in an interview with Marijuana Business Daily he believes “an invitation to tender for the collection of cannabis-based goods” is coming soon, probably within the month, and providers “will most likely be overseas, in cooperation with pharmaceutical labs established in France and licensed for narcotics.”

As of right now, there’s a time limit of two years on the experiment and the French government believes by March 2021 the free prescriptions could start going out.

There are still a few stipulations for the medical cannabis experiment that haven’t yet been determined, and will be summarized by the general manager of the French Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products. Among the problems that will be determined are the consumption type and specifications of the cannabis-based goods, including composition and characteristics; the listing of conditions which will qualify for participation; and processes for storing, distributing, importing, and controlling the cannabis.

Businesses that opt to participate in this medical cannabis experiment will be responsible for supplying their own product at no cost, and though the cannabis will be free, it will still have to follow pharmaceutical standards like the Good Manufacturing Practice and other regulations that the French government has set in place. The ANSM will be responsible for implementing a patient registry which will be upgraded, with the consent of patients, by physicians and pharmacies.

Furthermore, physicians and pharmacies who wish to get involved will need to complete a training program, then will need to volunteer for the trial, and businesses who are interested in becoming involved will need to supply their own cannabis. Additionally, a budget for the experiment is currently awaiting approval by French parliament.

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Combine Cannabis and Sex for a Mind-Blowing Time

cannabis and sex

Two of the best things around, cannabis and sex, so naturally consuming cannabis should make for some mind-blowing sex.  Not so fast, before you light up and hook up, take a look at some of the obvious benefits of sex while stoned but also a few things to keep in mind or at least plan ahead for.  Whether you are with a long term partner or it’s a new relationship, or even an agreed one night thing, cannabis can do wonders to enhance what is already a pretty good time.

Choosing the Right Strain

The right cannabis strain can really elevate your next sexual experience.  Knowing which ones are right for you can take some testing, it’s all in the name of sexual science.  However there are some strains that have a reputation amongst cannabis connoisseurs who like to enhance their sex life with cannabis.  Mimosa is a perfect one for many people as it leaves you feeling energetic, euphoric, happy and you can then let go of your inhibitions a little and enjoy the tingly sensations this strain can bring on.   The Sativa dominant hybrid Trainwreck is another favorite to get you in the right headspace, and it really does intensify sensations.  Perfect for sexual exploration.  Granddaddy Purple is an Indica dominant hybrid but it does not leave you couch locked, or bed locked for that matter.  It allows you to get out of your head enough so that you can focus on your partner, yourself and just being in the moment.  Another consideration, in addition to the right cannabis strain, is knowing which Terpenes really bring out your sexual best.  Generally myrcene is known for its relaxing properties and pinene is uplifting so a strain that combines the two is a perfect sexual duo!

The Benefits of Cannabis and Sex

Sex while high can really be an amazing experience.  After a nice fat blunt or a few bong hits your muscles will be super relaxed and every touch, your own and your partners feels a little magical. Start things off with a sensual massage that after you’ve consumed cannabis feels even better because your body is more receptive and sensitive to touch. Cannabis always help you to overcome shyness with a new partner or maybe you are looking to experiment more with a current partner.  The right cannabis strain can make bringing up the topic much easier and less stressful.  Ever had the giggles during sex?  What about when you’re high?  Enjoying a good laugh with your partner, not at your partner of course, can truly be a sexually bonding experience.  If you have never tried cannabis and sex, you’re missing out.  It will bring you closer together and make the sex that much more exciting.  Another benefit of stoned sex, your perception of time increases significantly so even if you and your partner are not going for hours, it will feel like it!

Possible Negatives and Solutions

Many people become a little forgetful after consuming cannabis.  Now you won’t be so forgetful that you forget your partner is there, it’s more about the details.  Did you remember to get condoms?  Where are those mood enhancing candles, still in the car?  It’s only a problem if you let it become one and the easy solution, prepare everything before you consume any cannabis, that way you don’t ruin the mood and your buzz running around your place or neighborhood at the last minute.  You won’t enjoy it and neither will your partner, although it might be entertaining for your neighbors!  Another unwanted side effect of cannabis and sex is cotton mouth and for some women cotton vagina, yes it’s a thing.  That is why lube was invented so put that on your preparation list because making a last minute lube run is not sexy.  For the cotton mouth, no not lube, just stay hydrated and using ice cubes and alternating with warm liquids is an amazing way to keep dry mouth under control.  It happens to all men, no really if it happens to you or your partner during sex, it could be the amount of cannabis or even the strain so before you call the doctor and request Viagra, try waiting 20 minutes or so and then give it another go.  In the meantime, focus on massage and foreplay.  For next time, try consuming less cannabis or choose a more Sativa dominant hybrid or a Sativa strain, no Indicas.  Sleepy sex might be something that happens but is usually not a goal.

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Attack of the Double Decker PP&J Sandwich

Indica and Munchies

I love a good Indica at night.  There is nothing more relaxing than, especially when the weather is chilly than to smoke a few good bowls at night, curl up with in bed under piles of blankets and feel those body waves hit.  The perfect fall or winter cannabis experience in my opinion.  As with most people who consume Indica strains on a regular basis, the battle of the munchies is a real one.  Indica and munchies just go hand in hand. You can try and fight it, but I rarely win that battle so my new goal was to slowly wean myself away from late night pizza and move towards something slightly healthier.  Baby steps though, I was not about to become a late night kale eater.

I had several excellent Indica strains around and decided that night would be a mix up between two of my favorites.  A little northern lights plus a little 9 LB Hammer and I was getting pretty stoned.  Maybe just one more bowl of my new nighttime mix and then it was time to crawl under the covers and see what I could find to watch on TV that was at all entertaining.  I struggle, when really stoned, of getting into a pattern of mindless channel changing so I was happy I found something that could hold my interest, a new episode of Homeland had just come out.  Yea!  Now I just needed something to drink and a “healthy” snack and my perfect night would be complete.

A trip to the kitchen and as I scanned the refrigerator for healthy options, nothing looked good.  Clearly the last time I had been grocery shopping I had not consumed cannabis beforehand or there would be better snacks.  I did have whole-wheat bread and peanut butter was kind of healthy right?  Sure it is.  Plus some yummy Cascadia Farms strawberry jam, okay its pure sugar but baby steps, remember.  Why settle for a single sandwich when you can go big and make a double decker one.  Indica and munchies were working their magic. After using nearly half a jar of peanut butter and not nearly as much jam, gotta watch that sugar intake, I had myself a beautiful tall pile of deliciousness to enjoy with a giant glass of milk.  I settled back into bed and started watching TV.

I remember a dream, I think.  I was trying to make my way through a weird yellow jungle but no matter what I did I could not get through.  Strange animals were sending me warning calls, I tried to answer but could not.  I was sweating it was so hot in that yellow jungle. I woke up and it was still dark in my bedroom so I rolled over to try and get comfortable so I could drift off again.  I remember smelling peanut butter but was too tired to think beyond that fleeting moment.

It was morning, my alarm was buzzing and I opened my eyes to a completely new feeling.  Apparently my cannabis Indica session has resulted in an attack during the night.  That double decker PB & J sandwich had beat the shit out of me!  Peanut butter was everywhere, literally everywhere.  In my eyes, hair, apparently I had rolled onto my sandwich and we must have done battle all night.  That sandwich beat me hands down.  The bread, not a concern when you have peanut butter in your ear.  I spent the next hour showering and cleaning up.  Those sheets had a new design, even after I washed them twice.  I like to call it “fall leaves” because there are spots of red from the jam and kind of brownish yellow from the peanut butter.  It’s a look, don’t judge. Indica and munchies had won again.

So the next time I decide to have a full on Indica mix session, I plan to choose my munchies so that it complements the new pattern of my sheets.  Or perhaps I should sick with one bowl, maybe a Sativa for good measure.  Cannabis and the munchies go hand in hand, especially with Indica strains but I would like to think I learned something that night.  If ever I find myself in a thick yellow jungle, don’t listen to those strange unhelpful animals, run towards water or at least a nice milk pond.